Turkish Recipes

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Welcome to mealplan4me's Turkish recipes! I have several recipes below that I inherited from my mom. I grew up eating Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. I just love the flavors and spices of each dish. Although I can never replace my mom's cooking, making these dishes really makes me feel connected to my family and my culture. Check out the list below and let me know what you think!

Turkish Recipes List

These are quick and easy Turkish recipes, meaning they can be prepared and cooked within 30 minutes. For those that are not, I have indicated with an asterisk next to the dish. Most of the ones listed below are perfect for busy weeknights. What's also great about them is, the base part of the preparation has similar steps, so once you learn one dish, it's so easy to make the others! Very basic, simple, quick and most of all... DELICIOUS!

Turkish Style Stews mixed with Ground Beef or Meat

All the stews listed below have ground beef or meat, but can easily be omitted if you are vegetarian. I've made them with and without meat and the taste is still great. They have full of flavor and are easily prepared. Cook time is also minimal. Most times, I can prepare and cook these dishes within 30 minutes.

Turkish Hamburgers

If you love hamburgers, you'll love the dishes below. These are great to try out if you are not very adventurous with trying out new foods. The kofte dishes are basically mini hamburgers, but prepared with various spices. The Izmir style kofte dish is one of my favorites. It is from the region where most of my family is from. It has a distinct style and preparation compared to other regions in Turkey, and why it has the name, Izmir. You can make this dish with any type of potatoes or simply pair it with french fries. 

Beef, Lamb and Chicken Dishes

Shish kebabs are very well known globally. They are really easy to make and take minimal time to cook, so it is perfect for busy weeknights. The Turkish recipe below uses lamb, but you can easily substitute beef or chicken as well. 

Rice and Grains

The dishes below are very common, especially the white rice with toasted fideos or orzo. I usually make this and alternate this with the bulgur pilaf, especially when making grilled foods. The Tabbouleh salad and kisir, I usually make during the warm months, especially Summer as it is very refreshing and both dishes are served cold.

Vegetable Dishes with Meat or Ground Beef

The dishes below have asterisks to highlight that they can be time consuming to make. I don't recommend to make them during the busy work week, but they are perfect if you have time over the weekend and want to try new recipes. My favorite of all time, is Karniyarik, which is a spicy, stuffed eggplant.

Turkish Style Vegetable and Bean Side Dishes

If you are looking for easy side dishes, you should try the black eyed peas. I use canned version instead of dry beans to speed up the process. I don't have a lot of time during the week to soak beans and wait for them to cook. The canned version is just as delicious. Dandelions are a bit difficult to find, unless you go to a specialty store or Middle Eastern grocery.


Soups are one of my favorite foods. I can have soup all year round, even in the Summer. If you are looking for a low fat, high protein meatless soup, try the red lentil soup. Just note that it is a hearty soup, so depending on my appetite, I have made this soup as a main course and served it with crusty bread. 

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