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50 Best Recipes of 2021

Our countdown to the top recipes from 2021 picked by our readers!

Updated January 10, 2022
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Here at Cookstr.com, we have nearly 9,000 recipes from some of the best cookbooks out there! From well-known celebrity chefs like Julia Child and Gordon Ramsay to Asian and Indian cuisine experts, we've got just about any recipe you can dream up. As 2021 comes to a close, we've decided to take some time to reflect on our top recipes this year!

Keep scrolling to enjoy our top recipes countdown! These 50 recipes were the most-clicked, most-searched-for, and overall favorites in 2021. 

45. Oven-Roasted Pork Butt  - Pictured!
44. Basic Red Chile Sauce
43. Cuban-Style Marinated Slow Roasted Pork
42. The Best Meatballs

If you're someone who thinks that pork roast is boring, you've got to give this recipe a try. This pork roast is seasoned to perfection with rosemary and garlic, and then it's slow roasted until tender and juicy. You'll impress your friends and family with this elegant dish, but only you will know how easy it was to make.
 

Oven-Roasted Pork Butt with Rosemary, Garlic, and Black Pepper

31. Avocado Mousse with Lime
30. Punjabi-Style Cabbage
29. How to Moisten Cakes with Simple Syrup
28. Filipino-Style Seafood Paella - Pictured!

This paella recipe is perfect for the holidays or any special occasion, although you certainly don't have to wait until then to make it. The ingredients are a little expensive, and the prep is somewhat involved, but we think you'll be blown away by the finished results. We're talking vibrant, spiced flavors with rich umami  notes and plenty of seafood. It's a dish that's worth celebrating.
 

Filipino-Style Seafood Paella

27. Osso Buco alla Milanese - Pictured!
26. Mozzarella Tomato Basil Frittata 
25. Walnut Shrimp
24. Zuni Roast Chicken with Bread Salad
23. Toasted Sesame Seeds

This indulgent recipe involves quite a bit of prep, but it's easier to make than you might think. And the results are absurdly delicious. Veal shanks are braised in a rich wine broth until tender, and then a garlicky lemony gremolata makes the whole dish sing. Serve with risotto for the ultimate elegant dinner.
 

Osso Buco alla Milanese

10. Texas Cowboy Soup
9. Nachos Grande
8. Cheeseless Pizza - Pictured!
7. Oven-Roasted Chicken Tikka
6. Escargot

While many consider cheese to be necessary on a pizza, this pie is out to prove the naysayers wrong in the most delicious way possible. Loaded with flavorful ingredients like caramelized onion and roasted red bell peppers, this tasty vegan pizza will have everyone going back for a second slice.

Cheeseless Pizza

5. Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake - Pictured!
4. Bahamian-Style Conch Salad
3. Marinated Octopus Salad

Chocolate swirl cheesecake... need we say more? This indulgent dessert recipe is a favorite year after year, and it's easy to see why. Rich New York-style cheesecake gets an irresistible swirl of melted dark chocolate. If you're looking for a dessert to kick off 2021, you'll have a hard time finding a more spectacular one than this.

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

2. Jungle Juice - Pictured!
1. Translucent Sugar Glaze


Yes, this is our second top recipe of 2021! Jungle juice is a quintessential party punch, and we love this version from Nisa Burns Cochran. It's really simple to make, and yet it's got tons of fruit and citrus flavor. If you're looking for a fun drink to celebrate the new year, this is the perfect recipe.
 

Jungle Juice

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