25 Easy High Protein Meals

These dishes feature high-protein vegetables as well as meat and seafood, but if you’re after high protein vegetarian meals and high protein vegan meals, we’ve got plenty right here.

For more high protein ideas try our healthy chicken breast recipes, healthy salmon recipes, steak recipes and healthy mince recipes. For dishes high in calories, check out these high-calorie foods to try.

Wanting to boost your iron levels too? Check out our collection of iron-rich recipes for tasty ideas such as chilli con carne, lentil soup and lamb ragu. If you’re looking to make your favourite meals healthier, take a look at our 15 healthy swaps and our anti-inflammatory recipes.

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High protein meals

Healthy turkey stir-fry

Check out this healthy turkey stir-fry featuring sauerkraut, earthy broccoli, mushrooms and zingy ginger for a quick, easy and high-protein dinner. See our best turkey mince recipes for more turkey ideas.

Fried Rice with Broccoli and Mushrooms in a Wok

Healthy salmon pasta

Make this healthy salmon pasta by Nadine Brown if you’re looking for a comforting, creamy seafood dinner that’s also high in protein. If you love pasta, check out our 30 healthy pasta recipes for more ideas.

Two bowls of salmon and pea pasta with lemon zest on the side

Healthy turkey burgers

These turkey burgers are packed with protein and are low in calories. Served with a mixed salad, coleslaw or sweet potato wedges, they make an exciting yet healthy family dinner for four.

Two Turkey Burgers in Buns with Lettuce and Tomato on a Wooden Board

Chorizo, roasted red pepper and pea frittata

Liven up your frittata with chorizo and a kick of chilli, then pop under the grill until puffed and golden. A slice of this makes a great high-protein snack. We have plenty more frittata and omelette recipes if that’s what you’re after.

A chorizo frittata with red pepper and peas on a rustic baking tray

Healthy egg-fried rice

When you need something high protein, fast, it doesn’t get quicker than fried rice. We’ve added sweet juicy crab to take it up a notch – discover more crab recipes here.

Healthy Egg Fried Rice on a White Plate

Chicken quinoa salad

This healthy, low-calorie and gluten-free chicken salad is made filling with the addition of protein-packed quinoa and colourful with red onion, mint and lemon zest. Use up your bag of quinoa with more quinoa recipes.

Quinoa chicken salad on a dish

Balsamic lentils with pork fillet

Balsamic offers a tartness to our vibrant pork dish. This well-balanced meal is high in protein but low in calories and salt. Check out more low-calorie meals.

Pork Fillet Recipe with Lentils

Healthy kebabs

This high-protein kebab made of turkey mince offers fresh, zesty flavours thanks to the addition of lemon and parsley, offering a healthier version of a takeaway favourite that’s perfect for the weekends.

A plate on a white background with green napkins, filled with turkey skewers and charred pitta breads

Healthy cod and rice one-pot

This healthy one-pan dish, where juicy hunks of cod are mixed with basil and sweet tomato, is a brilliant high-protein dinner option offering fragrant, rich flavours. Our cod recipes make it easy to get more fish into your diet.

Ceramic cooking pot filled with rice and fillets of cod, with a green napkin

Healthy chicken stir-fry

Check out Nadine Brown’s shredded chicken stir fry for a dish that’s high in protein and bursting with fresh, gingery flavour and red chilli heat. Next, try our mushroom stir-fry recipe.

Three plates of colourful stir-fry with drinks on the side

Chicken stroganoff

Try this chicken stroganoff for a midweek dinner that’s high in protein and full of warming flavours.

Plates of chicken, mushroom and spinach stroganoff ready to serve

Healthy fish cakes

For a high-protein dinner with a kick, whip up these spiced salmon fishcakes and serve with fresh carrot and cucumber ribbons. If you love these, try our Thai fishcakes recipe next.

Fish cakes with carrot ribbons and lime wedges

Vegetable omelette

Jazz your omelette up with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes, then serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed simply with white wine vinegar for an easy, high-protein vegetarian meal. We’ve got lots more omelette recipes to try.

Omelette Filled with Green Vegetables on a Plate with Tomatoes

Healthy jacket potato

A crispy, fluffy baked potato with a classic niçoise salad filling makes for a satisfying high-protein lunch. It’s low in calories, too.

Healthy Jacket Potato Topped with Tuna, Green Beans and Egg

Sesame-crusted tuna with miso dressing

Coat tuna steaks in sesame seeds and serve on a crunchy sugar snap pea and edamame salad for a quick, protein-packed meal. Why not check out more of our favourite tuna recipes.

Sesame Crusted Tuna Recipe with Miso Dressing

Tuna pasta bake

An absolute classic, made even more wonderful with the addition of dried chilli flakes and rosemary. It’s a real crowd pleaser!

Tuna melt pasta bake in an oval dish

Healthy one-pan chicken and rice

This protein-rich dish sees chicken marinated in soy, hoisin, honey and garlic before being cooked with brown rice. It’s simple, fuss-free yet full of rich and tempting flavours.

A Large Pan of Brown Rice Topped with Chicken Breasts and Spring Onions

Chicken, giant couscous and harissa broth

Giant couscous adds a springy texture to this wholesome broth, packed with plenty of protein from the chicken, plus spring greens and a kick of harissa. Use up your jar of harissa in more of our harissa recipes, from pastas to marinades.

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Chicken pasta salad

Throw together this quick and easy pasta salad using leftover chicken, tomatoes and greens for a protein-heavy lunch or midweek dinner.

Chicken Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Rocket in Two Bowls

Miso and chilli chicken noodle soup

Fry shredded chicken in miso and gochujang and add to this nutritious broth for a healthy, gut-friendly meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe with Miso and Chilli

Thai salmon parcels

Sealing the ingredients in a parcel gently steams the salmon and traps in all the flavour to create a light, fragrant sauce for this high-protein midweek meal.

Thai Salmon Parcels Recipe

Jerk chicken skewers with mango salad

Coat protein-rich chicken pieces with jerk seasoning and cook over a hot griddle pan for some midweek heat, ready in 20 minutes.

Jerk Chicken Skewers Recipe with Mango Salad

Orzo, bean and tuna salad

Turn storecupboard staples into this vibrant, nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers and black olives. Discover more easy orzo recipes.

Orzo, Bean and Tuna Salad on Two Plates

Paprika chicken thighs with cherry tomatoes, courgette ribbons and mint

Check out these seriously crispy, smoky chicken thighs with easy courgette ribbons and juicy cherry tomatoes. This super easy meal is high in protein, low in calories and ready in less than an hour. Chicken thighs are great for easy midweek meals – see more chicken thigh recipes here.

Chicken Thigh Recipe

Quinoa and black bean chilli

Try our quick and easy vegan chilli. This quinoa and black bean chilli recipe is high in protein, low calorie and vegan – but still tastes impossibly creamy.

Two bowls of quinoa & black bean chilli on a blue and white background

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