Canadian cuisine might not familiar the world over but some Canadian dishes really should be! There are so many incredible Canadian recipes to discover. It’s hard to know which to make first, in fact. The best known are perhaps poutine, that delectable platter of hot crisp fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, and then you have tourtiere and butter tarts for the dessert lover inside of you. Don’t forget Halifax donaire and all the other treats from the Great White North that might have been unfamiliar yesterday but will be your new favorite comfort food eats tomorrow!
Indulge in a Canadian classic with homemade butter tarts. With a sweet, vanilla-scented filling and flaky pastry shell filled with nuts and raisins, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Homemade Beaver Tail
Indulge in a classic Canadian dessert with this delicious beaver tail recipe, perfect for any occasion from movie nights to Canada Day parties. These mini donut-like treats, shaped like a beaver’s tail and coated in cinnamon sugar, are a must-try for anyone looking to experience the flavors of Canada.
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Atlantic Canada Lobster Roll
Indulge in the taste of the Atlantic with this flavor-packed lobster roll recipe, perfect for seafood lovers. The combination of lobster tail meat with garlic, shallot, hot pepper, dill, and lemon creates a mouthwatering filling that’s best served in a buttery or split-top hot dog bun.
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Hot Turkey Sandwich
Hot turkey sandwiches are a beloved treat in Canada but their popularity is growing rapidly everywhere. The combination of succulent turkey, thick fluffy bread slices, peas, butter, gravy, and cranberries is truly a magical one.
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Discover Canada’s national drink – the classic Canadian Caesar, a flavor-packed cocktail perfect for Canada Day celebrations. Made with clamato juice, lime juice, and a blend of spices, this drink is a must-try, especially when paired with other famous Canadian dishes like poutine.
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Indulge in Canada’s most beloved dish, the delicious poutine, which is perfect for satisfying any comfort food cravings. Smothered with cheese curds, bacon, and gravy, this tasty dish is a must-try for fry lovers.
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Sheet Pan Maple Salmon
This sheet pan meal is perfect for dinner on a busy night. It has the best sticky maple glaze over flaky salmon. Cook this with baby potatoes and broccoli for a fuss-free family meal that only needs seven simple ingredients.
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These peanut butter butterscotch confetti squares are the perfect no bake treat for any occasion. With colorful mini marshmallows and butterscotch chips, they’re sure to be a hit at your next party or potluck! This Canadian classic bar is always a favorite.
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Spiced Shrimp with Saskatchewan Dry Rub
Experience the taste of Canadian cattle country with these smoked spiced shrimp flavored with a homemade Saskatchewan dry rub. This copycat Traeger blackened Saskatchewan rub is easy to prepare, and when combined with juicy shrimp, creates the perfect appetizer or main dish.
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Canadian Date Bars
Indulge in these delicious and hearty Canadian date bars with an oatmeal crumble topping. Packed with dates, oats, coconut, and cinnamon, these bars make a perfect breakfast or brunch addition and even an unconventional dessert option. Plus, they’re sure to be a hit and far superior to their American cousin, the date bar.
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Experience the unforgettable taste of the best Nanaimo bars, a classic Canadian dessert that will leave you craving more. This no-bake, frozen bars are a perfect treat for any occasion. They are packed with layers of sweet flavors, making them an irresistible summer or holiday dessert that will quickly disappear from your freezer.
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Get ready for the ultimate takeout experience with this Canadian classic: Ginger Beef from Calgary! With crispy battered steak tossed in a sweet and spicy ginger sauce, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this restaurant favorite at home. This recipe is a piece of Western Canada’s culinary heritage, perfect for a quick and delicious dinner!
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Tarte au Sucre (Sugar Pie)
Tarte au sucre (sugar pie) is a classic French Canadian dessert staple, and it’s easy to see why. It’s so delicious, and the brown sugar develops sweet, caramelized and complex flavor (it really reminds me of the topping on crème brulee).
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Maple Old Fashioned
A maple old fashioned cocktail is booze-forward but balanced out by the maple flavor, hit with some citrus and cherry for an amazing, nuanced drinking experience.
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Puffed Wheat Squares
These chocolatey and chewy Puffed Wheat Squares bring together the satisfying crunch of cereal and the irresistible, gooey goodness of a cocoa-infused sweet syrup. Made with just six simple ingredients, this quick and easy, no-bake sweet treat never goes out of style!
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Maple Leaf Cookies
These Maple Leaf Cookies with a delicious maple butter filling are a Canadian treat that melts in your mouth. Made with real maple syrup, they were a childhood favorite and are now a beloved indulgence for any maple lover.
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Québécois Maple Pudding
Indulge in the rich, comforting flavor of classic Québécois maple pudding, a dessert that celebrates the sweetness of maple season. Learn about its origins and bake it at home for a delightful treat that pairs perfectly with a scoop of ice cream. For those who crave the unique flavor of maple, this dessert is a must-try!
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Halifax’s traditional Donair is a Canadian treasure with bold flavors and convenient ingredients, making it a guaranteed family favorite. Invented by Peter Gamaoulakos, this unique recipe features a special sauce and beef instead of lamb, earning it the title of official food of Halifax in 2015. This is one of the top easy Canadian recipes.
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Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder
Nova Scotia seafood chowder is a rich and creamy soup that can be easily made from scratch with bacon and fresh dill for extra flavor. This East Coast classic comes together quickly and can be customized with your choice of seafood, making it a must-try recipe for any seafood lover!
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Québécois Pea Soup
Quebec pea soup has roots in the cargo carried by French explorer Samuel de Champlain to the New France settlement, consisting of dry beans, cured meats, and salted fish. The traditional recipe consisted of dried yellow peas, cubes of salted pork, carrots, bay leaf, and lots of lard, as animal fat was more available and less expensive than imported olive oil.
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