Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man

Are you looking for a few tasty dishes you can make at home? There are a handful of dishes that all men should know how to make. Check out these quick and easy recipes for guys that will take your home-cooked meals to the next level.

Man Cooking in a Frying Pan

It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular takeout guy or an upcoming home cook master. As an adult, you must learn how to prepare a handful of meals. With these six dishes on the list, you’ll become the best partner, father, and man. Now let’s see the basic recipes you should know how to make as a man.

Should a Man Know How to Cook?

Before we hop onto the six meals every man should know how to make, we have to clarify whether a man should know how to cook at all. When you think about the title, I know you already know my answer, but let me tell you in more detail.

You don’t have to be the best chef in the city, as it would take way too much time to learn. However, being able to cook basic meals is an essential skill that every man should master. There’s nothing manlier than preparing a meal for your family, as it’s a sign of taking care of them.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man

6 Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man

1. Pizza Margherita

If you want to learn one item on this list that will impress any visitors at your place, pick this one. Learning how to make a well-made pizza is a skill that I – and most of my friends and family, highly value. No matter where I am, I only need a few ingredients to make a tasty, yet cost-effective dish that you and your closest ones will enjoy.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Pizza Margherita
Homemade Pizza Margherita captured by Nadya Filatova

Learning how to make a great pizza goes a long way. You can fine-tune most recipes to your taste and purchase tools to elevate your pizza making skills to the next level. There are tons of helpful videos on the internet.

When I wanted to learn how to make pizza, I started with Vito Lacopelli’s videos. I still highly recommend his videos, whether you are a complete beginner or a pro at home cooking.

2. Seared Steak

Seared Steak is such a fast and fulfilling dish that will get you so many compliments. It’s a meal that you can make in many ways with a wide variety of sides. My favorite Seared Steak recipe is made with garlic butter and rosemary.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Seared Steak
Medium Rare Seared Steak with Asparagus captured by Loija Nguyen

Probably the hardest part of making a good Steak dish is to find the right meat. Often finding the right cut for Steak is not the cheapest option, try to find a local butcher or option for the more expensive ones in your local supermarket.

If you are looking for a great recipe make sure to check Natasha Kravchuk’s version.

3. Simple Pasta Dishes

Every man should know how to make a simple pasta dish. Whether we call it mainstream or not, one of the simplest and perhaps most well-known pasta meals is Spaghetti Bolognese. That is why we recommend it as our pasta choice. You can get the ingredients at any local supermarket and prepare the meal in less than 1.5 hours.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Spaghetti Bolognese
A Bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese captured by Atie Nabat

4. Cheese Board

It’s such a simple dish, the key here is the preparation and the way you position the food on the board. Despite its name, a cheese board not only contains cheese on it. Although most of the board is filled with cheese, you should include some sort of bread or crackers, fruits (fresh and dried), nuts, and some garnishes.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Cheese Board
Cheese Board captured by Melissa Walker Horn

A cheese board will be one of the best snack options for when you plan to invite your friends over. Its simplicity makes it one of the most appealing options for snacks. It’s a fundamental dish for wine nights.

5. Chicken Noodle Soup

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Chicken Noodle Soup
Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup captured by Stacey Doyle

It may seem like an odd choice between cheese boards and pancakes. However, it’s one of the best meals for times when you or a loved one is feeling ill.

Mastering the art of making a delicious bowl of chicken soup is a skill that every person should learn. You can find many great recipes on the internet, and I can assure you that they will be ten times better than the store-bought versions.

6. Pancakes

In my opinion, pancakes are the best weekend breakfast. Ask anyone – the answer will be unanimous. Pancakes in bed are the best morning surprise – okay maybe the second, but that’s another story. This is such a simple meal that every person should know how to make.

If you don’t want to spend time in the morning, you can make the mixture the night before, and you’ll only need to heat the pan, cook, and pour on some syrup, berries, or peanut butter and you will be good to go.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man: Pancakes
Pancakes with Syrup and Berries captured by Tatiana Rodriguez


Learning how to cook is not as difficult as you might think. I know it can be time-consuming and messy on your first try, but once you develop your style and purchase a few kitchen appliances, you will get better eventually.

The key is practice. Try new meals on your own, and if you get them right, you can make them for your friends and family. They will most likely be amazed by your cooking skills.

Basic Recipes You Should Know How to Make as a Man

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