11 TikTok Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Make on Repeat

published Jul 25, 2023
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baking dish with baked block of feta cheese, tomatoes, and garlic in olive oil
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Nicole Rufus

As a Gen Zer, I feel qualified to speak about all things TikTok. As I write this, my eyes are riddled with dark eye bags, a direct cause from what must have been three hours of late-night TikTok scrolling. What content is on my For You Page, you ask? Kpop dance routines, Pedro Pascal edits, knitting tutorials, and lots and lots of food videos. 

TikTok has captured the attention of home cooks and professional chefs alike, with its viral trends setting a new standard for recipes that innovate, impress, spark the Pavlovian responses, or, at the very least, get people talking. The social media app is a great place to find inspiration when you want to try something new in the kitchen. Naturally, not everything is bound to stick, and we should be the first to know — trying TikTok trends for the betterment of you, our beloved readers, is one of our specialties. “Healthy coke”? Vinegar should not cosplay as soda. Skip the poppy seed noodles, and make muffins instead. Avocadon’t try the avocado bread.

These recipes straight from our test kitchen are inspired only by the greatest viral food trends we’ve tried in the last few years. We’re talking baked feta pasta, baked oats, butter boards, and blueberry cookies. With each recipe, you can bet we combined the uniquely flavorful, technically creative DNA of the original dish with exact measurements, because sometimes precise guidance is what you need in order to get cooking. Let’s scroll through the list of TikTok recipes that are actually worth your time and energy. 

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Baked Feta Pasta

This baked feta number was arguably one of the first recipes to go viral on TikTok in 2020, and people still can't stop making it to this day. Let's face it — there's little to hate about the combination of pasta, burst cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, lemon zest, basil, and a creamy sauce (made from one whole block of feta cheese).

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Cowboy Butter

I didn't know I needed another way to enjoy butter until some TikTok creators schooled me on cowboy butter. It's a mixture of butter, lemon, herbs, and spices melted together for an easy compound butter dipping sauce for steak, vegetables, or bread. But honestly, it would probably make a cardboard box taste great.

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Blueberry Cookies

Taking a page from the Justine Snacks viral hit, our naturally blue two-bite blueberry cookies are studded with blueberries and white chocolate chips. This cookie recipe works well with both unsalted butter or vegan stick butter. Frozen blueberries are the best to use, so you can enjoy these sweet treats all year long.

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Kool-Aid Pickles

Before Kool-Aid pickles became a thing on TikTok, they originally were a beloved delicacy from the Mississippi Delta. Their flavor is a combination of sweet and sour, and they are so refreshing. The colors are also so pretty to look at.

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Buffalo-Ranch Butter Board

Butter boards were smeared all over my TikTok For You Page earlier this year, and this Buffalo hot sauce-ranch version is the only one I actually wanted to make. It tastes like a tailgate party in the best way possible.

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Baked Oats

Baked oats started as a dish I saw the TikTok girlies make, and ultimately cemented itself as my go-to weekend breakfast. Unlike the hearty oatmeal you're familiar with, the TikTok-famous baked oats taste just like an ultra-tender banana bread breakfast cake kissed with a hint of warm cinnamon and studded with chocolate chips.

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Air Fryer Oreos

If you thought plain Oreos were good, just wait until you've dunked them in pancake batter and blasted them in the air fryer. This recipe works great with both original and Double Stuf Oreos — and any flavor you please. Peanut butter Oreos? Why not!

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How to Make Instant Pot Beef Birria Tacos

One day I woke up, and every food-lover in my generation just knew how to make birria. When I asked where on Earth they learned, they all pointed to TikTok. This step-by-step guide walked me through making the very best homemade beef birria, plus how to turn it into crispy quesatacos. It made me feel cool and well-fed, and I can't recommend it enough.

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Sushi Bake

Sushi bake is the viral TikTok trend for anyone who can’t get enough of the Japanese dish. Even though sushi is traditionally a lighter meal, sushi bake is rich, hearty, and comforting — like a proper casserole.

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Pasta Chips

This Gen Zer can confirm that crab rangoon dip makes the viral pasta chips live up to the hype, and then some. For the best results, use a short pasta — something you can easily grab and dip with, like a chip — and avoid any pasta that would normally require twirling to eat.

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Cowboy Caviar

This internet-famous upgrade to bean salsa goes by many names, but it's a fresh and flavor-packed addition to everything from scrambled eggs to nachos.

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