New year and time for some new recipes! These are the best recipes to make this year – 25 recipes you need to try (according to Good Life Eats readers)! Plus 10 Honorable Mentions for your favorite kitchen tips and tricks.
What Recipes Should I Make This Year?
There are so many delicious recipe here on Good Life Eats, and a quick browse through the recipe index will show you that there are more recipes than you could even make in one year.
I didn’t pick the recipes, so my bias definitely isn’t here. These are the 25 most popular recipes according to the readers! Plenty of these recipes have dozens of 5 star reviews, so you know they’ll be good. Later, maybe I’ll have to make a post of what my favorites and most used recipes for the year are.
Have you made any of the recipes on this list? Or, did you have a favorite recipe of your own from 2020 that I need to make this year? I’d love to hear what your must-have recipes are!
What About Popular Posts That Aren’t Recipes?
Yep, I’ve got those for you too! After the top 25 recipes, you’ll find, listed #10 to #1, the most helpful kitchen tips from 2020. Wondering how to freeze something? There are several freezing tutorials on the list this year, and so many other great ideas and tricks to make cooking easier!
The Best Recipes to Make this Year
Looking for some tried and true recipes to make this year? Here are our most popular and best reviewed recipes from #25 to #1.
With just a little olive oil, some crushed garlic, aromatic herbs and lemon peel you can prepare these Marinated Olives with Garlic, Thyme and Rosemary. These olives are the perfect, easy, make-ahead appetizer for entertaining. Serve with this Marinated Feta Appetizer and some rustic bread!
This Water Bath Canned Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter is easy to make. Jars of Pear Butter make excellent homemade gifts for teachers, friends, or neighbors during the holidays.
“It took a good eight hours to cook down, but I now have some beautifully fragrant, dessert-quality pear butter. My husband’s eating it with a spoon as I type this. He wants to put it on ice cream. We have 2 huge pear trees that are FULL this year. It’s good to have a recipe that’s seriously worth the time.” -Karen
In this Kale and Frozen Berry Smoothie, frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, red raspberries, and blackberries are combined with mango, fresh Kale, chia seeds, and orange juice for a refreshing smoothie.
This recipe for Southwestern Black Bean pasta is a great pantry recipe for a 30 minute meatless meal! It features pasta with a smoky tomato sauce and plenty of black beans. This simple vegetarian black bean pasta dish only takes a few minutes to prepare and uses mostly pantry ingredients.
"I made this for my family this evening, and it was excellent. We will be adding it to our recipe book! We are a vegetarian family with three young children, and it is often a challenge to find healthy meals that my kids like." -Erica
This quick pickled vegetables recipe is so easy – no cooking required! These Vietnamese Bahn Mi inspired vegetables are a great addition to sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and more. Come learn how simple it is to make these quick and easy Asian pickles.
This Easy Restaurant Style Salsa is so good and so easy to make! It is perfect for Taco Tuesdays or as a Super Bowl Appetizer served with Nachos or Tortilla Chips.
"Thank you for this awesome recipe. This is now my go-to salsa after trying many recipes that didn’t satisfy for taste or texture. So easy and delicious! I’ve already shared it with several friends!" -Kathryn
This Easy Brownie Recipe is our go-to anytime we need a quick dessert or an easy chocolate recipe if we're craving something sweet. I love that they require minimal ingredients, so I usually never need a trip to the store to make them.
Easy Homemade Brownies are the perfect quick dessert to whip up at home. They only take a few minutes and totally satisfy your chocolate cravings. Just like the recipe promises, they’re easy (and super fudgy)! Plus, I bet you have all the ingredients on hand.
"I just made these for dessert tonight; only problem is I made the mistake of tasting them, and now I don’t think they’ll make it till after dinner! Simple & delicious!! " -Joan
This is the best brussels sprouts recipe! And it is so easy to make! Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic are a fantastic side dish that is full of delicious flavor - caramelized, roasted brussels sprouts, savory bacon, and tangy balsamic vinegar.
This is another side dish that is always popular in our family for the holidays, but we enjoy it many times year round as well.
"These are fantastic! Mine are just fresh out of the oven and I haven’t found many vegetables that i would actually want to eat as a choice….and these I would choose! They are simply perfect!I’m printing this one off :)" -Kristen
A great chicken rub recipe is essential for any summer BBQ. This Homemade BBQ Chicken Rub features a mix of brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika for a flavorful homemade spice rub. We use it all the time on a variety of recipes, but especially love it on our Easy Smoked Chicken recipe.
Italian Chicken, Mushroom, and Zucchini Skillet is a great dinner recipe for busy school nights. This easy recipe features pan seared chicken tenderloins, zucchini and sliced mushrooms in garlicky herbed tomato sauce. Such an easy Chicken Skillet Recipe!
"This was a keeper! I’m a huge fan of these land of lakes starter saute sets ….my house smelled amazing! I was drooling! My husband loved this meal, was full on the first plate (never happens!)" -Lindsey
This past year I began experimenting more with Instant Pot Recipes, like this Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle. This is one of the best comfort food recipes we made in the last year. Perfect for a cold, winter night!
Chuck roast is cooked until tender with garlic, herbs, and plenty of tomatoes in this Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle for a delicious and hearty family pasta night recipe.
"After trying a few different crock pot chicken recipes, this one is the one I’ll go back to again and again. The flavors in this are perfect! Chicken came out very tender and juicy! It was perfect for our large family gathering. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe." -Darrin
Do you need a go-to easy chicken recipe? This Baked Honey Mustard Chicken is my favorite quick dinner idea and even the pickiest of eaters are usually won over.
You can't go wrong with a recipe with over 4.5 stars from more than 85 reviewers. This Baked Honey Mustard Chicken features Chicken tenderloins baked in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
“I made this for dinner tonight and I’m so glad that I did! It was so easy to make (few ingredients) and the taste was phenomenal! I paired it with some wild rice and zucchini. My husband loved it as well….I’ll definitely be making this again in the near future.” -Mimi
Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.
Homemade Chili Garlic Oil is incredibly easy to make and a simple way to enhance the flavors of any dish. It is great used as a dipping oil for artisan bread, added to pasta dishes, drizzled in soups, sauces, or on pizza. Your creativity is the only limiter when it comes to using this Chili Garlic Oil.
This is The Best EASY Nachos recipe and a must have for all your game day appetizer needs. Ultimate Easy Nachos whip up in a pinch and make game day appetizers super simple to prepare (and serve). Topped with spicy refried beans, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and of course plenty of cheese, they're both tasty and colorful. Head over to the post for tons of ideas to customize your nachos.
Most of us are familiar with lemon curd. Raspberry curd, however, is a lovely red curd that's slightly tangy - perfect for spreading on scones or toast! Wondering how to use up extra egg yolks or what to make with frozen raspberries? This Raspberry Curd is the perfect recipe!
These Almond Butter Cookies are the tastiest I’ve tried and make a great addition to your regular cooking baking. They’re the perfect alternative if you have a peanut allergy! No peanut allergy? They still make a great addition to your regular cooking baking.
This Easy Homemade Cough Syrup is essential to have on hand during the winter months. Sure, this suggestion isn't something fun or tasty to eat, but a good homemade cough remedy will save you when you're nursing a winter cold or the flu. Try this homemade cough syrup as a natural remedy for your next sore throat or cough this winter.
Strawberry Fool is one of the easiest dessert recipes that you can make! t’s basically strawberries and cream taken up a notch! Simple dessert, yet delicious! My kids love this recipe and we've made a lot of adaptations using different berries or fruits, or a combination of fruits. You can use fresh or frozen fruits in this easy dessert recipe.
Try this Vegetarian Pizza for your next Friday night Pizza Night rather than ordering in! This Vegetarian Pizza is loaded with bell peppers, olives, onions, and even more fresh veggies! The mixture of salty feta and creamy mozzarella really make this veggie pizza. Make sure you check out my tips for awesome pizza at home.
Not big on vegetarian pizzas? Try adding sausage, ham, salami, or pepperoni.
This is The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder Smoked recipe!
Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe, but it is great year round, too! Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.
The most popular recipe this year is Traeger Smoked Turkey! The Traeger has been our favorite "kitchen appliance" purchase from the last 5 years. Turkey Smoked on a Traeger is one of my favorite ways to cook turkey for Thanksgiving.
Come check out my tried and true method along with my 8 pro tips for the best smoked turkey! We make this throughout the year as well, but instead of smoking a whole turkey we will use our Traeger to smoke turkey breast.
This classic restaurant style salsa is so tasty! It is great canned to keep on hand in your pantry for any time the craving strikes, or to use as gifting!
"Thanks for the awesome recipe. I’ve tried almost a dozen salsa recipes looking for a restaurant style salsa that I like and this is it! So easy to make and tastes great! Recipe made 7 pints and a bit left over to snack on. Perfect!" -Kathryn
Next time you make a batch pancakes or waffles, make some extra and follow this quick and easy tutorial for how to freeze pancakes and waffles (I’ve also given instructions on how to reheat pancakes and waffles!).
You’ll get to enjoy them throughout the next few weeks for breakfast with hardly any effort at all. Your morning routine and family will definitely thank you!
"I just made a huge batch of chocolate belgian waffles which I am going to cut in 4s and freeze using your method! Thanks! I don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me to do this earlier, I make waffles a few times a week. Now dad has an easy breakfast to make the small ones!" -S.B.
Click HERE to save these instructions to Pinterest!
You know when a recipe, particularly something like a biscuit or scone recipe, tells you to cut the butter into the flour mixture?
4 different ways to cut butter into flour for recipes like pie crusts or biscuits. The 4th method of cutting butter in flour on this list is my all time favorite kitchen tips, and also the best way to cut butter into flour if you’re wondering “what can I substitute for a pastry blender”!
"OMG. I want to kiss you. Not being creepy, sorry. Just, I live in China and I don’t own a food processor or a pastry cutter thing so this is life-saving and awesome and quick and YAY! Thank you muchly!" -Kelly
Have you every opened your pantry to find your delicious, liquid gold honey suddenly completely crystallized? It's a bummer, but the good news is there is no need to toss it out.
It hasn’t gone bad at all, thanks to the antibacterial properties of honey it can actually last for several years. Learn how easy it is to decrystallize honey so you don't have to throw it away! Find Honey Recipes in the recipe index.
"Wow, I had no idea you could do this, Katie. I sure don’t like it when I’ve had to throw away honey and now I will bookmark this so I never forget. Great post!" -Robyn
Click HERE to save these tips for how to decrystallize honey to Pinterest!
With a little organization, you can easily freeze kale for use in smoothies or other recipes that don’t require kale to be fresh. It is way easier than you think. I’ve got four methods for you to choose from, plus a few recipe suggestions for you.
This post breaks down exactly how to freeze kale four different ways, depending on how you'll want to use the frozen kale. Find Kale Recipes in the recipe index.
Click HERE to save this tutorial on how to freeze kale!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to write this blog post. I just realized that I’m running short on buttermilk and this post that you wrote is exactly what me and my family needed thank you so much!" -Dr Kirsten Grant
Click HERE to save this recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Substitutes to Pinterest!
Can you freeze grape might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about grapes. But, the good news is that you can! Frozen grapes make a great addition to smoothies as well as a healthy, cold snack during summer.
I updated the main list from last year, but some of you might still be interested in what the top recipes of 2019 were. So, I am including 2019’s top 25 recipes here below. If you made any of these recipes, I’d love to know what you think!