New Year's Main Dish Recipes

Resolve to try one of these perfectly delicious main dishes for your celebrations this new year.

Staff Picks

Beef Wellington

Rating: 4.5 stars 379
This is a very easy recipe that I learned when I was living in England. Note that Beef Wellington should always be served with the center slightly pink. Enjoy!

14 Great Ways to Make Shrimp Scampi

At its most basic, shrimp scampi is shrimp bathed in garlicky butter and blasted under the broiler. So easy, so perfect.
By Carl Hanson

Real Homemade Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 319
I had been looking for a Tamale recipe for years. One day I went to the international market and stood in the Mexican aisle till a woman with a full cart came by. I just asked her if she knew how to make Tamales. This is her recipe with a few additions from me. The pork can be substituted with either chicken or beef. This is great served with refried beans and a salad.

Garlic Roasted Duck Breast

Rating: 4 stars 1
Duck breast. Pan seared, then roasted with garlic and rosemary.
By silvertail

Lamb Braised in Pomegranate

Rating: 5 stars 36
This pomegranate braised lamb shoulder is about as seasonally appropriate as it gets, and one of the best things I've tasted in a long time.

Steak au Poivre

Rating: 5 stars 9
While this may take a while to cook, it is by far my favorite dish. I have been very frustrated with ordering Steak au Poivre when dining out only to find that what I made at home was much better. Hope you enjoy it!
By vaaccess

New Year Spinach Fettuccine with Scallops

Rating: 4 stars 64
I made this with my fiancee for a fancy New Year's Eve dinner. If you use sea scallops and not bay scallops, cut them into quarters before adding them to the pasta.

Steamed Lobster Tails

Rating: 5 stars 185
This basic recipe for steamed lobster tails is the best way to ensure perfect lobster every time.

Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 637
A friend of mine gave me this recipe, and it has become a family favorite. It is an elegant enough for company yet very simple to make, especially if you purchase shrimp that has already been peeled.

Chef John's Steak Diane

Rating: 4.5 stars 93
Steak Diane was a staple on menus in fine dining establishments back in the day. Prepared tableside where the server ignited the cognac, it was an impressive sight. You don't need to flame the cognac; just keeping it on the heat will eventually evaporate the alcohol. But be careful--it can still flare up if the heat's high enough when you're reducing the sauce.

Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 219
I ended up getting some snow crab legs on sale at the market. I wanted something a little different from plain steamed, boiled, or grilled crab legs, so I ended up throwing a few things together to make this awesome crab leg dish. Enjoy! This would be great with shrimp as well.

New Year's "Good Luck" Pasta Fazool

Rating: 5 stars 20
It's a scientific fact that eating pork, beans, or greens at the beginning of a new year brings you great luck-just imagine if we put all three of those things together in a single dish. This is so satisfying and delicious that even if it brought me bad luck, I'd still make it. Best served with some crusty, toasted bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 New Year's Eve Dinner Ideas
From impressive beef Wellington to comforting Swedish meatballs, you're sure to find a dinner idea for your celebration.
Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce
Rating: Unrated 71
"I [made these] for our New Year's Eve celebration. It's really the sauce that brings these meatballs to life." – naples34102