26 of the best starter recipes

Still deciding on your dinner party menu? Check out these simple starters

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Zvonko/Laura Edwards

Planning a dinner party? Then you'll be in need of a fail-safe starter recipe.

We’re big believers here at Red in making that as easy as possible. Big platters, plopped in the middle, shared with large wooden serving spoons. Laughter, elbows on the table, drinks poured and clinked.

But if you want to pull out all the stops you’ll probably want an easy starter recipe to kick the night off. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It can be as straightforward as a French onion soup, hearty and comforting, simmered in advance then brought back to heat once the guests are sitting down. Or perhaps a few slithers of gravlax, light and zesty, very easy to prep the morning or even the day before.

So once you've got the cocktails sorted – and here’s how to make the perfect gin and tonic – all you’ll have to do is relax and wait for people to arrive, as these recipes are designed for you to have more time to spend with them, and less holed up in the kitchen.

You see, our easy starter recipes are sure to impress. From scallops and smoked salmon to vegetarian tarts and easy salads, don't plan your dinner party menu without taking a look at these easy recipes first.

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Zvonko/Laura Edwards
French onion soup

Nothing beats a bowl of classic French onion soup. The combination of lowly cooked caramelised onions, sherry-infused broth, and toasted cheese on crusty bread is delicious.

Try this French onion soup recipe

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Waldorf salad

Salads make the perfect starter and this delicious twist on the classic Waldorf salad has a lovely warm spice to it. Easy to make, it’s ideal for a light healthy lunch or a dinner party starter.

Try this Waldorf salad recipe

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Potted shrimps are a British dinner party classic and, if you find a fishmonger who sells peeled brown shrimps, they are a cinch to make too.

Try this potted shrimps recipe

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Smoked Salmon Pate

This super quick and easy salmon paté makes a great canapé for a drinks party. Serve up with melba toasts for a charming retro feel.

Try Lisa Faulkner’s smoked salmon pate recipe

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Spicy edamame

This is a great starter to pile into a bowl and share; simply cook the pods whole, then pull them through your teeth to pop out the little green beans hidden inside. Quick and delicious, these edamame beans have a good kick of chilli to and are great served with a sprinkling of salt.

Try Itsu’s spicy hot edamame beans recipe

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Jean Cazals
Mushroom Fricasse

This dish should be redolent with heady forest flavours, but feel free to include some cultivated mushrooms. Provide good French bread to mop up the juices.

Try Raymond Blanc’s fricassee of wild mushrooms recipe

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Zvonko/Lisa Linder
Mussels with Tarragon and White Wine

Though a big bowl of fragrant, garlicky mussels is the highlight of many lazy, summer lunches, mussels are at their fat and juicy best in winter.

Try this mussels with tarragon and white wine recipe

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Smoked trout tartlets

Smoked trout often has a more delicate colour and flavour than smoked salmon. Horseradish is hot, so if you don’t like it fiery add a little and taste before adding any more. Perfect as a starter or serve with a green salad for a bigger meal.

Try this smoked trout tartlets recipe

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Zvonko/Anders Schonnemann
Fried Squid

Classically served up with tzatziki and lemon wedges, this tasty squid dish makes the perfect summer dish.

Try this fried squid recipe

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Scallops with a Sesame Crust and Chocolate Dressing

The sesame crust and chocolate dressing with these scallops makes this a truly indulgent starter. They are so quick and easy to make, leaving you more time to enjoy your dinner party.

Try this scallops with a chocolate dressing recipe

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Country-style pork and walnut terrine

Delicious spread on sourdough bread, this traditional pork terrine needs to be made one to two days before it is served (to allow the flavours to mature and develop), so you can spend more time with your guests.

Try this country style pork and walnut terrine recipe

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Baked gruyere cheese soufflés

Light, fluffy and utterly delicious, loose your fear of the soufflé. These rich Gruyere cheese soufflés are easy to prepare and will make the perfect veggie starter served with a crisp green salad.

Try this baked gruyere cheese soufflés recipe

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Zvonko/Anders Schonnemann

Succulent, spicy and beautifully presented on a crisp lettuce leaf, this easy beef dish has a good kick of flavour and is sure to become a dinner party staple.

Try this chilli beef lettuce wraps recipe

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Bill Granger's gravalax recipe

A big platter of gravlax served with a variety of rye breads and crackers makes the perfect elegant drinks party platter – and it takes barely any effort too.

Try Bill Granger’s gravalax recipe

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Richard Jung
Tomato tart

Quick, easy and beautifully sweet, these vibrant tomato tarts are a great vegetarian option for a dinner party starter, and can be ready within half an hour.

Try this tomato tart recipe

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Sea Bass Caviche

This light and fresh tasting dish is simply delicious. Full of flavour and pretty to look at this is perfect for a dinner party starter. Use sea bass or whatever firm white fish is freshest

Try this sea bass ceviche recipe

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Zvonko/Anders Schonnemann
Flatbreads with fennel and feta

The saltines of the feta cheese in this flatbread recipe works perfectly with the sharp sweetness of pomegranate juice; serve with a round of drinks or alongside another dish.

Try this flatbreads with fennel and feta recipe

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Spicy Pakoras

Pakoras typically consist of fish, meat or vegetables that are coated in a batter made from spiced gram flour and fried until golden brown. These prawn pakoras are especially delicious served with a spicy green or tomato and cucumber chutney as a starter.

Try this spicy prawn pakoras recipe

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Zvonko/Laura Edwards
Courgette Flowers

These beautifully vibrant courgette flowers are stuffed with creamy ricotta and fresh herbs for a delicious dinner party starter or summer lunch dish.

Try this stuffed courgette flowers recipe

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Tony Briscoe
Salt and Pepper Squid with Chillied Strawberry Chutney

Homemade chilli chutney gets a summery twist with the addition of British strawberries. Delicious served as a dipping sauce for any fish dish, or served with good old cheese and crackers.

Try this salt and pepper squid with chilli strawberry chutney recipe

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Jean Cazals
Calamari with fried garlic, chilli, lemon and alioli

This simple dish is one worth lingering over. The fried squid is beautifully crispy and goes perfectly with the aioli. Ideal for a dinner party starter or as part of a range of tapas dishes.

Try this calamari with fried garlic recipe

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Lisa Barber
Gordon Ramsay's Seared Scallops with Minted Peas and Beans

Packed full of fresh flavours, the combination fresh scallops with minted peas and beans is deliciously refreshing. Perfect for a dinner party starter or summertime dish, it’s easy to make too.

Try Gordon Ramsay’s seared scallops with minted peas and beans recipe

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Clare Winfield
Rice rolls with pork and prawns

These delicious rolls make a refreshing and lighter change from the deep fried spring rolls that are more familiar in England. Serve as a starter, snack or as finger food at a drinks party.

Try this Vietnamese pork and prawn rolls recipe

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Smoked salmon with sweet and sour shallots

Planning a dinner party? This impressive looking salmon starter is sure to go down well. Quick and easy to whip up, serve with some homemade crusty bread.

Try this smoked salmon with shallots recipe

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Gareth Morgans
Thai fishcakes with cucumber relish

Hot, spicy and terrifically tasty, these fishcakes are filled with delicate Thai flavours. The cucumber relish, made with fresh coriander, complements them perfectly. The little cakes make the perfect drinks party nibble or dinner party starter, you could even take them on a picnic.

Try this Thai fishcakes recipe

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Tony Briscoe
Polenta with Forest Mushrooms

All the preparation for this warming polenta dish can be done in advance. The mushroom mix can be reheated, but you must take care to cool it after making – and do not put the parsley in, leave that until you have reheated it.

Try this polenta with mushrooms recipe

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