Winter Main Dish Recipes

Looking for winter dinner ideas? Browse more than 620 comforting winter main dish recipes that will warm you up inside and out.

Staff Picks

Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Rating: Unrated
105
I've been dying to do a chicken and dumpling dish for a while. Could there be a better time than winter for a true comfort dish?
Ribs

Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

Rating: Unrated
342
Beef short ribs are pretty much foolproof, and as long as two things happen, you are in for some very fine eats. First, the beef must be really well browned – I'm talking deep, dark, crusty, and caramelized. The other key step is easier. To paraphrase an expression, 'stick a fork in them, they're done.' Just braise them until they're fork-tender. After browning properly, the only way to mess these up is to undercook them, so don't.
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Indian Recipes

Curried Beef with Winter Vegetables

Rating: Unrated
15
The UK has a large Indian/Pakistani population, so curry is a popular meal where I live. I don't like hot curries, but mild ones are a nice change. This is a mild curried beef recipe with root vegetables. It's very filling and goes nicely with brown basmati rice. Chinese Five Spice is a mixture of aniseed, cinnamon, fennel, pepper, and cloves.
Scottish Recipes

A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie

Rating: Unrated
270
Yes, shepherd's pie is predominantly thought of as Irish or British. But since I'm Scottish, I thought I'd give it a unique twist to suit my ancestral tastes. The use of lamb, the smoky, heather taste of Guinness® Draught (Irish, I admit), and the topping of sharp Cheddar and smoked paprika give this version its unique, smoky-sweet flavor.
Beef Stew

Beef Stew VI

Rating: Unrated
2491
Thick beef stew good eaten from a bowl or poured over biscuits. Substitute lamb and voila!...Irish stew!! If thicker stew is desired, add more cornstarch and/or take cover off for last 15-20 minutes. The longer this simmers, the better! Vary the herbs to your taste.
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French Recipes

Coq Au Vin with Rosemary and Thyme

Rating: Unrated
6
My take on the classic French dish. I loved to experiment and didn't follow a recipe. I know the main idea was braising chicken in wine, and you need to flavor to your tastes. Thyme and rosemary always go great with chicken, and bacon...well it's bacon. My favorite side dish is mashed potatoes and French/Italian bread to soak up the juices. One time I forgot I didn't have potatoes, so on the fly I shredded the chicken, tossed the bones, and we had a great soup/stew on a cold night. A lot of flavor with very little work. Enjoy.
Chicken Stew

Chef John's Quick Cassoulet

Rating: Unrated
41
We've taken some short cuts to make a quick version of the French classic, cassoulet. Chicken thighs replace the classic, and time-consuming, duck confit; canned beans replace dried; and bacon serves as a convenient substitute for other, more involved smoked pork options.
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Pork Pie

Steak and Irish Stout Pie

Rating: Unrated
52
This delicious Irish meal may provoke your guests into licking the pie dish clean.
Chicken Breasts

Chicken Pot Pie IX

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A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery.
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Fish Cakes

Salmon Patties I

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587
These salmon patties are delicious for lunch or dinner.
Chicken Pot Pie

Mom's Fabulous Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust

Rating: Unrated
571
Leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken from the supermarket helps on the ease of preparation of this fabulous comfort style dinner. Fresh vegetables gives this a very special added flavor and is worth the effort. Everyone loves Mom's Chicken Pot Pie! Serve with a green salad.
Russian Recipes

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Rating: Unrated
1092
I don't know where I got this recipe, but I have been using it for well over 20 years. Works well in a slow cooker.

Inspiration and Ideas

Simple Beef Pot Roast

"Followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out delicious—tender, tasty, falling apart on the plate. Also very easy to make!" – Stacy

Mom's Chicken Pot Pie

"[I] used frozen mixed vegetables. Easy to make. Tastes great!" – Sherri

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Rating: Unrated
98

This oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts. You can serve this chicken with many side dishes, but favorites are fried potatoes or spaetzle and a nice garden salad. Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!