Lentil Recipes

From lentil stews, soups, and curries, discover the very best lentil recipes with over 440 recipes to choose from.

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Vegan Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This delicious red lentil soup is super easy to make and full of flavor. It's vegan as well -- win/win! My dad combined a few different recipes over the years and this one was decidedly the winner. It's been made by many people throughout the family and is always met with great compliments! Cannot emphasize enough that you really need to use red lentils for this recipe as it's key to the taste. If you can't find them in your regular grocery store, they are always in stock at the nearest Indian food market. Best served with your favorite freshly baked bread!

What Are Lentils?

Lentils are protein-packed, cheap and easy. Here's a guide to the most popular varieties, with cooking times.

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

Rating: 4.5 stars 649
Fakes (pronounced 'Fah-kehs') is a staple in the Greek kitchen, and an especially filling meal. It is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar. Though the vinegar is of course optional, try it. It lifts the lentils and adds another dimension of flavor!

Andie's Quick 'n Easy Sneaky Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
I cobbled this recipe together from a myriad of online recipes. I couldn't find a more veggie-friendly option, and had BBQ sauce in the fridge. This is a kiddo and grandkid-friendly recipe you can whip up for an in-a-pinch meal... or add it to your regular menu rotation and get those veggies in without a struggle!

Mujadarra (Lentils with Rice)

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
I was introduced to this Middle Eastern dish by one of my best friends, who is Palestinian. His mother made this once a week at her deli and after trying it once I had a standing order to save me a plate every week. This is so healthy and delicious, and it's so simple to make. After she retired and closed her deli I had to search through several recipes and make my adjustments to get it to my liking. It has become a staple in my home.

Instant Pot® Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 20
I fell in love with lentil soup in the Middle East. This lentil soup is a richly textured, warming soup with complex depths of flavor. This recipe is simple but delightfully intense, and will bring you back to starry desert nights. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, a dollop of yogurt, and a bit of fresh parsley on top.

Curried Lentils

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
Simple recipe with exotic flavors, but only a few ingredients. Lentils are simmered in a coconut curry sauce. Serve over rice.

Braised Black Lentils

Rating: 5 stars 58
Braised black lentils, also known as beluga lentils, since they resemble the most prized of all caviar varieties, make up one of my favorite side dishes.

Kris' Lentil Sausage Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 93
Hearty lentil soup with polska kielbasa and veggies--so easy to prepare and oh, so good!

Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 858
Come home at the end of the day to a richly spiced broth filled with lentils, ham and veggies. Pair it up with cornmeal muffins and you have a great meal!

Tasty Lentil Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 280
This fun taco dish is both healthy and delicious. It will be a hit with the entire family! Serve with your favorite taco fillings, such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and Cheddar cheese.

Dal Makhani (Indian Lentils)

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
Ever go to an Indian restaurant and wonder how they make those lentils? I hated lentils before I discovered Indian food. Then I scoured the internet to figure out how they achieved them, and through mixing and matching recipes and methods on videos, I've arrived at this recipe, which I think is pretty close. This version is very rich, but you can leave out the cream to make it lighter. Kasuri methi (fenugreek leaves) is almost impossible to find in the U.S., even in NYC, but it gives this dish something very special.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Cook Lentils: A Step-by-Step Guide
Learn how to cook lentils perfectly on the stove and in the Instant Pot.
Lentil Salad with a Persian Twist
Rating: Unrated 26
"This was SO GOOD!! I would've eaten leftovers for breakfast." – krimille