Cooking is a basic human survival skill, and there are different benefits that you can gain from it.
You will learn useful healthy eating, financial planning, and cleaning skills. People cook for various reasons, whether they want to save money, live alone for the first time, or just try new things.
Food has the power to connect people. Food is always involved when you spend time with your family and friends. Learning how to cook also can connect you with your loved ones because cooking for others will make them feel loved and special.
It is never too late for you to learn how to cook. You can learn different recipes from the internet nowadays. They can be overwhelming sometimes for beginners, so you need to know where to begin and what to cook.
The key is to cook only what you like because you will likely enjoy the cooking process.
Apart from that, it is not recommended for a beginner to try a professional recipe. It can be hard, and you may not want to cook anymore.
On the other hand, trying basic recipes will give you the knowledge and skills needed to cook to improve from time to time. Also, do not be afraid to make mistakes because there is always a way to fix them. Next thing you know, you might be a chef!
Below are the basic recipes we think you should try as a beginner. You can prepare the food for yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy!
1. Classic Cheese Omelet
Nothing can go wrong with cooking an egg. This omelet recipe is easy to make, and you will surely love it. The exterior of a classic French omelet is smooth and silky, with very little browning, and it cradles a tender and soft-scrambled interior.
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon (15 grams) of unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons of cheddar cheese
- Kosher salt
- Ground white or black pepper
- Chopped chives and sliced tomato (for serving)
- Crack the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and beat them until the yolks and whites are fully incorporated. Season the egg with kosher salt and some pepper.
- On the stove, heat the unsalted butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high until it fully melts and becomes foamy. Pour the eggs into the center of the skillet. For about 10 to 15 seconds, stir it in a circular motion and shake the skillet with the other hand.
- Gather the outer set of eggs toward the middle of the skillet as you work your way around it, then tilt the skillet so runny eggs spread to the outside edges. Wait about 1 minute before you spread the remaining and cook until it is creamy but not wet.
- Add the cheddar cheese on the edge of the omelet and remove the skillet from the heat. Gently slide a spatula under one side of the omelet and fold it to the other side over the cheese.
- Serve it on a plate with chopped chives and sliced tomato on top.
2. Mashed Potatoes
This all-time favorite classic homemade mashed potato will make you no longer want to try it elsewhere. You will love the rich, creamy taste and great flavor that it offers. It is also a meal you can prep ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. You can use any potato that you like for this recipe.
- 2 Pounds of potatoes; peeled and chopped into small cubes
- ½ Cup of unsalted butter
- ½ Cup of milk
- Ground white or black pepper
- Fill a pot from any cookware sets with water and add a pinch of salt. Put a steamer basket into it and ensure the water does not seep through the holes. Wait until the water boils and then reduce to let it simmer rapidly.
- Add the potatoes to the steamer basket. Steam the potatoes for about 25 to 30 minutes until soft and tender enough. You can check this by piercing the potatoes with a knife or fork. Remove the potatoes from the steamer basket.
- Heat the butter in a small saucepan until it melts, and then pour in the milk. Rice the hot potatoes using a potato ricer into a bowl. Then, mix them with the milk mixture and season with salt and pepper. Combine them with a spatula, and you can serve them immediately.
3. Shrimp Scampi With Pasta
This is another beginner-friendly recipe that serves well for a party or a get-together. Shrimp takes about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, and the pasta takes about 5 minutes.
Cooking shrimp for more than 3 minutes will make it more rubbery. It is a very convenient food that does not require long hours of slogging in the kitchen.
- Linguine Pasta
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin oil
- 2 Shallots
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- Red pepper flakes
- Peeled Shrimp
- Lemon juice
- Parsley leaves
- Kosher Salt and Pepper
- Cook the linguine pasta in a large pot of boiling water mixed with salt.
- Take another pan and add 2 tablespoons of butter and olive oil.
- Mix all the shallots, pepper, and salt in the skillet and the shrimp.
- Keep cooking it until the shrimp turns golden brown.
- Add wine, lemon juice, some more butter, and olive oil into the mix along with the pasta and stir it well.
- Serve the mix by topping it with parsley leaves.
4. Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs
This roasted chicken thigh is undoubtedly the best recipe that a beginner can experiment with. It offers a fusional taste with a shining and more presentable glaze.
The chilly garlic flavor packs a punch and gives a vinegary kick that is delicious by all means. It is extremely tempting and combines with a bowl of rice perfectly.
- ½ Cup rice vinegar
- ½ Cup soy sauce
- 5 Tablespoons honey
- ½ Cup sesame oil
- 3 Tablespoons Asian garlic chili sauce
- 3 Tablespoons garlic
- 8 Boneless chicken thighs
- Chopped green onion
- Whisk vinegar, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, garlic chili sauce, minced garlic, and salt together in a pan.
- Keep some marinades in the pan and pour the rest into a vacuum-packed plastic bag.
- Take the pieces of boneless chicken thighs and stuff them inside the marinade for a few minutes
- Take the boneless chicken thighs and shed away the extra marinade, and bake it at 425 degrees F for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Arrange it on the platter and pour the sauce on the baked chicken thighs.
- Sprinkle some pepper on them and serve them alongside cooked rice.
5. Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry
This is a perfect recipe for a newbie looking to master the art of vegetarian recipes. Learning to cook vegetarian curries will help you in times of emergencies.
It would go well with rice or even bread of different kinds. It is very healthy as well, and that benefits beginners to a large extent.
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Chopped onion
- Cloves of garlic
- Minced ginger
- Diced tomatoes
- 1 Cup of coconut milk
- Sliced sweet potato
- Chili powder
- Cumin powder
- Baby spinach
- Red chili flakes
- Take a skillet and pour the oil
- Mix garlic, ginger, and onion in the skillet and start mixing it until the onions turn brown.
- Pour the coconut milk alongside chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
- Boil it for 15 minutes and simmer it in the middle.
- Season the curry with cumin powder, chili flakes, and baby spinach before serving it with rice.
6. Soy-Honey Glazed Salmon With Asparagus
Cooking fish is considered conducive for beginners, but this recipe is just so simple and delicious. The caramelized salmon is so smooth on the taste buds that you would long for more.
The whole cooking process would take about 10 minutes maximum and not more than that. This would be perfect for a newbie who will love and eventually become a pro.
- 1 Bunch of fresh asparagus
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Salmon filet
- Sea salt and ground black pepper
- Bring water to boil in a steamer and put the asparagus until it is steamed.
- Whisk together soy sauce and honey in a cup
- Preheat the oven broiler, pick up a baking sheet, and grease it with oil.
- Place the salmon filet and asparagus on the baking sheet and season it with mixed glaze and salt and pepper.
- Broil it for 3 to 5 minutes until the dish is done.
7. Beef Stir-Fry
Stir fries are the best choice for beginners, taste-wise, and effort-wise. It is a faster item that does not require too much effort. The steps are easy and render it to be very delicious as well. A nice evening snack even works as a perfect and convenient appetizer.
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Pound beef sirloin
- 11/2 Cup fresh broccoli florets
- 1 Red bell pepper
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Green onion
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- Pour some vegetable oil into the skillet
- Add all the vegetables to a pan alongside the beef and stir until all the ingredients become smooth.
- Keep stirring and season it with salt and pepper
- Serve it alongside steamed rice.
8. Mexican Casseroles
Who does not love tacos, nachos, and lasagnas? This item is just a combination of all the items mentioned above. It is an exceptional crowd-pleaser and is worth trying for a newbie. It is easy and very convenient to cook.
- Lean ground beef
- 2 Cups salsa
- Chili beans
- Tortilla chips
- 2 Cups sour cream
- Sliced black olives
- ½ Cup chopped green onions
- ½ Cup chopped fresh tomato
- 2 Cups cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil
- Cook the ground beef in the hot skillet
- Stir in salsa and beans, and simmer it for 20 minutes
- Spread the crushed tortilla chips alongside sour cream, olives, green onion, and tomatoes.
- Bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes.
9. Spicy Ramen Noodles
Here comes the bachelor special, which every newbie would have tried at least once. It has a spicy flavor, and there is a fusional flavor to the item with the mix of peanuts and green onions.
The dinner is ready in 15 minutes, and no extra slogging is needed. You can also keep it simple with fewer vegetables, thus making it quite convenient.
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoon table sugar
- Rice vinegar
- Chili garlic sauce
- Sliced ginger
- Creamy peanut butter
- Ramen noodles
- Green onions
- Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, ginger, and peanut butter.
- Boil the noodles until they become soft in a pot of boiling water.
- Pour the sauce over the noodles and let it soak for some time.
- Sprinkle green onions and peanuts on the top of the dish.
10. Roasted Garlic Spatchcock Chicken
It is not a complete list without chicken in it. Spatchcock chicken is a whole chicken cooked while flattened out. You will fall in love with this easy roasted garlic spatchcock chicken because it is incredibly juicy and tender, crispy and rich in flavor.
- 1 Whole chicken
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
How To Spatchcock A Chicken
- Place the chicken (breast-side down) on a dry, clean-cutting board.
- Use the kitchen scissor to cut along the backbone in the center and remove the backbone.
- Flip the chicken over and cut along the backbone on the opposite side. The backbone can be discarded or kept and used to make homemade stock. Turn the chicken, so the skin is facing up and use your palms and press down to flatten the chicken.
- Pat dry the chicken using a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.
Preparing The Roasted Garlic Spatchcock Chicken
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- Prepare the seasoning by mixing the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
- Place the chicken on a dry and clean tray. Gently separate the chicken skin and meat (be careful not to tear it!) to slip the butter under the skin. Rub the skin of the chicken with the seasoning prepared earlier and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Heat a cast-iron skillet over the stove on medium heat. When the skillet is heated, sear the chicken by laying the breast side down in the hot pan for 3 to 5 minutes or until the skin starts to crisp up.
- Place the skillet in the oven for 30 minutes until the chicken skin turns golden brown. Take the skillet out and flip the chicken to put thyme sprigs to add flavor.
- Put the skillet back into the oven and roast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes.
Many dishes are suitable for beginners, and as they practice, they become a pro. The above list of 10 food items quite conveniently befits inexperienced cooks who are trying their way to become experts.
They are simple items and do not require arduous effort in the kitchen.