31 Fun Summer Dinners You Can Make Without A Grill

We all know that steak is better seared, anyway.

1. Baja-ish Fish Tacos

Yes, please. Recipe here.

2. Perfect Pork Ribs in the Oven

Because ribs are the food of the gods and those of us without a grill should not be excluded. Recipe here.

3. BA’s Ultimate Lobster Rolls

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Just biting into one will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Recipe here.

4. Roast Chicken with Broiled Vegetable and Bread Salad

If you’re willing to turn your oven on, I promise this dish will be a hit. Recipe here.

5. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Who says you need a grill to tackle a big piece of meat? Recipe here.

6. Summer Herb and Chickpea Chopped Salad with Goat Cheese

Recipe here.

7. Poached Shrimp on Succotash

Recipe here.

8. Linguine con Vongole

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Recipe here.

9. Tomato and White Bean Salad with Capers

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Recipe here.

10. Chili Cheese Dogs

Perfect for a crowd. Recipe here.

11. Coconut Lime Fried Shrimp with Fiery Mango Peach Jalapeño Sauce

Recipe here.

12. Vegan BBQ Tofu Burgers

Recipe here.

13. Crockpot Beer Carnitas Tacos

Recipe here.

14. Lobster BLTs

If the above photo doesn’t immediately make you happy and hungry, I’m not sure we understand each other. Recipe here.

15. Classic Fried Chicken

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So many steps above dry, grilled chicken breasts. Recipe here.

16. Porterhouse Steak with Pan-Seared Cherry Tomatoes

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Sear the steaks for a minute on each side to develop a crust, then finish them in the oven. Recipe here.

17. Ratatouille

So much summer produce in a single pot. Recipe here.

18. Broiled Fish with Summer Salad

Recipe here.

19. Low Country Shrimp Boil

This recipe serves four, which makes it a perfect weeknight dinner. If you’re eating with more people, scale accordingly. Recipe here.

20. Summer Tomato Bouillabaisse with Basil Rouille

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Recipe here.

21. Summer Slaw Sandwiches with Fried Pickles

Delightfully grill-free. Recipe here.

22. Green Rice Salad with Nectarines and Corn

Perfect as a main or a side. Recipe here.

23. Roasted Tomato Caprese Panzanella

In essence, a super-seasonal sandwich that you can eat with a fork. Recipe here.

24. Oven BBQ Chicken


Recipe here.

25. Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce

Who needs grilled corn on the cob when there’s… this. Recipe here.

26. Pork and Plums

Recipe here.

27. Seared Steak Lettuce Cups

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Recipe here.

28. Beer-Battered Fried Fish

Perfect for a big summer food party. Recipe here.

29. Fish Fillets with Tomatoes, Squash, and Basil

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Recipe here.

30. Pasta with Summer Corn, Slow Cooked Tomatoes, and Garlic Confit

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Recipe here.

31. The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers

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Burgers cooked in bacon fat > burgers cooked on the grill. Kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Recipe here.

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