When it comes to finding a new recipe, our first port of call is nearly always Google, so a look at the top 10 most searched for recipes of the last year paints quite the picture of our nationwide culinary state of mind.
Google has revealed the top recipes of 2021, according to the search engine’s data and the results are extremely revealing – with some surprises, too.
After kitchens everywhere were dominated by banana bread in 2020, you’d have thought we’d have had enough or moved onto something else in 2021. But no, the top most searched for recipe this year was in fact banana bread. Interestingly, the fruit-infused bake didn’t even crack the top 10 last year, making 2021 the real year of banana bread.
Cocktail recipes featured heavily on the list, including Sex on the Beach, Pimms and Pornstar Martini – unsurprising given we’re all embracing entertaining at home a lot more this year and want to impress guests with our new cocktail making skills discovered during lockdown last year.
Iced coffee also made an appearance, surely influenced by its prevalence on this summer’s Love Island, as did malt loaf, another TV-inspired trend, this time by it’s appearance as a Great British Bake Off challenge. Meanwhile, TikTok continues to influence our everyday lives, as baked oats managed to make it into the top five.
Sourdough bread topped the 2020 list, however this year saw it slide down to tenth – clearly we didn’t have nearly as much time to tend to a sourdough starter once normal life opened back up again this year.
The full list of the top recipes of 2021 is as follows:
- Banana bread recipe
- Sex on the Beach recipe
- Pimms recipe
- Iced coffee recipe
- Baked oats recipe
- Scallops recipe
- Overnight oats recipe
- Malt loaf recipe
- Pornstar Martini recipe
- Sourdough starter recipe
For comparison, this was 2020’s top 10 most searched for recipes on Google: