Five famous recipes with only 3 ingredients

Time is of the essence. Taste, too. In the era of overcomplicated restaurant dishes and 100 ingredient processed foods, it’s worth keeping both time and taste in value when using recipes.

We sifted through thousands of recipe with few ingredients—some from prominent chefs, others from home cooks—to create this simple list of recipes using 3 ingredients that anyone can make


1. The famous three ingredient Japanese cheescake

This recipe was hyped beyond belief & it’s worth it. The famous Ochikeron three ingedient Japanese cheesecake is “one part souffle, one part custard, resulting in a lightly sweet and airy cake that is super simple to make,” in the nice words of Epicurious.


  • Eggs
  • Cream cheese
  • White chocolate

See the full recipe at Epicurious.


2. The famous three-ingredient egg breakfast

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David Chang said this was one of his faves, and having tried them, I can say David Patterson’s recipe is divine, no matter your lack of ingredients. It’s all about the technique, yo. Check out the recipe on Mind of a Chef to learn how to make these poached breakfast scrambled eggs.


  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper

See the full recipe


3. The famous three ingredient cocktail

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Ingredients are not just for meals. They’re for cocktails, too, which can often be too complicated. Try making this Americano which is amazing & impressive. This sun-soaked Italian traditional cocktail is just perfect.


  • Campari
  • Dry vermouth
  • Soda

See the full recipe or while you’re at it, browse Saveur‘s great gallery of 3-ingredient cocktails.


4. The famous three ingredient sandwich

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Tomato avocado, that is.

Nuff said. Possibly the best sandwich for a summer day.


  • Bread
  • Tomato
  • Avocado


5. The famous Pommes soufflés à la Jacques Pépin & Julia Child

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Pommes soufflés are the epitome of simple side. Done right, they can, truthfully, become so good they overshadow the main. So who better to trust than Jacques Pépin & Julia Child to make ’em right.


  • Potatoes (baking potatoes, please)
  • Oil
  • Water

See recipe


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