French Main Dish Recipes

Craving cassoulet or croque monsieur? Turn your own kitchen into a little French bistro with rated & reviewed French main dish recipes, with plenty of how-to tips.

Staff Picks

Poulet de Provencal

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
This always reminds me of an aromatic day in Eze, France.

Patti's Mussels a la Mariniere

Rating: 4.5 stars 341
This dish is reminiscent of dining in an outdoor cafe in the south of France. Serve with crusty bread, and a nice chilled glass of white wine. This exact recipe can also be used for clams.

Chef John's Steak Diane

Rating: 4.5 stars 86
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.


Rating: 4.5 stars 1159
This terrific dish is loaded with succulent Mediterranean vegetables.

Veal Roast Blanquette

Rating: 4 stars 9
This is a mouthwatering tender roast with vegetables and a great gravy that gives a fantastic presentation for a dinner party, or for a family New Year's Eve dinner. It slow cooks once browned, so you can be straightening up the house while it simmers. You can get the boneless shoulder roast and roll it very tightly yourself and tie it several times with butcher string. Sometimes if you explain to the butcher, they will do it for you. Great served with fresh steamed asparagus or green bean spears.

Chef John's Salmon in Parchment

Rating: 5 stars 132
Cooking fish in parchment paper is incredibly simple, and yet fairly terrifying for a novice cook. Since the seafood is encased in paper, there's really no good way to check if it's done. The good news: if you use a large, center-cut salmon filet, about 8 or 9 ounces, and cook it for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F, you're going to be very, very close.

Alsatian Pork and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
This is a French recipe, very easy and a real comfort food. An all in one pot meal! I have gotten people who say they don't like sauerkraut to try this dish. They couldn't believe how good it is and asked for more.
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Tartiflette (French Potato, Bacon, and Cheese Casserole)

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
This striking looking dish is basically a potato, onion, and bacon casserole, topped with Reblochon cheese.

Chicken French - Rochester, NY Style

Rating: 5 stars 182
I've been making this recipe for years, and it is one of my family's most requested meals. Serve with brown and wild rice or rice pilaf along with Italian-cut green beans. Enjoy!

Lobster Thermidor

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
Delicious stuffed lobster coated in Parmesan and broiled until golden.

Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Rating: 5 stars 6984
'Cordon Bleu' is a French term, literally translated as 'blue ribbon', that originally referred to an award for culinary excellence given to women cooks! The term can now apply to any superior cook (yes, men too), and also to this dish (chicken, ham and Swiss cheese slices, breaded and sauteed). This yummy version adds paprika and a creamy white wine sauce worthy of its own blue ribbon. Two blue ribbon tastes in wedded bliss -- Chicken Cordon Bleu II!

Quiche Lorraine I

Rating: 4.5 stars 566
Bacon, Swiss cheese and onions mingle in perfect harmony amidst the eggs and cream in this timeless classic. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or just an indulgent snack!

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Coq Au Vin
Rating: Unrated 750
I like to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead of an old rooster for my coq au vin. Like all braised dishes, tougher cuts with lots of connective tissue work best, and on a chicken that would be the thigh/leg section. Of course, someone will ask if they can use chicken breasts; please don't. They just will not add that sticky goodness to the braising liquid that the thighs will.
Omelet in a Bag
Rating: Unrated 405
Great for when there are picky eaters in the crowd. Can make as many as needed or just one if you like. Got this from an internet friend. Good served with fruit and coffee cake.
Steelhead Trout Bake with Dijon Mustard
Rating: 4.5 stars 138

This is really yummy - not overpoweringly mustardy! And, after all, any recipe that begins with white wine has to be good! It's not oily or buttery or anything. I've made it with salmon, and it's equally tasty.