5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

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  • Lovely lamb hotpots

    • IvyManning on March 14, 2019

      The lamb was really bland (should be browned first) and the liquid was watery and tasted of not much but sweetness from the mint jelly. The potatoes didn't brown on top, so I had to stick the hotpots under the broiler for a few minutes. It's easy to make, but it tastes like lots of shortcuts were taken.

  • Creamy mustard chicken

    • kari500 on June 27, 2020

      Lo and Behold, I had everything for this. I doubled (the recipe is for 2), and wasn't sure I should totally double the mustard. I did slightly less than 4 teaspoons, and in the end I felt like it needed a little something. Not sure that something would be mustard though - I agree with bwhip that some wine would be nice, or maybe a little vinegar or lemon to slightly brighten the flavors. Maybe some tarragon? Served over egg noodles. Family happy enough. I think the 5 ingredient thing may be a bit limiting.

    • mharriman on June 28, 2020

      This wasn’t one of the best mustard chicken recipes I’ve made, but we liked the creaminess of the sauce. I used half and half instead of heavy cream with good results. I used shiitake and cremini mushrooms which worked well with the sauce. Using the prescribed two teaspoons of Country Dijon mustard was enough of a mustard flavor for us. Served over penne pasta.

    • bwhip on February 27, 2020

      Quick and easy indeed, and good flavor for something so simple and effortless. I think next time I might add a bit of white wine to reduce just before the cream is added, and cut back the water by the same amount just a bit to give a little more depth of flavor.

  • Easy sausage carbonara

    • Astrid5555 on September 23, 2017

      I'd rather stick with our usual carbonara recipe, but the rest of the family loved it.

    • MelanieG on March 16, 2018

      I swapped the sausage for bacon pieces- my son loved it- very easy recipe. As I don't eat meat I didn't try it.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Added shredded zucchini and just used crumbled sausage without shaping it into balls Have since made this multiple times

  • Sicilian tuna pasta

    • Astrid5555 on September 12, 2019

      One of the rare weeknight dinner winners in this household where everybody immediately asked for a repeat. I particularly liked the crispy capers, which added a nice touch to the sauce.

  • Lemony courgette linguine

    • Astrid5555 on August 12, 2018

      Not sure I am actually qualified to review this recipe because of all the changes I had to make. I added some garlic (because who doesn‘t like garlic?), had to use basil instead of mint, and did not have any lemons (just back from vacation without a trip to the store before cooking). Nevertheless, this is a very quick pasta to make and we liked the end result! Will probably make again.

    • FJT on May 22, 2019

      Quick, easy and tasty - it's a very summery recipe. Will make again.

    • mharriman on May 17, 2020

      My husband and I liked this a lot. The lemon zest and juice give the pasta and two squashes a lighter, refreshing flavor, perfect for warm weather. I was lucky to be able to use fresh mint from my garden. I used my spiralizer to create squash noodles and the result was visually very appealing.

  • Garlic mushroom pasta

    • Astrid5555 on October 13, 2018

      We liked this a lot, even though it could have used more garlic, which can be easily fixed. Very quick to make, will go into regular weeknight pasta rotation.

    • stef on February 21, 2019

      This was quick to make. I added thyme to give it a little more flavour. Next time I might add some crumbled bacon.

  • Pork porcini pasta

    • Astrid5555 on September 30, 2017

      A quick and easy weeknight dinner dish! Nothing earth-shattering but the boys loved it, so it's a keeper.

  • Pear & Gorgonzola farfalle

    • Astrid5555 on September 16, 2017

      Super quick to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner and really well liked by us adults. We loved the combination of sweet pears and bitter radicchio with the cheese. Again, failed to convince the boys to eat Gorgonzola, will keep trying.

  • Super green spaghetti

    • eliza on October 20, 2017

      I saw this on Mr Oliver's program and thought it looked like an interesting way to use kale. I had curly kale from the garden, so used that. Very quick and easy and tastes pretty good. It's important to use good quality cheese here, I think. There was a little too much sauce for the amount of pasta. Will probably make again at some point.

    • uk2nl on September 22, 2018

      Easy to make and tastes great. Beautiful vibrant green colour. Didn’t use the ricotta and grated some more Parmesan over the top.

  • Chicken pot pie

    • usingSpoons on September 29, 2017

      Much lighter than a traditional pot pie. I modified it a little by using a few dried mushrooms, soaked in the water that's added, and also a little cornflour to thicken the sauce.

    • sjwill82 on October 11, 2017

      Halved the recipe to make for 2. We really enjoyed this. Cooking the mushrooms on the dry frying pan really did make a difference. I added a tablespoon of creme fraiche to the chicken mixture. We served with sautéed carrots.

  • Seared sesame tuna

    • redjanet on September 14, 2017

      Quick and delicious way to add an easy fish dish into your repertoire. The miso paste gave it an extra delicious flavour and it went well with the quickly cooked sugar snap peas and spring onions. I did add some boiled new potatoes as well, though, as otherwise this would not have been enough for two hungry adults for dinner.

  • Herby chicken traybake

    • saladdays on February 03, 2018

      Not a ground breaking recipe but a useful reminder of an excellent and easy way of cooking chicken for an easy dinner.

    • Joanclemence on May 13, 2020

      This recipe is a reminder that you can make a lovely meal with minimal ingredients. It tasted amazing.

  • One-pan fabulous fish

    • saladdays on February 03, 2018

      The rice was still firm at the end of the recommended cooking time, so gave it all another 5 minutes. By that time the rice was cooked but the fish was dry. If I cooked it again I would cook the rice for 5-10 minutes and then add the fish.

  • Smoky mushroom frittata

    • saladdays on March 16, 2018

      Very quick and easy to make and a good filling supper. I used chestnut mushrooms instead of mixed mushrooms and put some baby spinach leaves on the top instead of rocket.

  • Chickpea chard pork

    • saladdays on February 03, 2018

      This was very good. The chickpeas and roasted red peppers were almost a meal in themselves. I could only get a jar of peppers in oil, but used the olive oil to drizzle the dish at the end.

  • Egg & mango chutney flatbreads

    • southerncooker on February 11, 2019

      My daughter uses mango chutney often in a chicken recipe her and her husband enjoys. I've never had mango chutney as I can remember so she gave me some of her jar so I could make these. I only made half a recipe for just me. It was different for sure. An interesting breakfast and I couldn't make up my mind about it. I'm glad I tried it but probably wouldn't make again. I couldn't find a red hot pepper so I just used a green jalapeno.

    • Londonyankee on October 26, 2018

      Made these last night - easy and good! Had no problem with the dough, it was a bit dry so I added some water. My only problem was peeling the eggs - I need more practice, or maybe just poach them instead. Really easy recipe for me because I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

    • Allie80 on October 15, 2017

      Have tried these flatbreads three times and not sure the ratio of ingredients is correct. Have found much more flour was required and still a bit hit and miss!

  • Sweet potato salad

    • southerncooker on February 10, 2019

      Very good. I used the newer version of this book and it called for red wine vinegar. My store didn't have arugula so I bought a mix of baby greens including arugula, chard, kale and spinach.

    • lou_weez on November 26, 2017

      This was easy and yummy. It's deliciousness depends on the balsamic vinegar you use., we used a sweet balsamic and it was soo good. Paired this salad with the crispy squid and smashed avo from the same book for a wonderful dinner.

  • Messy meatball buns

    • southerncooker on February 11, 2019

      We loved these! The pesto in the balls and spread on the bread was a nice addition to the sandwiches. i decided not to add the mozzarella to the pan and topped the bread with it and toasted till a bit melted then put the meatballs and sauce on the other side of the bun and shut it.

    • Kirstin_the_Kiwi on July 11, 2018

      Prep and cook time is longer than 20 minutes.

  • Baked garlicky mushrooms

    • southerncooker on February 15, 2019

      Son really loved these. I thought there were missing something but couldn't figure out what it needed. I used red grape tomatoes, and baby bella mushrooms.

  • Italian seared beef

    • kprovost on August 23, 2019

      This is the best tasting, quick weeknight dinner! Low carb and fabulous. I make it almost weekly. I think this book is the one that truly shows what a genius Jamie is. The combinations that he puts together using only 5 ingredients is amazing.

  • Roast tikka chicken

    • KarinaFrancis on June 08, 2019

      Wow for 5 ingredients this sure packs a punch! The chicken was flavourful but the veggies were the real star. We served it with a dollop of natural yogurt. So very good! (The picture doesn’t do it justice) Update: I’ve changed it up by subbing sweet potato for the regular ones and it’s also delicious (and still doesn’t take a good photo)

  • Meltin' mustardy beef

    • leahorowitz on July 11, 2020

      Quick and easy preperation - followed by a four hour braise in the oven. The meat really falls apart in the end. I accidentaly bought sweet mustard (it was just next to the whole grain mustard in the grocery aisle...) and with the onions and carrots the final dish was notably sweet, but in a good way. Don’t particularly care for Worchestershire sauce so substituted with some soy sauce and fish sauce - not authentic but it worked :) Served it with a gratin dauphinois, which joined the beef in the oven for the last hour.

  • Comforting sausage bake

    • danibattle on January 30, 2020

      Trying to reduce the carb content and up the protein, I sub cauliflower for the bread and chickpeas for the beans. I didn't add the water from the can but did sprinkle in after the oil and vinegar. I could not get chipolatas so used regular sausages separated in half and roasted for longer, which roasted the chickpeas and browned the cauli nicely.

  • Plum tarte Tatin

    • sjwill82 on September 24, 2017

      I found that you don't need as much maple syrup as suggested as my plums released so much sweet liquid. I will try with half the quantity next time. I also had to bake mine for 20mins +

  • Walnut-whip affogato

    • sjwill82 on November 07, 2017

      Incredibly quick yet elegant enough to serve to guests. I will use less espresso next time as we nearly drowned our ice cream!

  • Epic rib-eye steak

    • sjwill82 on October 09, 2017

      Simple and comforting. Served with a dressed green salad. Great quick Friday dinner for the family that feels luxurious for the end of the week. I had to add a bit of extra liquid to get the consistency in the sauce that I like.

  • Ginger shakin' beef

    • mharriman on May 16, 2020

      Wonderful. I made a couple changes based on what I had on hand : used a 10 ounce ribeye steak, regular size bok choy, and soy sauce instead of miso paste. I either didn’t cut my ginger into small enough matchsticks or didn’t cook them long enough, as they were too strong in flavor to fully enjoy. Note: This recipe has six ingredients. You add red wine vinegar to the braising ingredients at the end of the short cooking time. I served this with jasmine rice and a cucumber and peanut salad. This is good enough to repeat.

  • Gnarly peanut chicken

    • mharriman on May 18, 2020

      The peanut sauce for this dish is wonderful (taste test pre broil) but under the broiler atop the chicken, the sauce was pretty much burned even though the chicken was juicy. I did broil my breasts on high while Mr. Oliver calls for medium. And I added a couple minutes because my chicken and sauce weren’t done at 5 minutes. My broiler only has two settings: high or low. This is worth a second try. Next time I will broil on low for a longer period of time. One change: I used part of a jalapeño pepper rather than hot red Chile pepper.

  • Crispy garlicky chicken

    • mharriman on June 10, 2020

      My Husband and I loved this recipe. It’s really a type of chicken schnitzel but much better because of the way it’s breaded, sautéed, and then sliced. I used Dave’s multigrain power seed bread for the bread crumbs. On my electric stove, my two 8 ounce pounded breasts needed five minutes per side- 10 minutes total on medium heat (pink inside at 6 total minutes). Will repeat. This is a great way to cook chicken breasts without overcooking them. I don’t like arugula so I served the pan fried chicken slices with roasted asparagus and mascarpone Hollandaise sauce.

  • Chicken noodle stir-fry

    • Kirstin_the_Kiwi on February 13, 2018

      Recipe serves 2 2 x 120 grams chicken breast 150 grams egg noodles 200 grams broccoli Marinade = evo, red wine vinegar & black bean sauce.

  • Hot-smoked salmon pasta

    • Kirstin_the_Kiwi on June 14, 2019

      I added caramelised onion and spinach...I didn't have any asparagus.

  • Italian baked rice

    • Kirstin_the_Kiwi on March 07, 2018

      Great risotto technique. I baked with lid on for 25 minutes and then removed lid for remaining 15 minutes

    • JamieWard on March 31, 2019

      Liked the technique but I wasn’t a fan of the salami (personal preference). Next time, I’ll substitute with a different ingredient.

  • Sausage & apple bake

    • LizzieLozza on July 13, 2018

      Needs another carb, the parsnips just felt a little insubstantial, and it could do with some other flavouring.

  • Tasty warm lentil salad

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on January 16, 2019

      Very easy and healthy option when you don’t have time to cook.

  • So easy fish curry

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on March 11, 2020

      Very easy, used Thai yellow curry instead of korma paste and added spinach. Excellent and ideal for a weeknight dinner.

    • lou_weez on February 26, 2018

      Nothing too spectacular but good as a quick and easy weeknight meal. I added a variety of vegetables - carrots, capsicum, broccoli and cauliflower - to up the vege count.

  • Speedy spinach curry

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on May 26, 2019

      Fast, easy and very good.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Loved this. Added roasted cauliflower and carrots to make it a main dish.

  • Nutty kale salad

    • embk27 on April 20, 2018

      Brilliant versatile salad that will suit most mains as a side dish. I’ve used flaked almonds instead of hazelnuts and works just as well.

  • Crazy good pork burger

    • raybun on September 27, 2017

      This is a very good burger, the blue cheese and pear go very well with the pork. I added some toasted fennel seed to the ground pork to enhance the flavour.(Photo)

  • Crispy squid & smashed avo

    • lou_weez on November 26, 2017

      Easy and delicious, especially when paired with the sweet potato salad recipe from the same book.

  • Crispy skin lemon sole

    • MelanieG on March 16, 2018

      The skin on my fish did not go crispy under the grill but the fish was cooked. Next time I will fry the skin. I did not like the chili addition at all!

  • Harissa chicken traybake

    • angrygreycat on September 25, 2018

      2nd time I tried this. Used a different brand of Harissa. Not really impressed. Takes longer than the recipe says "180 for 50 minutes" and doesn't really get nice crispy or browned skin. Don't think I would make this again.

  • Almond pastry puff

    • hbakke on January 19, 2020

      Tips for next time: roll the pastry very thin and trim into round shape, add more almond since the filling is a bit too runny, put pan directly on bottom of oven on pizza stone to crisp the bottom, and bake for 15 minutes. Otherwise, this was a relatively easy recipe that tasted delicious.

  • Bangin' beef stew

    • jgreenheck on February 16, 2020

      I feel like there’s an error in this recipe. I followed without substitutions and it didn’t get “sticky”. I wonder if it should have cooked uncovered rather than covered? I took off the cover for 30 minutes at the end.

  • Creamy Cornish mussels

    • Joanclemence on May 29, 2020

      I added pear cider instead of apple cider and it turned out delicious!

  • Quick Asian fishcakes

    • lindseyshannon34 on June 29, 2020

      This was good! Next time try to get salmon with skin removed. Possibly toss it all in the food processor to save time. Took way more than 22 minutes. Also annoying he didn't give a salt measurment...no desire to taste raw fish for salt. Guessing I put in 1/2 t. I also chopped and added all cilantro instead of saving some for garnish. Melting the chili jam with water was kind of weird. Next time I'd just melt it a bit in the mircrowave and brush on. Served with Julia Turshten's shaved green apple salad with fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, chili and salted peanuts. Rice good with this too.

  • Sticky mango prawns

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Super quick and easy. I used frozen wild shrimp instead of prawns.

  • Golden pork escalope

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Delicious! Added corn and feta to make a substantial side dish with the cherry tomatoes

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  • ISBN 10 0718187725
  • ISBN 13 9780718187729
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Aug 24 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom, United States
  • Publisher Michael Joseph Ltd

Publishers Text

Jamie keeps it super-simple

Cooking doesn't have to be complicated - that's why Jamie's 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen.

It's all about making the journey to good food very, very simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a meal together fast, whether it's finished and on the table in a flash, or after minimal hands-on prep, you've let the oven do the hard work for you. It’s about spending a little time to deliver a lot of flavour.

Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that you can rustle up, any day of the week.

With over 130 recipes, and chapters on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Eggs, Veg, Salads, Pasta, Rice & Noodles and Sweet Things, there's plenty of quick and easy recipe inspiration to choose from. 

Think Roast tikka chicken - a whole bird rubbed with curry paste and roasted over golden potatoes and tender cauliflower, finished with fresh coriander. Or, Crazy simple fish pie - flaky smoked haddock, spring onions, spinach and oozy Cheddar, all topped off with crisp, golden filo, and ready to devour in less than 30 minutes. 

With every recipe you'll find a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutritional information. 

This is Jamie's easiest-to-use book yet, and the perfect cookbook for busy people.



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