12 Easter Dinner Recipes – Ideas of Traditional Sides and Meat Menus

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Looking for inspiration for your Easter dinner? You’ll find here the best 12 traditional Easter recipes and ideas for sides and meat menus.

It goes without saying that Easter is a holiday that is widely celebrated around the world. Especially if you’re Christian, Easter is the time where you commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Though anyone is welcome to celebrate Easter, it is still important to remember the essence of this holiday and why it is being celebrated.

Best Easter Food Traditions

Easter is one of the few days in a year where people will prepare a literal feast. Of course, this holiday also comes with various religious beliefs and traditions.

With this, I will be talking about widely known Easter food traditions all around the globe and the religious symbolism behind each one.

Easter Eggs

One is the ever famous Easter eggs. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ resurrection which gave this food a symbol of “new life”. Easter eggs can either be a decorative piece or an activity that can add life to the celebration (I’m talking about Easter egg hunt!).

Buns and fish

Another Easter food tradition is the fact that Christians, especially Catholics, do not eat meat on ‘Good Friday’. Hence, they eat buns, pastries, and fish. The religious reason behind this is that because Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday, we refrain from eating flesh meat in his honor.


The lamb is another significant symbol especially during Easter for the reason that Jesus is often referred to as the “Lamb of God.” It is for sure that you will not miss a roasted lamb on anyone’s dining table!

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Just like the colorful dyed Easter eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies are also an essential food staple to add more decoration and fun to your celebration. The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter which is seen as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

12. Coca Cola Ham for Easter Dinner

This coca cola ham is a spiral cut ham coated in a coke and brown sugar glaze, then baked to perfection. A 3 ingredient recipe that’s perfect for a special occasion!

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11. Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes – the easiest and delicious roasted potatoes with olive oil, butter, garlic, herb, and lemon. No deep-frying easy recipe!

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10. Bacon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Marinate it in sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, or serve it with a big dollop of Spanish-style romesco.

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9. Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Parmesan, & Lemon

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Parmesan, & Lemon is a quick and easy side dish that is especially delicious in Springtime when asparagus is in season! It’s easy to make oven roasted asparagus and everybody loves this simple, but flavorful take on one of the best Spring vegetables!

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8. Easter Bunny Rolls

These Easter Bunny Rolls are so easy to make and perfect for brunch or dinner! Made from fool-proof homemade yeast dough, these cute bunny-shaped rolls are buttery, fluffy, and so cute with their salty tails.

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What Do You Eat on Easter Sunday?

Generally, you can eat anything you want on Easter Sunday. However, lamb or more specifically roasted lamb is the one that is often served on this day. If you want a cheaper alternative, you can always go with ham. But other than that, you are totally welcome to eat anything you want so feel free to come up with creative and delicious recipes that will make your guests want for more.

Here are more Easter food staples that you can get creative with:

  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Chocolate
  • Potatoes

Best Easter Dinner Sides

Now that you know some of the main food staples during Easter, let us now talk about the best Easter side dishes you can pair with your meal. These Easter sides are especially perfect for dinner, but you are more than free to have this served at any time of the day! Again, you can be as creative as you want with your recipes for these side dishes:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Cake
  • Fruit salad
  • Leafy greens
  • Carrots
  • Hot buns
  • Sweet pastries

7. Bacon Parmesan Beans

These Parmesan Bacon Beans are so easy to make and they taste absolutely amazing. Enjoy your veggies!

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6. Broccoli Salad Recipe

This is the best Broccoli Salad Recipe I have tasted. It has all the best tasting ingredients in it and it is always a hit when we got to picnics or family get-togethers.

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5. Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Ham Recipe

A tender, juicy ham that takes only minutes to prepare!

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4. Bourbon Orange Glazed Ham

Sticky, sweet, tangy, and full of flavor… this bourbon mustard and orange glazed ham is one that you’ll be happy to have as the star of your holiday meal!

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3. Corn Casserole for the Holidays

Corn Casserole for the Holidays is definitely a family favorite side dish. It is a sweet and savory, cornbread-like dish that is super delicious and very easy to make.

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2. Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans -Potatoes covered in butter with garlic and rosemary Green beans round out the dish. All roasted to golden perfection.

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1. Asparagus Bundles Recipe

Asparagus Bacon Bundles – this is one of our favorite appetizer recipes! So much flavor and so delicious.

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