International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Quick and Easy International Dishes

A plate of chicken tostadas

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Some (most?) days you're pressed for time, and you just need to get a meal on the table with minimal effort and maximum flavor. Turn to the wider world for a cornucopia of options!

The following recipes are relatively straightforward and simple to prepare. And for the most part, they will allow you to get dinner on the table in around an hour or less. Keep in mind that a few do call for time to marinate meat, poultry or fish or to soak dried beans. Start marinating or soaking in the morning, and things will come together quickly for dinner that night.

International quick and easy recipes


Shawarma vendor

(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)

Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon (Filipino stir-fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables)

(Filipino stir-fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables)


Baleadas (Honduran flour tortillas with beans and cheese)

(Honduran flour tortillas with beans and cheese)

Kuku Paka

Kuku Paka (Kenyan curried chicken)

(Kenyan chicken in coconut curry sauce)

Char Kway Teow

Char kway teow stir fried rice noodles

(Malaysian Singaporean stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp)


Egyptian kushari shop

(Egyptian pasta, rice and lentils with tomato sauce)


Fesenjan (Persian chicken in pomegranate-walnut sauce)

(Persian chicken in pomegranate-walnut sauce)


Falafel (Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)


Vatapa Brazilian seafood stew

(Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk)


Tabouli (Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)


Individual portion of chakchouka

(North African eggs poached in a pepper ragout)


Matoke (Ugandan beef and plantain stew)

(Ugandan beef and plantain stew)

Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng (Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

(Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)


Moqueca Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew

(Brazilian fish and coconut milk stew)

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi (Indian potato and cauliflower curry)

(Indian potato and cauliflower curry)