California Recipes

California is a big state with coastal, forest, and mountain cuisines. Explore the West with 220+ recipes that take you beyond sourdough into all facets of California cuisine.

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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Rating: 5 stars 1248
For a smoky and sumptuous veggie-filled grilled sandwich, try this easy recipe. All it takes is some veggies, focaccia bread, lemon-mayonnaise dressing, and crumbled feta.
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Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 2845
Beer battered cod are the star of these fresh and tasty fish tacos, served in corn tortillas with shredded cabbage and a zesty white sauce.

California-Thai Flank Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
This Thai-inspired marinated steak is a family favorite. Serve with basmati rice, a fresh salad and/or soup, and fresh fruit for desert!

Authentic Mexican Chile Rellenos

Rating: 4.5 stars 262
Tasty chile rellenos made with Anaheim chiles filled with Mexican cheese.

Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

Rating: 5 stars 307
Marinated tri-tip beef roast that's grilled and basted with garlic vinegar.

Mexican Style Corn

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
On the streets of Santa Maria, California, street vendors (think an ice cream man with a 'trash can' full of hot corn on the cob instead of ice cream) roam the sidewalks selling corn on the cob for a dollar an ear! They slide a wooden skewer in one end for you to hold the corn. We crave it often and it's become a regular on our Saturday grill nights! Give it a try. You'll be surprised!


Rating: 5 stars 872
A classic herby seafood stew with a little bit of everything from the sea.
By Allrecipes Member

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars 430
Easy BBQ chicken pizza made with diced chicken, spicy BBQ sauce, and onion.

Mom's Favorite Baked Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 1112
This is a macaroni and cheese I first made 3 years ago when I was in California. When I got back to Texas I made it for my mom. This is now her favorite baked macaroni and cheese. She begs me to make it when I come to visit.

California Roll

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
A California roll is a fresh take on traditional Japanese rice rolls. Filled with avocado, crab, and cucumber, it's fresh and crunchy and makes a filling meal. You can use real or imitation crab.

Quick Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 233
This simple yet scrumptious recipe has a nice kick and is a house favorite. Delicious!
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Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 1125
I came up with this recipe when I couldn't find good directions for grilled fish tacos. I liked the chipotle-lime combination in a dip I once tried so I imitated it here. Choose toppings to suit your taste, or include typical accompaniments such as salsa fresca, cabbage, a squeeze of lime juice, and chopped cilantro.
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 California Recipes That Celebrate the Best of the West
California is one long slice of culinary creativity. stretching from the fish tacos of San Diego to the cioppino and sourdough breads of San Francisco, and beyond. Dig into the best of the West!
Grilled Tex-Mex Fish Tacos
Rating: Unrated 1
Full of spicy, zesty, Tex-Mex flavor, these grilled fish tacos come with a creamy chipotle spread that's as easy as it is delicious.
Jamie's Minestrone
Rating: 4.5 stars 2514

I created this soup after becoming tired of the excess salt and lack of veggies in canned minestrone. I recalled a great bowl of minestrone that was overflowing with rich vegetables at the 'Sheepherder's Inn' in Sacramento, California. Great with a hearty bread, romaine salad and a nice Merlot!