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30 Easy Poppy Seed Recipes (Desserts and More)

Add a little extra character to your baked goods and meals with these poppy seed recipes!

These fantastic little seeds make every dish, savory or sweet, so much more exciting.

Their crunch alone makes them such a treat to gobble up in all kinds of bread, cakes, and bars. 

Homemade Poppy Seed Cake with Sugar Glaze
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Poppy seeds have a uniquely distinctive taste that adds a lovely depth of flavor to every recipe.

They also add an irresistible crunch!

Even a sprinkle of seeds adds a wonderful decorative pop and addictive crunch to every dish.

1.  Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

These citrus poppy seed muffins are the perfect treat to start your day with. Just grab one as you head out the door. 

They’re fluffy, dense, and deliciously moist. Plus, the poppy seeds add a wonderful crunch, to boot! 

Save some time on busy mornings with these ready-to-go muffins.

There’s no need to head to your local bakery when lemon poppy seed muffins are this easy to make at home. 

2. Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

If you’re looking to make yourself an extra special sweet treat, give this recipe a go!

This poppy seed coffee cake is utterly irresistible. 

This flaky yeast bread with poppy seed filling and sweet lemon glaze is just superb.

For the best flavor, grind your own poppy seeds.

Grinding them fresh captures the almost floral aroma of the seeds. It’s amazing!

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3. Poppy Seed Kolache

This Minnesota-style, Czechoslovakian kolache pastry is stuffed with a delicious poppy seed filling.

They’re the perfect little bite-sized treats to gobble up with your afternoon coffee.

And they’re pretty easy to make, too!

You can use a store-bought poppy seed filling or make your own if you’re up for it!

All you need are poppy seeds, nuts, dates, honey, milk, and cinnamon.  

4. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Moist, delicious, and packed with crunch, this lemon poppy seed bread is oh-so scrumptious. 

The lemon flavor is perfectly balanced. It’s not too tart or overpowering.

And the crunchy poppy seeds a wonderful bite to every slice. 

Enjoy it for breakfast or dress it up with candied lemon slices and extra glaze for fancy afternoon tea.

It’s perfect each and every way!

5. Poppy Seed Rugelach

Poppy seed rugelach are the perfect holiday cookies to gobble up over the festive season. 

Rugelach are mini crescent-rolled pastries with a flakey dough and cream cheese filling.

They resemble a ‘schnecken,’ which is an Eastern European Jewish pastry.

Their super flaky pasties with rich cream cheese and a sweet and syrupy filling. Does it get any better?

6. Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Having company over? Bake up this lemon poppy seed cake!

It’s the perfect treat to share with all your friends and family.

This cake is loaded with fresh lemon zest and nutty, crackly poppy seeds.

The final touch is a delicious drizzle of a bright lemon glaze. Yum!

You won’t be able to have just one slice of this melt-in-your-mouth tender cake.

So, go on and help yourself to seconds (and thirds)!

7. Poppy Seed Chicken

If you’re looking to make something new and exciting for dinner, whip up this casserole!

It’s loaded with creamy goodness and crunchy poppy seeds. 

It’s made with chicken, condensed cream of chicken soup, crushed Ritz crackers, and poppy seeds. 

You can always layer some cooked rice on the bottom of the casserole dish, underneath the chicken.

That way, it’s a hearty meal in one!

8. Spinach Strawberry Salad

Now, this is a salad everybody will love, even picky eaters! And it looks just as good as it tastes.

It’s brimming with strawberries, toasted pecans, feta, and a wonderful honey balsamic poppy seed dressing.

Serve this delicious salad alongside grilled meats or sandwiches.

It also makes for a fabulous, light, and oh-so-pretty summer lunch. Delish!

9. Autumn Chopped Salad With Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Every bite of this autumn salad is just divine.

It’s brimming with the most amazing fall flavors. And that insanely tasty poppy seed dressing is to die for. 

This salad is chock-full of apples, pears, lettuce, pecans, bacon, cranberries, and feta.

Then, everything is drenched in that creamy dressing.

The sweet and tangy flavor of the dressing is just *chef’s kiss*. And the poppy seeds add such an addictive crunch.

10. Poppy Seed Dressing

Turn every salad into a tasty meal with this fantastic poppy seed dressing!

It’s sweet, tangy, nutty, and oh-so-creamy. 

There’s no need to spend extra cash on fancy supermarket dressings.

This homemade poppy seed dressing is so easy to make, and it’s a fraction of the price!

Toss it in with a delicious kale salad or any of your favorite summer salads.

It pairs beautifully with strawberries and spinach. 

11. Quick Poppy Seed Rolls

These poppy seed rolls can be made in a flash! There’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen with these speedy rolls. 

These rolls are stuffed with a sweet and crunchy poppy seed filling that’s just drool-worthy. 

Poppy seed rolls are super popular in Polish and Ukrainian baking. So, give them a go!

They’re guaranteed to make it onto your weekly baking rotation. 

12. Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Looking for the perfect treat to have with your afternoon cup of coffee?

These lemon poppy seed cookies are just the ticket! 

These soft cookies are made with zesty lemon, crunchy poppy seeds, and a drizzle of sweet glaze.

Bake up a batch of these citrusy treats for your next picnic, tea party, or sweet-tooth craving. Yum!

13. Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Brighten up your day with one of these lemon cheesecake bars!

They’re packed with layers of lemon dough, poppy seed filling, lemon cheesecake filling, and sweet dough crumble.

These Slovenian-inspired bars are packed with the most amazing flavors.

Tangy, creamy, and sweet, there’s just so much to love. 

They’re fantastic for sharing. So, bring them to your next holiday party, bake sale, or potluck!

14. Banana Poppy Seed Cake With Lemon Buttercream

Swap your everyday banana bread for something a little more exciting.

This banana poppy seed cake hits the spot every time!

It’s smothered in tasty, tangy lemon buttercream and packed with crunchy poppy seeds. 

And you only need one bowl to make the cake! How easy is that?

Just don’t forget to top these bars with a generous amount of lemon frosting. Delish!

15. Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

If you can’t get enough of all things lemon, then you’ll adore these lemon and poppy seed cupcakes. 

These dense lemon cupcakes are topped with a mouthwatering homemade lemon buttercream frosting.

They’re just bursting with citrus flavor and crunchy poppy seeds. 

And the best part is, they only take 30 minutes to make!

16. Orange Poppy Seed Cookies

These orange poppy seed cookies are just bursting with delicious citrus flavor.

From the fresh orange zest to crunchy poppy seeds, there’s so much to love.

They’re light and delicate yet packed with tasty orange flavor. They’re like a burst of sunshine!

Bring these tasty orange cookies to your next picnic, potluck, or backyard barbeque.

They’re guaranteed to go down a treat. 

17. Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake

Looking to serve up a real show-stopping dessert? This fabulous Russian cake is just the ticket. 

You’ll need both layers of chocolate sponge and layers of poppy seed sponge for this decadent dessert.

They’re sandwiched together with sweetened condensed milk buttercream. 

Impress your dinner guests at your next party with this treat. It’s bound to drop jaws!

18. Poppy Seed Crusted Salmon

If you have a date night coming up, this poppy seed-crusted salmon is the perfect dish to impress!

Flex your cooking skills and serve up this elegant meal.

Salmon filets are covered in a crunchy outer texture of poppy seeds and served with a fresh goat cheese dip.

The striking black color of the poppy seeds pairs gorgeously with the light pink of the salmon.

It’s as much a feast for your eyes as it is for your belly!

19. Air Fryer Poppy Bagels

Start your day off the right way with one of these poppy seed bagels.

They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and so easy to make in the air fryer.

You only need 5 ingredients and 25 minutes.

Bake up a batch and have them ready for those busy weekday mornings.

Just grab one and go! If you have a little more time, toast it and slap on some cream cheese

20. Bengali Fish Curry

This Bengali fish curry is such a fragrant and delicious dish.

Delicate fish is bathed in a coconut sauce that’s flavored with mustard and poppy seeds.

This dish is based on ‘Macher Jhol,’ a hot and sour Bengali fish curry from the Northeast of India.

That amazing creamy and fragrant sauce clings to the flaky white fish wonderfully.

Serve this dish with fluffy basmati rice or Indian bread for the perfect meal. Yum!

21. Ham and Cheese Sliders

If you’re looking for the perfect finger food to serve at parties, whip up these sliders.

They’re a great way to use up leftover ham.

And they’re pretty easy to make too.

Just slice some Hawaiian rolls in half, layer them with ham and cheese, pour over the poppy seed sauce, and bake. 

These ham and cheese sliders are the perfect appetizer for game day, parties, or the holidays.

22. Almond Poppy Seed Dip

This almond poppy seed dip is a great way to enjoy fresh fruit.

It’s a great, sneaky way to get picky eaters to eat more fruits!

It’s light, tasty, and so easy to make. You only need seven ingredients and a few minutes to whip it up.

This tasty dip is almost like eating cake batter. Dip all your favorite fresh fruits into it and gobble it up!

23. No-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

You don’t have to break your diet to enjoy something deliciously sweet!

These no-bake donut holes are vegan and packed with healthy ingredients.

A kick of lemon juice and zest add a nice tartness that perfectly balances the sweetness of the dates. Delish!

Plus, a nice sprinkle of poppy seeds adds a delicious crunch to these delectable little balls.

24. Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

The next time you need an extra kick of energy, turn to these lemon and poppy seed energy balls. 

This quick and easy on-the-go snack is just what you need when you’re in a slump.

They provide you with that little boost you need to make it until dinner. 

Plus, they’re super simple to make. You only need seven ingredients and 15 minutes. 

25. Russian Cake Truffles

These Russian cake truffles are the perfect after-dinner treat. They’re so delicious and bound to be a hit with chocoholics.

They’re made with chopped-up ‘biskvit’ cake, poppy seeds, and sweetened condensed milk. 

They’re then coated in melted milk chocolate and decorated with white chocolate swirls. Perfection!

26. Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

If you love all things lemon, you’re going to adore these lemon and poppy seed bars. 

They’re light, fluffy, and pack a serious citrusy punch. They’ll have your tastebuds dancing with joy!

These tasty bars make for a wonderful spring and summer treat.

Bring them with you to a picnic, in your lunch box, or to a bake sale. 

27. Lemon Cream Pie With a Poppy Seed Crust

Looking for the perfect dessert to serve at your next dinner party?

This lemon cream pie is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole crowd. 

A silky lemon filling perfectly balances with a wonderfully crunchy poppy seed crust. Every bite of this pie is just delightful. 

Serve a slice of this lemon cream pie with some whipped cream and fresh strawberries. It doesn’t get better than that!

28. Copycat Costco Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

There’s no need to make a trip to the store when you can make these copycat Costco muffins at home!

They’re loaded with tasty almond flour and crunchy poppy seeds.

And they’re so easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients, these muffins can be ready in just under 30 minutes. 

These tasty poppy seed muffins always go down as an absolute treat.

So, spoil your friends and family with a freshly-baked batch!

29. Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

These scrumptious poppy seed pancakes make mornings that much better! 

Made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, poppy seeds, and lemon, they’re chock full of flavor.

And their light and fluffy texture is to die for, too. 

Serve these pancakes with lemon curd, whipped cream, maple syrup, or fresh berries. Yum!

30. Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

You’ll look forward to breakfast every morning when you serve up these lemon and poppy seed waffles!

They’re soft and tender on the inside, and wonderfully crispy on the outside.

And the burst of lemon flavor with the crunchy poppy seeds in every bite will make you drool. 

Top them with lemon whipped cream and fresh blackberries. Need I say more? 

30 Easy Poppy Seed Recipes (Desserts and More)

You won’t be able to resist these poppy seed recipes! From muffins to cake to chicken and salad, poppy seeds make meals even tastier.


  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

  • Poppy Seed Kolache

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

  • Poppy Seed Rugelach

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • Poppy Seed Chicken

  • Spinach Strawberry Salad

  • Autumn Chopped Salad With Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Quick Poppy Seed Rolls

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

  • Poppy Seed Lemon Cheesecake Bars

  • Banana Poppy Seed Cake With Lemon Buttercream

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

  • Orange Poppy Seed Cookies

  • Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake

  • Poppy Seed Crusted Salmon

  • Air Fryer Poppy Bagels

  • Bengali Fish Curry

  • Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Almond Poppy Seed Dip

  • No-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Donut Holes

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

  • Russian Cake Truffles

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

  • Lemon Cream Pie With a Poppy Seed Crust

  • Copycat Costco Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

  • Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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