New Year's Main Dish Recipes

Looking for main dish recipes to celebrate the new year? Allrecipes has more than 50 trusted main dish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and serving tips.

Staff Picks

Beef Wellington

Rating: 4.54 stars
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!

New Year Spinach Fettuccine with Scallops

Rating: 4 stars
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.

Surf and Turf for Two

Rating: 4.87 stars
This is a simple way to make a special dinner any night of the week. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. Serve shrimp alongside steaks with your favorite sides.

Lamb Braised in Pomegranate

Rating: 4.76 stars
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
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!

Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Rating: 4.61 stars
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.

Steamed Lobster Tails

Rating: 4.79 stars
This basic recipe for steamed lobster tails is the best way to ensure perfect lobster every time.

Garlic Roasted Duck Breast

Rating: 4.5 stars
Duck breast. Pan seared, then roasted with garlic and rosemary.

Lobster Newburg

Rating: 4.62 stars
Use fresh lobster if available, but 2 (6 ounce) cans of lobster may be used instead. This recipe is rich and delicious. If you do not like spicy food, use paprika in place of cayenne pepper. Serve hot, over buttered toast slices.

Chef John's Steak Diane

Rating: 4.62 stars
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.

How to Make Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Rating: 4.83 stars
For something fancy, this is pretty easy to make. It's one of the world's most delicious dishes. It's rich and decadent, and yet still light.

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Rating: 4.56 stars
I mostly use this as a breakfast casserole, but it's great anytime. May be served with or without diced ham. Quick and easy to make, not to mention delicious!

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
"I [made these] for our New Year's Eve celebration. It's really the sauce that brings these meatballs to life." – naples34102

Pork Pie

Rating: 4.2 stars

Pork Pie is a standard Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve treat in my predominantly French-Canadian hometown in Maine. It's served with catsup or mustard, tossed salad, and pickles. Simple but wonderful. Top individual servings with catsup or mustard before serving.