The 50 Most Popular Recipes of 2018, According to You

Your very favorite dishes, right this way...

December 28, 2018
Photo by Bobbi Lin

Here at Food52, we believe there’s a perfect recipe for every person. Maybe you’re looking to shock and awe your bookclub with a cake or a quiche. Or you’re on the hunt for weeknight meals, from speedy to big-batch. And what about weekend projects to simmer and braise? We've got those, too.

The joy of cooking is that no matter how many times we come back to our comforting favorites, there's always a new technique to learn, ingredient to try, or flavor to develop. The longer we cook and spend time in the kitchen, the more we can add to our repertoire of meals we love.

2018 was another fruitful year of exploring: 52 weeks of sweet and savory home cooking. There were lemony, fuss-free soups, budget-friendly chickpea sandwiches, and a peachy reimagining of our dreamiest cake. We fell in love with Big Little Recipes (the ones with the teeny ingredient lists and big, BIG flavors), and fully embraced the hands-free bliss of Instant Pot dishes. We loved them all!

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Now, we're not saying any dish is better than another (everyone has different tastes), but of course we had favorites—the recipes we clicked and cooked again and again. From sheet-pan chicken dinners and magical cakes to soft scrambles and no-bake cookies, we’ve gathered below the top 50 most popular recipes from our site in 2018. Scroll down, savor it all, then save and enjoy in the new year.

Our 50 Most Popular Recipes From 2018

What was your favorite recipe of 2018? Reminisce in the comments section!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.


SophieL December 31, 2018
I simply could not select just 1 or 2 or even 3 favorite Food52 recipes. Here are some favorites: Francis Moore Lappe's Lentils, Monastery Style - the addition of dry sherry was magical; Alice Waters Ratatouille - so simple, yet so amazingly delicious; Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix - made countless packages of holiday gifts; Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream - genius; Teddy's Apple Cake - simply no-fail; and Ruthie's Tomato Soup Cake - always makes for a great story as guests say, "No kidding," with their mouths full.
Eric K. December 31, 2018
Aw! Thanks for sharing, Sophie.
Susan J. December 30, 2018
The hot milk cake on your site has been my go-to when I’m in the mood to impress! Yum!
Sara S. December 30, 2018
Susan, I would love to try it! When I search the site, I find two recipes--one for hot milk cake and one for hot milk sponge cake. Which one do you use? Thanks!
Susan J. December 30, 2018
The first, ‘hot milk cake’. If you’re a fan of strawberry shortcake like me, this cake is a perfect base. Paired with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries...yummy!!
Sara S. December 30, 2018
Thank you--can't wait to try it!
Eric K. December 31, 2018
Marina December 30, 2018
Thank you - love your website!
BerryBaby December 28, 2018
Very nice!
But what about a list of 'favorite' recipes of ours, the Community, that have been saved by members?
There have been many wonderful ones!
Happy New Year!
Eric K. December 31, 2018
I love that idea. What are some of yours, BerryBaby?