Peanut-Free Recipes for Every Course

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Nut-free recipes. Getty Images/Jill Chen/E+

There are countless tasty recipes available here on and on our sister site. Still, I know that being allergic to peanuts can really limit your choices. Here's a quick guide to tasty peanut-free recipes. I've listed them by category for easy reference.

Recipes that include sesame, soy, or tree nuts are noted accordingly, as these are several of the more common concerns for cross-reactivity with peanuts.

*Recipe is not peanut-free as written, but includes a simple modification to make it peanut-free.

Main Dishes

Main dishes will frequently be peanut-free, but here are some ideas to get you started if you need some inspiration.

  • Allergy-Safe Steak
    Great steak is more about technique than ingredients. Here's how to make a flavorful steak without allergenic extras.
  • Hot Millet Breakfast Cereal
    Breakfast porridge with fruit and spices. Note: Coconut is an optional ingredient.
  • Lamb Shanks Italian-Style
    Sophisticated dinner party fare serves a crowd.
  • Pan-Fried Polenta (Vegetarian)
    Consider topping with oven-roasted vegetables to add some more flavor.

Side Dishes

Have a main course picked out? Now find some inspiration for a side dish the whole family will love.

  • Carrots with Cinnamon
    The sweetness of cinnamon makes a popular vegetable even more friendly to kids' palates.
  • Millet Risotto with Broccoli
    A tasty, savory side dish in its own right, this recipe can also be vegetarian or vegan.
  • Mushroom-Sage Risotto
    Italian rice dish that's hearty enough to be a vegetarian main course.

    Soups, Snacks, and Salads

    • All-Purpose Allergy-Safe Vegetable Broth
      Canned or boxed vegetable broths often include allergenic additives. Fortunately, making your own is easy.
    • Watermelon Gazpacho
      This Spanish cold soup is a summertime classic, and this recipe uses watermelon instead of tomato for a refreshing twist.
    • Nut-Free Trail Mix
      Can't find safe trail mix in stores? Try making your own.
    • Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
      Take advantage of two of fall's most abundant ingredients with this sweet-and-savory soup.
    • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
      Don't throw away those seeds in your Halloween pumpkins. Pumpkin seeds are nutritious and a good substitute for nuts as a quick salty snack.

    Sauces, Condiments, and Appetizers

    Kick the corn syrup out of your life with these tasty recipes.

    • Cinnamon Applesauce
      This kid favorite is easy to make at home and makes a good early solid food for babies with some simple modifications.
    • Corn-Free Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries
      Traditional turkey accompaniment, without unhealthy high-fructose corn syrup.
    • Corn-Free, Soy-Free, Sulfite-Free Mayonnaise
      Homemade mayonnaise just plain tastes better. This one is free from several common allergens.
    • Easy Red Wine Pan Sauce
      Dress up steaks or chicken with this quick French reduction sauce.
    • Hummus
      Classic Middle Eastern chickpea dip or sandwich spread. (Made with sesame tahini.)
    • Red Pepper Chutney
      This is a very colorful sandwich spread: try it instead of peanut butter.
    • Tomato Bruschetta
      This classic Italian toast preparation works equally well as a sophisticated appetizer or as rustic picnic fare.



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