12 Classic Takeout Dishes That You Can Make at Home
Sometimes nothing sounds better than lounging around in sweatpants, watching a marathon of your favourite Netflix series, and chowing down on Chinese chicken and broccoli. But if you knew how easy and economical making your favourite takeout dishes at home could be, you might just re-think your delivery order. From pad thai to pork ramen, here are 12 recipes you can make at home, even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen.
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Grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli over rice is one of the easiest takeout meals to prepare at home. This low-carb, gluten-free version is also light, healthy, and filling.
Cutting the vegetables and preparing the meat in this pad thai recipe requires a little prep time, but overall it’s easy to make and the ingredients are simple. From start to finish, you can whip up this authentic pad Thai dish in about 45 minutes
Store-bought broth speeds up the cook time of this pork pho, while a few spices make it flavour-packed and remarkably satisfying.
When you’re feeling lazy, this chicken tikka masala, which cooks in a crockpot and doesn’t require any prep cooking (as many recipes do), will be your very best friend. Just chop the ingredients, set it, and forget it.
If you have leftover cooked rice on hand, this economical tasty meal is as fast as can be. Just add some frozen veggies, eggs, garlic, ginger, and your protein of choice.
Japanese ramen can take hours (and considerable skill) to create, but you can actually make a simplified—yet still delicious!—version at home using a slow cooker and a few basic ingredients. Top your soup with a soft-boiled egg and whatever embellishments you have on hand.
It might seem intimidating to make sushi at home, but this recipe for spicy tuna hand rolls is actually quite accessible and requires only a few specialty items. Just make sure you buy the freshest sushi-grade tuna you can find!
Anyone can make pizza at home—especially if you’re using flatbread or store-bought pizza dough. But this recipe for Hawaiian pizza, which includes prosciutto and pineapple with homemade Sriracha pizza sauce, is a step above even your favourite delivery go-to.
There’s nothing like a melty, indulgent, NYC deli-style egg and cheese sandwich. We’re partial to the New Jersey variety made with Taylor ham (or pork roll), but this bacon recipe will also certainly suffice.
Loaded with cream cheese and crab meat, this crispy fried wonton crab rangoon—a classic in Chinese and some Thai restaurants—cooks in just two to three minutes. You’d be hard-pressed to find a delivery person who can beat that.
Shrimp spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce are a favourite Vietnamese appetizer, and they’re also super-fun to make at home. Simply fill some rice noodle wrappers with cooked shrimp, noodles, and your favourite veggies—then wrap and enjoy!
When we want a break from meat, black bean burgers are one of our favourite takeout orders. This recipe is so easy to make at home though, and you can pack them with whatever beans, veggies, and spices you have on hand.