Updated 3/8/24: Celebrate Easter without spending a lot of money! Here are 50 cheap Easter recipes and ideas for entertaining.50 Cheap Easter Recipes

Every Easter, I get excited to celebrate the holiday with my family and friends and cook a traditional meal. As a Christian, this holiday has deep meaning and signals not only the start of spring – but also the new life we have in Christ.

If you are planning on cooking an Easter breakfast or Easter dinner, I have 50+ cheap recipe ideas to help you get started. I’ve organized this list into categories: Easter breakfasts and brunch, main courses, vegetarian options, side dishes, breads, and desserts.

This list will help you cook a fabulous Easter meal without spending a lot of money.

Breakfast and Brunch

If you’re planning on making a pre- or post-church breakfast or brunch for Easter, look for recipes that can be made ahead of time or prepped ahead of time so you can avoid a lot of cooking and rushing around in the morning:

The best basic scrambled eggs: How to make perfect scrambled eggs every time. Click through for recipe!

Easter Main Dishes

Are you hosting Easter dinner? While there are certain foods synonymous with Easter – ham and eggs, for example – there are so many different dishes that will be appropriate for this holiday meal. Here are a few Easter main dish recipe ideas to get you started:

Scalloped potatoes and ham: The extra creamy, curdle-free recipe. Click through for instructions!

Vegetarian Easter Recipes

Here are a few meatless options for your Easter dinner:

Make an Easter veggie tray with a variety of colorful vegetables and a buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.

Side Dishes

If you’re serving Easter dinner, consider making one or two main dishes as well as several side dishes for your guests:

How to make raisin sauce for ham. Pantry staples make up this simple sauce that's perfect for your Easter ham.


A salad with freshen and lighten your dinner up. These Easter salad suggestions a quite varied, from green salads to sweet, dessert-like salads that add something welcome and sweet to your guests’ dinner plates.

Lentil, grape, feta, walnut salad recipe: SUCH a wonderful blend of flavors and textures. You have to try this recipe!


Every Easter dinner needs at least one good bread options. Hot cross buns are a traditional option, but there are lots of options to explore:

Perfect dinner rolls recipe. My great aunt's family-famous recipe. Click through for instructions!

Desserts and Easter Treats

We can’t forget the Easter desserts! Consider making one of two of these recipes, or ask a guest to bring one if you’re open to a potluck-style Easter meal.

Cheap recipes for Easter from Cheap Recipe Blog

Leftover Ham Recipes

If you have leftover Easter ham (lucky you!), make one of these recipes:

Or reheat ham and eat as-is: You can eat the leftover ham cold, or reheat it in the oven in a baking dish, with a bit of broth or water. Heat at 325F for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through.

And don’t forget the lent & Easter activities for kids! Check out these free lent coloring pages and fun Easter activities, and Easter board books. It’s fun to involve the whole family when you’re planning an Easter meal and celebrating the true meaning behind Easter – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Happy Easter!