Mother's Day Dinner Recipes

A special lady deserves a special dinner. Mom will love these easy and elegant dishes, complete with how-to videos, ratings, reviews, and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Savory French Crepes

Rating: 4.4 stars
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These buckwheat crepes are filled with mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and Gruyere.

Awesome Baked Sea Scallops

Rating: 4.28 stars
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Large sea scallops are combined with garlic, shallots, butter, and bread crumbs then baked to perfection. Being from Maine, we love our seafood, and this is one of the greats!

Chef John's Chicken Marsala

Rating: 4.69 stars
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Certain dishes have a special place in my heart and this is one of them. The first real restaurant job I had in San Francisco was at a small place called Ryan's Cafe. It was run by a husband and wife team, Michael and Lenore Ryan. They were true 'foodies' before that term had even been coined. This chicken Marsala dish was the most popular dish on the menu and the first one that I was taught.

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Rating: 4.59 stars
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Well-rounded seafood and pasta dish. Good with any pasta; angel hair is less filling.

Salmon with Fruit Salsa

Rating: 4.22 stars
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Baked salmon and fruit salsa with a spicy kick. Serve over rice.

Homemade Four Cheese Ravioli

Rating: 4.27 stars
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Great homemade Italian ravioli recipe that I have recreated to taste like the ravioli at Maggiano's restaurant. Don't be intimidated by the large list of ingredients, it is well worth it!

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.55 stars
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I had this at a party and couldn't get it off my mind. It's a fruity Asian chicken salad that even my family's picky eaters enjoy. I bake my own chicken for more flavor, which adds to the prep time, but pre-cooked or canned chicken will also work just fine.

Rack of Lamb with Strawberry Mint Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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As far as mint sauces go, I love experimenting with new ideas, especially around Easter time, and I really liked how this came out. The combination of the sweet-savory sauce and the Dijon crumb crust complemented the lamb perfectly.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Rating: 4.67 stars
298
This is one of my family's favorites. This pork recipe is always tender and juicy. Serve with additional barbeque sauce for dipping.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Rating: 4.56 stars
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This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese.

Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

Rating: 4.6 stars
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Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Rating: Unrated
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Mom will love this lighter version of pasta carbonara—and you'll love how quick and easy it is to make.

Portable Dishes to Bring Mom on Mother's Day

Moms deserve to feel pampered on Mother's Day, and taking over the cooking for her will certainly do it. You'll find these dishes easy to transport.

Quinoa, Beet, and Arugula Salad

Rating: 4.81 stars
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Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and can be used as an alternative to white rice or couscous in most dishes. The arugula has a rich peppery taste, and has an exceptionally strong flavor for a leafy green which goes well with the slightly nutty flavor of the quinoa.