This collection of dairy free dinner recipes will help you answer the big question, ‘what’s for dinner tonight?’. With plenty of options for all different tastes and moods, you’ll find an idea for an easy, delicious meal in this list.
Whether you or someone you’re cooking for has an allergy or lactose intolerance, you’ll be able to find a recipe here that doesn’t feel like you’re missing out just because you can’t use milk, cheese, butter or cream. You won’t even realise these meals are 100% dairy-free!
From stir fries and noodles, to soups and creamy pastas, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, this recipe collection will help ensure you can get dinner on the table for the family without too much stress.
I hope you enjoy these dairy free dinner ideas and find something you add to your dinner menu this week!
Dairy Free Dinner Recipes
1. Teriyaki Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowls
This easy 20 minute meal is one of my favourites to throw together after a busy weekday. With a super simple homemade sweet and sticky teriyaki sauce, baked salmon and fresh avocado on a bed of rice you’ll be making this regularly in no time!
2. Slow Cooked Curried Sausages
While not the prettiest dish, this classic comfort food is popular for a reason! The whole family will love these curried sausages plus you can turn the slow cooker on in the morning and be rewarded with a wholesome and comforting meal at the end of the day.
This dairy free mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and my go to when my cupboards are looking a little bare and I’m searching for dinner ideas. It’s super rich and creamy but without any actual cheese but definitely with a huge cheesy flavour!
4. 15 Minute Garlic Prawn Noodles
Short on time but still want a delicious and full of flavour meal? These 15 minute garlic prawn noodles come together quicker than you can order takeaway with thick and chewy udon noodles coated in a rich oyster sauce with broccoli and prawns.
This is a super simple version of this family favourite meal that is so easy to make from scratch. It will become a staple in your weeknight recipe repertoire as you’ll love just how easy and delicious it is.
6. 20 Minute Hoisin Pork Stir Fry
Get dinner on the table fast with this quick 20 minute hoisin pork stir fry made with tender strips of pork, crunchy vegetables and a big flavour hit of ginger and chilli. This is the perfect simple weeknight meal you’ll want to keep on rotation.
Fire up the BBQ and make these prawn tacos with zingy lime and chipotle grilled prawns, crunchy red cabbage and the ultimate creamy avocado jalapeno sauce. These are an easy light dinner and can be customised to suit your tastes!
8. One Pan Baked Salmon and Broccoli
This one pan baked salmon and broccoli is the perfect recipe for an easy weeknight dinner and is super delicious thanks to the sweet and sticky maple ginger glaze. It’s delicious, healthy and comes together in just 20 minutes!
This creamy salmon tagliatelle is the ultimate dairy-free comfort food. Its rich and creamy with a thick sauce, peas, flaked baked salmon and a squeeze of lemon. You won’t believe it’s dairy free!
For the perfect family friendly meal to get on the table quickly with minimal fuss on those busy weeknights you can’t go past chicken fried rice. With simple ingredients, this dish is sure to be a frequent addition to your menu.
11. Lemon and Garlic Chicken Tray Bake
This garlic and lemon chicken tray bake is the perfect weeknight meal with just 10 minutes hands on prep time. Made with just a few everyday ingredients, you really can’t go wrong with a tray bake!
These crispy chicken burgers are the ultimate made at home takeaway food. While they have a little more prep time than others on this list, it’s 100% worth it for the big pieces of juicy fried chicken!
This is my mum’s recipe and absolutely one of my must makes every winter season, and a classic in homes around the country! This version is dairy free and can easily be adapted to be vegan/vegetarian as well.
14. One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
This one pot Cajun chicken pasta is creamy, spicy, and quite simply delicious. Plus it’s completely dairy free! This easy pasta recipe is perfect for weeknight cooking when you want something easy but without compromising on flavour.
15. Cottage Pie
If you’re looking for something more traditional, this cottage pie is made with a rich savoury beef mince and a layer of creamy mashed potato and cooked until golden brown. It is the perfect homemade comfort food that the whole family will love!
16. Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Garlic and Spinach
This vegetarian dish is so much easier to make than you might think using just 4 ingredients. The gnocchi are then pan fried to crispy, pillowy perfection and served simply with spinach and garlic oil.
17. Thai Red Curry with Baked Chicken Meatballs
Zesty chicken meatballs are packed full of flavour and definitely not dry thanks to being baked in the oven. Tossed in a thick and creamy Thai red curry sauce and served over a bed of fluffy rice, this a perfect twist on a classic weeknight dinner.
18. Dairy-Free Potato and Leek Soup with Bacon Crumb
Made with just a few inexpensive ingredients, this easy meal is the perfect comfort food to feed the whole family. The bacon crumb is optional, but also, you should make it because it’s amazing.
Homemade honey soy chicken is so delicious and easy to do – the whole family will love the rich flavour of this meal that will rival any takeaway. Serve with your favourite veggies and rice for a complete meal.
20. 10 Minute Peanut Butter Noodles
What do you cook when you want takeaway but should really just eat the food you have in your house? These easy peanut butter noodles can be made within 10 minutes. They are creamy, cosy and so simple, they’ll quickly become a go-to!
21. One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
You can’t get easier than a one pot meal for weeknight cooking. This vegan mushroom stroganoff could not be easier to make. Plus this variation on a family favourite is also dairy-free and vegan with a gluten free option.
For more vegan / meat free dinner recipes, check out our vegan dinner recipes category.
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