15 dad-approved recipes for Father's Day

Looking to wow dad this Father's Day? We have ideas. There's everything from traditional steak and burgers to a grilled salad and even an ice cream cake that you can totally make yourself.

15 dad-approved recipes for Father's Day

Photo: Maya Visnyei

Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Your fave fish tacos are easy to make at home. Mild tilapia gets a rub-down from a mix of olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and sugar. Get the recipe: Grilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

tortillas with grilled fish, pineapple, tomato, cilantro and limePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Ketchup

Turkey is the lean, mean meat of your dreams. This patty gets its juiciness c/o Balkan-style yogurt. And check you out, making your own artisinal ketchup. This is who you are now. Get the recipe: Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Ketchup 

Turkey burger with cranberry ketchupPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

Lean in, we’ve got a secret: thouroughly patting your wings and tossing in baking powder before cooking is what gives these a crispy finish. Coat them in one of three homemade sauces. Get the recipe: Crispy Oven-Baked Wings


man eating chicken wings with various saucesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Spring Pea Pasta

Steak is great, but sometimes a pasta dish is nice, too. This little number is not-too-heavy and takes advantage of in-season veggies that you can nab at the farmers’ market. Get the recipe: Spring Pea Pasta

Plate of broad pasta noodles with fresh peas and prosciuttoPhoto: Erik Putz

Spanish Chorizo Frittata

If you’re planning a brunch, this one-pan frittata is up for consideration. It has chunks of potato and chorizo and can be made the night before and heated up in the a.m. Slices of sourdough slathered in butter alongside are highly recommended. Get the recipe: Spanish Chorizo Frittata

skillet with sausage frittata


Ultimate Grilled Steak Sandwich

This epic grilled steak sandwich recipe is perfect for hearty appetites. If you’re feeling fancy, serve blue cheese crumbles alongside. Get the recipe: Ultimate Grilled Steak Sandwich

open-faced sandwiches with steak, onions, tomato and lettuce

Herbed Balsamic Salmon

Salmon is a friendly fish, it’s flavour is mild and it likes to roll with whatever marinade or glaze you bring to the table. In this case, a simple herb, oil and balsamic mixture. Get the recipe: Herbed Balsamic Salmon

Salmon fillets with marinate and fresh herbs on a platePhoto: Jim Norton

Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

A little bit tangy and a little bit crunchy, this warm salad is doing great things to shredded cabbage. Get the recipe: Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

Bowl of salad with grilled chicken and julienned vegetablesPhoto: Maya Visnyei


Grilled Glazed Beef and Veggie Kebabs

Eating with your hands rules, so serve up this steak-and-veg kebab. Kids can help soak the skewers and thread the ingredients. Get the recipe: Grilled Glazed Beef and Veggie Kebabs

tray with grilled beef, pepper and red onion skewersPhoto: Maya Visnyei

BBQ Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If the kids are in charge of the menu, a hearty grilled cheese may be in order. This one crisps up on the grill, with cheese, sweet red pepper and Black Forest ham oozing between thick slices of bread. Get the recipe: BBQ Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwich cut in half with ham, tomato and cheese insidePhoto: Jodi Pudge

Chicken Schnitzel

This dish looks fancy, but it sure isn’t fussy. It’s ready in just 20 minutes. Get the recipe: Chicken Schnitzel  

breaded chicken cutlet with pickled veg on a bed of lettucePhoto: Maya Visnyei


Smoky Campfire Beans

We’re on Team Side Dish, so will vouch for these little beans any day of the week. Make them ahead and serve them warm or cold. They’re perfect alongside breakfast in bed or a juicy burger. Ain’t nothing wrong with the magical fruit. Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Skillet Steak and Pan Sauce with Roasted Succotash

If the barbecue isn’t for you, may we suggest this one-pan skillet dinner featuring medium-rare strip loin on a bed of sweet corn. Serve alongside a baked potato with all the fixings to live your best life. Get the recipe: Skillet Steak and Pan Sauce with Roasted Succotash

white skillet with strips of medium-rare steak on top of corn, bean and tomato succotashPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

Shout out to the veggie crew. When prepared properly, tofu is a delicious and flavourful protein. It’s all in the marinade, people. Get the recipe: Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

kebabs with grilled tofu and veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Ok, but look at this glorious cake! And it’s not so awful to make, promise. That’s a giant chocolate chip cookie at the base with a layer of ice cream and whipped cream topping. Get the recipe: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

cookie cake with ice cream topPhoto: Maya Visnyei
This article was originally published on Jun 13, 2020

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