Easy French Recipes

Find easy French recipes here! Whether you’re looking for traditional French recipes like beef bourguignon or simple French cooking a home chef can carry out, you’ll find a collection of effortless, go-to French dishes in this section.

There’s everything from easy French appetizers to easy French dessert recipes; it’s all straightforward and foolproof.

French food isn’t always fancy, Michelin-star dishes whose names you can’t pronounce. Instead, French cuisine can consist of recipes that require only a handful of quality ingredients but translate into fabulous flavor.

You can make many of these easy French recipes for kids or create 30 minute meals for two. Take a look at some of my favorite French recipes to make, whether it’s on a weeknight or a lazy day off.

French Onion Soup Recipe

French Onion Soup: a classic & easy bistro soup made with caramelized onions, beef broth, French bread, and melted cheese. Recipe via MonPetitFour.com

Is there anything more quintessentially French than French onion soup? Well, maybe a baguette, but you definitely use a French baguette in this soup recipe.

While the onions need a good while to caramelize and properly contribute their flavor to this soup, there’s very little hands-on time with this soup recipe.

Best of all, you can serve this French onion soup for a variety of occasions, including a casual weeknight dinner or an appetizer for entertaining guests with. Get the recipe here.

French Salad Recipe

A French salad recipe can honestly be made with any green you prefer, be it arugula, spinach, mixed greens, or any other variety of salad greens. The magic of a French salad is in the French vinaigrette.

It’s very rare to see a French salad with a heavy dressing. Instead, you’ll find a light, lemon vinaigrette like the one shared here on a variety of French salads.

I like to whip this French vinaigrette as my go-to salad dressing for all sorts of salads, no matter the season or type of salad. Get the recipe here.

Gougeres Recipe

gougeres

If I’m hosting a party, I try to mix things up and swap out the usual cheese and crackers you’ll find during cocktail hour with these irresistible gougeres.

These cheesy beauties are as light as air. I like to think of them as pillow-y clouds of cheesy goodness, made with a pate a choux dough (the same dough used for cream puffs and éclairs) and flavorful cheeses.

They can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and baked to golden perfection for easy entertaining. Get the recipe here.

Brie en Croute Recipe

brie en croute

Another entertaining favorite is this brie en croute recipe. While the French typically reserve the cheese course for after dinner, I can’t help but present this dish at the start of a party. Trust me, nothing says it’s going to be a great night like a round of baked cheese inside golden pastry.

This is a foolproof recipe that anyone can make, whether you’re a typically baker or not.

Your guests will go crazy over this and be so excited to see what else you have planned for the rest of the evening. Get the recipe here.

Croque Monsieur Recipe

Croque Monsieur: quick and easy French ham and grilled cheese sandwich, made with gruyere and bechamel sauce. Recipe via MonPetitFour.com

While we’re on the topic of cheese, I have to share this easy French recipe for croque monsieur.

This is a French bistro classic and totally puts American grilled cheese to shame. Made with nutty gruyere cheese, ham slices, Dijon mustard, and bechamel sauce, this grilled cheese sandwich is definitely no ordinary sandwich.

Croque monsieur is the perfect option when you’re craving easy comfort food for dinner. Get the recipe here.

Ratatouille Recipe

Easy Ratatouille: a French vegetable stew made with summer veggies. Super easy and perfect as a side or light entrée. Recipe via MonPetitFour.com

The name of this easy French recipe may be familiar to you thanks to the famous Disney movie, but you don’t need to be a fancy cook to make this delicious vegetable dish.

While you may see photos of a finished ratatouille with perfectly arranged vegetables, most French people actually chop up their veggies and toss them together when they make this dish at home.

I like serving ratatouille as a side for light entrées like grilled chicken or fish, or serving it up as a light vegetarian meal with a chunky loaf of bread. Get the recipe here.

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Beef Bourguignon: slow-cooked beef stew served with carrots, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Recipe via MonPetitFour.com

Beef bourguignon sounds incredibly gourmet, but it’s actually a humble French dish that has been made for centuries. In fact, French peasants used to eat this meal as one of their go-to recipes.

While you’ll find all types of French people eating this hearty beef stew now, the dish is still as easy to create now as it was all those years ago.

Made with red wine, fresh herbs, and cheaper cuts of meat, this one-pot meal is a wonderful dish to create for Sunday night dinner or entertaining guests.

If you’re entertaining, simply use a little creativity with your plating to make this humble dish look like it’s right out of a five-star restaurant. Get the recipe here.

Coq au Vin (Chicken in White Wine Recipe)

Chicken in White Wine Sauce aka Coq au Vin Blanc. Chicken cooked in a creamy white wine sauce. A one-pan dinner recipe via MonPetitFour.com

Another favorite one-pot meal, coq au vin is similar to beef bourguignon in that the meat is cooked in wine, however, instead of beef, you’ll use chicken.

I’ve used both red and white wine to create this easy French recipe, but my favorite is white wine. When I use white wine, I add cream and turn this into a dreamy dinner that I can make any night of the week, for any occasion.

When I make this for my family, I simply serve it with a loaf of crusty French bread as the pan sauce definitely begs for some bread dipping! Get the recipe here.

Entrecote Steak Recipe

entrecote steak

Easy French recipes begin and end with steak. Look on any French menu and you’re bound to find entrecote served with French fries.

It’s a simple, classic meal that blue collar French workers turned to for years and now all types of French citizens turn to when they’re looking for a warm meal.

This steak recipe is made with an effortless pan sauce using red wine and shallots. The sauce is whipped up right at the end once you’ve finished cooking the steaks, making this a quick and tasty meal with minimal fuss. Get the recipe here.

Sole Meunière Recipe

sole meuniere

Another easy French recipe, sole meunière is how I like to think of fish when it’s presented at its best.

For this recipe, you only need simple ingredients like lemon and butter to make the fish taste fresh, bright, and absolutely tantalizing.

This is a quick 15-minute type of meal that I like to make on a weeknight when I find a good deal on dover sole fish. The lemon butter sauce in this recipe is everything. Get the recipe here.

French Omelette Recipe

french omelette

Whether you’re looking for a simple breakfast idea or wanting to make breakfast for dinner, this French omelette is always a tried and true recipe to turn to.

Made with fresh herbs, an omelet aux fines herbes is delightfully simple yet filled with great flavor from the herbs that are used to make it.

I fill my omelette with creamy goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes as well for a combination that will make you feel like you’re eating the tastiest eggs ever! Get the recipe here.

French Crepe Recipe

french crepes with whipped cream and strawberries

Those paper-thin pancakes that are sold hot on the streets of Paris are called French crepes and they are absolutely divine.

There’s nothing like warm butter and sugar to sweep you off your feet. The best part is that they are incredibly easy to make. If you’ve made a batch of pancakes before, you can definitely make crepes.

I like classic fillings like strawberries and cream, salted butter and sugar, and Nutella, but you can fill them with whatever your heart desires. Get the recipe here.

Profiteroles Recipe

profiteroles

You may be shocked to find out that those delicate cream puffs filled with ice cream are actually super easy to make.

Yes, this is one easy French recipe that will delightfully surprise you with just how simple it is.

My foolproof method for profiteroles will yield perfectly airy cream puffs that can be filled with any ice cream you like and doused in warm chocolate sauce for a sinfully good dessert the whole family will love. Get the recipe here.

French Apple Tart Recipe

french apple tart

Americans have pie and the French have tarts. Believe it or not, but this French apple tart is easier to make than any pie recipe you’ve ever tried.

Not only that, but this French apple tart is a complete stunner and winner among guests.

Look like a total kitchen boss in front of your family and friends with this gorgeous French apple tart, made with store-bought puff pastry for incredible ease and convenience. Get the recipe here.

French Madeleines Recipe

madeleines

You’ve probably seen these quintessential little French cakes in stores and bakeries across the world. These moist and tender little cakes are actually really easy to make.

The batter is a one-bowl kind of recipe and can be created in under 10 minutes. The only special tool you need to create this French madeleine recipe is a madeleine pan, which gives the little cakes their beautiful, shell appearance.

These cakes are perfect for tea time or gifting to family, friends, neighbors, or teachers. Get the recipe here.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the French recipes here on Mon Petit Four by visiting the full recipe index, found here!