50+ Traditional Easter Dinner Menu Ideas

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Entire meal plan of traditional Easter dinner menu ideas, filled with delicious appetizers, main dishes, sides, and breads, along with simple and festive hosting ideas.

I really enjoyed putting together this collection of Easter dinner recipes for a traditional Easter dinner. If you're not quite sure what to make for Easter dinner, I've got ya covered with over 50 recipes.

Our traditional Easter menu favorite is a good spiral cut ham in the oven, along with mashed potatoes, ham gravy, the most delicious corn casserole (with bacon), green beans with hamburger and onion, and of course, Grandma's bread rolls.


We've always thought of ham as being associated with Easter because it's what we've always had, even growing up. However, traditional Easter dinner ideas include so much more.

  • Ham
  • Rack of lamb
  • Leg of lamb
  • Lamb shanks
  • Roasted chicken
  • Roast beef
  • Pork roast
  • Salmon

Yup, even roast beef, pork roast, and salmon can be part of a traditional Easter feast. I guess it just depends what your family loves to eat and what traditions have been passed down through the generations.


My friend Linda, who blogs over at Life on Summerhill, has so many wonderful ideas for hosting and home decor. Beautiful ideas she gives for Easter tablescapes inspire much creativity when it comes to setting the table for family and friends.

Not to mention all of her wonderful ideas for putting up Easter home decorations, as well. From the centerpiece to festive garland ideas and table settings, you're sure to find loads of ideas for your own Easter celebration.

Whew! I don't know 'bout you, but I'm ready for all the Easter food! And if it's desserts you're looking for, stay tuned, as I'll be sharing a very scrumptious collection of Easter desserts very, very soon.


No get together or family gathering would be complete without an assortment of finger licking appetizers to whet the appetite.

Easy Deviled Eggs in 30 Minutes or Less

Can't have Easter dinner without deviled eggs! Mix up a batch of easy deviled eggs in 30 minutes or less with this classic deviled egg recipe.
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Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

Make an easy recipe for bacon Ranch deviled eggs… Because everything is better with bacon. Perfect appetizer for a crowd!
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Rainbow Easter Deviled Eggs

Wonderful colorful Rainbow Easter Eggs are made with natural dyes and everyone can participate in making these. So fun for Easter to make and eat.
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Ham and Stuffing Crescent Rolls

Ham and stuffing crescent rolls are a delicious finger food even the kids will love. They're easy to make too!
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crescent rolls with leftover ham, stuffing, and cheese baked inside, stacked on a white plate

Baked Potato Roses

Baked potato roses are the ultimate party starter or simply the most gorgeous potato side dish for your every-day-meal plan!
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baked potato roses in oval white baking dish on white marble countertop

Delicious Salmon Patties Recipe

Salmon patties, made with salmon and crackers, are the perfect Easter appetizer or finger food, especially when served with a tzatziki dipping sauce.
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delicious salmon patties on white platter with small bowl of tzatziki sauce

Maple Sausage Stuffed Pastry Bites

Made with cream cheese, spinach, and puffed pastry, sausage stuffed pastry bites are the ultimate appetizer for any holiday dinner.
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Maple Sausage Stuffed Pastry Bites are so easy to make. They’re the ultimate appetizer and finger food idea for holiday parties and family get togethers.

Greek Cheese Triangle Pies (Tiropita)

These Greek cheese triangle pies have a savory cheese filling inside flaky, buttery phyllo pastry. These make a great appetizer or side for your Easter dinner.
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greek cheese triangle pies on white platter with sprig of fresh parsley

Vegan Roasted Carrot Soup with Lentils

Easy and delicious Vegan Roasted Carrot Soup with lentils and Moroccan spices. This velvety, rich and healthy carrot soup has a unique and perfectly balanced flavor!
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vegan roasted carrot soup with lentils in white bowls on dark gray countertop with white kitchen towel and fresh parsley

Main Dishes

Traditional Easter main dish recipes, including ham, lamb, beef, and pork.

How to Cook a Ham in the Oven

Everything you've ever wanted to know about how to cook a pre-cooked ham in the oven. Tips, steps, and everything you need to get your Easter dinner well on its way with a spiral glazed ham.
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roasted spiral cut bone-in ham in roasting pan for ham

Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham

If you like a sweeter flavor to your ham, you'll love this pineapple honey glazed ham. How to get it perfectly cooked, moist, and delicious for your holiday dinner with family and friends.
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Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham, perfect for a weeknight meal or a holiday celebration. Delicious sweet and salty recipe.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Pineapple Ham

This CrockPot slow cooker pineapple ham recipe is so yummy and plentiful that you could actually freeze left overs for later meals to save you time and money.
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CrockPot slow cooker pineapple ham with chunks of pineapple in slow cooker on wooden countertop

Brown Sugar Bourbon Glazed Ham

You and your family or guests will love this easy baked ham with pineapple and cherries, complete with traditional pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, with its yummy, sticky, sweet and savory brown sugar bourbon glaze!
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baked ham with pineapple and cherries on white platter with knives and fresh parsley

Southern Pecan Glazed Ham

This Southern Pecan Glazed Ham was perfection for us. Not sure I have had a better ham than this one EVER. Honey, brown sugar, sweet mustard with a hint of cloves and oranges and then smothered in pecans.
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southern pecan glazed ham on white platter with orange slices and fresh parsley

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Herbs

Surprisingly easy to make, Roasted Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Herbs is an impressive, crowd-pleasing main-dish full of herbaceous deliciousness. Traditionally served at Easter, this lamb recipe has the best of everything.
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roasted rack of lamb with garlic and herbs on wooden cutting board with knife

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb

Incredibly tender Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb that’s tender, juicy and falling apart at the touch of a fork. This is truly the easiest way to cook roast lamb – add a handful of ingredients to your slow cooker and leave it to work its magic.
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Braised Herb Lamb Shanks

You will love this recipe for Braised Herb Lamb Shanks! The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and full of flavor from the herb blend, wine and beef broth. This makes a great Easter dinner.
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pouring brown gravy over braised herb lamb shanks in white bowl

Grilled Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Mint, and Garlic

Juicy, tender and ridiculously delicious, this recipe for Grilled Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Mint and Garlic can be made with either a bone-in or boneless version and makes an impressive meal for family and friends.
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grilled leg of lamb on wooden cutting board with knives and fresh herbs

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

This herb crusted rack of lamb is a classic Easter dinner! It's easy to prepare and so delicious.
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herb crusted rack of lamb on rectangular white platter with fresh lemon and herbs

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs are a great meal to serve your guests. The flavor is amazing, and they are so easy to make. Your guests will seriously be impressed!
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slow cooker beef ribs on white plate with broccoli

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin

This recipe for Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin gives you the perfect roast every time. And an elegant beef tenderloin is the perfect centerpiece for a special dinner like Easter that is delicious and surprisingly easy to make.
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sous vide beef tenderloin sliced on white platter with fresh herbs

Oven Roasted Pork Roast Recipe

This deliciously easy pork roast recipe with vegetables and gravy is the perfect main dish for Easter dinner. Learn how to cook a pork roast with simple seasoning in the oven.
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pork roast in oven with potatoes and carrots in a cast iron pan

Simple and Delicious Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Learn how to cook pork tenderloin, roasted to a juicy perfection in the oven. This is a very easy recipe for a delicious Easter dinner main dish, paired with simple seasonings and potatoes.
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sliced pork tenderloin with potatoes in cast iron skillet

Sweet Chili Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Sweet Chili Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are so easy to make. Pair them with a sweet chili dry rub that gives them a wonderful flavor, throw them in your pressure cooker, and walk away. They’re fall off the bone delicious!
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Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder

Fall-apart-tender pork shoulder cooked in the crock-pot. This super easy recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prep and can be cooked in as little as 4-5 hours on the high setting.
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slow cooker pork shoulder with vegetables in slow cooker

Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Tenderloin – Just two simple ingredients to create a meal your family will rave about!
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slices of brown sugar dijon pork tenderloin with gravy on white plate with green beans

Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken and Veggies in the Dutch Oven

Make a delicious dinner with this Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken & Veggies in the Dutch Oven.
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roasted lemon pepper chicken with veggies on white plate

Side Dishes

All the Easter sides you'll ever need for a traditional Easter dinner that will fill bellies and warm hearts.

Homemade Ham Gravy

Homemade Ham Gravy, made with leftover ham drippings and cream, is a delicious side dish that pairs with ham, mashed potatoes, and all your Easter dinner fixings!
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ham gravy being ladled out of a deep gray bowl with a silver spoon

Ham Gravy with Cornstarch

Homemade ham gravy with cornstarch and drippings is perfect if you've got at least one person in the crowd who's gluten-free. It's also super easy and simple to make.
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ham gravy with cornstarch on mashed potatoes, served on gray plate with baked ham, green beans, and a fork

Chicken Gravy from Bouillon

How to make chicken gravy from bouillon, no drippings needed! Easy recipe you can make last minute to go with dinner. Simple ingredients!
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spoonful of easy chicken gravy from bouillon over white bowl full of gravy

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

This is my family's go to recipe for creamy mashed potatoes, made with yellow potatoes, cream, and butter. They are a must have side dish at Easter dinner.
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How to make the best Creamy Mashed Potatoes ever! Made with yellow potatoes, cream, and butter, they’ve got the best flavor and make the perfect side dish, whether you’re cooking dinner for your family or a special occasion.

The Ultimate Mashed Potato Bar

Feed a crowd on Easter day with a festive mashed potato bar at your next party filled with all sorts of delicious, mouthwatering toppings.
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mashed potato bar, including mashed potato cup with bacon, cheese sauce, and chives, with spoon in ready to eat

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

I absolutely love a cheesy hash brown casserole recipe, filled with shredded potatoes and topped with Corn Flakes. It's a quick and easy side dish perfect for a crowd or potluck on Easter day!
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Cheesy CrockPot Funeral Potatoes Recipe

How to make cheesy CrockPot funeral potatoes. Easy slow cooker hashbrown casserole, a family favorite side dish, breakfast, or brunch recipe.
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wooden spoonful of CrockPot funeral potatoes with green onions over gray slow cooker with casserole

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

How to make scalloped potatoes and ham in a creamy sauce, baked in the oven. Easy, old-fashioned, homemade, cheesy casserole recipe perfect for a crowd!
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cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham on blue and white decorative plate on white linen

Easy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

Asparagus, topped with lots of fragrant garlic and fresh shredded parmesan cheese, perfectly roasted in the oven. The perfect side dish for Easter Sunday!
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garlic parmesan asparagus on white plate on white countertop

Cheesy Slow Cooker Corn Casserole

Throw together CrockPot corn casserole with cream cheese and Jiffy mix. Easy side dish recipe for a crowd. Make ahead for Thanksgiving and Easter.
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wooden spoon scooping CrockPot corn casserole out of gray slow cooker

Jiffy Corn Casserole with Cream Cheese and Bacon

Bake up a Jiffy corn casserole with cream cheese and bacon. I love this simple, easy recipe because it's so cheesy and delicious; plus you can make it ahead of time. It's the perfect side dish for Easter dinner!
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JIFFY corn casserole in a large white casserole dish on a burlap tablecloth

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

How to make the best southern sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans. Classic Easter side dish you can easily make ahead.
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spoonful of sweet potato casserole with marshmallows scooped from white baking dish

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cauliflower

Throw together a Broccoli Salad with bacon, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, and peas. This salad is a staple side dish and salad recipe perfect for every family gathering.
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Easy Broccoli Salad has always been one of my favorite side dish salads at family gatherings. Filled with delicious ingredients, including bacon!

Quick and Easy Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Whip up a classic ambrosia fruit salad with Cool Whip, sour cream, fruit, and mini marshmallows. Easy southern side dish recipe for every holiday dinner!
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ambrosia fruit salad in small glass serving bowl on light blue plate with maraschino cherry on top

Layered Salad

Layered Salad is the perfect salad recipe for family gatherings. Add fresh, delicious layers like cauliflower, peas, lettuce, bacon, or whatever else your heart desires.
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Layered Salad is the perfect salad recipe for family get-togethers, parties, or that next barbecue. You can add whatever types of layers you want, whether it’s cauliflower, peas, lettuce, bacon, or whatever else your heart desires.

Crunchy Kale Broccoli Salad with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

Crunchy Kale Broccoli Salad is a perfect side dish, especially when you load it up with tart cranberries and rich macadamia nuts in a sweet balsamic dressing!
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kale and broccoli salad in white bowl on white kitchen towel

Homemade Potato Salad

An easy, homemade potato salad with egg is the best way to use up all those extra eggs from the Easter holiday. This potato salad recipe uses a few key ingredients including gherkins and mustard, and one little secret technique!
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ivory oval bowl filled with homemade potato salad with wooden spoon on white marble countertop

Honey Glazed Carrots with Rosemary

Honey Glazed Carrots, made with simple ingredients like butter, honey, and rosemary, make a delicious side dish. They're colorful and packed full of fresh flavor.
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Honey Glazed Carrots, made with 4 simple ingredients. Delicious side dish recipe you can add to your holiday or weeknight menu.

Easy Roasted Carrots with Dill

This easy recipe for Roasted Carrots with Dill is a simple side dish to whip up for any occasion. With 4 simple ingredients, this recipe for baked carrots with dill is a breeze to make, perfect for a family dinner but also fancy enough for holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter!
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Balsamic Roasted Carrots Recipe

Balsamic Roasted Carrots offer a healthy side dish to your next holiday meal or weeknight dinner. The sweet honey mixed with the robust flavors of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil pair wonderfully to add flavor to this roasted carrots recipe.
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Candied Carrots – Butter and Brown Sugar Glazed

These Candied Carrots are the perfect addition to any dinner! With only three ingredients, this delicious dish will be one that people ask for again and again!
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cooked candied carrots in square white bowl

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These herb-infused garlic mashed potatoes are the best mashed potatoes you will ever eat. They are creamy, fluffy, buttery and so insanely delicious you will never make another mashed potatoes recipe again.
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best mashed potatoes, sprinkled with green herbs, in blue bowl

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes are creamy potatoes made with Russet potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper for the must-have side dish for any holiday gathering.
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cream cheese mashed potatoes, sprinkled with parsley, in white bowl with blue and white striped towel

Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

If you've never had Southern Green Beans, made with bacon, onion, and ground beef, you're in for a real treat. Made in the Instant Pot, so they're super easy to make, they're a yummy side dish everyone will love and ask for at every holiday gathering.
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Southern Green Beans, made with bacon, onion, and ground beef in the Instant Pot. Delicious side dish recipe, perfect for holidays or weeknight meals.

Instant Pot Lebanese Braised Green Beans

These Instant Pot Lebanese Braised Green Beans have all the flavor you’d get with the traditional slow braise, but without all the time. Make this Easter side dish in the IP and save room in your oven for the main course.
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Green Beans Almondine

Fresh green beans sauteed with butter and almonds and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice makes a delicious green bean almondine!
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This combo of oven roasted brussels sprouts with bacon is the perfect way to convince you that yes, brussels sprouts really can be delicious! It's the perfect dish to grace your Easter table!
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roasted brussels sprouts with bacon in white bowl on wooden countertop

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower florets sprinkled with Parmesan cheese are truly the perfect side dish for all special occasions. Includes methods for both oven-roasted and air fryer.
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Must Have Dinner Rolls!

Bread rolls are a must have with any Easter spread. When wondering what to make for Easter lunch, definitely add dinner rolls to the menu.

Grandma's Homemade Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls have been in our family beyond when I was even born. My grandma made them with love, and they were a staple on the table every Easter Sunday. They're fluffy, light, buttery, and oh so delicious!
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grandma's homemade yeast rolls, pillowy soft, in blue baking dish

Homemade Butterhorn Rolls

Bake up an easy family recipe for homemade butterhorn rolls. How to make the best buttery crescent rolls, perfect for your Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.
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homemade butterhorn rolls on white plate with blue linen

The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls

This Best Homemade Dinner Rolls recipe turns out perfectly every time. These easy, soft & fluffy dinner rolls are, slightly sweet and salty, irresistibly buttery and made from scratch!
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pile of best homemade dinner rolls in bread basket

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traditional Easter dinner recipes, including rack of lamb, rainbow carrots, mashed potatoes, and pineapple honey glazed ham

2 thoughts on “50+ Traditional Easter Dinner Menu Ideas”

  1. Mel this is a fabulous post. I cannot wait to share it with my family and friends. All the yummy Easter recipes in one spot. And thank you for including my spring/Easter decor ideas. I hope everyone who reads this post has an Easter that turns out beautiful and delicious!


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