A collection of Chinese New Year recipes for the upcoming Year of the Dragon. Each recipe includes make-ahead tips.
The Year of the Dragon 🐲 (龙年) is fast approaching! In 2024, the Chinese Lunar New Year (aka Spring Festival, 春节) falls on Satureday, February 10, and the celebration lasts at least 15 days.
To help you prepare for celebratory meals, I’ve curated 30 classic recipes that are very popular for this very special occasion (alternatively, discover all the Chinese New Year recipes listed by categories).
Each recipe below includes detailed instructions, cooking tips and substitute ideas. Many of them come with tutorial videos. To ease the pressure on the day, I also provide make-ahead tips where possible.
An indispensable New Year dish for many Chinese families, dumplings taste wonderful when made from scratch. Check out the Ultimate Dumpling Guide or learn different aspects in detail:
- How to Make Dumpling Wrappers From Scratch
- How to Make Great Dumpling Fillings
- Ten Ways to Fold Dumplings
- Cook Dumplings in Three Ways: Boil, Pan-fry & Steam
- Six Dipping Sauce for Dumplings
🛎 Make ahead: Uncooked dumplings freeze well. Cook the usual way without defrosting.
If you’re looking for a star centrepiece for you feast, try Peking duck! My recipe introduces a simplified method that doesn’t require special equipment or advanced skills.
🛎 Make ahead: Prepare the duck 1-2 days before roasting. The duck pancakes can be made in advance and reheated on the day.
Considered the next-level Chinese fried rice, Yangzhou fried rice combines a variety of ingredients harmoniously.
🛎 Make ahead: Store cooked plain rice in the fridge and chop other ingredients in advance. Then, spend just a few minutes stir-frying everything right before serving.
This recipe takes your classic Chinese New Year rice cake (Nian Gao) to another level by adding extra ingredients for a more complex flavour.
🛎 Make ahead: They taste great both at room temperature and pan fried.
I hope this collection of classic recipes has inspired you and I wish you a fun time cooking for this very special festival.
🧧Happy Chinese New Year! 🐲龙年大吉!