On a platform where new trends are born by the minute, it’s no surprise that food content on TikTok has grown exponentially since the boom of last year. The short, easily digestible nature of TikTok videos attract cultural exchange, especially since popular recipes are quick, easy to make, and can be replicated with new ingredients and unique spins.
Last year’s undisputed favourite was Korean Dalgona Coffee. It’s easy to see why the beverage exploded online—all you need to make the frothy, dessert-like drink within minutes is instant coffee whipped up with milk and sugar. But now, as we enter our second year of living in and out of lockdown, recipes on TikTok are starting to lean towards the comfort variety. Sumptuous and quick pasta dishes, warm, fluffy bread, or even a flavoursome take on your morning eggs—these are all ways to celebrate the dishes that bring us joy even in our lowest moments.
For anyone looking to change up their routine and step into the kitchen for some culinary fun, let the best creators on TikTok guide you along. This selection of viral recipes may not be the quirkiest (ramen lasagne, anyone?), but you can rest assured that they are sure successes given how many times they have been recreated and remastered across the platform. In addition, they are easy to follow and modify with anything you have in your pantry or fridge, so you won’t have to run out to the shops for just one ingredient.
Spicy Vodka Pasta
If you paid attention to Gigi Hadid’s Instagram feed any time last year, you would have seen her now-famous recipe come up on her story. This dish is essentially a spicier rigatoni, but with enhanced flavours thanks to the vodka that is burnt off during the cooking process. Even better, it’s incredibly easy to adjust for dietary requirements, especially if you’re looking for a more keto-friendly or alcohol-free option.
Fluffy, sweet and light as air, Cloud Bread is the newest bread trend hitting TikTok. As the polar opposite of sourdough, Cloud Bread is made up of egg whites and sugar, resulting in a glorious meringue-like texture with cornstarch added to give it more shape. The recipe may sound daunting, but whipping egg whites is much easier than it seems (and fun too!). To get extra creative, try adding food dye to get crazy colours on the inside, or adding toppings like almonds.
Baked Feta Pasta
This Tiktok trend is genius for its simplicity and straightforward preparation. As opposed to cooking every component in the pasta dish separately, this recipe calls for an entire block of feta cheese placed in the middle of a tray filled with tomatoes, garlic and pasta. Then, all you need to do is bake until everything melts together into a delicious, gooey amalgamation. The originator of this dish is Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen, who reported that after she first debuted the dish on Instagram, stores in Helsinki actually ran out of feta cheese.
If you are on the vegan train but still long for bacon, fear not, for Tabitha Brown has come to the rescue. An actress and vegan influencer, Brown has become known as a meme icon and Internet personality with her hilarious TikToks and podcast. When coated on paper-thin ribbons of carrot, her ingenious sauce recipe conjures up the unmissable flavour of bacon. A pre-requisite is that an air fryer is a must.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your fried eggs, or if you’re bored with just avocado on your toast, try replacing the oil you cook your eggs in with pesto. What this results in is deliciously flavourful eggs and a new option for a quick and healthy breakfast. Experiment with tomatoes and cheese for added flavour, or with salsa for an extra kick.
Pancake and Doughnut Cereal
If you’re still enjoying Dalgona coffee, why not add to the indulgence with pancake cereal? Extremely easy to make in just under 20 minutes, all you need are basics: eggs, flour, butter and milk. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a bigger sugar hit, try doughnut cereal. You’ll need a box of cake mix for the doughnuts, and icing sugar and water for the liquid.