The Kitchn 100
Our highly delicious answer to the never-ending question of “What should I make?” After rounds and rounds of testing and debating, we’ve landed on the 100 recipes The Kitchn editors believe you need right now: ridiculously easy dinners, dreamy desserts, extra-special cocktails, and hacks totally worth trying. Get cooking!See last year’s picks. (We still love them!)
The Most Flavorful Chicken Ever
The Family-Approved Salmon
The Steak-House Style Pork Chop
The 20-Minute Steak
The Comfort Food
The 5-Minute Superhero
The Only Chicken Cutlet That Matters
Yes, these are essentially adult chicken nuggets, and yes, that’s why we love them. Parmesan may seem like a simple addition to the breading, but a whole cup makes a world of difference — it adds an unparalleled crackly crunch and an extra hit of umami. No other chicken cutlets will do.
The Friday Night Pizza
The Foolproof Chicken
The Cheesy Casserole
The Sauce That Makes Everything Taste Better
The Mac & Cheese for Crispy Edge Lovers
This pasta isn’t just a smart way to work in veggies — it’s also a better way to enjoy mac and cheese, period. Broiling instead of baking significantly slashes cook time, and spreading it onto a sheet tray means way more surface area for coveted crunchy breadcrumbs.
The Hearty Stew
The Way Better Meatloaf
The Vegetarian Fave
The Special Occasion Roast
Preparing this pork is simple, but giving it time to marinate is key: The flavors will build as the meat soaks up the sour orange juice overnight. To mimic the traditional experience of snacking on crispy skin, send the cooked pork to the broiler until it starts to caramelize.
The Sunday Sauce
If there’s anyone who deserves a repeat win, it’s the queen of Italian cooking. Marcella’s Bolognese is the version Italians make in their homes — complete with whole milk instead of heavy cream and a trio of aromatics — so it’s also the only version we make in our homes.
The Endlessly Adaptable Chili
Everyone’s perfect pot of chili looks a little different, which is why we’re offering up some guidelines rather than prescribing a strict set of rules. Whether you add ground meat or chuck roast, black beans or chickpeas, this recipe ensures it tastes exactly how you like it.
The Next-Level Chocolate Chip Cookie
If your idea of a perfect chocolate chip cookie is crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the center, you’re in the right place. With two types of chocolate and the most perfect circle shape (we have a trick for that!), these are practically designed to garner “oohs” and “aahs” on Instagram.
The Better Birthday Cake
The Chocolate Lover's Dream
The Last-Minute Treat
Classic Rice Krispies treats are always good — but these are the best you’ll ever taste, thanks to a couple of simple upgrades, like browning the butter and toasting the cereal. If you want to level them up even further, swap in some crushed potato chips.
The New Favorite Cookie
The Cheesecake If You Want to Impress
The Boozy Bar
The Boxed Brownie Hack
The Snack Cake
The Sheet Cake
Making carrot cake with baby food may sound like an unbelievable TikTok trick, but this recipe — from The Kitchn’s Senior Lifestyle Editor, Mara Weinraub’s, relative — actually dates back several generations. Not only does it let you skip grating carrots, but it also makes the cake impossibly moist and flavorful.
The No-Bake Cake
The Potluck Stunner
The Hack We Swear By
The Saturday Shortstack
The Not-Your-Every-Sunday Waffle
The Big-Batch Egg Dish
The Sweet Brunch Bake
Whether you assemble this in advance or pull it together last-minute, this sweet breakfast bake is a guaranteed win. It boasts a tried-and-tested combo of sourdough bread, half-and-half, and eggs, complete with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg for classic French toast flavor.
The Grab-and-Go Sandwich
The Only Way to Cook Bacon
The New Fried Egg
Take it from our in-house chili crisp expert, James Park — these spicy fried eggs are legitimately life-changing. You’ll be hooked the second they hit the pan, and even more enamored when you take your first bite. Serve as-is, with toast, or on top of a bowl of warm rice.
The Childhood Standby
The Fancyish Pastry
The Oatmeal Upgrade
Instant oatmeal doesn’t stand a chance against this spicy, savory oatmeal. Between the scallion-infused oil and two types of salty cheese, every bite bursts with next-level flavor. To incorporate a little more protein, top with (our favorite) a soft-boiled egg.
The Banana Bread Mash-Up
Pasta, Noodles & Rice
The Forever Classic
The Magic Sauce
The Celeb Sauce
We had high expectations for Ina’s vodka sauce, and it did not disappoint. Roasting the canned tomatoes with onions and vodka in the oven makes it extra complex and flavorful, and the use of both dried and fresh oregano keeps the sauce feeling fresh. Pair with al dente penne for the ultimate dinner party dish.
The Pantry MVP
The One-Pot Winner
This budget-friendly meal checks off all the weeknight boxes: It’s ready in 30 minutes, comes together in just one pot, and relies on pantry staples. Toasting the orzo gives it a nuttier flavor, and cooking it like risotto makes the whole thing extra-creamy.
The Weeknight Mash-Up
If the name of this recipe doesn’t already scream “make me!”, this will: Crispy pan-fried gnocchi is tossed with deeply caramelized onions, covered in Gruyère, and broiled until bubbling. It’s the type of dish that looks and tastes fancy, but is extremely simple to make.
The Slurpable Noodles
The On-the-Go Noodles
The Noodle Soup
The 15-Minute Meal
The Viral Hit (That's Actually So Good)
The Comeback Classic
The Party Pitcher
Nothing says party more than a frozen margarita, and this from-scratch recipe is better than what you’ll find at most bars. What makes it so special: You freeze citrus simple syrup in ice cube trays to replace the need for store-bought concentrate. (Any extra cubes would be right at home in a glass of gin and soda water.)
The Unexpected Martini
The Tropical Escape
The Worth-the-Extra-Effort Roasted Vegetable
The Dinner Party Side
We’ll let you in on a little food styling secret: Swoosh any type of spread (think: yogurt, whipped ricotta, or labneh) into a shallow bowl or platter before adding your cooked vegetables, and you’ve instantly elevated your side. Grilling carrots gives them an unexpected caramelized smokiness that balances out their natural sweetness.
The Better Way to Bake a Potato
It may sound bold, but we stand by it: You haven’t really had a baked potato until you’ve made one the British way. These standout spuds are scored and baked for what will feel like way too long, and the results really are crispier on the outside and fluffier than you could've possibly imagined on the inside.
The Foolproof Potato Side
The Roast Chicken Sidekick
The Side That'll Outshine Dinner
Bid farewell to romaine and bring in charred, crisp-tender broccoli, which is an equally perfect pairing for creamy Caesar dressing. Once it’s showered with toasted breadcrumbs and a blanket of Parm, you’ll have to resist the urge to take a fork straight to the sheet pan.
The Canned-Soup-Less Green Beans
These blistered beans are equal parts easy and impressive, making them suitable for fancy holidays, casual dinner parties, and all the weeknights in between. Don’t skip the deeply toasted breadcrumbs, which add a crunchy, salty finish.
The Special Occasion Potatoes
The Fall Standout
Practically any veggie can be frittered, but butternut squash might take the cake: It becomes irresistibly crispy and golden as it sizzles away in the pan. Plus, the vegetable’s sweet and mild flavor pairs well with any spice blend, including our preferred pick of ras el hanout, a warm and aromatic Moroccan spice mix.
Salads & Bowls
The Salad You'll Actually Want for Dinner
The Chopped Salad
The Memorable Kale Salad
The Make-Ahead Lunch
This briny pasta salad gets even better as it sits (the tortellini plumps; the vegetables begin to pickle), which makes it perfect for meal prep. Go ahead and double the vinaigrette, which you’ll want to toss with leafy greens or use to marinate chicken.
The Celeb Salad
The Not-Tuna Salad
The Potato Salad
The Potluck Salad
The Go-To Side
The Better Fruit Salad
The Goes-with-Anything Vinaigrette
Appetizers & Snacks
The Last-Minute Dip
The Happy Hour Snack
The Game-Day Standby
The First to Go at the Party
The 2-Ingredient App
The Travel-Friendly Snack
The Holy Grail BLT
The Sliders to Serve a Crowd
The Must-Try Grilled Cheese
The Perfect Burger
Inspired by the bacon cheeseburgers at both Carl’s Jr. and In-N-Out, this copycat recipe has a few smart tricks of its own. Grilling the mustard into the bun gives it a toasty-tangy essence, and crisping the bacon in the oven frees up the stove to cook the burgers.
The Veggie Burger for Everyone
Our heartiest, “meatiest” veggie burger isn’t made from black beans or tofu, but rather thick portobello mushrooms that become tender and smoky when grilled. Pile them onto buns with roasted red peppers and arugula, and you’ve got a colorful, flavor-packed sandwich that will satisfy even the biggest steak-lovers.
The Burger Secret Sauce
The Chicken Sandwich
The Satisfying Veggie Melt
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