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23 Ways to Celebrate Dad With Recipes to Make Any Father Proud

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From their mastery of the groan-worthy pun to doling out reliable advice, dads have taught us a lot and we cherish all of their stories. Treat him to a meal this weekend that will leave him truly speechless. Our favorite Father’s Day recipes involve a little thought without a lot of tidying up.

Whether he’s a burger aficionado or a lobster lover, Father’s Day is often celebrated grill-side. Dad's probably shared more than a few trips and tricks to grilling a better steak. It's your turn to spill the saucy secrets of elevating those no-fuss meats with ingredients like cilantro, cola, and vanilla. But while grilling is written into the Father's Day contract, stovetop mains featuring fish, meatballs, and crunchy summer greens are surefire pleasers without the ashy mess. Simple pasta meals and waffle breakfasts come together in no time. But don’t forget dads with a sweet tooth, who enjoy the finer pleasures of a classic pie or a drizzle of mocha.

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Giving dad what he really wants is often nerve wracking. Give them a gift that celebrates how unique they really are and you won’t go wrong. Whether dad is a coffee addict or a bread obsessive he deserves something special, even if he already has all he needs—the gift of you.

Paired with crisp curtido, sweet plantains, and gallo pinto, this dish is part of a hearty, much-loved fritanga meal. Get the recipe for Nicaraguan-style carne asada »

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Drying and salting your salmon fillets helps ensure that the skin gets extra crispy. Get the recipe for Crispy-Skinned Salmon with Seaweed Salad »

The all-brisket patty for this burger—from San Francisco’s Wes Rowe, a pop-up burger slinger—is grilled, but in a cast-iron pan over the flame. It's a fan favorite for dads that love to grill. Get the recipe for The “Grill Everything but the Burger” Brisket Burger »

The key to making these meatballs is to brown them first in a skillet and then braise them in a sauce of red wine and tomatoes. Serve them with crusty bread or spaghetti to sop up the sauce. Get the recipe for Classic Meatballs »

These juicy and crispy pan-roasted chicken thighs rubbed with the spices commonly used for rotisserie-cooked shawarma meat are a sure hit in a lineup of healthy Father's day recipes. Get the recipe for Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Thighs with Roasted Radishes »

Think boldly when making a dish for dad. Grilled lobsters are a classic. Add a twist to how it's dressed to vastly improve it's wow factor. Get the recipe for Grilled Lobsters With Vanilla Cream Sauce (Langouste Á La Vannile) »

Is Dad a fan of fish? Whole grain Dijon mustard and lemon brighten up roasted salmon in this simple dinner main from The Yellow Table‘s Anna Watson Carl. Get the recipe for Roasted Salmon with Honey-Dijon Glaze »

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Sirio Maccioni, the well-known restaurateur of Le Cirque fame, created this hearty vegetable-forward pasta. It's a simple Father's Day recipe that's fast and easy to cook. Get the recipe for Pasta Primavera »

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Use lettuce used as a crisp wrapper for bulgogi (marinated beef). In this recipe, sweeter pickled onions take the place of spicy kimchi. Get the recipe for Grilled Flank Steak with Coca-Cola-Pickled Onions »

A cross between a sazerac and a whiskey smash, this cocktail recipe by Suffolk Arms head bartender Caitlin Ryan highlights the versatility of Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, a brandy made in the American bourbon tradition. Get the recipe for Sweet Talking Son Cocktail »

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Treat these super-buttery biscuits like puff pastry for folds that separate into flaky layers when baked. Get the recipe for Nancy Silverton’s All-Butter Biscuits »


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Double-frying chicken wings is the secret to achieving the delicate, crackly crust that is the hallmark of this popular Korean specialty, made famous in this country at the Los Angeles restaurant Kyochon. Get the recipe for Korean Fried Chicken »

Start Father's day off with a sweet treat for dad. Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles With Mocha Drizzle »

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A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings, which chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin's Lucky Leek binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »

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Father's Day recipes aren't complete without a veggie dish. Simple stir-fries get a hearty addition with coated fat from pork belly. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon »

Retro and mousse-like, lemon chiffon pie is a diner classic. Just don't call it meringue. Get the recipe for Lemon Chiffon Pie »

Whiskey loving dads rejoice. This simple Father's Day cocktail recipe for the classic Manhattan comes from Keen’s Steakhouse in Manhattan. Get the recipe for Manhattan »

Bacon adds smoky dimension to this stir-fry, a quick late-night snack from chef Tadashi Ono. It's easily adapted to whatever leftovers you have in your fridge—roasted pork or chicken, egg, seafood, or just about any kind of vegetables. Get the recipe for Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice »

Chunky romesco brings out the beefiness in this sandwich. Get the recipe for Roast Beef Sandwich with Walnut Romesco »

This recipe treats iced coffee like a cocktail, adding peach nectar and lime juice to amp the beans' citrus and other fruit notes. Get the recipe for Gone in 60 Seconds »

This rich, creamy chocolate pudding pie is pure nostalgia. Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie »

Our gluten-free alternative to the classic actually gives the cookies a boost: subtracting flour highlights their pure peanut butter flavor and adds a wonderfully chewy texture. Get the recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies »

Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »

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