All You Need Is Lemon

It's the small details that can really kick your meals up a notch. Add a little lemon to most dishes, and you've got something truly delightful for dinner. See all there is to love about lemons with these 8 recipes!

By: Anna Decker / 11/13/2018

1. Spiced Chicken Thighs with Grilled Lemon and Creamed Corn

We love this creamed corn with fresh and sweet kernels coated in smooth, buttery sauce. It contrasts beautifully with the tasty spice mix we’ve generously rubbed onto chicken skin, just waiting to release its flavors onto a hot grill. But our favorite part is the charred lemon: ever so slightly caramelized, its hot juice squirted onto your meal for a tangy finish. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

2. Baked Pollock with Garlic Lemon Butter, Spinach and Roasted Potatoes

One of our go-to techniques for cooking fish is steaming in parchment paper to retain all the moisture for a soft-as-butter result. We’ve added lemon and wholegrain mustard inside our little parchment boats for a citrus sauce that you can spoon right over the fish as you eat. The potatoes, roasted on the same pan, will be tender enough to crush with your fork, ready to soak up those flavorful juices. Cook, enjoy and relax!

3. Broiled Hake & Rösti with Cherry Tomatoes and Lemon Sauce

There’s nothing quite like the smell of potatoes crisping in a hot pan. Rösti, a Swiss potato pancake or hash brown, is famous for its golden exterior and soft center. We drizzled ours with malt vinegar for bright acidity and a hint of ale. We could almost just eat an entire rösti for dinner, but we added an elegant fillet of hake, bursting sweet tomatoes and a super-simple tangy parsley sauce for a balanced meal. We can’t get enough. Cook, relax and enjoy!

4. Pumpkin Seed Falafel Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

That thick brown crust on falafels usually comes from deep frying, meaning the patties absorb a lot of oil along the way. Instead of using a deep fryer, we cooked these in a skillet with just enough olive oil to give them a lovely golden crisp. Pumpkin seeds in the chickpea mix make for an ultra-creamy center and lots of tangy lemon and fresh herbs provide a good dose of vitamin C and antioxidants. Cook, relax and enjoy!

5. Whole Wheat Lemon Pepper Pasta with Radish, Spinach & Sesame

Casarecce, a pasta originally from Sicily, has a rolled up shape perfect for catching the buttery sauce of this dish. We chose whole grain for its nutritious properties but also because we loved its earthy flavor alongside warmed radishes and wilted spinach. This meal is spring on a plate—colorful, vibrant, balanced—just the kind you’ll need to usher you into the warmer months. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

6. Couscous and Fontina Fritters with Broccolini and Lemon Aioli

In this Mediterranean inspired dish, cheesy couscous is made even better as crispy fritters, served alongside roasted broccolini and aioli—a garlicky, lemony mayonnaise sauce. While often misidentified as young broccoli, broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and kale, and it’s delicious roasted, just like both of its parents! Cook, relax, and enjoy!

7. Pepperoncini Shrimp & Broccoli with Creamy Lemon Herb Dip

One bite of this dish will transport you to a warm, breezy day at a seaside restaurant. The shrimp is lightly fried in oil that has been infused with spicy pepperoncini and fragrant garlic. This flavored oil also comes back into play as a zesty topper. A creamy dip served alongside is the only other thing you'll need for this meal—well, maybe besides a chilled beer. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

8. Pork Tenderloin with Two-Bean Salad & Lemon Dressing

Crushed fennel seeds, salt, and pepper act like a quick dry-brine, giving this juicy grilled pork tenderloin an almost Italian sausage-like flavor. Two beans—creamy cannellini and crisp-tender green beans—are tossed in a bright lemon dressing loaded with plenty of chopped parsley for added freshness and color. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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