Speedy summer supper recipes

Upgrade your weekday standbys with food editor Eleanor Maidment’s super-tasty 30-minute recipes.

Crab, tomatoes and chives on toast

On the table in 15 minutes, this is an effortless but utterly delicious supper. Some slices of avocado would go nicely with it too.

crab on toast
Ellis Parrinder


Roasted cod with fennel, new potatoes and caper and raisin dressing

The sweet and salty dressing really brings this dish together. You could make a big batch of it to keep in the fridge and spoon over all your summer fish dishes.

cod with fennel
Ellis Parrinder


Cashew gazpacho

Traditionally, gazpacho uses soaked bread to give it its creamy texture. This version uses cashews to the same effect, and is a lovely light and refreshing option for warm summer evenings.

Ellis Parrinder


Turmeric chicken burgers with avocado and lime and chilli mayo

These are great cooked on the barbecue, but can also be done in a frying or griddle pan. Fresh lime leaves are available in most major supermarkets and are worth seeking out for their distinctive flavour.

chicken burger
Ellis Parrinder


Aubergine and rice noodle salad with tahini dressing

This makes a fabulous vegan meal that can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature.

aubergine noodles
Ellis Parrinder


Crispy puy lentil, bresaola and ricotta salad

Frying lentils with garlic boosts their flavour and texture.

lentil salad
Ellis Parrinder


Pasta with watercress and hazelnut pesto

Watercress adds a lovely peppery note to this summery pesto. You can swap the hazelnuts for pistachios, blanched almonds or pine nuts, and add a handful of basil leaves too if you like.

watercress pesto pasta
Ellis Parrinder


Want to hone your skills?

Try our pick of the best online cooking classes, chosen by Eleanor Maidment.

The modern vegetarian

Celebrated cook Anna Jones has transformed the way we think about vegetarian and vegan cooking. In her new online cookery course, The Vegetarian Kitchen, she brings her flair for combining flavours and textures to a series of step-by-step videos, which also touch on sustainable eating. createacademy.com/anna-jones

The French classic

Gastro-legend Michel Roux Jr invites you into the kitchens of his three-Michelin starred restaurant Le Gavroche in this three-part course. Expect to learn classic French techniques and lots of nifty chef tips, with an option to have personalised feedback from the team at Le Gavroche as you progress. learningwithexperts.com

The baking guru

Damson Jelly Academy is the brainchild of fabulous pastry chef and food writer Ravneet Gill. The four-week beginner’s baking course covers all things sweet, from cakes and biscuits to caramels and custards, and includes video tutorials and audio lectures. damsonjellyacademy.com

The zero waste expert

Zero Waste Cookery School’s YouTube cooking videos are fun and informative. Douglas McMaster is the chef-owner of Silo, the world’s first zero-waste restaurant, and as well as great recipes, he provides insight into how to change the way you eat and cook in a sustainable way. youtube.com/c/zerowastecookingschool

Food styling: Myles Williamson. Styling: Max Robinson