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    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

    7. Poached Shrimp on Succotash

    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

    12. Vegan BBQ Tofu Burgers

    13. Crockpot Beer Carnitas Tacos

    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

    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

    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

    Romulo Yanes /

    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.