10 Takeout Menu Favorites to Make at Home

Ever thought about trying to replicate your favorite takeout recipe at home? You can! We've got recipes for everything from Chicken Fried Rice to Tikka Masala for you to try.

The allure of ordering your favorite takeout meal on a crazy weeknight can be almost impossible to resist, whether it’s Indian, Chinese, Thai, or the perennial favorite—pizza. It can feel like a necessary indulgence when life gets ahead of you.

However, sometimes it can be fun to cook your own takeout menu favorites at home!

These ten recipes will get you cooking something that’s arguably better tasting and better for you than what you’ll find on your average takeout menu. Plus, you can tailor the ingredients and spice level to your preference, which is a bonus.

What takeout favorites would you like to make at home?

Chicken Fried Rice

If you’ve got leftover rice, some chicken in the fridge or freezer, and a few veggies to use up, then you have the makings of this chicken fried rice.

Homemade Pizza

Sometimes, only pizza will do. This recipe makes two balls of dough – make two pizzas tonight or freeze one of the balls of dough for next time. Top your pizzas to your heart’s delight.

Easy chicken tikka masala served over basmati rice in bowl

Raid your spice cabinet and make this delicious and very do-able Chicken Tikka Masala. Just marinate the chicken in the morning and cook it up when you get home later.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

These Vietnamese spring rolls in chewy rice wrappers are fresh and loaded with veggies and herbs. The peanut sauce comes together with a quick whisking.

Pressure Cooker Saag Tofu

This vegan version of an Indian takeout classic is made with tofu instead of paneer. It's ready in a flash thanks to the pressure cooker.

Firecracker chicken recipe

This chicken would have to be spicy with the word firecracker in the title, right? Right. Buffalo sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar come together to make the feisty sauce.

Spinach-Artichoke Sheet Pan Pizza

Pressing a pre-made dough into a sheet pan considerably speeds up the process of pizza making. Spinach, artichokes, and mozzarella make a delicious vegetarian topping.

Salmon Avocado Poke Bowl

A popular Hawaiian dish, this recipe consists of diced fresh salmon along with rice, radishes and avocado, served over rice. Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Stir Fry Ginger Beef

You might never go back to takeout after trying this recipe. Using sirloin steak and fresh vegetables makes all the difference. Serve with rice.

Quick Green Curry Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

For this Thai dish, pre-made green curry shortens the process, and zucchini noodles keep it veggie-forward—although you can use rice noodles if you prefer.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is the associate editor of Simply Recipes and lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. She goes out of her way for farmers' markets, a crazy new ingredient, yoga, and a great cup of tea. Her first cookbook, Tasting Pennsylvania, will be published in 2018.

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4 Comments

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  1. Melissa

    What a great roundup!

  2. Marylou

    …makes me very hungry just looking at them…

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. mike walker ( ex Uk )

    FANTASTIC pizza!

  4. Margaret

    Mmmmm good

Take Out Favorites at Home10 Takeout Menu Favorites to Make at Home