popular tiktok recipes

These are *officially* the 10 most popular TikTok recipes of all time

Number three is for the 2020core kids x

What makes a viral TikTok recipe? The question has baffled us for a while now, and probably (???) will for generations to come. Some of the meals look really skilled (who needs the gym when you can make a dalgona coffee from scratch?) while some look as if they’ve been thrown together by someone wanting to make a quick few quid. The rest are just cultural staples we’ve been telling you about for AGES (eggy bread, anyone?)

So, come on. It’s been two years. How many of these chaotic – yet well-loved – TikTok recipes have you tried so far? Here are the 10 most popular TikTok recipes of all time: 

1. Cloud bread – 3 billion views

@abimhn cloud bread!!! dope recipe from @linqanaaa #cloudbread #MyBFF #foryou #fyp #bakingrecipe #homemade #homechef #clouds #avatar #cake #meringue ♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre

This could be the worst thing you’ve ever baked, but it looks *pretty* so why not? I’m not too sure how you’d serve cloud bread – maybe with jam and sprinkles? Either way, it’s a pretty basic recipe with a huge aesthetic payoff. Go for it.

2. Feta pasta – 1.1 billion views

@thehungerdiaries Tried the viral #fetapasta by @feelgoodfoodie + it was 🤌🏻 #easyrecipe #bakedfeta #bakedfetapasta #foodtiktok #foodie #foryou #fyp #feta #pasta ♬ original sound – The Hunger Diaries

If you’re going to do this, I have two tips for you. One – please don’t just chuck any old shit in there. I’ve seen people drowning their fusilli in gold-top milk before whacking in some spinach and calling it “spanakopita.” The original recipe has been mastered, don’t tamper with it!!!

Two – the recipe says FETA pasta. Not soft cheese pasta. If you throw a block of cream cheese in that crock pot, you’ll regret it. Trust me. 

3. Dalgona coffee – 583 million views

@sweatininpink is this triggering or nostalgic? I can’t decide #whippedcoffee #dalgonacoffee #plantmilk #learnontiktok #tiktokpartner ♬ death bed (coffee for your head) – Powfu & beabadoobee

Look, this is either going to traumatise you or get you feeling really nostalgic. To me, dalgona coffee invokes feelings of early summer, day drinking and the constant threat of death hanging in our minds like an undusted cobweb. All you need for this recipe is coffee grounds, sugar, milk and some proper strong forearms. 

4. Hot chocolate bombs – 308.7 million views

@fitwaffle Hot chocolate bombs #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #hotchocolatebomb #tiktokfood #foodtok ♬ Coming for You (feat. A1 x J1) – SwitchOTR

Suddenly, Christmases in John Lewis households were never the same. Chocolate bombs supposedly transform your hot chocolates from powdery, cocoa-y messes to sumptious, silky hot drinks. Who knows whether they actually do or not – but you could try it yourself. For science.

5. Korean corn dogs – 222.5 million views

@stellanspice Korean french-fried corn dogs! My favorite of all the newer Korean street foods. Recipe on my blog ❤️ #koreanfood #streetfood #koreancorndog #fries ♬ Pretty – Instrumental – GC

If I could take one specialist subject with me to Mastermind, it’d definitely be mukbang eating shows. The Korean corn dog featured in tons of authentic Korean ASMR videos, before exploding onto the US scene and being sampled by the likes of Trisha Paytas, Nikocado Avocado and Veronica Wang. It probably isn’t any good for you – being deep-fried cheese and all – but who honestly cares? You only live once.

6. Breakfast sandwich – 192 million views

@mariahortiz20 #breakfast #eggs #bacon #sandwich #breakfastsandwich #MAKEYOURMOVE #foryou #fypシ #foodie #bussin #easy #eats #tasty #brunch #lunch #SipIntoSummer ♬ Pony – Ginuwine

Eggy bread. It’s eggy bread. I reckon caffs around the world are kicking themselves for not taking this recipe to TikTok before the Americans. 

7. Oreo mug cake – 144.8 million views

@costcokitchen Can’t believe this #oreohack works. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream #oreocake #oreomugcake #oreomugcakerecipe #2ingredientsrecipe #mugcake #oreo ♬ MONEY – 리사 (LISA)

It’s basic, comforting and great for a before-bed snack, to be honest. Don’t expect a Michelin-star cake or anything – but it’s sweet and stodgy and sends you straight off to sleep.

8. Shakshuka – 37.4 million views

@moribyan The best way to eat eggs, Shakshuka! Full recipe on IG ❤️ #Productivity #recipe #northafrican #libyan #moroccan #fyp #foryou #brunch #eggs ♬ Fallin’ in a Garden – LLusion

Shakshuka actually originated in north-west Africa as a tasty, healthy breakfast dish. It’s made from eggs, tomatoes and served with pita. 

9. Butternut squash pasta – 37.4 million views

@halfbakedharvest butternut squash pasta #butternutsquash #pasta #sizzle #recipeshare #hellofall #pumpkinseason #traderjoes #recipetok ♬ Pumpkin Spice and Warm Socks – Fall Jazz

This sounds like a lovely lunch, to be fair. It’s a bit fiddly, and a lot of the ingredients (balsamic vinegar, nutritional yeast, rotini???) probably involve Waitrose. But if you can get past that, give it a go.

10. Buffalo cauliflower wings – 15.7 million views

@eatpayylove obsessed with these bites!😋#dramaticmoments #airfryer #buffalo #cauliflower ♬ Cookie – Jeff Kaale

These had me wanting to go vegan for a good three months – particularly after seeing Tabitha Brown making all sorts of meaty concoctions out of the humble vegetable. They’re crispy, they’re crunchy and they taste like chicken… to an extent.

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Featured image via TikTok before edits.