Christmas Main Dish Ideas

Christmas Main Dish Ideas – if you’re hosting Christmas dinner and don’t know what to make, I’ve got you covered! Below is a list of dinner ideas to help you create your Christmas dinner menu!

Not sure what to cook this Christmas? Want to try something new this year? Looking for some new Christmas dinner ideas that will impress your family?

No matter what you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered. Below is a list of Christmas mains for every scenario!

There are classics like lasagna and beef tenderloin.
There are secretly really easy recipes that will still impress like baked ziti, meatballs, and baked salmon.
And there are non-traditional ideas like short rib stuffed shells and calabrian chili pappardelle!

33 Christmas Main Dish Ideas

Photo collage of Christmas Main Dish Ideas

Classic Beef Tenderloin

This is a simple, yet perfect beef tenderloin!

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and White Wine Cream Sauce

A restaurant level Christmas dinner

Garlic Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Serve with mashed potatoes on the side

Short Rib Stuffed Shells

Cheesy shells are covered in a short rib ragu and lots of cheese

Creamy Calabrian Chili Pappardelle with Sausage & Fennel

A non-traditional pasta dish that’s would make an amazing Christmas dinner

Italian Mac and Cheese Bake

An impressive dinner that’s secretly super easy

Spaghetti Sauce in the Slow Cooker

This cooks all day for you so you can spend the day with family

Sheet Pan Lasagna

This spin on the classic lasagna makes it 100x easier than classic lasagna.

Burrata Baked Ziti

Tip: Burrata gets way meltier than mozzarella

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

A vegan Christmas main dish the whole family will love.

Eggplant Rollatini with Parmesan Risotto

A fancy vegetarian holiday dinner

Baked Rosemary Chicken Meatballs

Served with a tomato orzo

Swedish Meatballs

These are perfectly tender and spiced. Served with creamy, savory, tangy gravy

Chicken Marsala

A quick chicken main dish packed with flavor. This is great served with green beans

Baked Sage Chicken Meatballs

Served with a parmesan orzo

Rosé Coq Au Vin

A French inspired Christmas main

Lemon Herb Roast Chicken

Spatchcocking a chicken cooks in half the time and keeps the meat super moist

Herb Roast Turkey Breast

Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving?!

Stuffed Turkey Breast

The turkey breast is stuffed with a cream cheese, spinach, herb, and bacon filling that will knock your socks off.

Thanksgiving Turkey Meatballs

These come together in 30 minutes

Brown Sugar Baked Ham

You can make this in the oven or the slow cooker!

Cheesy Ground Beef Enchiladas

Loaded with ground beef, cheese, and red sauce

Garlic Herb Boneless Leg of Lamb

The garlic and herbs are stuffed in the leg of lamb to pack in tons of flavor

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

Tender, juicy and extremely flavorful

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Stuffed with sweet onion, butter, sage, spinach, garlic, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese

Pomegranate Cider Pork Loin Roast

This has a great pan sauce gravy to go on top

Vegetarian Paella

Something fancy to serve vegetarians

Baked Shrimp in Garlic Butter Sauce

Shrimp baked in a lemon garlic butter white wine sauce, finished with a golden crunchy parmesan breadcrumb topping

Crab Topped Salmon

A crab cake on top of a piece of salmon. So fancy and decadent!

Baked Blackened Salmon

A flavor packed, impressive dish that’s also super quick and easy

Almond Crusted Salmon

Salmon baked with an almond herb mixture packed on top

Baked Salmon with Lemon Sauce

The herby, creamy lemon sauce makes this salmon

Almond Crusted Tilapia

Served with a homemade tartar sauce