The Most Popular Recipes of 2020

Take a walk down memory lane with a roundup of the most popular recipes of 2020 on Just a Taste, plus a look back at the most memorable moments.

A chocolate cake with text on top for the Most Popular Recipes of 2020

There are few words to describe 2020. It was an unprecedented year (as an understatement) in so many regards. The hopes, dreams and wishes of so many were changed, postponed or, even worse, canceled. 

Amidst the hunkering down and the distancing, many found comfort in a space they perhaps didn’t realize was their happy place after all: the kitchen.

When March rolled around, we had visions of a celebratory spring, with festive holiday gatherings among dozens of family and friends. Instead, we found solace in no-yeast breads and pantry staples, and cooking for two rather than 20. 

Thank you for allowing me into your home, albeit virtually, during these most stressful and scary of times.

Reading your tens of thousands of recipe reviews and social media messages made me realize just how connected our Just a Taste community truly is. And I am thankful for each and every one of you who took the time to use this website, spend the money on groceries, cook the meals and share the creations coming out of your kitchens. 

While a large grey cloud will forever loom over the year that was 2020, I think it’s important to recognize the good that did shine through. Personally, I welcomed my third son, Dean, in August, which brought so much joy to our family.

Kelly Senyei with newborn baby

I also witnessed how brave and selfless our countless healthcare heroes are, including my brother, who has been on the front lines helping others since day 1. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all medical professionals, as well as essential workers in every field.

Despite the chaos and uncertainty, I am thankful to reminisce on three particularly memorable career moments this past year.

I revealed the cover of my forthcoming debut cookbook, The Secret Ingredient Cookbook, which is now available for pre-order. The book has been an 8-year labor of love and I could not be more proud or excited for you to have it in your hands.

The Secret Ingredient Cookbook by Kelly Senyei

We launched Season 1 of The Just a Taste Podcast, which featured 20 episodes of all-star guests, including Jet Tila, Ming Tsai, Tieghan Gerard, Nik Sharma, Justin Chapple and so many more culinary luminaries. Season 2 is in the works and it’s shaping up to be BIG. 

Kelly Senyei on The Just a Taste Podcast

I continued hosting live and on-demand segments on Food Network Kitchen, as well as appearing regularly on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family

Kelly Senyei on Hallmark Channel

As we close the chapter on 2020, I remain hopeful for all that lies ahead and thank each of the 18.4 million of you that shared a virtual seat at my table this year. So without further ado, your most popular recipes of 2020 are… 

10. Quick and Crispy Vegetable Fritters: Get the Recipe

Stack of Quick and Crispy Vegetable Fritters topped with sour cream and sliced scallions

9. Homemade Candy Apples: Get the Recipe

A green candy apple sliced on a grey baking sheet

8. Easy Homemade Glazed Doughnut Holes: Get the Recipe

A stack of homemade doughnut holes

7. Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings: Get the Recipe

A plate of fried onion rings with beer and ketchup in the background

6. Easy Homemade Bread (No Yeast): Get the Recipe

Four loaves of sliced bread with little kids hands grabbing slices

5. 5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters: Get the Recipe

Tall stack of 5-ingredient zucchini fritters topped with sour cream and scallions

4. 5-Minute Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Get the Recipe

A top-down view of a chocolate cake with buttercream

3. Quick and Easy Corn Fritters: Get the Recipe

Quick and Easy Corn Fritters Recipe

2. 30-Minute Homemade Flour Tortillas: Get the Recipe

A stack of homemade tortillas in a blue towel with cheese and cilantro in the background

1. Easy Beef and Broccoli: Get the Recipe

Easy Beef and Broccoli in a nonstick sauté pan, white rice in a small brown bowl and sesame seeds in a small white ramekin with chopsticks resting on top.


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  1. First congratulations on your new addition to your beautiful family. I have been trying to figure out when the baby was born. :) Second; Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes, Third: I’m so happy I have found you.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 with many blessings.

    1. Thank you so much for your readership, Elizabeth! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste. Happy New Year!

  2. “how brave and careless our countless healthcare heroes are”. I believe you meant to say “caring” not “careless”. You may want to edit your copy on this post.

  3. Congratulations on such a successful year !! Thankfully their are silver linings to every dark cloud ;) and often rainbows after a storm ;)
    Here’s to continued success in 2021 no matter what is thrown your way