The social networking service TikTok prides itself on setting trends. You probably remember seeing, or maybe even participated in, the #TikTokDanceChallenge when all of us were stuck at home during the beginning of the pandemic. It turns out that TikTok is also the place to be if you’re someone who likes to stay up to date on all of the latest and greatest food trends.
While not every recipe on the social media app is a huge hit or even safe to make at home (Yes, we’re talking about you #ToasterGrilledCheese), we did a deep dive to track down all of the TikTok Food Trends that you should try right now. After you try these recipes, let us know which #TikTokFoodTrend is your favorite.
#ProteinCoffee (Or ‘Proffee’)
Americans are drinking more coffee than ever. So, for those of you who need that cup of Joe in the morning to get your day going, and also need protein in the morning for your workout, you might want to try #proteincoffee or ‘proffee,’ which is a TikTok trend that involves mixing protein and coffee.
Protein coffee made the Top 10 TikTok Food Trends list with 3.3 million Google search results and almost 19 million views.
To make iced protein coffee or proffee, all you need to do is fill a glass halfway with ice, add eight ounces of coffee, and all (or part of) your favorite protein shake. Then you can play around with the coffee to protein shake ratio until you get it just right. You can also check out @iamfelipefitness’s protein coffee video to see how to make and drink a hot cup of proffee.
Protein Coffee Video
TikTok user @amywilichowski or “pesto egg girl” as she writes in her bio, set off a craze when she shared her #pestoeggs recipe. Her breakfast recipe video, which she originally posted on April 26, 2021, now has almost 12 million views.
She says that all you need to do to make #pestoeggs is use pesto instead of the normal cooking oil that you use to make your eggs in the morning. Then you can make your eggs scrambled, sunny-side up, or however you’d like. The trick here is that the oil in the pesto will keep your eggs from sticking to the pan. Wilichowski recommends eating your #pestoeggs on a piece of toast with ricotta, smashed avocado, honey, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Pesto Eggs Video
If you’re looking for a side dish to go with your #pestoeggs, actress, social media personality, and vegan cook @iamtabithabrown has the perfect #veganbacon recipe for you (even if you’re not vegan). She first got everyone on TikTok excited when she posted a video of #carrotbacon, which is now on the Top 10 TikTok Food Trends list with 565,000 Google searches and 8.2 million views. This is pretty cool since carrot bacon is a great way for people to add more veggies to their diet. Here are the ingredients and instructions for Tabitha Brown’s Carrot Bacon recipe.
- 1 to 2 full-sized carrots, sliced using a vegetable peeler
- 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- Peel the carrots, trying to get a fairly thin slice.
- Mix all of the ingredients for the marinade.
- Soak the carrot slices in the marinade for two minutes.
- Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the carrot strips on your air fryer tray.
- Then place the tray on the top shelf of your air fryer.
- Air fry for five minutes, or until you get a nice crispy finish.
Carrot Bacon Video
Finnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinen created “Uunifetapasta” in 2019, which is the Finnish word for oven-baked feta pasta. Häyrinen’s recipe turned into a viral hit in Finland, with feta cheese sales going up 300% in Finland at the time and stores running out of the ingredients to make her baked feta pasta recipe.
If you’re wondering why Baked Feta Pasta is part of this viral food trends article, that’s because American blogger and chef @grilledcheesesocial translated the recipe into English and shared it on Instagram, where it went viral once again. Soon after, @feelgoodfoodie shared the recipe on TikTok and soon baked feta pasta became the new pasta, enjoying a third viral wave. “Feta Pasta” has been searched over 825,000 times on Google and viewed almost 950 million times, making it the #1 Ranked TikTok Food Trend.
- 1 pound of wheat pasta
- 1 block (200 grams) of Greek feta cheese
- ½ cup of olive oil
- ½ cup of red chili pepper
- Cherry tomatoes (500 grams)
- 4 garlic cloves (Optional)
- Black pepper
- Bunch of fresh basil leaves
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour some olive oil on the bottom of your baking dish. Then place the whole feta block on top.
- Chop the red chili pepper and add on top of the feta cheese. Then pour more olive oil on top.
- Place the cherry tomatoes on the sides of your baking dish and roll around in oil. Grind some pepper and season with a pinch of salt.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes in the middle rack of your oven.
- Increase the heat to 440 degrees Fahrenheit and move your baking dish to the upper rack. Use the grilling mode for another 10 minutes. (Note: This might cause your fire alarm to go off as Jenni Häyrinen says that this causes her fire alarm to go off every single time.)
- Cook your whole wheat pasta al dente according to the cooking instructions.
- Break the feta apart a bit and mix with the tomatoes. Then mix the sauce with the pasta and add plenty of basil leaves.
- Bonus Tip: Garlic also goes well with baked feta. So, if you’d like to add garlic, cut four garlic cloves in half lengthwise, toss them in the same time as you do the tomatoes, and roll the garlic in the olive oil.
Baked Feta Pasta Video
#CornRibs or “vegan ribs” became a viral sensation on TikTok after @spicednice posted a video of corn ribs and said, “Oh my goodness, these corn ribs need to be the next trending food! They’re so fun!” Apparently on TikTok, ask and you shall create the next #TikTokFoodTrend.
While corn ribs don’t taste anything like barbecue ribs (in case you were wondering), this recipe courtesy of @spiced.nice’s Instagram account offers a fun and delicious way to enjoy corn while it’s still in season.
- 3 ears of corn (makes 12 corn ribs)
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
- A pinch of salt
- ½ cup of mayonnaise (You can also substitute with Greek yogurt or sour cream)
- 2 teaspoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Juice of ½ of a lime or 1 lime (to taste)
- Chopped cilantro for topping (optional)
- Cotija cheese for topping (optional)
- Cut the corn into four equal parts.
- In a bowl, mix the olive oil and the spices together. Then brush this oil mixture over the corn wedges.
- To cook, air fry the corn wedges at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes on one side. Then flip the corn ribs over and air fry them for another four minutes. (You can also bake the corn ribs at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes or until they’ve curled up and are slightly charred.
- To make the chipotle lime mayo, mix the mayo (or substitute with Greek yogurt or sour cream), lime juice, and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce with a pinch of salt.
- When the corn is ready, drizzle the sauce on top of it. If you’d like, you can add cotija cheese and/or cilantro as a topping. Then enjoy!