75 Best Brunch Recipes

colorful spring salmon salad with yogurt dill dressing

75 brunch recipes for ringing in spring, celebrating Mom, a new baby, or just spending the weekend with your besties. From quiches and frittatas to salads, tarts, scones, and of course, succulent salmon, these are the BEST brunch recipes!

75 brunch recipes

A-list brunch recipes for your next buffet

Brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain. It’s elegant but easy going, and I always serve it buffet style, which means I can relax and join the party. But brunch is a bear to menu plan ~ I mean, do you focus on breakfast, or lunch? Do you serve food hot, cold, or room temp? Should you serve dessert? Drinks?

One of the fun aspects of brunch is that it’s neither breakfast nor lunch, so you get to pick and choose from the best of both. Dessert, at least dessert with a breakfast-y twist, is a must. And alcohol in the middle of the day? Apparently that’s ok because it’s brunch.

brunch recipe tips

  • Everything should be delicious, of course, but also pretty. This is the time to call upon your inner food stylist.
  • Choose recipes appropriate for either breakfast or lunch: no meatloaves or pot roasts allowed. Brunch food should be light overall, with maybe an anchor dish or two, like a casserole, spiral-sliced ham, or a poached salmon, to make it satisfying.
  • Bonus points to food that can be served at room temperature.
  • Make sure each dish is self serve. Cut quiches and tarts ahead of time, and pre-slice quick breads, etc. If you want to serve gazpacho, for instance, have it ready in small glasses, easy to grab.
  • Limit messy, drippy foods.

QUICHE ~ IT’S THE ULTIMATE BRUNCH RECIPE!

Quiche for brunch recipes
  • Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce ~ complete with little chunks of Canadian bacon and a quick and creamy hollandaise sauce! This clever (and easy!) riff on eggs Benedict is always a hit.
  • Quiche Lorraine ~ restrained yet exuberantly luxe at the same time, (how do the French do it?) you can’t beat this classic quiche made with Gruyere cheese and bacon.
  • Spinach and Artichoke Quiche ~ everybody’s favorite cheesy dip made into an uber comforting quiche. Better make two, this goes fast.
  • Sweet Onion and Herb Quiche ~ a big handful of fresh herbs in whatever combination you love gives this quiche a real spring forward vibe.
  • Vidalia Onion Pie ~ how convenient, Vidalia onion season coincides with brunch season! Perfect timing for this Southern inspired savory pie.

STUNNING SALADS ARE A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES

salad recipes for brunch

TART IT UP!

TART RECIPES FOR BRUNCH

SCONES JAM AND CLOTTED CREAM

scones jam and clotted cream recipes for brunch
  • Fresh Strawberry Scones ~ stuffed with lots of juicy fresh strawberries tucked inside a flaky tender pastry and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze. For Mother’s Day, Easter brunch, and lazy spring mornings.
  • Darina Allen’s Irish Soda Scones ~ classic soda bread in the form of tender little scones ~ have them for breakfast, afternoon tea, or alongside your corned beef and cabbage. 
  • Instant Pot Clotted Cream Recipe ~ who’d a thunk you could use your Instant Pot to create the famously decadent spreadable cream that’s the highlight of a classic British afternoon tea?
  • Easy French Apple Jam Recipe ~ this unique small batch jam is simple to make, has a gorgeous golden color, a fresh apple flavor, a chunky texture, and a surprise hint of spice from the cardamom.
  • An Easy Blackberry Jam Recipe ~ if you’ve stashed a jar of homemade summer berry jam in the pantry or freezer now is a perfect time to show it off.
  • Clementine Jam ~ a unique citrus jam made with everybody’s favorite winter fruit. The color is absolutely stunning.

PANCAKES AND DUTCH BABIES

PANCAKES AND DUTCH BABIES RECIPES FOR BRUNCH
  • Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes ~ mini versions of German pancakes are a perfect brunch recipe. They can be garnished with seasonal fruit to suit any occasion.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes ~ if you’re hosting a small sit down brunch, you can afford to do proper pancakes, and these are a unique choice.
  • Sheet Pan Pancakes Recipe ~ sheet pan breakfasts are a fun way to feed pancakes to a crowd. Pull the pan out of the oven and slice it into squares. Serve with plenty of soft butter and maple syrup.
  • Strawberry Sheet Pan Pancakes ~ a fruity version of the above. You can use blueberries, raspberries, or bananas, too.

YOU CAN’T DO BRUNCH WITHOUT EGGS

Sheet pan frittata for brunch

CASSEROLES AND SIDES

tater tot casserole and kedgeree brunch recipes
  • Breakfast Casserole with Tater Tot Crust ~ this casserole is a meal in itself if you ask me, with veggies, eggs, and the most irresistible golden tater to crust!
  • Kedgeree ~ this vibrant, flavorful dish is a British classic and combines the brunch staples of eggs and smoked fish with rice and veggies for a hearty side.
  • How to Make Perfect Latkes ~ latkes, like their cousin the hash brown, make a super delicious accompaniment to any egg dishes on a brunch spread. I love to serve them with a sour cream and chive dip.
  • Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage ~ this recipe is incredibly easy and rewarding, with a lovely delicate sweet and savory flavor profile that plays so well with a range of different brunch dishes.
  • Breakfast Pasta Carbonara ~ yes, pasta for breakfast! When it has scrambled eggs and bacon, this pasta is totally brunch-worthy and so easy to make.
  • Eggnog Streusel French Toast Casserole ~ this decadent french toast in casserole form is sure to draw a crowd with its warm aroma and pretty crumble topping. The best part? It can be assembled ahead!
  • Bloody Mary Gazpacho ~ this is the best way to serve “bloody Marys” to a crowd. It’s got amazing flavor and that unmistakeable bloody Mary punch!

SALMON IS SO BRUNCH-Y

colorful spring salmon salad with yogurt dill dressing

BREADS AND PASTRIES

BRUNCH BREADS AND PASTRIES

BRUNCH-WORTHY CEREAL

Cereal recipes for brunch

YOU KNOW THEY’RE GONNA WANT CAKE!

brunch recipes: cakes

SOMETHING TO WASH IT ALL DOWN

Blood orange and tangerine spremuta (Italian orange juice)
  • Blood Orange Spremuta (Italian orange juice) ~ fresh squeezed orange juice is a revelation, and this simple offering can make a brunch feel really special. Don’t stop at navel oranges, get creative with blood oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, etc.
  • Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail ~ a signature cocktail takes the party to a new level.
  • Gin and Jam Cocktail ~ this has ‘brunch’ written all over it. There are so many specialty jams out there to choose from, and you don’t need any bartending skills to master this cocktail.
  • How to Make Bee Balm Tea ~ tea, iced or hot, is a brunch staple. This simple herbal tea is easily made with your garden bee balm.
  • Honeysuckle Iced Tea ~ if you’re lucky enough to have honeysuckle growing nearby this is a fun and easy project, perfect for a spring brunch.
  • Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea ~ fresh mint from the garden or grocery store makes a classic tea that can be served hot, or iced.
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    Kim
    February 5, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Dear Sue:
    Mouth is watering, grocery list starting!!!! VVVVRRRRRROOOOOOMMMMM right to the store!!!! Thanks!

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    Janelle
    February 5, 2022 at 10:37 am

    My goodness Sue, what a round-up! I am keeping this post close by to visit again and again. We always have brunch whenever my family gets together and this will be perfect for picking out the best brunch menu.

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    Phyllis
    February 5, 2022 at 10:00 am

    A great collection for brunch, thanks.

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