Cooking without a recipe is a great talent to have -- especially when it comes to making dinner on the fly. If you know how to sear, fry, saute or grill, cooking anything from scratch is no problem for you. But even if you've never cooked without a recipe, it's not that difficult to try. We've put together a slideshow of 20 recipes that have no recipe. There are only instructions and ingredients with a few amounts listed. In most cases the amounts are up to your personal taste, for example, the amount of garlic, chile flakes, salt or pepper. If a dish needs a lot of oil, we mention it, but in most cases all you need is a drizzle for sauteing or searing. And when you're making a salad dressing, we give you the ratio, for example 3:1 means 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.

Forget about recipes from this point on -- start cooking without them and you'll see how much more creative you can be.

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  • Grilled Rump Roast Steaks

    Make a paste with garlic, anchovy and some oil, salt and pepper. Rub all over two 1-pound rump steaks. Grill until medium-rare, about 10 to 15 minutes total. While steak rests, make a 2:1 ratio dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and toss with arugula. Serve steak sliced against the grain. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-rump-roast-steaks_n_1056838.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Ian Knauer</a>

  • Greek Salad

    Slice up tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. Combine with olives and cubed feta cheese. Make a 1:1 ratio dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and dried oregano. Pour over salad and serve. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-salad-with-tomatoes_n_1057126.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Georgeanne Brennan</a>

  • Fish Al Cartoccio

    You'll need two 4-ounce fillets per packet. Place a fillet of fish (sea bass, striper or snapper) on a large sheet of parchment. Season with salt and pepper. Top with thinly sliced fennel, sliced lemon, olives and parsley leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and top with another fillet skin-side up. Fold over with parchment and crimp edges all around very tightly. Bake on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/fish-al-cartoccio_n_1151664.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Ron Suhanosky</a>

  • Fried Egg With Chorizo

    Heat lots of olive oil in a skillet with garlic cloves to flavor it. Remove garlic after 5 minutes. Crack four eggs into separate bowls and cook one at a time (takes 30 seconds) and tip pan so you can spoon oil over eggs. Remove eggs to plate and pour out oil. Sear chorizo for 30 to 45 seconds in same pan and add fresh thyme sprigs for flavor. Serve with eggs. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fried-egg-with-chorizo_n_1061324.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Jose Andres</a>

  • Garlic And Onion Pasta Sauce

    Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet and add chopped onion. Saute until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chopped garlic and saute 1 minute more. Drizzle in plenty of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta and serve. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/garlic-and-onion-pasta-sa_n_1057135.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Georgeanne Brennan</a>

  • Heirloom Tomato Salad

    Cut up a bunch of tomatoes and tear up a large ball of fresh mozzarella. Toss with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with torn basil. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salad-of-heirloom-tomatoe_n_1055749.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Curtis Stone</a>

  • Mozzarella Chicken Cutlets

    Rub chicken cutlets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill in pan for 3 to 4 minutes to get grill marks. Top with a bit of jarred tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella. Cook until cheese melts. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mozzarella-chicken-cutlet_n_1056844.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Ian Knauer</a>

  • Cucumber And Dill Salad

    Make a 1:1 ratio dressing of lemon juice and olive oil and mix in chopped fresh dill. Cut two long cucumbers lengthwise and thinly slice. Toss with dressing and season with salt. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cucumber-and-dill-salad_n_1055739.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Curtis Stone</a>

  • Thyme And Lemon Pan-Fried Trout

    Season four trout fillets with salt and pepper on flesh side and dust with flour. Melt butter in large skillet and cook fish skin-side down for 4 minutes and on flesh side for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to plate. Add a few fresh sprigs of thyme and lemon slices; cook 2 minutes. Add handful chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Pour over fish and serve. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/thyme-and-lemon-pan-fried_n_1056952.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Ian Knauer</a>

  • String Bean Salad With Toasted Walnuts And Goat Cheese

    Blanch yellow and green beans in salted water. Shock in ice water; drain. Make a 3:1 ratio dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with beans and top with toasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/string-bean-salad-with-to_n_1058124.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Lauren Braun Costello</a>

  • Sausage With Many Peppers

    Cut about five peppers into quarters and 1 1/2 pounds sausage into thirds. Toss with olive oil, chile flakes and whole garlic cloves. Cook under broiler, about 12 to 15 minutes, turning halfway through. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sausage-with-many-peppers_n_1056906.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Melissa Roberts</a>

  • Avocado-And-Onion Salad

    Cut avocados and red onion into thin slices. Arrange on platter. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/avocado-and-onion-salad_n_1058210.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Food & Wine</a>

  • Pecan-Crusted Salmon

    Grind up pecans in the food processor and mix with lemon zest. Beat an egg with a little sesame oil and brush four salmon fillets flesh side only. Coat with pecan mixture. Bake, skin-side down for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with lemon. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pecan-crusted-salmon_n_1056872.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Kate Slate</a>

  • Grilled Zucchini with Basil and Balsamic

    Cut zucchini into long slices and rub with olive oil. Grill about 3 minutes per side. Cool and cut into chunks. Heat some oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and minced jalapeno. Saute 30 seconds and drizzle in balsamic vinegar. Combine with zucchini and garnish with basil. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-zucchini-with-bas_n_1055226.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Curtis Stone</a>

  • Honey Mustard-Glazed Carrot Coins

    Cut carrots into coins and steam until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Toss with a mixture of olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, a pinch of cinnamon and chives. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-mustard-glazed-carr_n_1057011.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Alexis Touchet</a>

  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    Season asparagus with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap every four spears with one strip prosciutto and grill, turning once or twice, until charred, about 10 minutes. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/prosciutto-wrapped-aspara_n_1061923.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from EatingWell</a>

  • Pork Tenderloin With Grainy Mustard-Orange Rub

    Cut two pork tenderloins into six pieces each and season with salt and pepper. Mix together grainy mustard, orange zest and juice, and chopped garlic. Heat oil in skillet until very hot. Sear pork all over, then transfer to 450-degree oven and roast 12 to 15 minutes. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-tenderloin-with-grai_n_1056953.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from NMP</a>

  • Mint And Cumin Couscous

    Bring 2 cups of water or stock to a boil and stir in 2 cups of couscous and a pinch of salt. Cover and let sit until couscous absorbs water, about 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous and fold in chopped mint, ground cumin, toasted cashews, sliced green onions and orange zest. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mint-and-cumin-couscous_n_1057453.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Curtis Stone</a>

  • Minute Steak Sandwich With Fried Onions And Sweet Mustard

    Fry onions in a skillet with a little bit of oil until crisp and brown, about 10 minutes. In same pan, cook two very thin minute steaks for 45 seconds per side. Cut roll or baguette in half and toast or grill both sides. Spread with lots of butter and mustard. Pile with sliced steak and onions and serve. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/minute-steak-sandwich-wit_n_1383220.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from Sophie Wright</a>

  • Salsa-Braised Kale

    Heat oil in a pot and add kale; toss 1 minute. Stir in jar of salsa and some water. Cover and simmer until kale is tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with crumbled Mexican cheese. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salsa-braised-kale_n_1062547.html" target="_hplink">Recipe from EatingWell</a>