Jamie's Easy Christmas — start date, recipes, episode guide and all you need to know

Jamie's Easy Christmas: Jamie Oliver stands in his kitchen, resting his hands on the countertop in front of him, smiling at the camera. There is a chopping board with a knife next to it on the counter in front of him, and a dish full of peeled potatoes next to it. The kitchen is festooned with burning candles.
Jamie Oliver is here to give us a helping hand in the kitchen this Christmas. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Jamie Oliver is back with Jamie's Easy Christmas on Channel 4 and he's on a mission to make things simpler in the kitchen for all of us this Christmas! In his new two-part series, he'll be revealing lots of top tricks to help us serve up delicious feasts not only on the big day itself but also throughout the Christmas party season.

"For me, Christmas is about getting your loved ones around the table and having a good time," says Jamie. "But the season is busy enough without you having to spend hours shopping, prepping and cooking. So I'm here to ease the pressure and help make it your easiest one yet!"

Here's everything you need to know about Jamie's seasonal spectacular...

Jamie's Easy Christmas start date

Jamie's Easy Christmas begins on Tuesday, December 6 at 8pm on Channel 4, and the second episode will air the following Tuesday, December 13 at 8pm. 

Both episodes will be available to stream for free on All4 following the broadcast of the first episode.

Jamie Oliver sits at a dining table surrounded by guests; the woman next to him is reading a joke from a Christmas cracker. Jamie has a paper party hat on, and is holding up a tiger finger puppet on his index finger

Jamie's got the recipe for a flawless festive feast. (Image credit: Channel 4)

What recipes are in the first episode of Jamie's Easy Christmas?

Episode one of Jamie's Easy Christmas focuses on the Christmas party season, and Jamie has a batch of recipes that are sure to delight all your guests and can be rustled up using just one dish, meaning that you'll be free to enjoy the party without having to worry about the washing up.

The series opens with Jamie's recipe for crispy roast duck with clementines, served with hoisin noodles. He also shows us how to make a veggie filo pie that's one of his "£1 wonders" and can easily be adapted for guests following a vegan diet, beef short ribs served with jacket potatoes, a Christmas pasta which is a great way of using up spare sausages and bacon after you've made pigs in blankets, and a time-saving one-pan pear and gingerbread cake.

Jamie Oliver's Christmas pasta in a frying pan: the pasta has been cut into star shapes and is served with bacon, sausage, red onion, basil and parmesan cheese

Jamie's Christmas pasta, a great way to use up leftovers for a post-Christmas treat (Image credit: Channel 4)

"With minimal prep time and ingredients, plus dishes that leave the oven to do the hard work, I've designed these recipes to help you celebrate with all of the frills but none of the fuss," says Jamie. "These are the easy crowd-pleasers that will ensure you treat you and your loved ones to scrumptious food!"

What recipes are in the second episode of Jamie's Easy Christmas?

In episode two, Jamie offers up his tips for a delicious Christmas Day feast that delivers maximum flavour with minimum effort. He'll be sharing his recipes for a smoked salmon gravadlax starter, exciting new ways to tackle your turkey, roast potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and a fun new take on Yorkshire pudding.

Jamie Oliver holds up a freshly-cooked Christmas turkey, browned to perfection and covered in a flavoursome rub. He is looking into the camera with a delighted expression

Jamie's got you covered for a perfect Christmas turkey. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Is there a trailer for Jamie's Easy Christmas?

Channel 4 haven't released a trailer for Jamie's Easy Christmas yet — but watch this space and we'll update the page if they do!

Steven Perkins
Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and whattowatch.com

Steven Perkins is a Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and whattowatch.com, who has been writing about TV professionally since 2008. He was previously the TV Editor for Inside Soap before taking up his current role in 2020. He loves everything from gritty dramas to docusoaps about airports and thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest all year round.