These easy vacation meals will be a breeze to make in your beach house, rental house, or anywhere really that you need to feed the family. For the nights you don’t want to go to a restaurant but still want a yummy dining experience, keep this recipe list at your fingertips.
Depending on where you go on vacation and how much your eating out budget is, you will likely want some easy meals to make yourself. (But if you’re just looking for snack ideas for a day at the beach, head over to our Beach Food Ideas post!)
Whether you are in an VRBO, AirBnb, a townhouse, or a hotel with a kitchenette, you usually will have a few key appliances and ingredients to make these vacation meals.
I am focusing this post on recipes you can make that don’t require tons of spices, specialty appliances, or less common herbs you simply won’t have on hand.
Easy dinners to make on vacation
When you’re out of town and want to feed our family without having to go out to eat every night (and without sticking them with peanut butter sandwiches) try these easy vacation dinners. They are simple enough and you don’t need tons of ingredients. You also don’t lots of spices or tricky cookware you don’t have.
They’re simple, inexpensive, and satisfying. Of course, while you’re on vacation you’ll want to eat some meals out in restaurants. But for the other nights, try these dishes.
Beach vacation meal planning
Now, we’ve already talked about beach food ideas, which are easy foods for a day in the sand. But this list is about great foods to cook during your beach vacation in your beach rental house.
Tasty, light, fresh, and great off the grill; these are quick ways to whip up an amazing meal.
25+ Easy Vacation & Beach Meal Recipes
Easy Vacation Dinners
- 15-Minute Spaghetti https://www.averiecooks.com/easy-15-minute-spaghetti/
- 5-Ingredient Caprese Salad https://www.seasonalcravings.com/five-ingredient-caprese-chicken/
- Chicken Feta Pasta https://www.wellplated.com/chicken-feta-pasta/
- Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli with Penne https://southerneatsandgoodies.com/instant-pot-chicken-broccoli-pasta/
- Broccoli Mac and Cheese https://audrasappetite.com/broccoli-chicken-mac-and-cheese/
- Taco Casserole https://www.theseasonedmom.com/lightened-up-taco-crescent-casserole/
- Chili Dog Pizza https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chili-dog-pizza/
- Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, & Garlic https://cupofjo.com/2014/07/pasta-with-tomatoes-basil-and-garlic/
- Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken https://neighborfoodblog.com/sheet-pan-pesto-chicken-and-vegetables/
- Ground Beef Teriyaki Ramen https://dinnerthendessert.com/ground-beef-teriyaki-ramen/
- Chicken Enchilada Bake https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chicken-enchilada-bake/
- Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheeseburger-and-fries-casserole/
- Pizza Chicken Rollups https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pizza-chicken-roll-ups/
- Best Grilled Cheese https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19610233/how-to-make-best-grilled-cheese/
- Best Buttered Noodles https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a25636049/buttered-noodles-recipe/
- Easy Crescent Taco Bake https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-crescent-taco-bake/9c2bd5f7-63f7-4a6c-afa3-56baeedbc35a
Dinners Perfect for the Beach
- Garlicky Shrimp Pasta https://www.cookingforkeeps.com/5-ingredient-garlicky-shrimp-pasta/
- Oven Baked Tilapia https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19665918/oven-baked-tilapia-recipe/
- Crab Cakes https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a58704/best-crab-cakes-recipe/
- Balsamic Glazed Salmon https://www.cookingclassy.com/balsamic-glazed-salmon/
- Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249554/prosciutto-wrapped-scallops-with-spinach/
- Express Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252103/express-shrimp-sausage-jambalaya/
- No Frills Shrimp Boil https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/no-frills-shrimp-boil
- Fried Whole Fish with Tomatillo Sauce https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/fried-whole-fish-with-tomatillo-sauce
- Grilled Shrimp with Old Bay and Aioli https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/grilled-shrimp-with-old-bay-and-aioli
- Tilapia with Corn Salsa https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tilapia-with-corn-salsa/
- Select meal from list above.
- Follow link provided for the recipe.
- Prepare and enjoy!
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