The Top 3 Food Trends for 2021, According to Pinterest

published Dec 10, 2020
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I can’t wait to say that 2020 is “so last year” — and Pinterest’s newly released 2021 trend report is making that easier to imagine. What does the future hold for the kitchen? Aya Kanai, Pinterest’s head of content and editorial partnerships, said that “Pinners will experiment with new flavors, techniques, and cuisines at home.” Here are the three big things they expect to see.

“Bland Is Banned”

According to Pinterest, people are going to go all in on spice in 2021. As they say in their report, salt and pepper aren’t going to cut it anymore! Searches for “tomatillo enchilada sauce,” are up 75% and “Cajun chicken pasta recipes” searches are up 55%. I thought this was particularly interesting, because Instacart also predicted spiced-up recipes for 2021.

Try a recipe: One-Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

“Epic Charcuterie”

Charcuterie boards are no longer just for cheese and meat. In 2021, you can expect to see more breakfast and dessert spreads. Searches for “breakfast charcuterie boards” were up five times this year, and “dessert charcuterie board” searches were up three times. We’ve already seen this trend gain in popularity in 2020 with Halloween-inspired boards, and hot cocoa boards too.

“You’re the Top Chef”

Pinterest predicts that people are going to up their game in the kitchen next year, and make more restaurant-inspired meals. Searches for “garnishes” are up 55%, and “gourmet food plating” is up 105%. In a year where many people didn’t go out to restaurants, people are craving that experience at home. Kanai says that intricate culinary ideas will gain in popularity. “Basque burnt cheesecake” is up an incredible 10 times, and searches for “bread art” are up 130%.

Do you feel like these will be popular things next year, too? Let us know in the comments.