Summer is here, and so is my desire to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. Thanks to German houses not being equipped with air conditioning despite temperatures of up to 102 degrees being pretty standard by now, I tend to go for super easy, snack-style recipes that require minimal prep time. TikTok of course is a godsend here!
Due to the ultra fast turnover of trends, I feel that a new recipe goes viral on the app every week. Does anyone even still remember that hyper viral feta pasta recipe from early 2021? Or cloud bread? Currently, all I see on my For You page are eggs mixed with an assortment of condiments, which I am sure means that trend is actually already on the decline again.
Whether viral or already old news, here are some yummy TikTok snack recipes for you to try out, from super spicy snacks to sweet yet healthy treats.
Spicy Pickled Garlic
This somewhat crazy food trend actually originated in my home country Germany, with the adorable TikTok creator lalaleelu causing a sudden and unexpected shortage of pickled garlic in German supermarkets. Now, pickled garlic is not something we Germans tend to consume on the regular, so we in the know could tell it was all thanks to this TikTok snack recipe. In a later video following her viral recipe, Lala explained that she was inspired by her Korean neighbors (Lala herself has Vietnamese roots) to create the garlic snack, since they introduced her to kimchi for the first time. She was trying to recreate the same spicy-tangy taste after the neighbors moved away. Germany doesn’t have many Korean immigrants, so it is quite difficult to find good kimchi here unfortunately!
@lalaleluuYeaa… I will finish this glass in the next 5 minutes… UPDATE: oops saw this in my drafts I meant to post it last night haha♬ original sound – Lala
This is such an easy, foolproof recipe that anyone who loves spicy foods will adore. Basically, you drain the liquid from a jar of pickled garlic and pour in some sriracha sauce—“like, a lot,” according to the recipe creator. But we’re not done with the spices: Add about a teaspoon of chili flakes, plus roughly two teaspoons of dried thyme. Now close the jar and shake vigorously to combine everything. Pickled garlic doesn’t give you bad breath, by the way, so feel free to eat the whole thing in one sitting if you can handle your spice!
This has been my latest comfort food obsession ever since I saw the recipe on TikTok. It is so simple but adds a surprising amount of flavor. The recipe name basically is self-explanatory, to the point where I ask myself why I never thought of doing this before? TikTok really makes us realize things that should have been obvious but somehow never crossed our collective minds before this app existed!
All you need is a pesto sauce of your choice—sure, if you want to be fancy and extra, you can make your own pesto, but store-bought is fine. I actually use a vegan pesto despite being an omnivore, because I discovered that a cheese-free pesto version doesn’t burn as easily. Heat up your frying oil in the pan and then add about a teaspoon of pesto sauce per two eggs, stirring it into the oil. Then, add your eggs! This works both with simple fried eggs as well as omelets or scrambled eggs. Serve on a nicely toasted and buttered piece of baguette for extra comfort food points, but regular toast will also do just fine. The pesto and the eggs just complement each other so well, it’s absolutely delicious!
Lately I’ve also seen people experiment with other types of sauces and condiments, my favorite so far being the “chili oil eggs” version with that delicious chunky, roasted chili oil used in many Chinese dishes. I have to try this soon!
I personally haven’t tried this TikTok ramen snack hack as of yet, but I keep seeing it on my For You page. Now, I haven’t been able to verify the claims that this was a viral trend in Japan, but given that its original name is “Kewpie mayo ramen”—named after Japan’s favorite mayonnaise brand—I would say this probably checks out. You definitely need to be a mayo lover for this one, and apparently the taste is dependent on how good your mayo of choice is, so go for one that uses whole egg yolks if you can (and if you aren’t vegan).
@teekeatzOkay new RAMEN HACK GUYSSSS 🍜 10/10 would recommend #trending #ramenhacks #cookinghacks #foodontiktok #fyp #foryoupage♬ Blue Blood – Heinz Kiessling & Various Artists
For mayo ramen, cook the ramen noodles as per the instructions. Meanwhile, beat one egg and stir in the ramen seasoning packet, some garlic, plus the magic ingredient—about a tablespoon of mayonnaise. You will end up with a sauce that looks creamy, almost like a carbonara or alfredo pasta sauce. Once the noodles are cooked, keep about a teaspoon of the cooking water and mix it into the mayo sauce, or add more if you prefer a very watery broth. As a last step, add your ramen noodles and whatever other toppings you enjoy. Most people seem to add spring onions to this particular recipe, but I have also seen shredded chicken or dried, sliced-up seaweed. Don’t worry, the raw egg will be cooked through thanks to adding the hot water and warm noodles!
Blended Baked Oats
Cake for breakfast? Yes, please! Before TikTok, I would have said that baked oats are just good old English porridge baked in an oven, but trust the Gen Z dominated social media app to update the trend and turn it into something even more fun. Blended baked oats went viral during the pandemic in mid-2020 and have remained popular ever since. I can see why! First off, they taste amazing and only require a few easy-to-find ingredients. Also, did I mention that this is a healthy dessert recipe? Truly, what’s not to like?
@clarasfoodiaryday 4: Lava Cake Baked Oatmeal 🙂 ##bakedoats ##breakfastsuntilsummer♬ original sound – ilovethe80s
The recipe is actually quite similar to those viral banana pancakes that were all the rage on YouTube a while ago. For baked oats TikTok-style you need to combine rolled oats, banana, egg, baking powder, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, milk or a milk substitute of your choice, plus some maple syrup in a blender until everything turns into a smooth batter. Add some dark chocolate chips to the batter and then bake the whole delicious thing in a small ramekin or similar oven-proof deep dish for about 25 minutes. I have also added some peanut butter to the batter and drizzled puréed berries on top and oh my, was it delicious!
I actually remember this simple snack recipe trending on social media a few years ago, especially when the “wellness” craze started and everyone was looking for tasty low-calorie snacks. Now, from my own experience, this TikTok snack is easy to make but also doesn’t really taste quite as amazing as advertised. To be fair, it is one of the simplest sweet snack ideas imaginable and thus very beginner-friendly: All you need is Greek yogurt, some nut butter, and berries—frozen or fresh. Cut a sheet of baking paper to fit any freezer-friendly container and spread a generous dollop of Greek yogurt with a spoon, about as thick as your middle finger I would say. Drizzle your nut butter on top and add as many berries as you like, then freeze your creation until it hardens.
@myhealthydishHow to make a healthy Frozen Yogurt Bark that taste like Strawberry Cheesecake #frozenyogurt #TikTokCooks #cheesecake #healthyrecipes♬ Ice Cream – BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
And here is why I’m kind of “meh” about the yogurt bark. Once frozen it tends to create these ice crystals thanks to the yogurt’s high water content, and the texture turns a bit odd from that. You also have to keep it in the freezer and eat when it’s still frozen solid, which is a bit uncomfortable if you have sensitive teeth like me. Once the bark starts thawing it loses its shape fast and you have to deal with your pretty treat seeping water. So … not my favorite, personally, but I know TikTok is crazy about this snack!
What have been your favorite TikTok snack recipes so far?