The province of Ontario is home to about 20 million people, which may make you think fast food is king. But, like the rest of the country, the province has a healthy respect for traditional dishes. Many Ontarians and Canadian cook at home almost every night and take great pride in the dishes they create.

When it comes to Canadian cooking, comfort foods get the most attention. Canadians love their comfort foods, and with good reason. They’ve been cooking these foods for generations—and for a good reason, too. From simple dishes like chicken noodle soup to more elaborate dishes like bankes (a raisin bread usually slathered with butter and jam), Canadians know how to cook up some hearty meals.

Here are some of the Popular Canadian Dishes that You Can Easily Cook at the Comfort of Your Home:

Montreal Berry Pie


The berries are in season! That means it’s time to make them into some of the most delicious desserts you could ever imagine. And if you’re anything like me, you have a serious sweet tooth. That’s where this Montreal Berry Pie comes in. It’s a pie made of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry, and I love it. I’m telling you right now: there is no better pie in the world than the Montreal Berry Pie.

Peameal Bacon


Peameal bacon is sweet, salty, smoky, and crispy. It’s perfect for a breakfast sandwich or piled high (sometimes raw) on a burger or salad. However, most people don’t know that peameal bacon is actually a Canadian delicacy, produced entirely in the Canadian province of Manitoba.

Butter Tarts


Butter tarts have a velvety texture, rich sweetness, and classic cinnamon-apple flavor. They’re available in most Canadian bakeries, but making them yourself can be fun. You can tailor the fillings to your tastes.

Nova Scotian Canadian Lobster Rolls


Nova Scotian Canadian lobster rolls are arguably some of the best lobster rolls around. The lobsters are caught fresh from the cold Atlantic Ocean and prepped to order at Halifax restaurants. The lobster rolls are stuffed with fresh lobster meat, served on a warm potato bun, and dressed with homemade tartar sauce.

Saskatoon Berry Pie


The Saskatoon berry pie is a delicious Canadian treat, a perfect dessert for the holiday season. The Saskatoon berry pie became popular in the 1940s, when Saskatoon, Saskatchewan experienced famine when the prices of agricultural products soared during the Great Depression. Saskatoon berry pie, however, is a delightful treat for anyone interested in baking yet is easy to make.

Saskatoon berries are in season. Slice and boil them, then mix with sugar, flour, and butter. Press into a pie dish and top with meringue—Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.



Poutine is a staple of Canadian fast food. It is basically French fries smothered in cheese curds and topped with gravy. It originated in the province of Quebec, where poutine is so popular, they had to come up with an official word for it: Frite aux oeufs. It’s French for “French fries with egg.”



Bannock is a Native American flatbread that was very popular with Native Americans. Now you can find it in grocery stores and restaurants. Bannock is made by mixing water, flour, and salt and heating it until it forms a ball. The batter rises and cooks into a flat cake as it cooks. As it cooks, it puffs up, giving it a light texture. Bannock can be served with various toppings or eaten on its own. A traditional topping for bannock is maple syrup, but cheese, jam, jelly, honey, and fruit spreads also work. Today, Bannock is a sought for a meal by Canadians.

Try cooking some of these delicious Canadian foods now at the comfort and convenience of your home.