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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast by Jamie Oliver

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Notes about this book

  • Janemac on June 13, 2011

    Great recipes and meal ideas, quick to prepare but usually take more than 30 minutes. Excellent when cooking after work suppers for friends.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Broccoli orecchiette

    • Cheri on March 26, 2013

      This was dry and dull. I will not repeat. Nothing special here.

    • mskabar on November 14, 2013

      This is amazing. We now have it often. It's one of our favourites. Full of flavour and delicious.

    • KarinaFrancis on January 02, 2014

      I must admit I've made this from watching the show rather than the book but it's a pretty easy and forgiving recipe. I've even used frozen broccoli and it works just as well. A great pantry/freezer standby when you need something quick and tasty.

  • Rogan josh & fluffy rice

    • Jane on November 02, 2012

      Like many recipes in this book, this is not as fast as suggested. Prepping and cooking 2 onions, a butternut squash, a cauliflower, some spinach and coriander is never going to be done in 30 minutes. And I didn't do all the other components of the meal like rice, salad, bread, poppadoms. It was good though, I liked the combination of vegetables and I will make it again.

    • eliza on September 13, 2017

      A good, pretty mild curry. I made the butternut curry only, and changed the veggies quite a bit as well as well as adding some hot sauce. You need a really large skillet to cook the squash, cauliflower, chick peas and sauce, so I would go up a size next time. I liked the sweetness of the squash with the other ingredients. Rogan josh paste is not available here (in Canada) so I had to use sauce. Next time I would try making my own paste; Jamie Oliver's recipe for the paste is available on his website. I will probably repeat this one. Took about an hour.

    • lizcoates on April 15, 2014

      I agree about the 30 min - not a chance really. But otherwise this recipe is simple, delicious and full of veggies! I usually do this with the carrot salad and some naan. I also do a double batch and freeze it for quick meals later. You can make you own rogan josh curry paste with the recipe from Ministry of Food if you have that book too!

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Success! Partner (meateater) liked this veggie curry and was surprised how nice it actually was. Took longer as it was first time. Made all but the pickle and didn't have poppadoms, but naan instead. Will make again as it was easy enough. Prepped veg before and had everything ready to go, so was less stressy and gave myself more time. Don't know if it's a 30 min meal, but it taste so nice and it's so easy, I'm not bothered about time.

  • Chicken pie

    • redjanet on August 25, 2011

      I have made this a couple of times now and it has come out well each time. A bit messy, but worth it.

    • coontey on November 25, 2011

      One of the many bomb-proof recepies in this book. V fast and the kids love it!

    • Elnara on February 13, 2014

      I made this several times over the last few years. It's a good, go to recipe. Very fast, everyone that eats it loves it and works great for both mid week dinner as well as a supper for guests. Giving it 5 stars as each time I made it, it came out great and no one has refused seconds yet! :D

    • rbarathan on August 01, 2011

      amazing recipe - I have cooked this dish at least 5 times (that is saying something - as I usually don't repeat a recipe!) - really easy and quick - perfect for a mid week supper!

    • sharifah on December 12, 2011

      Nice and easy - would make this again

  • Fruit & mint sugar

    • sarahcooks on September 05, 2012

      I didn't have any mint so I used pineapple sage from my garden. Maybe it was less potent, but I couldn't really taste it in the sugar. I think to simplify in the future I would just serve the pineapple and blueberries with the coconut yogurt. I used So Delicious yogurt made from cultured coconut milk, not sure if he meant that or coconut flavored yogurt, but I really liked it and it went brilliantly with the fruit. Made the fruit more "dessert-like" without making it unhealthy.

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Made the minty sugar and it smelled divine. So simple and yet so effective. The vibrant green colour also looks very nice on fruit and I later used left over sugar on a Lemon yogurt cake with cream. But that's a different story. The fruit with the coconut yoghurt was super nice and the little ones loved it too.

  • Cabbage salad

    • lizcoates on April 15, 2014

      I call this one Italian cole slaw. Don't skimp on the lemon and the herbs, they make the whole thing.

  • Tasty crusted cod

    • shewolffe on March 29, 2017

      Slightly adapted this recipe to include ingredients I had in the cupboard (so no basil or fresh chilli, but a dash of peperoncino spice mix instead). And I made it all in the oven instead of using the grill. I was in no real hurry, so this worked for me. And I served it with cauliflower cheese made with gorgonzola and parmesan. It was utterly delicious - really good strong flavours. I'll definitely make it again.

  • Sea bass & crispy pancetta

    • redjanet on September 09, 2011

      This tasted really great, although I'm not very adept at pan-frying fish fillets and it all fell apart a bit in the pan. Worth it for the flavour, though. I just served this with new potatoes and a green salad and it all went very well with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Sweet potato mash

    • anneskitchen on July 20, 2012

      Whilst I liked the recipe overall, it took a lot longer than I thought to mash it up on the board and as a result it cooled down very quickly.

  • Goddess salad

    • Cheri on March 25, 2013

      Too much lemon. This dressing is quite bland. I did have a ripe avacado, but 1/2 avacado to the entire juice of one lemon is too much/little. Sour cream makes it blander. I would not repeat. I'm sure there are many superior goddess salad dressing recipes.

    • redbirdo on October 11, 2015

      I liked this dressing but without having seen the other note on this recipe I put in only a little lemon juice and after tasting decided it was enough.

  • Trapani-style rigatoni

    • TrishaCP on July 29, 2015

      Another great Jamie Oliver pasta recipe-this was quick, easy, and satisfying. The sauce is quite rich from the almonds and cheese and really benefits from the extra cherry tomatoes served as a garnish on top. I only had time to make one of the accompanying salads and chose the deliciously austere arugula and lemon salad, which was a great accompaniment. Note: the ciabatta and thyme are only needed if you are serving the accompanying bread course, which I did not.

    • VineTomato on July 01, 2017

      A favourite, in regular rotation in our household. This has replaced our simpler basil pesto pasta, it is so good! We don't bother with the side salads - in our view not necessary.

  • Tuscan tomato salad

    • Melanie on March 02, 2014

      Ate this at Jess & Matt's - delicious, would love to make. Need to ensure bread gets nice and toasty. Don't include the anchovies / capers.

  • Carrot salad

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Made this to go with the Rogan Josh curry. Very nice combo!

  • Kimchee slaw

    • KarinaFrancis on August 06, 2014

      Quick and easy side dish for a weeknight or a BBQ. I cheated a little by using a pack of coleslaw mix, but I imagine Jamie would be ok with that in keeping with the "30 minute mindset"

  • Berries, shortbread & Chantilly cream

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      This is a very quick, very yummy desert. Basically it's fresh fruit, vanilla cream and berries. The splash of elderberry cordial gives it a fresh note. I liked it a lot and felt I was very much indulging myself without major effort. Our guests enjoyed it too the first time I made it. And the kids liked it the last time I made this. LOL All ages pleased. :D

  • Mustard chicken

    • sarahcooks on May 29, 2012

      I didn't think I liked mustard, but this was delicious, and the mustard is so mild in the cream. Cooked this whole meal in 35 minutes.

    • TrishaCP on February 15, 2014

      Really flavorful and easy to execute. The mustard does not overpower- it just adds a savory and tangy note.

    • salskitchen on February 04, 2015

      page 98

  • Piri piri chicken

    • Astrid5555 on August 12, 2014

      Excellent, great sauce to go with the chicken!

    • Melanie on November 25, 2014

      Relatively easy to make and the sauce tastes great with the chicken. Served with lemony baked potatoes and rocket salad.

    • clo4cb94 on June 03, 2011

      Amazing

    • alisa on May 23, 2012

      Fantastic flavours

  • Sweet chilli rice

    • Cheri on March 24, 2013

      This was one of those recipes that seemed like a good idea, but... We did not like the texture or the flavor. I followed the recipe exactly and usually have good results with his recipes. I will not repeat this, threw out the mushy mess.

  • Beansprout salad

    • kari500 on September 26, 2015

      This doesn't sound like much, but it really is very tasty. I skip the bit with cooking the cashews in the honey and just put the honey in the dressing.

  • Rocket & Parmesan salad

    • TrishaCP on July 29, 2015

      Pleasingly peppery and acidic, this would pair well with any rich pasta dish (like the accompanying Trapani-style rigatoni).

  • Wonky summer pasta

    • sarahcooks on May 19, 2013

      Very good and very fast. We made the whole 30 minute meal in 35 minutes (I had everything in place before I started timing).

    • coontey on November 25, 2011

      This is fab!: - Just put on the pasta and THEN start the sauce. One of the few genuine 10m recepies from start to finish. Don't overdo the lemon juice tho'.....

  • French-style peas

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      I was never so surprised by a dish as this. I would never ever have though cooked salad would be nice. But you'd be surprised. It is super yummy! My new fav. way to eat peas.

  • Quick Dauphinoise

    • sarahcooks on May 29, 2012

      This was as quick as he says, and delicious. I didn't include the anchovy and it was still very good.

    • TrishaCP on February 15, 2014

      Several really good tips speed this recipe along. Jamie is a big fan of using the food processor slicing blade to speed the slicing process and now I am too, really great results and much faster than using the mandoline. The one problem I had is with starting the recipe on the stovetop- I could only fit my pan on one burner and as a result I didn't achieve even cooking. This was less of a problem for the potatoes than the onions, some of which retained an unpleasant raw consistency. I completely forgot the anchovies, and the flavor was still good, but I think it would have been improved with the additional umami.

  • Fiery noodle salad

    • sarahcooks on September 05, 2012

      I really liked this. I think I will be making this again, but instead of doing the whole meal, I will just grill one chicken breast with my favorite store bought thai peanut sauce and add it to this noodle dish. Maybe throw some peapods or other vegetable in to make a one dish meal. The cashews are phenomenal, don't skimp on them.

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Very nice, although I made it less fiery because of the little ones, who polished it off. Dish is very yummy! Will make again.

    • shewolffe on April 04, 2017

      I'll be honest, I don't ever expect to do these full meals in the 30 minutes, and that's fine with me. I had lots of time to make this, so adapted it slightly. The satay sauce was delicious - I cut the chicken into chunks and coated it all in the sauce and left it to marinade for an hour or so, before cooking it in the oven. The noodles were really tasty. I hadn't used that technique before, of zizzing flavours up in the mini processor and then mixing it all in with the cooked noodles. I'll be using it again - much easier than chopping and stir frying. I had some left over cooked broccoli which I added to the noodles to add greenery, instead of accompanying with lettuce. It worked well, and I'm now a fan of cooking more broccoli than you need so you can save some!

  • Seriously good fish tagine

    • sharifah on September 27, 2012

      As per the name, this was seriously good! Because I had to clean the mussels, (Jamie's instructions said get your fishmonger to do it), I did the dish in 40 minutes, with the couscous, yogurt & a different simpler salad. One of his instructions I thought was daft; he said roughly chop 2 tomatoes, and finely chop the other 2 tomatoes - why? So I did a rough chop for all tomatoes. And I used cod instead of monkfish - cheaper, still lovely.

  • Glazed chorizo

    • KarinaFrancis on September 25, 2016

      This recipe wins when it comes low effort huge rewards. I was a sceptical about the red wine vinegar, but it totally works. Will make this again and again

  • Pear drop tartlets

    • sarahcooks on May 19, 2013

      I don't know if it is fair to rate this when I used peach jam and homemade canned peaches for this recipe rather than raspberry jam and pears, but it was so delicious! I used a 9 inch crust because I haven't been able to find pre-made tart shells, and I think it could have used more meringue to cover properly. It came together so fast, and was fabulous with vanilla ice cream melting over it.

  • Sweet carrot smash

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Okay. A good enough side dish, but nothing wow!

    • sharifah on December 12, 2011

      A bit watery, make sure carrots are drained properly and left to dry for a minute - had to add a bit of butter to add flavour

  • Dressed potatoes

    • Astrid5555 on August 12, 2014

      Love the feta/cilantro combination, great topping!

    • Cheesepiggy on June 08, 2011

      Leave out the corriander

  • Roasted baby new potatoes

    • saladdays on September 09, 2012

      A very easy way of cooking roast potatoes if you are already using the oven for the main course. Pre-cooking the potatoes in the microwave makes for 20 minutes cooking time. Be generous with the lemon juice and herbs to make them really tasty.

  • Asian-style salmon

    • mbremner on December 17, 2013

      Can substitute shredded or torn lettuce for bean sprouts in salad. Add snow peas to broth at last minute to avoid overcooking. Takes well over an hour to make!

  • Lovely butter beans & bacon

    • redbirdo on October 11, 2015

      These are very easy and delicious - in a larger quantity would be great as a meal in themselves with baked potatoes.

  • Pregnant Jools's pasta

    • Melanie on February 20, 2012

      This pasta definitely passed the test! Tasted great – we used chorizo sausages and skipped the celery & basil (none at hand) and chillies (cooking for non spicy food eaters). If making just for myself I would add the chillies back in. Note that I had it slightly easier as my sister had already thrown the meat and veggies into the food processor and I just had to cook it later on. I still let the sauce cook for about 40 minutes though, pushing this dish way past the overall 30 minute meal mark. I think the flavour made up for it though so I would leave it to cook for a while next time anyway. I served this with garlic bread and a salad of rocket, parmesan and lemon juice and would probably do the same again next time.

    • TrishaCP on August 06, 2014

      This was a really tasty dish. I used 1 lb of hot Italian sausages, and so I swapped 1/2 a red bell pepper for the chiles and reduced the fennel to 1/2 teaspoon. (All I had in the pantry anyway!) Like Melanie, I let my sauce cook a bit longer since I had some extra time, but this was still an easy one to prepare.

    • Astrid5555 on October 29, 2016

      This was really good! I had some leftover sausages which I needed to use up and this dish was what showed up in my EYB search. As per the other reviewers' notes I let the sauce cook much longer, close to 45 minutes. I also did not add the chilli (for the kids) and used whole canned tomatoes, which worked well. Will definitely make again!

  • Limoncello kinda trifle

  • Chicken skewers

    • shewolffe on April 04, 2017

      I'll be honest, I don't ever expect to do these full meals in the 30 minutes, and that's fine with me. I had lots of time to make this, so adapted it slightly. The satay sauce was delicious - I cut the chicken into chunks and coated it all in the sauce and left it to marinade for an hour or so, before cooking it in the oven. The noodles were really tasty. I hadn't used that technique before, of zizzing flavours up in the mini processor and then mixing it all in with the cooked noodles. I'll be using it again - much easier than chopping and stir frying.

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      Good recipe, but not great. The technique of getting the chicken on the skewers I ignored and just placed them on normally. This takes longer, but I had the time. Did use the oven grill and this worked fine, but it's not great having the oven door open and in the way whilst cooking. Must be a better way and I think next time I use my hob grill. Sauce went really well with it!

    • sarahcooks on September 05, 2012

      I grilled these instead of broiled them. The satay sauce was really good, but I felt the meat would have benefited from a longer soak in the sauce. Not the point of 30 minute meals I know, but still. I made the whole meal and it took me an hour with my husband doing the grilling. I have made his meals in closer to the 30 minute mark, but doing this one in that amount of time is laughable. Not to say it's not a great meal, but keep in mind it's not the quickest in the book.

  • Cucumber salad

    • Astrid5555 on October 14, 2014

      Nice Asian twist on cucumber salad. Will repeat!

  • Super-fast beef hash

    • sharifah on May 09, 2012

      Followed this recipe to the letter, except that I didn't have any celery so I doubled up on the carrots. The flavour was nice, and the addition of Worcestershire sauce made it tasty but I found it quite a dry dish. If I were to make it again, I would add a splash of beef stock and covered the pan to keep moisture in.

  • Spinach & feta filo pie

    • Melanie on March 02, 2014

      Ate at Jess & Matt's - another winner! Want to try making this one for myself.

    • VineTomato on May 14, 2017

      Hands down our favourite recipe of all time and a Saturday night dinner over and over again. The salads work brilliantly with the pie. It doesn't come together in 30 minutes though! We add lots of extra caynne in the filo layers - yum!

    • alisa on May 23, 2012

      Great way to get lot's of spinach in one meal - I used 4 bags!

  • Crispy chicken

    • eliza on June 22, 2016

      This recipe was a bit underwhelming because the chicken was overdone. The method involves placing a heated weighted pot on top of the chicken to cook it on both sides. I also have the DVD of this episode and was excited to try it. I tried it twice, reducing the cook times the second time, and the results were similar; the chicken turned out hard and a bit leathery! The flavours were good so I will make again, but will use my regular braising technique (brown in pan, add some liquid, lid on, cook on low 25 minutes, finish with aromatics). I liked the sauce and the sesame seeds. I didn't make the entire meal but it probably could be completed in about 45 minutes or so.

  • Black Forest affogato

    • sarahcooks on May 29, 2012

      So good for so little effort. I was serving this to small children so I used strong hot chocolate instead of coffee and it was delicious.

  • Amazing satay sauce

    • Melanie on March 09, 2014

      This was a delicious satay sauce - served with grilled chicken.

    • shewolffe on April 04, 2017

      I'll be honest, I don't ever expect to do these full meals in the 30 minutes, and that's fine with me. I had lots of time to make this, so adapted it slightly. The satay sauce was delicious - I cut the chicken into chunks and coated it all in the sauce and left it to marinade for an hour or so, before cooking it in the oven. The noodles were really tasty. I hadn't used that technique before, of zizzing flavours up in the mini processor and then mixing it all in with the cooked noodles. I'll be using it again - much easier than chopping and stir frying.

    • Elnara on March 25, 2014

      This was a good, all round, satay sauce. Went really well with the rest of the meal. Will make again.

  • Beetroot salad

    • eliza on April 03, 2014

      Good and easy to make. Used cilantro instead of parsley. Very healthy too.

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Reviews about this book

  • Bibliocook

    ...forgetting about the notion of whether these menus can actually be completed in 30 minutes, this is a fantastic book for someone who just wants to make a Jamie meal without any deviations.

    Full review
  • My Recipe Book Blog

    ...all the food turned out well and was extremely tasty. A very good read, with lots of information about the type of kitchen implements and utensils you will need to complete the recipes.

    Full review
  • Oregonian

    ...consolidating recipes into 50 master recipes for entire meals, which he says you can make in 20 to 30 minutes. His method is based on organization, efficiency and cooking quickly.

    Full review

Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Strawberry slushie

    • My Recipe Book Blog

      The strawberry slushie was fresh tasting and totally yummy , and actually would make brilliant ice lollies for children if you were to pour some into lolly moulds and freeze.

      Full review
  • Broccoli orecchiette

    • My Recipe Book Blog

      The pasta dish had a heady complex garlic taste, it was satisfyingly filling, without being too heavy for a meal on a hot summers day.

      Full review
  • Beetroot salad

    • My Recipe Book Blog

      So really it was a win-win situation for the recipe, I couldn't really go wrong.....could I ? No I couldn't it was delicious, complex tastes and soooo easy to do.

      Full review
  • ISBN 10 0718154770
  • ISBN 13 9780718154776
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Sep 30 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Michael Joseph Ltd

Publishers Text

In his new book, "Jamie's 30-Minute Meals", Jamie proves that, by mastering a few tricks and being organized and focused in the kitchen, it is absolutely possible, and easy, to get a complete meal on the table in the same amount of time you'd normally spend making one dish! The 50 brand-new meal ideas in this book are exciting, varied and seasonal. They include main course recipes with side dishes as well as puddings and drinks, and are all meals you'll be proud to serve your family and friends. Jamie has written the recipes in a way that will help you make the most of every single minute in the kitchen. This book is as practical as it is beautiful, showing that with a bit of preparation, the right equipment and some organization, hearty, delicious, quick meals are less than half an hour away. You'll be amazed by what you're able to achieve.

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