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7 TikTok food trends that are actually worth the hype

TikTok is way more than dance videos and funny skits. It’s become a collaborative platform to showcase out-of-the-box food preparation techniques, unusual food combinations, plating ideas, and simple recipes you can watch and recreate in just minutes. 

With literally millions of videos available, it’s hard to weed out the hot from the not — so we’ve done it for you. Check out these seven TikTok trends that are definitely worth the hype.

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The hottest TikTok food trends

Charcuterie boards

The charcuterie board craze on TikTok shows no signs of slowing down. While this appetizer platter is nothing new, TikTok chefs take it a step further, turning the assortment of cheese, fruit, and cured meats into edible artwork. Sure, we’ve always enjoyed eating charcuterie at restaurants and parties, but now plating the board can be just as fun as eating it. This video by Justin Schuble is among the most impressive — he makes rosettes out of salami! Need we say more?

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CHARCUTERIE BOARD GOALS ? for the Kentucky Derby // don’t forget to #DerbyAtHome on May 1st ? #ad

♬ April (No Vocals) – The Young Ebenezers

Going meatless

More and more people are opting to reduce the amount of animal protein in their diets. Whether it’s partaking in #MeatlessMonday or taking the plunge into veganism, the increased interest in a meat-free lifestyle has spurred delectable culinary innovations. Cauliflower in particular has stepped up to the plate, becoming the base of vegetarian buffalo ‘wings, ’sweet and sour bites, and even meatballs. These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are spicy, crispy, vegetarian alternatives to wings, and they’re sure to satisfy any peckish guests.


Buffalo Cauliflower? #FoodTikTok #buffalocauliflower #cauliflower #recipe #learnontiktok #tiktokpartner

♬ original sound – Alyssa Alonso

Air fried everything

If you don’t already own an air fryer, it deserves a spot on your shopping list ASAP. It makes crispy, fried foods without a drop of oil, cooks frozen pizza better than your oven, and brings stale French bread back to life. TikTok introduced us to air fryer grilled cheese, and some users have shared lower-calorie takes on this classic sandwich. 


Air fryer grilled cheese ? #diet #weightloss #loseweight #airfryer #1200calories #1500calories #weightlosstips #caloriedeficit #cico

♬ The Office – The Hyphenate

New ways to cut fruit

After a few hours on FoodTok (the collection of culinary-minded TikTokers), you’ll start to realize that you’ve been cutting fruit the wrong way your whole adult life. From decorative ideas that turn your fruit salad into a work of art to hacks on hard-to-cut fruits like pomegranates, we’ve learned countless ways to cut fruit faster, better, and easier. There’s even a host of fruit-cutting gurus who put their incredible knife skills to music for truly jaw-dropping videos.


♬ NANANA – Liene

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TikTok recipes you have to try!

The TikTok pasta recipe everybody is making

This recipe went viral for good reason. Commonly referred to as ‘The TikTok Pasta,’ it’s so popular that grocery stores in Finland actually ran out of Feta cheese. This recipe went viral not only because it’s delicious, but because it’s easy to whip up as well.

You’ll need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • A block of Feta cheese
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fusilli pasta

Mix all the ingredients (except the pasta) in a single baking dish, bake it in the oven, and stir to combine. Then, just throw in some cooked pasta, and dinner is served. Watch the video for a breakdown of these simple-to-follow steps!


Baked feta pasta with cherry tomatoes!! Recipe on blog • Inspired by @grilledcheesesocial ? #tiktokpartner #LearnOnTikTok #fetapasta #recipes

♬ original sound – Feel Good Foodie

Nature’s cereal

This very healthy, very refreshing take on a breakfast standard mixes fresh berries, a few ice cubes, and coconut water to create the most refreshing bowl of cereal you’ll ever have. You can swap out berries based on what’s available in your fridge, but we recommend keeping in the pomegranate seeds. Their tart, sweet, burst-in-your-mouth goodness adds the punch of flavor and texture that makes this “cereal” stand out!  Add this recipe to your morning routine to start your day with a meal full of antioxidants and energy without any excess sugar. 


Umm thanks @natures_food ? of course we had to try this ? #naturescereal #naturesfruitcereal #asmr #foodtiktok #coconutwater #lizzo @lizzo

♬ original sound – ?Fruits & Leaves?

Corn Ribs

Yes, you read that right. Cutting the cobs can be tricky, but this TikTok video shows you exactly how to do it. This simple recipe calls for a few ears of corn, brushed with butter and a mix of spices. Finish them off with a spin in the air fryer and they’re ready to serve! No, they won’t taste like ribs, but this snackable side dish is just as satisfying. 


Spotted: TikTok’s next food trend? @spicednice #cornribs #corntok #easyrecipe #foodtrends #foodietok #foodhack

♬ Chicago (Jersey Club) – DJ Smallz 732

Expand your sources of culinary inspiration and look to TikTok for new recipes and inventive methods to prepare your favorite foods. Maybe you’ll even join the legion of home cooks and start your own culinary TikTok channel!

Kim Renta
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kim has written for Bloomingdales, Movado, and various e-commerce wine sites. When she's not writing about wine and…
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