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36 Lazy, Summery Genius Recipes Simple Enough to Memorize

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We’re up to our short-shorts in the season of embracing cooking less, in every sense. Of keeping the oven off, of eating on the road and by the beach, of desserts that are just peaches and dinners that are just a tomato and a hunk of cheese.

In that spirit—because we need to, and because we can!—here are 36 summer-appropriate Genius Recipes so simple that, after you make them once, you may not need the recipe again. You can make them all in 5 ingredients flat (not counting salt, pepper, olive oil, water, or optional garnishes, you sticklers)—for every meal, and every humidity level.

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For Breakfast (Mostly Eggs):

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs

Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs by Genius Recipes

Daniel Patterson's Poached Scrambled Eggs

Daniel Patterson's Poached Scrambled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Roger Vergé's Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar

Roger Vergé's Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar by Genius Recipes

King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits

King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits by Genius Recipes

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns by Genius Recipes

For Lunch:

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs by Genius Recipes

Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Zahav's Hummus Tehina by Genius Recipes

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino by Genius Recipes

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

Tara Duggan's Chard Stalk Hummus

Tara Duggan's Chard Stalk Hummus by Genius Recipes

Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)

Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with ... by Genius Recipes

Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates

Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley by Genius Recipes

For Dinners of All Stripes:

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish) by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon by Genius Recipes

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry by Genius Recipes

Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo al Trapo)

Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in... by Genius Recipes

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon by Genius Recipes

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes

The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers by Genius Recipes

Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter

Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter by Genius Recipes

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts

Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts by Genius Recipes

Penelope Casa's Garlic Green Beans (Judias Verdes con Ajo)

Penelope Casa's Garlic Green Beans (Judias Verdes con Ajo) by Genius Recipes

Molly Wizenberg & Brandon Pettit's Red Wine Vinaigrette

Molly Wizenberg & Brandon Pettit's Red Wine Vinaigrette by Genius Recipes

Richard Olney's Fresh Fig and Mint Salad

Richard Olney's Fresh Fig and Mint Salad by Genius Recipes

Jean Anderson's Sweet Red Pepper Paste (Massa de Pimentão)

Jean Anderson's Sweet Red Pepper Paste (Massa de Pimentão) by Genius Recipes

And for Dessert! (Mostly Ice Cream):

David Lebovitz's Chocolate Sorbet

David Lebovitz's Chocolate Sorbet by Kenzi Wilbur

The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream

The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Brad Spence's Salted Butter Semifreddo

Brad Spence's Salted Butter Semifreddo by Genius Recipes

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Max Falkowitz' Best (and Easiest) Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Max Falkowitz' Best (and Easiest) Frozen Yogurt Recipe by Genius Recipes

The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet

The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet by Genius Recipes

Yogurt Whipped Cream

Yogurt Whipped Cream by Genius Recipes

The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe

The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe by Genius Recipes

P.S. I unearthed most of these by searching “genius recipes” and using our handy recipe search filters, including “5 Ingredients or Fewer” and “Summer”—feel free to do the same and customize to your Vegan, Make-Ahead, One-Pot, Side Dish, Chocolate and/or Labor Day needs.