This year has been a huge year for food on social media. From baked feta pasta to nature’s cereal, there has been no shortage of food trends that are incredibly easy to make and can be customized to your own tastes.
So as the year comes to a close, we’ve compiled our favorite viral food trends of 2021.
Baked Feta Pasta
Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen’s uunifetapasta (“oven-baked feta pasta”) recipe went viral early in the year which was responsible for causing a feta shortage in Finland.
Part of its appeal is its simplicity. All you do is bake garlic, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and a block of feta in the oven for around 30 minutes. Toss in some herbs and your favorite cooked pasta, and voilà!
Folded Tortilla Hack
@ellcarter1 shared an ingenious hack that made the internet flip out: a layered quesadilla. Instead of rolling all the fillings up, this fun trend involves cutting a slit into a flour tortilla, topping each quadrant with a different ingredient, folding the tortilla over on itself, and toasting it in a skillet or panini press.
This recipe originally went viral from a post by @natures_food. It combines blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds topped with coconut water to replace the milk making it a healthy and refreshing alternative to all the sugary cereals out there. Even Lizzo tried it and loved it, so you know it has to be good. Her version uses strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate, coconut water plus a few cubes of ice.
Another breakfast favorite I am OBSESSED with came from Amy Wilichowski. Simply spread some pesto in the pan crack in your eggs and serve with ricotta, red chile flakes, and honey. You can easily customize this dish to however you like your eggs and get creative with your condiments. The opportunities are limitless!
TikTok user @spicednice got over 1.8 million likes on her viral corn ribs recipe. They’re filled with flavorful spices and topped with cotija cheese and cilantro. Talk about the perfect side dish!
This viral food trend requires very little effort. It’s as simple as boiling your pasta, seasoning it with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and whatever spices you fancy, then pop it in the air-fried until crispy. Don’t fret if you don’t own an air fryer, you can use your oven, but you’ll probably need to bake them a little longer for that crispy texture.
Baked oats took over social media this year in all different forms and flavors. While the options are endless, the formula for baked oats remains more or less the same. Mix together oat flour or ground oats, an egg, milk of your choice, or a smashed banana, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, sweetener, and any mix-ins of your choice (i.e vanilla extract, fruit, nuts, peanut butter, chocolate etc). Bake at 350°F in an oven-safe dish for 10 to 30 minutes. This version by @justine_snacks features banana and an egg, plus some cinnamon and crushed chocolate. Yum!
Salmon rice bowl
Emily Mariko became a TikTok sensation thanks to her Salmon Rice Bowl which got over 5 million likes. This trend is a creative and healthy way to use your leftovers. Simply shred your cooked salmon, top it with rice and mix it all together with soy sauce, Kewpie mayo, and sriracha.