The 5 Best TikTok Recipes to Try Right Now

Ring in the new year with bright, vegetable-forward dishes.

Every day, it seems as though there’s a new viral TikTok food trend that takes a few adventurous people by storm. From butter candles and caviar-topped Doritos, to homemade Tunacados and Parm-crusted potatoes, there’s no shortage of creativity on the app.

But as fun as these trends are, there will always be some equally interesting recipes that tumble by the wayside. Whether you’re taking part in the Veganuary challenge, or are simply looking to invite more color into your diet in 2023, we have you covered with a roster of vegetable-forward recipes. So reset, renew, and make room for these mini creme brulee donuts.

There’s a science to making the perfect salad. It’s imperative that you include one, somewhat indulgent ingredient that makes all those bites of green worth it—and here, it’s the homemade, fried wonton strips. But this recipe’s got a lot of other interesting textures at work, like the creaminess of the avocado and the delicate crunch of the toasted quinoa. Sub in tofu for the chicken, and you’ve got a hearty, plant-based lunch that’ll put Sweetgreen to shame.

This is the kind of one-pot, weeknight meal that you can dip into for days. There’s a lot more to gnocchi than a pasta waiting to be tossed in sauce. In this recipe, it serves as the kind of bulking ingredient usually ascribed to chickpeas or beans. The stew acquires flavor from a base of roasted red pepper, harissa paste, and cherry tomatoes, then gets finished off with some fresh lemon and cheese. Et voilà, you’ve just found a new use for the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi sitting in your freezer.

I’m a sucker for recipes that make use of vegetables in their entirety, and this roasted carrot dish, fit for an elegant dinner party spread, is garnished with the carrot tops that might otherwise get tossed in the trash. The carrots and butter beans are seasoned with paprika, cumin, and thyme. Toasted quinoa comes out to play once again. And everything sits in a glorious puddle of lemon tahini dressing.

When it’s too cold to leave the house and you’re craving a warm bowl of goodness, try your hand at this mapo tofu recipe. Make sure to blanch your tofu before tossing it in the wok, as this will enhance the texture, allowing for all those spicy juices to soak in. You can easily replace the ground pork with a meat substitute, which will brown just as well. But don’t forget the cornstarch slurry—a mixture of cornstarch and water—which is the secret to gravy-like consistency. And CJ is right: A simple side of freshly steamed rice is a perfect match.

No matter the resolutions you made for 2023, you always deserve a little treat. The crackle-coating on these mini creme brulee donuts is almost unfathomable, but, believe it or not, it’s made possible with a simple concoction of sugar and water. The real star of the show, though, is the vanilla custard cream filling, which requires some time and effort, but will no doubt result in an explosion of flavor. Make this your next Saturday morning project.

Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Jessica Sulima is a staff writer on the Food & Drink team at Thrillist. Feel free to email her your favorite TikTok recipes.