13 TikTok Food Trends You Should Be Trying

TikTok can be a time saver, though it's also admittedly a time waster, espeially when. you've fallen down the rabbit hole of the For You page. Aside from the outrageously choreographed dances and Vine-style videos, the most serotonin-boosting content on TikTok is delicious and crave-able food hacks and trends videos. Packed with happiness and sometimes nutrients, TikTok's food hacks are ultlra-popuplalr. They're also constantly evolving to the point where a viral trend one day can become internet pig fodder the next.

Sure, not every TikTok hack deserves its brief five minutes of viral stardom. Trends like chlorophyll water, the raw meat diet, cotton candy pickles, bell peppers pretending to be bread, and even feta pasta –– rest assured that this is an unpopular opinion from a very vocal feta cynic –– live in internet infamy. Some trends are simply one of those crazy ideas that came about during even crazier times. It's not easy to spot a bad TikTok recipe in the moment, so instead of getting lost in the algorithmic sauce, let's focus on the things with staying power. We scoured TikTok's black hole for the food hacks that make life easier, not to mention more delicious.

Cloud bread

Billowy in texture and magic in the making, cloud bread is the viral wheat-less crossover between bread and angel food cake. No, it's not going to taste as good as a homemade loaf of French bread, but it does use less than half the ingredients in a fraction of the time. It also happens to be gluten-free, making this trendy treat extra accessible for those who can't digest gluten-laden products like most other breads.

The majority of cloud bread recipes incorporate pantry staple ingredients found in pratically every kitchen. Take this viral recipe, which uses only three egg whites, corn starch, and white sugar. The assembly process is likewise simple with no kneading or rising required. Instead, simply whip the egg whites until you see stiff peaks appear similar to meringue, then mix in the other ingredients in addition to seasonings or food coloring. Place the result in a loaf pan or on a sheet to bake and enjoy.

Unlike regular bread, cloud bread is a gluten and carb-free alternative that avoids the chalky and chewy taste of many other gluten-free breads. However, cloud bread is not a fluffy one-trick pony. For variation, you can spread the dough out flat and bake it like tortilla or pita bread for wraps and burritos, or layer it with marinara and cheese for a take on personal pizzas.

Green goddess salad

Salad gets a bad rap as something that is often bland and flavorless, but it doesn't have to be that way. Baked by Melissa's green goddess salad is anything but flavorless. In fact, it's so good that you can eat it by hand or fork-full. Plus, Lizzo loves it, and a goddess like herself could never be wrong.

When Melissa Ben-Ishay of Baked by Melissa isn't making viral TikToks, she creates and sells bite-sized cupcakes and macarons that look just as delicious as her sensational salad. What's more, listening to Ben-Ishay chop cabbage, cucumbers, and chives for the salad's base is like ASMR heaven. 

But what about the salad itself? The star of the OG green goddess is its homemade dressing, made with a mixture of garlic, shallot, lime juice, chives, olive oil, nuts, basil, spinach, and nutritional yeast. When all of those are mixed together, it is the perfect balance of nutritious and delicious. Ben-Ishay's spicy version adds avocado hot sauce and is perfectly customizable, like this recipe that adds avocado and jalapeño and places the mixture on top of a tostada with black beans.

Baked oats

Let's face it, oatmeal has long been one of those breakfasts that we love to hate. Yet, we also desperately want to love it in order to achieve ultimate health and wellness. It's a tough proposition, though. Oatmeal cooked on the stove or microwave can have that goopy and thick-yet-runny texture, while overnight oats can be cold and cement-like in your mouth. There's a potential solution in sight, however. The viral baked oats recipes littering TikTok feeds are more than just a series of trends, but a potentially healthy cake-for-breakfast lifestyle that everyone can get on board with.

Despite it being incredibly delicious, baked oats are also easy to make. They require only oat flour (which you can grind at home or buy at the store), milk or a banana as the binder, baking soda, a sweetener of your choice, and whatever mix-ins your heart desires that day. You can bake personal oatmeal cups or meal prep a batch in a loaf or muffin tin. The best part about this TikTok hack are the nigh-limitless flavor and toppings options, like cinnamon toast baked oats or brownie baked oats. That way, you'll never grow tired of the same brown sugar or apple cinnamon microwave oatmeal ever again.

Pasta chips

Air fryer and pasta recipes are two TikTok food trends that have people attempting and documenting some seriously wacky food experiments. Air-fryer-everything has been a consistent part of TikTok's food culture for a while now, and pasta recipes like the famed baked feta and Gigi Hadid's spicy vodka pasta have been trending there, too. That said, none of these food fashions quite compare to the sheer genius and weirdness of pasta chips. Don't knock it, though, as this snack for people who love to eat potato chips and raw pasta might be right up your alley.

Despite the name, pasta chips aren't actually raw noodles deep fried with seasoning. Instead, it's made with cooked pasta that's tossed in oil and spices and then cooked again, usually in the air fryer until it becomes crunchy and golden. They may not be any healthier than potato chips, but they are just as starchy and delicious (not to mention much easier to make at home). 

When making your own pasta chips, you could go the traditional route by adding Italian seasoning, cheese, and a marinara dipping sauce. Or perhaps you'd like to take the cheesy fork in the road and make these Cheetos mac and cheese pasta chips. Then again, there are flavor combinations like salt and vinegar or sour cream and onion that make for the perfect potato and pasta chip collaboration.

Custard yogurt toast

Toast is the underdog breakfast food that has nearly unlimited options when it comes to delicious toppings, which can include savory mashed avocado and egg and the classic pairing of peanut butter and banana. This means that toast doesn't have to be the same old thing every morning, especially with the inspiration of TikTok's newest yogurt custard toast trend. It's essentially a mashup of cheesecake and French toast, making it a savory yet sweet breakfast treat.

Like most great TikTok recipes, it involves dairy, carbs, and an air fryer. The viral toast's ingredients can be found in just about any kitchen pantry or fridge. Even better, the process is less labor-intensive than even the most quick-and-easy cheesecake recipe. First, take any slice of bread and flatten the middle with a spoon to create a carb canyon in the middle. Then, fill it with a mixture of yogurt, egg, and sweetener. Next, add yummy toppings and then bake or air fry until a creme brûlée-like crust is achieved. Switching plain white bread for a slice of thick brioche or even pound cake would be divine, and adding mascarpone or ricotta instead of yogurt creates more of a savory take on dessert breakfast toast.

Avocado, condensed milk, and ice

One of the greatest perks of social media platforms like TikTok is the ability to learn about different cultural foods and cuisines. To that end, this latest TikTok trend, an avocado-based dessert, shows that avocados aren't meant for just toast and salads. With just three simple ingredients –– avocado, sweetened condensed milk, and ice –– this viral concoction is nothing short of brilliant. It presents a deeply pleasing balance of creaminess, sweetness, and bone-chilling crunch.

When looking at the result from just a video clip, you likely wouldn't even recognize its ingredients that came together to make the final product. However, once you really dissect its flavors, its simplicity will shine through. Plus, it's got some serious cultural cred, according to Vice. It's deeply ingrained in Filipino and Vietnamese cuisine, with plenty of variety depending on individual households and cultures. Some variations use evaporated milk or even blend the mixture into a smoothie, popsicle or into avocado ice cream. There's no one way to enjoy this, so try and make it your own or follow tradition.

Sushi bake

Making sushi at home can seem daunting for the average home chef, especially when one of the main goals is to not give yourself food poisoning while dealing with raw seafood. What's more, making sushi at home typically requires extra equipment, like a sushi rolling mat, a steady hand, and some patience. For a stepping stone in the right direction that can lead to successfully making your own sushi at home, TikTok's sushi bake trend can help. It's the meal prep-worthy way to enjoy your favorite takeout dish.

The sushi bake arguably wasn't birthed on TikTok, but was reportedly started by Filipino celebrity nail artist Mimi Qiu Reyes back in 2015. Whoever first made this dish, it's tasty and easy ro make. 

Effectively, it's deconstructed sushi mixed with a Hawaiian poke bowl in the form of a Midwestern casserole. It's layered with rice, crab meat or other fish, fish roe, spices, Kewpie mayo, Sriracha, and whatever else you can fit in the casserole dish. Raw meat is optional –– you can mix in cooked salmon, shrimp, or tuna –– as long as you eat it by the mouthful with some seaweed.

Corn ribs

There's nothing more annoying than rolling up to cookout as a vegetarian. In a sea of hamburgers, hot dogs, and bacon-wrapped everything, a vegetarian's only solace typically lies in cold spoonfuls of potato salad, coleslaw, and hopefully, some corn on the cob. Thanks to TikTok's corn ribs trend, corn on the cob doesn't have to be just buttery and bland.

TikTok's latest vegetarian delight is the next cookout banger to rival any hamburger or fruit salad. The scariest part of this dish is cutting the corn cob into quarters without needing stitches or losing a digit. Of course, it's not really scary so long as you go slow, pay attention, and use a properly sharpened knife

After that, you get to experiment with different flavor combinations like these seafood-style corn ribs with paprika, Old Bay, and lots of butter or elote-style corn ribs with cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. The best part is popping it in the air fryer until the "ribs" become charred and golden. The're are so good that people won't even ask where the meat is.

Orange coffee

Don't be fooled by the name –– this drink is maybe as weird as it sounds, but give it a try and you could be pleasantly surprised. Most people wouldn't want fruit anywhere near their caffeinated beverage, unless it was in the form of a fruit cup or a dragon berry-something from Starbucks. But what about oranges?

The latest TikTok coffee trend is nothing complicated with only two ingredients, namely orange juice (boxed will do) and espresso. This cup of orange joe has elicited a variety of reactions and verdicts ranging from delicious to nauseous. Yet, even though it's new to TikTok, the trend is not something new to the coffee world. For instance, a couple of coffee shops in Phoenix, Arizona feature a very similar drink, though they go by different names. These include the OJ express at Nami and the Jobot sunrise at Jobot Coffee & Bar.

Dessert rice cakes

Let's face it: rice cakes have always been boring. From the crunchy and chalky texture to the artificial flavors in many brands, rice cakes have always put a bad taste in diet culture's mouth. If you choose to partake in this timeless but not exactly beloved diet food, at least follow this viral rice cake recipe to add some sweetness and happiness to your life.

This versatile TikTok trend can double as a dessert or a sweet snack to keep you going throughout the day. It doesn't require any special air fryer or kitchen appliances to make. Just layer the rice cake with nut butter and melted chocolate, then pop it into the freezer until it's hard to the touch. Sprinkle some sea salt on the top for a sweet and salty effect or drizzle some honey for an extra touch of something special. For added flavor, layer some mashed raspberries and blueberries on top of the nut butter for a chocolate-covered fruit indulgence –– just make sure you still eat that cookie.

Tea bombs

Dissolving hot chocolate bombs filled with marshmallows and all kinds of sugary treats were all the rage on TikTok back in 2020. Even pouring coffee over a Lindt chocolate or Kinder egg had its own momet for easy at-home specialty coffees. The newer and perhaps more aesthetically-pleasing way to drink caffeinated beverages at home is TikTok's tea bombs. Not only is it very satisfying to watch the crystallized shell melt in order to release your favorite tea, but it's a great way to use up those endless boxes of teabags hiding in your pantry.

Like all things cool and crafty, there are tons of teas bombs in varying shapes, colors, and strains of tea available to buy via various small business. However, making tea bombs at home is just as easy. Grab your spherical ice cube mold and pour in some melted isomalt (a kind of sugar) to coat the mold, moving carefully to stay safe with the hot melted sugar. You can also add food coloring to your isomalt to match any aesthetic or Instagram feed. Once the isomalt has cooled and hardened, add your loose leaf tea or tea bag and use your top notch food welding skills to melt the edges of the sphere together. When you're done, you'll have a dip-able and gift-able food masterpiece.

Emily Mariko's salmon bowl

This trend is so iconic and recognizable that it would be a disservice not to include it alongside these other incredibly viral TikTok trends. At the time of publication, Emily Mariko's viral salmon bowl video has over five million likes and thousands of videos inspired by the famous recipe. It shows the overall beauty and simplicity of leftovers, not to mention how just a few ingredients and good video editing can make anything truly sensational.

The main ingredients in Mariko's bowl are salmon and rice with an ice cube placed in the middle of the mix to create perfectly fluffy reheated rice. It's then drizzled with soy sauce, Sriracha, Kewpie mayonnaise, then topped with avocado and eaten with seaweed and kimchi. It became so viral that Japanese Kewpie mayo trended on Google and eventually sold out in stores. If you still can't find Kewpie nearby, Eater recommends combining Duke's mayo, sushi vinegar, and a bit of MSG to get the same delicious flavor. Spin-off recipes, like this veganized version, further demonstrate the versatility and functionality of this eternally classic TikTok food trend.

Unconventional charcuterie boards

As any good cheesemonger will tell you, making attractive cheese and charcuterie boards can be at least half the job, not to mention quite possibly the best part of working with cheese all day. Picking the perfect cured meats and cheeses to pair with additional jams, fruits, and crackers can be just as important as organizing it in an Instagram-worthy way. Some key takeaways for building incredible charcuterie boards include creating various textures, considering different color combinations, and visualizing how eaters might move through the contents of the board. Now, boards don't have to be just cheese and charcuterie with unconventional "charcuterie" boards popping up on TikTok feeds.

Girl's night and date night are getting revamped with a new version of BYOB –– bring your own board. TikTokers alike are reinventing the classic idea of shareable snack plates with "charcuterie" board ideas that include pizza, candy, McDonald's menu items, fruit, sushi, s'mores, cookie, and wings. Jar-cuterie is also a thing now with meat, cheeses, and more classic charcuterie fixings stuffed into a jar for maximum portability. You can even make a barkcuterie board so your fur baby doesn't feel left out of the fun.