30 Easter Recipes That You Can Make At Home

Easter is right around the corner, marking an important time for Christians worldwide. This holiday is also when everyone looks forward to eating good food to keep the celebrations going. To make that celebration even better, here are thirty Easter recipes you can easily make at home! 

30 Easter Recipes that you can make at home

This list of thirty Easter that recipes you can make at home includes traditional options worldwide, like hot cross buns, Tzatziki, pizzelle, Babka, and lemon bars. It also contains modern recipe ideas you could try on the holiday, like a lovely grazing board! 

Easter marks the end of Lent, or fasting, which means everyone is ready to dive into some lovely food soon. For that, anyone simply looking for food ideas to better their celebration has undoubtedly landed at the right place.

By the time you are done reading this post, you might have too many ideas on hand! Now, let us see what these recipes are! 

Easter Recipes That You Can Easily Make At Home

Did you know that every country or region has a delicacy that they prepare especially for Easter? In the United States, carrots are abundant around this time of year, marking the beginning of spring. 

Similarly, other countries have traditional recipes with local ingredients that define their holiday. Here, I have curated a list of some fantastic easter recipes from around the world, which will allow you to explore new cuisines and ideas.

Moreover, these dish ideas can also be a great way to update your usual Easter spread! So, let’s begin! 

1. Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

I had to start this fantastic list with one of the most apparent easter treats: hot cross buns! Although initially a tradition from England, hot cross buns have gained popularity worldwide for the right reasons. 

I am sure you have made hot cross buns loads of times for Easter before since it is such an important tradition.

However, to give this classic a modern twist, you can try various flavors, like chocolate hot cross buns, or make a savory version with some prosciutto and parmesan cheese.

2. Beet Pickled Devilled Eggs

Beet Pickled Devilled Eggs

Devilled eggs are another classic that people often serve on Easter. They make the perfect grazing snack and a fantastic lunch or dinner option. However, this year, pick your devilled eggs up a notch by pickling them first, giving them a lovely flavor and attractive color. 

Moreover, you don’t need to serve beet-pickled devilled eggs just as they are. You can easily twist the flavor by adding bacon bits, cream cheese, or even pieces of smoked Salmon, along with some chopped chives. 

3. Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica

I know what most of you are probably thinking. How can a pizza be a traditional Easter dish? This isn’t exactly a pizza per se, but more like a meat pie traditionally eaten in Italy. This pizza is more similar to a double-crusted quiche. 

The insides are filled with everything good, including traditional Italian meat options like salami, smoked ham, and prosciutto.

The pie is also loaded with provolone and parmesan cheese, adding cheesy and savory goodness. 

4. Baked Salmon With A Side Salad

Baked Salmon With A salad

Baked Salmon with a side salad is a classic dish in countless homes. Whether it’s a regular weeknight dinner or an occasion like Easter, Chef George Duran puts a delicious spin on the culinary staple.

He elevates the culinary staple with a Parmesan-crusted Mowi Salmon recipe with Citrus Fennel Salad. While this recipe may initially appear daunting, rest assured—it’s remarkably straightforward.

It calls for Mowi Salmon, the freshest around, and a handful of everyday ingredients such as Parmesan cheese, shaved fennel, finely chopped parsley, black pepper, a squeeze of citrus, and butter.

5. Tzatziki


I am sure most of you have tried Tzatziki at least once. Although you may not see it as a traditional Easter dish in your culture, it is undoubtedly a Greek tradition to enjoy it on the holiday. Tzatziki is easy to make and also makes a multipurpose dip for your Easter celebration. 

You can serve it as a dip alongside some pita chips or even take it up a notch by serving it alongside gyros and lamb. Either way, adding a refreshing dip to your usual Easter meal can be a fun twist. 

6. Pizzelle


This delicious Italian waffle cookie is not limited to Easter celebrations! Owing to how beautiful they turn out, eating pizzelles has almost become a tradition in many parts of Italy. You, too, can hop in on the Italian tradition and make pizzelles this Easter! 

Out of all the recipes in this list, this is the only one that could be a little tricky for some of you.

You will also need a pizzelle maker to get the shape right. But I can surely guarantee you that once you invest in this machine and try this recipe out, you will surely be making pizzelles all year round! 

7. Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Speaking of classic American easter delicacies, can it get classier than a good old carrot cake? Carrot cake is the definition of comfort dessert and is so common across the United States on this particular occasion. Moreover, eating carrot cake on Easter also takes up the world! 

Most of you need no introduction about what exactly goes into making a carrot cake. However, to make it even more Easter-friendly, I suggest adding a lot of cinnamon to the icing and the cake to give it a lovely, sweet, spicy bite. 

8. Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Fish cakes are a typical delicacy in Germany, denoting the end of Lent. Not just fish cakes, but the tradition in Germany is to serve these delicious cakes with some sauerkraut and rice, making it a full indulgent meal. 

If you are looking for a main dish or even an appetizer that can serve as a main, fish cakes are the way to go. You can go for the classic route and make your fish cakes with cod, or go extravagant with the recipe and instead make them with Salmon! 

9. Babka


This traditional sweet Polish bread is every day for Polish people to take to Church on Easter. It is also popular amongst the Jewish community. I would, too, if I were Polish, as Babka indeed takes the cake for being one of the best types of bread out there. 

Babka is rich and buttery and has so many layers. Try making a babka with chocolate, sticking to the traditional ways.

However, you can experiment with the filling and switch it to Nutella. Either way, this sweet bread is bound to make a lovely side or even a dessert option. 

10. Rack Of Lamb

Rack Of Lamb

A traditional European Easter delicacy, a rack of lamb is as close to roots as you could get on Easter. It makes for the perfect meal option for lunch or even dinner. The tradition of serving a rack of lamb on Easter is pretty standard across most of Europe. 

Moreover, the best part is that there is so much that you can do with a rack of lamb!

You can give it a touch of flavors from your culture or even go by the European traditional way of making it. Serve this rack alongside an array of sides, and let me tell you, you are in for a fantastic feast! 

11. Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Lemon is a classic spring flavor, probably the best for the coming season. Owing to that, many people seem to love including lemon bars in their Easter spread. Now, it is almost like an Easter tradition to make lemon bars. You, too, can join in on that citrusy fun! 

These treats make the perfect dessert for anyone who loves a little sweet with their citrus flavors.

They are simple to make, which is undoubtedly a big plus. You can also experiment with the base recipe and add other citrus flavors if you like! 

12. Pulla


For anyone who loves deliciously sweet and buttery bread, here is another option besides Babka. If chocolate is not your thing but sweet bread is, you won’t be able to refuse this Finnish easter treat. Pulla is widely eaten across Scandinavia as an Easter tradition. 

Similar to Babka, the bread is also braided. However, a significant difference is that this bread is packed with butter and cardamom, giving it a decent spice kick. You can also take your pulla up a notch for Easter and hide little Easter eggs in the braids! 

13. Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

Did you know that the United Kingdom has an Easter version of its Christmas fruit cake? Yes, that’s right! Simnel cake is similar to their Christmas fruit cake and is a lovely tradition from the region on Easter, besides having hot cross buns. 

Similar to a Christmas fruit cake, this cake is beautiful because you can prepare it beforehand.

A while before you plan on serving the cake, cover it with some marzipan, as it is done for a traditional Simnel cake. Don’t forget to toss some toasted ‘eggs’ on top, which symbolize Jesus’ disciples without Judas. 

14. Pashka


Are you a true fan of cheesecake but want to try a different version? Then, you need to try making some pashka. Well, the dish is quite different from a traditional cheesecake. However, the similarity lies in the fact that both desserts have a lot of soft cheese. 

Pashka, however, is made with a type of cheese similar to cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. It is also packed with honey, cherries, dried fruits, and more.

This unique dessert in Eastern Orthodox countries is made with everything that cannot be eaten during fasting, which is the beginning of Easter.

15. Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Is there a more American way to celebrate Easter than serving delicious honey mustard glazed ham? As the name suggests, a large piece of ham is glazed with a few simple ingredients, letting the authentic flavors of the meat shine. 

Plus, so much will go well with a large piece of ham! You can serve it alongside some bread rolls for everyone to enjoy sliders. Or, you can prepare a whole feast with veggies, sides, and so much more! Either way, this is one recipe that can surely always go right. 

16. Paella


You probably would not have thought of paella as an Easter special food, but it indeed is! However, paella is not traditionally eaten on Easter in Spain but rather in the Philippines! Since the Philippines had Spanish colonies, there has been a great influence of the same, even on their food. 

This is also a lovely idea to cook on Easter, especially if you have to cater to a large crowd.

You can make a whole batch, which will be more than enough. Experiment with your favorite seafood for this recipe, and you will have a mouth-watering easter treat! 

17. Jollof


Here is another rice recipe that is perfect for a huge crowd! I bet most of you who have eaten delicious Jollof rice before have probably loved it. So, why not include this amazing recipe as part of your Easter meal, just like they do in Ghana, Senegal, and Nigeria?

The best part about jollof rice is that it is one of the most customizable recipes out there. The basics for the rice remain the same, consisting of rich tomato paste and peppers.

But you can amp it up by adding any protein of your choice, from chicken to seafood, to make it a completely balanced meal. 

18. Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring

This Swedish easter delicacy may not be the best choice for everyone. Of course, herring has a very sharp flavor, which may require you to get accustomed to it. However, if you are in the mood to try new cuisines or experiment a little this Easter, you need to try this recipe out. 

You can quite easily make a pickled herring at home much ahead of time and then serve it on Easter day.

However, the good news is that if you want to do only some of that, you can even grab cans of the same from Scandinavian specialty stores! Serve it alongside some bread to make the flavor less intense. 

19. Zurek

Speaking of countries with specialized flavor palates, here is a traditional Easter recipe from Russia and Eastern Europe that you can consider for the holiday. Made with sour rye as the base, this dish is undoubtedly not half as intense as the pickled herring—that’s for sure! 

If you have ever had one, a zurek tastes similar to borscht. The ingredients may vary depending on the country. However, some ingredients are common to all Zurek recipes, including sour cream, sausage, and hard-boiled eggs. 

20. Capirotada


I am the biggest fan of bread pudding, and I believe it is one of the warmest and best desserts you could serve on Easter. On a quest to find some of the best bread pudding out there, I came across this traditional Mexican bread pudding, also known as capirotada, famously served on Easter. 

Like many others we have discussed here, this is one of those recipes where every family has a different version. However, the best or most standard versions are always made with bread, raisins, and some sweetened cinnamon milk. Now, that sounds like a lovely balance of sugar and spice! 

21. Pascualina


If you like savory pies, the perfect recipe is this Pascualina! The name means “Eastertime tart,” with Pascua meaning Easter in Spanish. This Argentinian savory pie has its origins in Italy. 

The ingredients make Those origins visible, as this pie consists of spinach and ricotta. Moreover, it is packed with boiled eggs, symbolizing Christ’s resurrection. 

22. Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter is incomplete without some eggs, so chocolate easter eggs have finally entered this list. Nothing can be better than some good old chocolate packed with sweet goodies. 

You can let your creativity flow by making white chocolate eggs. Then, paint them with lovely colors, or you can even airbrush them. Fill them with marshmallows and candies, and your kids will be the happiest they have ever been! 

23. Stuffing


Most of us associate stuffing with Christmas. But, this stuffing, unlike a regular Christmas stuffing, also consists of a bunch of smoked meats of your choice, along with bread and eggs. Serving stuffing on Easter is a pretty common tradition in the Czech Republic. 

The stuffing is as classic as it can be, with herbs like rosemary and sage. It can easily be made in a baking dish, or you can even bake it like a loaf of bread. Either way, the stuffing will keep its shape intact and be an amazing addition to your Easter spread. 

24. Pao De Lo

Pao De Lo

This classic Portuguese Easter sponge cake is known for its incredibly soft texture and fresh citrus flavor. Although initially of Portuguese origin, pao de lo has become a typical Easter dish and tradition in many places worldwide, especially where the Portuguese had colonies. 

The base of this cake is simple: flour, sugar, lemon, and a whole lot of eggs! Along with whole eggs, a traditional pao de lo recipe also adds egg yolks, which give it the quintessential soft texture.

This sponge cake can be a great addition to your Easter celebrations if you want to serve a more straightforward dessert. 

25. Bacalhau


Here is another Easter dish recipe from Portugal. However, unlike pao de lo, this dish is not a soft, spongy cake. Instead, bacalhau is a dish consisting of salt cod. So, this dish is perfect for anyone who loves sharp fish flavors to enjoy on their Easter holiday. 

Along with salt cod, this dish also includes potatoes, onions, hard-boiled eggs, and a whole lot of black olives.

It is also one of those recipes that is well-balanced in nutrition. So, you can surely enjoy it just as it is without making any sides! 

26. Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Many people enjoy Yorkshire pudding just as it is. So, making this unique treat on Easter day makes it so much more special! Yorkshire pudding is not as famous an Easter tradition per se. However, it is still an excellent option for the holiday. 

You can stick to the most basic recipes for Yorkshire pudding if that’s what you fancy. However, now you can even try out Easter-inspired variations of this delicious British treat, such as lamb Yorkshire pudding and salmon Yorkshire pudding with hollandaise sauce. 

27. Pierogi


Are you a big fan of dumplings? Then, pierogi is one Easter recipe you need to try this holiday. Pierogi is an Easter European dish made in Polish and Ukrainian homes during Easter. It is a tradition for these countries to serve these savory dumplings on the holiday.

Unlike usual dumplings, which are packed with meat, pierogi are a little different. Instead of meat, these delicious dumplings are packed with potatoes, a lot of cheese, and some spices. However, you can add some cooked meat to them if you fancy. 

28. Easter Grazing Board

Easter Grazing Board


Cooking for a large number of people can be challenging, so grazing boards come to the rescue. If you are hosting a massive Easter party, I don’t think there is anything better than serving a large Easter grazing board with all the fancy works. 

You can go the traditional way and serve different types of cheese, cold cuts, crackers, dips, and bread rolls.

You can even take it up a notch by taking inspiration from some of the above-mentioned recipes. Add options like hot cross buns and pao de lo to make the grazing board more authentic. 

29. Spanakopita


Spanakopita is a deliciously flaky, savory spinach pie made with phyllo pastry. This pie originates from Greece and uses an utterly crispy and delicate pastry. However, you can go for a store-bought version instead of making the pastry at home. 

Along with the crispy pastry, this pie gets all its flavor from the filling, which is made with creamy spinach, a bunch of herbs, and feta cheese.

The best part is that this recipe, too, is perfect for a large crowd, as a single batch will make a lot of servings, making it perfect for an Easter party. 

30. Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Last but not least, I wanted to end this dish with one of the most classic recipes, which most people already know about. Roasted chicken is again a Christmas tradition. However, no one ever said that you can’t make it an Easter special, too, right?

With roasted chicken, I don’t need to tell you much about the recipe. It is as essential as possible, and you can play around with your favorite recipes.

You can even stuff the chicken to make it a more filling meal or keep it as simple as possible. Serve this with some gravy, veggies, and potatoes; your meal is ready. 


I hope this list of amazing recipes has given you all the inspiration you need to make an amazing spread for Easter, now that we have reached the end of this article. Easter is a special time for so many people across the world, in terms of festivities and food too!

So, this Easter, why not take inspiration from other cultures and make something similar for your family? Whether it is Mowi salmon bites, some good old jollof, stuffing, or even a classic roasted chicken, everything is bound to make your holiday better.

Let me know which recipes you would include in your Easter spread, and I will see you next time! Until then, Happy Easter to all of you! 

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Are the recipes mentioned in the list beginner-friendly? 

Not all of them, but quite a few of the recipes mentioned in the list can be very easily made by beginners in the kitchen. 

What are some unique Easter recipes from Greece? 

Easter unique recipes from Greece include options like Tzatziki and spanakopita. 

Is pickled herring very popular across all Scandinavian countries? 

Pickled herring is primarily famous in one Scandinavian country, which is Sweden. 

What can be included in an Easter grazing board? 

For an Easter grazing board, you can include simple options like different types of cheese, meat, nuts, and crackers. 


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