8 Great One-Dish Dinners

Simplify Your Dinners on the Yacht with These One-Dish Meal Ideas

Food is such an important part of any type of boat trip and depending on how long you’ll be out at sea, this typically means some type of meal preparation and on-board cooking is involved. Although many of today’s modern luxury vessels come equipped with galleys that often rival home kitchens, cooking onboard your yacht or boat can come with a unique set of challenges, mainly:

  • having to be selective about the cookware you bring with you
  • avoiding cooking with heat or sharp objects when the boat is at full cruising speed
  • possibly not having an oven or microwave on board
  • having a smaller sized sink to clean up large pots and pans

For this reason, many boaters appreciate having a list of crowd-pleasing one-dish recipes they can turn to during boating season, whether they will be out on the water for hours, days, or months at a time.

The beauty of the suggested recipes below is that they only require 1 skillet, pot, or frypan, and your galley’s stovetop – there is no oven or multiple saucepans required. This not only keeps preparing the meal a cinch but keeps clean up easy as well.

Note: If your yacht’s pantry is not yet stocked with the basics, check out our guide to the best foods to bring on extended boating trips.

Easy One Pot Lasagna

Enjoy lasagna at sea without an oven with this tasty Easy One Pot Lasagna recipe. The noodles cook right in the pot. Even better, there is no layering required. It comes out tasting just like the popular oven baked version.

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - Lasagna

  • Olive oil
  • Italian sausages
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Dried oregano and basil
  • Garlic
  • Farfalle pasta
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Ricotta
  • Salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Damn Delicious

Chicken Stroganoff

A nice spin on the rich and hearty classic, beef stroganoff, this chicken version can be whipped up in 30 minutes, with the egg noodles tossed right in the same pot as everything else. It’s so easy and tasty – your biggest challenge is going to be putting aside enough white wine for the sauce!

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - Chicken Stroganoff skillet

  • Chicken stock
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Mushrooms
  • Yellow onion
  • Paprika, thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes
  • Garlic
  • Dry white wine
  • Egg noodles
  • Sour cream
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe from The Chunky Chef.

 

Moroccan Lentils & Quinoa

Take a break from rice and meat proteins and give this meat-less, flavourful dish a try. It’s still packed full of protein and super filling and satisfying, which is a perfect way to conclude a day of boating activities.

You’ll Need:

  • OnionBest One Dish Meals - one pot moroccan lentils quinoa
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red bell pepper
  • Garlic, Ginger
  • Cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, Turmeric
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Brown and red lentils
  • Red quinoa or variety of choice
  • Vegetable or chicken stock
  • Fresh spinach
  • Coconut milk

Get the full recipe from Simply Quinoa.

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

For a low-carb, healthy dinner, turn to balsamic chicken and veggies. This recipe calls for tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus, but feel free to substitute whatever veggies you have on hand at the time. The addition of the salad dressing is a handy shortcut way of cooking if you don’t have individual spice jars for a variety of popular spices. It also takes care of the oil requirement typical of most one-pot stovetop dishes. Brilliant!

Best One Dish Meals - one pan balsamic chicken and veggies

You’ll Need:

  • Chicken
  • Italian salad dressing
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes

Get the full recipe from Cooking Classy

Corn and Ham Risotto

Risotto is so hard to resist and such a great go-to ingredient for a one-dish meal. It’s a versatile staple to which you can add almost anything and have it become a full balanced meal. Break away from your typical chicken and mushroom risotto add-ons and give corn and ham a try instead. The leftovers would also make a good breakfast!

Best One Dish Meals - Corn and Ham Risotto

You’ll Need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Arborio rice
  • Dry white wine
  • Chicken Stock
  • Fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
  • Shredded smoked ham
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chives
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe from Country Living

Beef Stir Fry

We love this simple, no-fuss beef stir fry recipe from Moms Dish. With very few ingredients required, you might find that you turn to this one again and again, maybe even while substituting chicken from time to time. The addition of the dry stir-fry seasoning means not having to pack bulky jars of Asian cooking sauces with you on board.

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - One Skillet Beef Stir Fry

  • Yellow Onion
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Stir-fry Seasoning Mix (one pack)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sirloin steak cut into thin strips

Get the full recipe from Moms Dish

Chicken and Rice Enchilada Casserole

Even though it’s called a casserole, this dish requires no baking and no casserole dish. It’s an easy way to whip up a Mexican flavoured dinner that’s both hearty and healthy. If you have the time, opt for dried black beans instead of canned.

  • Long grain riceBest One Dish Meals - Enchilada Casserole
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Chunky salsa
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Pre-cooked, shredded chicken
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Mexican blend or cheddar-jack shredded cheese
  • Optional: chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for garnish, extra salsa, or guacamole

Get the full recipe from Chew Out Loud.

Spanish Fish Stew

Use any type of white fish in this amazingly delicious Spanish Fish Stew. It’s a nice spicy and flavourful way to devour more seafood while sticking with one-pot.

You’ll Need:

  • Olive oil
  • Onions, Garlic, Carrots, CeleryBest One Dish Meals - Spanish Fish Stew
  • Thyme, Paprika, Cayenne pepper, Fennel Seeds
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Russet potatoes
  • Cod fillets, fresh or frozen
  • Shrimp
  • Bay leaf
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Fresh parsley

Get the full recipe from The Food Blog

There are countless one-dish dinner recipes out there – we only serve up this list as a bit of inspiration as you broaden your search for even more.


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