Easter dinner is a tradition for many families, and most of us feast on whole turkey with all the fixings but why not switch things up this year with something different? Whether you're a seasoned cook or a kitchen novice, spice up your next get-together with these delicious Asian-inspired dishes for Easter.
Oven Roasted Five Spice Chicken
If you're looking for a flavorful oven roasted chicken, you should definitely consider this one. A whole chicken is marinated overnight in soy sauce, five spice, ginger and garlic and then stuffed with the marinade aromatics before it gets roasted in the oven. It's flavorful, juicy and has a beautiful color from being brushed with the marinade at the very end.
Get the Oven Roasted Chinese Five Spice Chicken recipe here.
Honey Soy Brussels Sprouts
If you're looking for a simple side dish, then this honey soy brussels sprouts might be for you! These brussels sprouts are pan seared to give it some char on one side and them cooked with onions to give it some extra flavor and tossed with a sweet soy sauce to bring all the flavors together.
Get the Pan Fried Honey Soy Brussels Sprouts recipe here.
Oven Roasted Turkey Legs with Herbs
If you want to keep it more traditional, these individual portioned turkey legs make a great main dish. The secret to keeping it moist and tender is brining it overnight. This delicious turkey leg recipe is then brushed at the very end with a soy sauce herb glaze which gives it a ton of flavor. I love using this recipe whenever I have a small gathering of 4 or less because it's a lot less food than a whole turkey and dark meat is always delicious.
Get the Oven Roasted Turkey Legs with Herbs recipe here.
Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)
This char siu recipe is quite simple to make and is super flavorful. It can be done on a grill or in an oven and is basically pieces of pork shoulder marinated overnight and then cooked in a very hot grill or oven. What makes this dish fantastic is the sweet and sticky glaze which you bast on at the very end which caramelizes and chars. To serve it, slice it and place it on a plate (or have it buffet style) and serve it with a few side dishes!
Get the Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) recipe here.
Chinese Stir-Fried Cabbage with Ginger Soy
This simple quick and easy Chinese stir-fried cabbage side dish made by caramelizing cabbage on high heat to give it a bit of char but still retains a crisp texture and then tossed with a sweet ginger soy sauce.
Get the Chinese Stir-Fried-Cabbage recipe here.
Baked Mussels with Cheese and Garlic
These cheese baked mussels are super easy to make and inspired from Japanese Dynamite Mussels which are filled with mayonnaise instead. This recipe is made with garlicky cream cheese instead and topped with melted cheddar cheese! Fantastic as an appetizer or as a snack with some drinks with some friends and family!
Get the Baked Mussels with Cheese and Garlic recipe here.
Crab and Cheese Spring Rolls (Crab Rangoon Style)
This spring roll is a combination of a spring roll with crab rangoon so you get the best of both worlds. It's crispy, cheesy and the sweet and savory crab is absolutely delicious with that combination. Serve it with a side of sweet and sour sauce as an appetizer or save it all for yourself!
Get the Crab and Cheese Spring Rolls recipe here.
Sesame Crusted Teriyaki Salmon
Instead of serving up a whole bird or roast, consider serving individual servings of teriyaki salmon! They are incredibly quick and easy to make and with the sesame crust you never need to worry about sticking to the pan! Brush a light layer of teriyaki sauce right before you serve this and you have a very flavorful, nutty, sweet and savory main dish!
You can get the Teriyaki Salmon recipe here.
This noodle dish is always a hit at every gathering with guest always asking for the recipe at the end! These Korean noodles have a wonderful chewy and springy texture and is stir-fried with a simple sweet and savory sesame soy sauce. It can be served both as an appetizer or a side dish as well!
Get the Korean Japchae recipe here.
Crispy Candied Walnuts
If you're wondering how this is Asian-inspired, the Chinese actually serve this as snacks or appetizers at Chinese restaurants while you're waiting for your food! The main difference between these candied walnuts and they typical candied walnuts is, the walnuts are boiled before they are roasted in the oven. The boiling process removes the bitterness from the walnuts and makes them crispier once you have baked it. Traditionally, they are deep fried as well but to keep things simple we bake it. These are also a lot less sweet so you can snack on more of them without getting a sugar rush.
Get the Crispy Candied Walnuts recipe here.
Chewy Hawaiian Butter Mochi
These Hawaiian butter mochis are made in muffin tins so they are not as moist and chewy as the traditional ones and are actually more crispy and crunchy with a chewy center. They are inspired by me always taking on the edge pieces because of the crispy edges - but if you're looking for a soft and chewy butter mochi this won't be it - but if you're looking for something crispy with a chewy center then you should definitely try it! I like to serve this as an appetizer instead of a dessert because it's just lightly sweetened so you can save the real dessert for later.
Get the Chewy Hawaiian Butter Mochi recipe here.
Charred Lemon Garlic Edamame
If you're looking for a lighter appetizer, then these tart, savory and garlicky edamame might hit the spot! They are incredibly easy to make, and take about 15 minutes. Frozen edamame is soaked in hot water to slightly thaw it, and then charred on a really hot pan, and then tossed in a garlic butter mixed with a splash of lemon juice!
Get the Lemon Garlic Edamame recipe here.
Honey Miso Garlic Roasted Potatoes
These oven roasted potatoes are crispy, garlicky and sweet and savory with lots of umami flavor. Once the potatoes are finished roasting in the oven, it is then tossed in a garlic honey miso sauce and put back in the oven for a few minutes to get that delicious crispy char.
Get the Honey Miso Garlic Roasted Potatoes recipe here.
Pan Fried Lamb Chops with Miso Butter
This lamb dish is great for a party of 2 because of how incredibly quick and easy it is. Lamb shoulder chops are pan seared in a very hot pan with sage and garlic and then a dallop of miso butter is placed on top once it is finished cooking. The melted miso butter is salty and full of umami flavors and is what really makes this dish shine.
Get the Pan Fried Lamb Chops recipe here.
Chinese Braised Pork Belly
Sweet and sticky, this melt-in-your-mouth Chinese-style beer braised pork belly is simple to make and incredibly flavorful. Served with potatoes, noodles, or rice.
Get this Chinese Braised Pork Belly recipe here.
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This article originally appeared on Pups with Chopsticks.
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