74 Viral TikTok Recipes and Food Hacks
You've seen them, you've heard about them...but have you tried them? These viral TikTok recipes are worth the hype.
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Don’t fuss around with folding a wrap ever again with this clever wrap hack. Portion out four toppings and place them on each corner of your tortilla. Then, just fold clockwise and cook. When ready to serve, slice in half for a nice and tidy wrap. Check out more of our sandwich wrap recipes for more inspiration on how to make the trend your own.
If you find yourself making plenty of charcuterie boards, you’re sure to love butter boards, too. Instead of filling up a board with cured meats, cheeses and crackers, you spread softened butter as your base, sprinkle on fresh herbs, salt and other seasonings, and serve with warm bread or crostini for scooping. Just make sure you start with one of our Test Kitchen’s picks for the best butter brands.
While everyone was hunkering down early in the pandemic, many turned to TikTok to cure their boredom. Dalgona coffee, also known as whipped coffee, became an overnight sensation because it takes only three simple ingredients to make and it’s creamy and delicious.
Whipped coffee became so popular, in fact, that there are many riffs on it, like whipped nutella, whipped matcha, whipped hot chocolate and whipped strawberry milk. Once you’ve mastered the original, try one of these whipped coffee variations.
One bite into this Kit-Kat cheesecake and you’ll see what all the hype is about. Surrounded by a Kit-Kat “crust” ring and topped with crumbled candies, it’s every Kit-Kat lover’s dream. The cream cheese filling complements the decadent, chocolatey goodness of the sweets. Here are more easy cheesecake recipes to keep in mind once you’ve eaten up every slice.
If you love the little cheese skirt you’ll sometimes find around foods such as burgers, burritos and even dumplings, you’ll love Parmesan-crusted potatoes. Begin by “crusting” your cookie sheet: Sprinkle a full layer of grated Parmesan cheese on a baking sheet. Then, put halved potatoes right on top and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. The potatoes will come out crispy, cheesy and with the thin crunch of that cheese skirt we all know and love.
Pancake cereal proves that anything bite-sized is worth the hype. The Naughty Fork combined two breakfast favorites to create this unique breakfast dish that wowed. No need for milk with this cereal, though—just pour a little maple syrup over it to enjoy. And if you don’t feel like making your own pancake cereal, you can pick up a boy of Belgian Boys pancake cereal at Target.
The best kinds of sandwiches are loaded ones, and this grinder sandwich is definitely one of them. Start with Italian bread topped with plenty of cheese and several kinds of meat, and toast to perfection. Next, add a chopped salad mixture tossed in a homemade mayo-based dressing. Then, sandwich and enjoy! The combination and contrast of the hot, crusty bread and the cold crunch of the salad makes every bite of this sandwich truly top-tier.
Salmon and Rice Bowl
Dress up leftover salmon with this easy salmon and rice bowl recipe from Emily Mariko, a lifestyle blogger and TikTok creator. Microwave shredded salmon and leftover rice, then top with soy sauce, Sriracha, Kewpie mayo, avocado slices, kimchi and seaweed snacks to make it a full meal.
I’m sure you’ve seen this TikTok trend floating around the internet, or maybe you’ve even whipped it up in your own kitchen. Not to be confused with keto cloud bread, TikTok’s viral cloud bread recipe is a heavenly creation of its own. By using only three ingredients, you can make this colorful bread in 25 minutes flat.
The original baked feta pasta recipe was first created by a Finnish blogger Liemessa back in 2019. However, the feta pasta we know and love gained over a million views on Grilled Cheese Social’s TikTok video.
What makes this simple pasta dish stand out is how easy it is to prep. Just toss the tomatoes in a bit of olive oil and red pepper flakes, place a block of feta cheese in the middle, then add some garlic and basil. Let the tomatoes blister and the feta cheese melt to make this creamy, mouthwatering dish.
If you’re a salad lover, baked salad is right up your alley. The invention by Justine Snacks is just like it sounds: Veggies like kale and cabbage are baked and tossed with a warm, homemade dressing and something to give it some crunch, like quinoa. When you make your own, consider adding any of these roasted veggies to your mixture.
Cheese-wrapped pickles are the perfect late night snack for pickle lovers. Plus, they only take a few minutes to make: Heat up a slice of cheese in a frying pan until it gets melty, place a dill pickle spear in the center, and wrap the cheese around the pickle. Voila! A hot, cheesy and quick snack with a little tang. This might be one of our new favorite ways to eat pickles.
Think you’ve already found the crispest bacon recipe yet? Think again! While there are many ways to cook bacon, ultra-crispy twisted bacon is one of our favorites. It’s the perfect on-the-go snack, or way to make bacon seem a little bit more elegant at your next brunch get-together.
If Oreo sushi is the wrong way to eat an Oreo, we don’t want to be right. This sweet treat mimics rolled ice cream and only uses two ingredients. Dunk into a “soy sauce” (chocolate sauce or milk) before taking a bite.
Did you know “sugo” is the word for sauce in Italian? This sugo recipe is sure to make your pasta extra flavorful—especially if you doctor it up to your liking with fresh basil, quality olive oil and the perfect amount of red pepper flakes. Pair it with homemade pasta for a fully from-scratch dish.
This viral TikTok trend was another born during the early days of the pandemic when everyone was trying out new all-day baking projects to pass the time. Beautiful breads, like this garden focaccia from Diane Morrisey, were taking over For You Pages everywhere during the spring of 2020. Not only are their designs inspiring, but they’re made of edible ingredients, so nothing goes to waste.
Hearing the name corn ribs may make you raise your eyebrows at first, but we promise you that they’re to die for. To make corn into “ribs,”cut each ear into four pieces—that’s what gives them their rib shape. Then, you can serve them the traditional way, with a smoky elote-inspired sauce, or on their own.
If you love matcha, you’re sure to love matcha martinis. Typically made with prepared matcha, vodka, white chocolate liqueur and simple syrup, the drink has a striking color and a sweet taste that’s sure to get you hooked—especially if you need a little boost of caffeine for the evening.
Crispy Rice Sushi Waffles
Crispy rice sushi waffles use leftover sushi rice and turn it into crispy “waffles” topped with spicy salmon avocado and other sushi-esque toppings. If you crave sushi or a poke bowl every now and then, this recipe is for you.
Here’s another bacon-wrapped recipe to add to your recipe book. Bacon-wrapped pickles will be a sure-fire hit at your next party or get-together. And thankfully, TikTokers have not only created a recipe for your smoker, but for your air fryer, too.
Hot Cocoa Bombs
Hot cocoa bombs work similarly to bath bombs: Just pour hot water (or milk) over the hot cocoa bomb to make it melt. Most hot cocoa bombs release all sorts of goodies once melted, like mini marshmallows and sprinkles. They’re a perfect addition to a hot chocolate board.
Mac and Cheese
Sure, it may look like your usual Kraft Mac and Cheese, but this viral mac and cheese hack has changed the way we prep our mac and cheese forever. The key step? No straining. Add all your fix-ins directly with the noodles as they cook to give it an extra-creamy consistency.
Adult Capri Suns
These super-sized adult Capri Sun drinks are about to be your drink of the summer. Using a bag of frozen fruit and a splash of summery wine, this summer cocktail couldn’t be any easier to make. Don’t forget to poke a hole through the bag for some extra nostalgia. Try out these Capri Sun popsicles next.
Taco seasoning and a jar of dill pickles are a match made in heaven, and you’ll see why if you make this recipe yourself. Taco pickles are a great afternoon snack or spicy side for your sandwich lunch.
Cheap, easy and oh-so-delicious, this chicken taco recipe was made for the college student in your life (or any beginner chef, for that matter). These tacos only need one pan and a handful of ingredients to make. You prep and assemble everything in the same pan that you cooked the meat in—which is why the shell gets crunchy and delicious.
If you follow a vegan diet, you know it’s hard to find the right meat substitute for bacon. It’s difficult to get that crunchy texture and smoky flavor. That’s where vegan bacon steps in to satisfy any bacon hankerings. The surprise ingredient, you ask? Carrots!
Boozy pineapples? Count us in. Soak a jar of pineapples in Malibu rum overnight for a tropical snack that will take you straight to the tropics. Enjoy the Malibu pineapples as is, coated in toasted coconut or in a rum cocktail.
Air-Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
Move over, skillet cookies. There’s a new cookie in town (and it takes less than half the time and effort). This giant air-fryer cookie recipe takes a mere 10 minutes to achieve that crispy, gooey texture you get from most skillet cookie recipes. Plop a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top when you’re ready to serve.
Out of all the easy TikTok recipes and hacks on this list, this one is the simplest. All you need to do to make these famous pesto eggs is swap your go-to cooking oil for a little bit of pesto while you’re frying them up in your skillet. This trick works for scrambled, sunny-side up or any of the ways to cook eggs you prefer. Serve over smashed avocado toast to make it a full meal.
Pour yourself a tall glass whipped lemonade to beat the heat. This stuff is a level up from what you get at the lemonade stand. Whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk give it that frothy, mouthwatering taste and texture.
3-Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo
You’ll never make fettuccine Alfredo any other way after you try this simple Alfredo recipe that uses salted butter and Parmigiano Reggiano. Simply toss the fettuccine in this 2-ingredient sauce for a restaurant-worthy dish.
Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Salad
Salad is a term I’ll use loosely here, but nonetheless, this Flamin’ Hot Cheeto salad has gotten rave reviews online. Made up of hot Cheetos, cilantro, cucumber, hot sauce and lemon juice, this salad is for those who like a little kick. And since it’s so simple, there’s plenty of room to customize with other toppings and mix-ins.
Smoked Cream Cheese
Fire up the grill for a show-stopping cheesy appetizer that’ll please the whole family. Smoked cream cheese—coated in pecans and a BBQ rub—practically melts in your mouth after it’s done cooking in your smoker. Haul out the Ritz crackers and dive right in.
Once you make cowboy butter, you’ll want to pair it with everything (it goes particularly well with steak). In addition to butter, the recipe calls for lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard and plenty of spices like chile flakes, paprika, parsley and chives.
White Claw Slushies
Raise a toast to this chilly, refreshing cocktail. This adults-only White Claw slushie is basically begging to be at your next pool party or outdoor barbecue. Put a pack of black cherry White Claws to good use by blending up this recipe—or, swap in any of your favorite White Claw flavors.
This is a hack that you wish you would’ve run into sooner. Create this state fair food right in your own kitchen with a TikTok air-fryer Oreos recipe. Since they use an air fryer, they’re a bit on the healthier side than the deep-fried ones you find at your local fair.
Make your mornings even breezier with this TikTok breakfast sandwich. The trick here is to pour two whisked eggs onto your skillet, then dip two slices of bread into that mixture. Once cooked, flip them over and onto each other to make your sammy. We recommend adding a few slices of bacon and some melted cheese. Easy-peasy!
Whipped Brown Butter
Browned butter is something that gives your blondies and chocolate chip cookies a little extra depth of flavor. But when you make whipped browned butter, you get that extra flavor and an irresistible texture. Spread it on crostini, toast and anything that’s made better with butter. If you’re feeling adventurous, try whipping one of these homemade butter recipes.
Ranch lovers, rejoice! We’ve got a new concoction you have to try for yourself: ranch pickles. This snack is seriously addicting. If you’ve got some leftover ranch seasoning, use it up with one of these recipes that start with a packet of ranch dressing mix.
Take a bite into summery flavor with this watermelon pizza recipe. Chamoy (a pickled fruit sauce) is the “tomato sauce,” and lemon slices and tajin seasoning make for some tasty “pizza toppings.” Cut into slices for the full pizza dining experience. If you love this recipe, give this fruit pizza with mandarin oranges, blueberries and strawberries a try.
This drink became popular when an interview with actors from HBO’s House of the Dragon were asked about their favorite cocktails. Afterward, everyone wanted to try the negroni sbagliato for themselves. It’s even better with prosecco in it (IYKYK). Stunning!
Pickled garlic is your new go-to if you don’t have any kimchi at home. TikTok creator @Lalaleluu made this recipe after she moved away from her Korean neighbor who frequently gave her a supply of homemade kimchi. She swears this is the next best thing.
Oreo Mug Cake
Oh, mug cakes—we love you. The convenience, the simplicity, the ooey-gooey middle. With this Oreo mug cake recipe it takes just a minute to turn a handful of crushed Oreos and a splash of milk into a decadent treat.
Here’s a riff on the fan-favorite cotton candy grapes. Using your favorite powdered Jell-O mix and a bag of green grapes, you can make this snackable sweet. And if you’re a WW member, this guy can be a 0-point treat if you use sugar-free Jell-O mix. For another delicious TikTok grapes recipe, try out air-fryer grapes.
Crunchy bread…the best thing since sliced bread. Just pick up a loaf of classic white bread (or experiment with sourdough, wheat or pumpernickel), douse in whisked egg and fry on your stovetop. Perfect for French toast or monkey bread!
TikTokers swear that you shouldn’t knock this recipe until you try it. “Snickles” are exactly what they sound like. Slice a big dill pickle down the middle and place a candy bar inside for a tangy, yet sweet, snack.
Who would have thought to put vodka and butter together? The inventive condiment is a fun twist on regular butter for spreading on crostini, baguette or even a butter board. We recommend pairing a swipe of vodka butter on a slice of rye bread with pickles or capers.
Also known as melting potatoes, fondant potatoes simply melt in your mouth. Cut then into 1-inch slices, sear and then bake for about 30 minutes to get a potato that has a crunch on the outside and a tender, flavorful inside.
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Cakes
Looking for a healthy alternative to your favorite candy bar? Grab rice cakes, peanut butter, bananas and melted chocolate for a healthier (and bigger!) take on Reese’s peanut butter cups. Once your peanut butter cup rice cakes are gone, here are more peanut butter and chocolate desserts to sate that sweet tooth.
Air-Fryer Bagel Chips
Instead of slicing a bagel like usual, cut it vertically into little bites to make air-fryer bagel chips. Spritz each one with cooking spray, season with a little salt, air-fry and that’s it! TikToker Gigi Madanipour suggests serving them with a sour cream and yogurt dip made with Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. Yum!
Green Goddess Salad
Yes, green goddess salad dressing has been around for quite some time, but creator Baked by Melissa made her own take that went viral—and for good reason. The key is chopping up the veggies small enough that you can eat it like a dip. Scoop it up with tortilla chips. Enjoy the salad with this green goddess dip.
One-Pot French Onion Pasta
Another food trend you’ll spot on TikTok is cooking pasta in liquids other than water. It can make the noodles more flavorful and saves you a dirty dish to clean! This one-pot French onion pasta recipe cooks the noodles in the same pot as the caramelized onions, in a combination of stock and water so all of the flavors meld together nicely.
TikTok’s @brunchwithbabs makes your favorite comfort food in soup form. Many of the same pizza toppings you’d put on a homemade pizza are ingredients in this pizza soup, such as pizza sauce, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese and more. This is just one of the pizza-inspired recipes we love.
Air-Fryer Pizza Sticks
Although string cheese is already great on its own, level it up by turning it into air-fryer pizza sticks. Roll halved tortillas around string cheese, sprinkle with Trader Joe’s pizza seasoning, and air-fry until crispy and golden.
Who needs marshmallows when you can have cutesy animal-shaped meringues in your hot cocoa? TikToker Amy’s Kitchen creates little piggies to float in a drink, along with dinosaurs, dogs and whatever else her followers request. Follow our meringue tips to make your own and use food coloring to create your critters.
This tasty TikTok potato recipe relies on a little bit of food science, a few pinches of salt and a couple of Yukon Gold potatoes to get an ultra-crispy texture. Season with Old Bay, paprika, black pepper, Maldon salt and a few sprigs of rosemary for the perfect potato side for garlic-butter steak or a bowl of soup.
You’ve heard of pancake cereal—how about pancake spaghetti? Drizzle thin strips of batter from your favorite brand of pancake mix on a hot griddle and let them cook until you’ve got pancake spaghetti! Top with powdered sugar and maple syrup or your choice of jam and chopped fruit.
Cinnamon Rolls with Heavy Cream
As if cinnamon rolls weren’t delicious enough! Pour heavy whipping cream on store-bought cinnamon rolls before baking to make them even moister, since the cream is absorbed by the cinnamon roll dough. Try making cinnamon rolls with heavy cream next time you’ve got an impromptu brunch to host or attend.
Creamy Ramen Noodles
Watery ramen is a thing of the past thanks to this ramen TikTok hack. Combine mayo and eggs to create a creamy sauce for this classic noodle dish. Our suggestion? Add sauteed veggies and a protein (like chicken or tofu) for additional flavor.
Joining the lineup with ranch seasoning, taco seasoning and Kool-Aid is whiskey. The TikTok recipe uses Jameson and zesty dill pickles, but you could experiment with different types of whiskey and different kinds of pickles to make your own whiskey pickles overnight.
Clear Potato Chips
Next time you boil a pot of potatoes for your favorite mashed potato recipe, save the potato water to make clear potato chips. While these definitely take a little extra work, this science experiment of a recipe will be worth the impressed looks on your friends’ faces. It may be one of the most unique potato recipes you’ll try.
Prosecco Vodka Grapes
You’ve heard of soaking gummy bears in champagne or vodka, but have you heard of soaking grapes in the same? These prosecco vodka grapes soak overnight in a mixture of the two. Once you roll them in sugar, you can eat them as garnishes or as a sweet treat. We could see these as a super fun bridal shower recipe.
Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups
Next time you make tomato soup, serve these grilled cheese roll-ups instead of a regular grilled cheese sandwich. Flatten out a piece of bread, load it up with cheese and roll it up, sealing the edge with melted butter. Toast it in a skillet and voila!
3-Ingredient Ice Cream
Sometimes an ice cream hankering hits faster than you can get to the store. If you’ve got sweetened condensed milk, cream and some sort of flavor add-in at home, then you can make this 3-ingredient ice cream recipe when the moment strikes. Mix in whatever you’re craving—from traditional vanilla to chocolate caramel cheesecake—to make your customizable ice cream.
If you’re ever lucky enough to have leftover croissants, this croissant recipe flattens and caramelizes them, making them crunchy and perfect for an ice cream sandwich. Just make sure you’re using day-old croissants—you don’t want to waste a crackly, layered fresh pastry by flattening it! If you still have some left over when you’re done, put the rest of the pastries to use in these recipes using croissants.
Apple Cider Mimosas
It’s the brunch mainstay drink with a fall twist. Swap the OJ for apple cider to make this fall-inspired cocktail. Not a fan of champagne? Spike it with flavored vodka, like apple or salted caramel, to make this apple cider mimosa your own.
Marry Me Chicken
This recipe is delicious enough that it’d be worth marrying the cook for! Make this “marry me” chicken recipe if you’re looking to snag a last-minute Valentine, or simply to impress your honey with a mouthwatering meal.
Pizza French Toast
Put extra hot dog buns or long rolls to use by making pizza french toast. Cut the buns into slices and put pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni between two. Coat the mini sandwiches in the egg mixture like you would for regular French toast, pan fry and serve with pizza sauce. Talk about a savory breakfast!