Finding enough variety in your meals when building muscles can be a challenge, so we wanted to help by sharing some of our favorite muscle building meals we make.
We have meals with steak, fish, chicken, and meatless to meet all your bulking-up needs. We promise there’s no getting bored of your food when you try these muscle building meals.
1. Steak and Bean Burrito Bowl
With black beans, steak, veggies, and more, this steak burrito bowl gives your body the fuel it needs to help you bulk up. The recipe makes four servings, so share it with your family or use it as a meal prep for the week. Following that recipe, each serving has around 450 calories and around 41 grams of protein.
We love this muscle building meal because you can customize it to fit your needs. If you don’t like sour cream, leave it off. If you usually add guacamole to your burrito bowls, you can do that here too. You can substitute rice for whole-grain rice.
We also love that it’s a full meal, so you don’t need to worry about pairing sides with this to get all the nutrients you need.
2. Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp is one of the most protein-dense foods you can eat. Every gram of meat in your shrimp is 25% protein, helping you get the most protein per serving. This shrimp scampi recipe does contain a lot of shrimp and pasta, so be sure to pair it with a veggie when serving.
This recipe serves four people and is best served fresh since reheating can make the pasta chewy and the shrimp dry. Each serving has around 342 calories and 31 grams of protein. It only takes about 15 minutes to put this recipe together, so it’s great when you’re in a pinch for time!
This is one of those muscle building meals that we find ourselves making all the time because it’s so quick and tasty.
3. Grilled Halibut With Tomato Avocado Salsa
Did you know that halibut ranks as the second most filling food, losing to only boiled potatoes? We think it’s because of how much protein (42 grams!) each serving of this tasty fish has. This grilled halibut recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds while furling your body for growth.
The recipe serves two people but can easily be halved if you cook for yourself. Your serving contains around 450 calories and has about 48 grams of protein. The hardest part is waiting for the weather to warm up enough to grill it.
4. Vegan Chili
Looking to have a meatless day but don’t know how to get enough protein? This vegan chili recipe is perfect for you. It’s flavorful and gives you some of the protein you need through the black beans, red kidney beans, and lentils. Plus, it can be cooked in under 30 minutes, including prep time.
This recipe serves six people or is perfect for meal prepping for the week. It’s only 83 calories per serving and contains 4 grams of protein per serving. This is much lower than our other recipes, but it is a great addition to your meals for those days you don’t want meat.
5. Roasted Salmon Wrapped in Prosciutto
Not a big fan of the taste of salmon, but love the protein that comes with the fish? This roasted salmon wrapped in prosciutto is perfect for you. The prosciutto adds a bit of a bacon flavor to your fish, helping to dim the fishy taste and create something better.
The recipe serves four people, each containing around 380 calories and 33 grams of protein. You’ll want to serve it with a side, like broccoli in this recipe, or a nice salad to help round out your nutrients.
6. Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops
When comfort food meets muscle building meals, you get this apple cinnamon pork chop recipe. Pork is great for lean protein, feeding your muscles to burn calories. Apples are also great for slimming your stomach by helping slow sugar digestion. In turn, this also helps prevent your blood sugar from spiking, reducing the hunger pangs you might get.
Each serving has around 555 calories and 32 grams of protein. This recipe services 4 and takes less than 30 minutes to put together. It’s one of those recipes you’ll be coming back to over and over again.
7. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki Sauce
Looking for a light taste with a protein punch? These Greek lemon chicken skewers are perfect for you. Plus, the creamy tzatziki sauce rounds out the entire meal, giving your whole family a meal they can enjoy with the protein you appreciate.
This recipe serves six people but give yourself some time because it does take about an hour and a half from start to finish. At around 410 calories per serving and 38 grams of protein, we promise it’s worth the wait.
Looking for some extra bread in your diet? Make this gyro-style by adding it to some flatbread topped with lettuce and tomatoes. Now you have a full meal with everything you need!
8. Vegan Spicy Sesame Zoodles With Tofu
We didn’t want to leave you with a vegan dish that didn’t have as much protein as the other dishes. This spicy sesame zoodles with tofu recipe is perfect for just that.
At 500 calories per serving and 30 grams of protein, you’ll get everything you need without the meat. It only takes around 25 minutes to make and feeds six people. Plus, the chili sesame sauce is made fresh and tastes amazing.
Try These Muscle Building Meals Today!
These muscle building meals are sure to give your protein the fuel it needs so you can start seeing massive gains. They taste great, are easy to make, and can be adapted to meet your specific nutritional needs.
If you’re eating right but still not bulking up as you expected, consider hiring a personal trainer!
We’re eager to help you gain more muscle mass and reach your fitness goals. Reach out to us today, so we can make your goals a reality.