Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2020—So Far

All the dishes you've been loving this year.

February 27, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine. Food Stylist: Amelia Rampe.

The start of a new year—let alone a new decade—brings with it so many possibilities, like finally realizing the dream of an organized closet, giving your kitchen cabinets a DIY makeover, or conquering a weekend baking project (homemade bread, anyone?).

With it also comes lots of fresh-from-the-oven (or stovetop, or Instant Pot) recipes to try out at home. Since 2020 kicked off, we've published dozens of new recipes to add to your rotation: vegetable-powered dinners from Jamie Oliver, a garlicky, ginger-y chicken soup for the solo cook, our favorite apple muffins, and so much more.

But even in a crowd of recipe winners, there are inevitably going to be some that stand out from the rest. We're counting down our 10 most popular recipes (meaning, the ones you've clicked on, saved, and reviewed the most) of the year—so far. We'll be adding to this list throughout 2020, because we've still got a ton of delicious ideas to come.

Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2020

10. Korean-Style Cauliflower 'Wings' With Creamy Ginger-Sesame Dip

Rounding out our top ten are these Korean-style cauliflower wings that were made for a party or game-day feast (or, you know, a snack for one). Just make sure to whip up an extra batch of the creamy ginger-sesame dip—it's great for spreading on wraps and sandwiches, drizzling over rice bowls, or tossing with hardy greens for your lunchtime salad.

9. Pasta With Broccoli-Cheddar Sauce

Don't let the bright-green hue of this Big Little pasta with broccoli-cheddar sauce put you off. One reviewer wrote, "The greenness of the sauce made it one of the more alarming-looking things I've ever put on a plate, but also one of the most purely, vegetally delicious... A sublime weeknight dinner."

8. Fudgy, Flourless Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

We dream about eating this unreasonably fudgy, wonderfully dense, totally flawless flourless chocolate cake pretty much all the time. Luckily, it comes together with help from the Instant Pot, so it's actually pretty easy to pull off.

7. Cocoa Coriander Chili From Jenn de la Vega

The first of a few Genius recipes you'll see here, this cozy-smoky chili gets its flavor and luxurious texture from a myriad of spices, heavy cream, and—yes, you guessed it—cocoa powder.

6. Our Best Shepherd's Pie

A behemoth-size casserole of cozy meats and vegetables, topped with thick swooshes of mashed potatoes? It's pretty much impossible to say no to this hearty shepherd's pie, especially during the freezing-cold first months of the year.

5. Marie-Hélène's Apple Cake From Dorie Greenspan

We can't say we're shocked Dorie Greenspan, a James Beard award–winning cookbook author, brought us one of our new favorite recipes: this apple-centric custardy cake that gets a little kick from dark rum.

4. 3-Ingredient Pancakes

The addition of one ingredient (psst: it's almond flour) solves one of the biggest problems most minimalist pancakes run into (mushiness). Thanks to the little bit of structure and nutty flavor from said secret ingredient, these super-easy pancakes are fluffy, crispy-edged, and don't taste too much like straight-up banana.

3. Our Best Baked Ziti

Say hello to the most extra baked ziti you will probably ever meet. Starring bacon, sausage, crème fraîche, and three types of cheese, this beauty is well worth the effort of making your own tomato sauce from scratch and the pasta's methodical layering process.

2. Groovy Chocolate Cake

This groovy chocolate cake was found in a cookbook from the '70s and passed down through one family ever since. Perfect for special occasions (or no occasion at all!), this recipe's got everything you're looking for in a chocolate cake: rich, tender cake and a very luscious frosting made with a hint of rum extract.

1. Pad Thai From Kris Yenbamroong

Taking our number-one spot is this Genius pad Thai from Kris Yenbamroong, chef and owner of Night + Market in Los Angeles. What makes it oh so popular, you ask? Well, it might have something to do with the cook time, which is just three minutes (seriously). Oh, and all those bright, punchy flavors, too.

Which of our most popular recipes of 2020 have you tried? Tell us in the comments!

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Erin Alexander is the Associate Editor at Food52, covering pop culture, travel, foods of the internet, and all things #sponsored. Formerly at Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Us Weekly, and Hearst, she currently lives in New York City.

1 Comment

Katie P. February 28, 2020
I live food52 recipes usually, but That cocoa chili was THE WORST. It may have gotten a lot of traffic, but it was one of the very few recipes my husband and I couldn’t even stomach to save for leftovers. It tasted akin to Hormel out of the can. I am blown away it showed up on a top 10 list.