Easy French Recipes

Try these easy French recipes for kids and adults; cooking is an excellent way to experience French culture, while having lots of fun. It is a “hands-on” activity to do with children.

When cooking with children, be sure to take prudent precautions to prevent burns or cuts. Adults should do the slicing and any steps involving the cook top or oven. However, there is still plenty to do for kids including mixing, assembling, kneading, decorating and egg beating. Children love to cook and it engages the senses. When you are finished cooking, you can have a meal together and spend quality time.

To make cooking extra special, play French CDs and enjoy a relaxing time together. Work in some vocabulary and phrases, while you are cooking and eating. Experiences using the five senses are a memorable and active way to learn French language and culture.

Here are some of our favorite French recipes and kids recipes. They are child friendly for cooking and eating, and most importantly – delicious.

French Onion Soup

When we visited our friends Jean-Baptiste and Alix, in Grenoble, France, they served French onion soup, on New Years Eve. Although onions are not usually included in kids recipes, our kids loved the stringy character of the cheese, paired with the sweetness of the onion broth, making it a favorite.


Can’t find a crêperie in your town? Learn how to make your own with these easy crepes recipes. I prefer my crepes savory (crêpes salées) and of course my son likes them sweet (crêpes sucrées). There are many options for this versatile thin pancake, which is eaten all over France. Melt cheese with ham on top or stuff them with nutella.

Coq au Vin

This famous French peasant dish dates back over 400 years. Originally, it was a rooster (coq) cooked in wine (vin). Coq au vin has been modernized over the years, to a delicious chicken cooked in wine, which has many regional variations.

French Desserts

Everyone knows that French desserts are simply … the best. Looking for something to munch while you sip tea? Try freshly baked madeleines. For a light and sweet finish to any meal... macarons. Need a chocolate fix? Try the festive bûche de noel - a Christmas log. Believe it or not, these are all easy French recipes.

Croque Monsieur

Originating in Parisian cafes in the early 1900’s, Croque monsieur is a grilled cheese sandwich extraordinaire. Add a fried egg on top and it becomes a Croque Madame.

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