Top 10 Food Network recipes of 2020

The Top 10 Recipes Food Network Fans Loved Most in 2020

Banana bread and beyond …

By: Meghan Hynes Cole

Teri Lyn Fisher

While 2020 forced many of us to spend a lot more time at home, there was a silver lining we in the food world observed: More time at home meant we were all given more time to cook. Experienced chefs flexed their muscles; newbie cooks mastered the basics. We filled our hours typically reserved for mundane activities such as commuting with baking bread, learning to grill and making amazing meals out of pantry staples. We enjoyed French toast whenever we had a craving in my house, and I know plenty of you raised a margarita on at least one Zoom call during quarantine.

Food often brings comfort in a time of uncertainty, and there’s no denying the top 10 recipes our fans loved most in 2020 were cooked to do just that.

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

This loaf (pictured above) is beautiful and delicious, but perhaps the best part of all is that it’s made with only three easy-to-find ingredients. If you have bananas, eggs and a store-bought cake mix, you’re well on your way to a 5-star quick bread.


The Best Baked Salmon

A buttery, golden-brown topping makes this salmon taste like it could’ve come straight from a restaurant. In reality, you can make this showstopping dish in just 25 minutes in your very own kitchen.


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No-Knead Peasant Bread

LOTS of people tried their hand at homemade bread in 2020, and this four-ingredient recipe made its way into many ovens. With a little extra free time, why not give it a try? Bread is never a bad idea.

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Excellent Meatballs

Anne Burrell may have dubbed her easy meatballs “excellent,” but fans call them “fabulous,” “the best” and even “absolutely amazing.” We won’t be surprised if this becomes your go-to meatball recipe.

Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Pizza Dough

Bobby Flay’s pizza dough (with over 800 reviews!) never disappoints. It easily comes together in a stand mixer and requires only four ingredients. And if you don’t have bread flour, you can use all-purpose flour instead — you’ll have a chewier crust, but it’ll be just as irresistible.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

French Toast

Remember how I said we ate a lot of French toast in my house? We weren’t the only ones. This 30-minute recipe consistently pleases breakfast and brunch lovers, who all agree it’s simple and amazing.

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Perfectly Grilled Steak

Bobby’s “perfectly” titled steak would, no doubt, draw fans in anytime. But in 2020? A two-ingredient recipe had the potential to grab everyone’s attention. No trip to the store required? We were all ears, and this recipe delivered juicy meat in every bite.

Halloween Crispy Rice Treats

It wasn’t all simple pantry-friendly recipes and comfort food in 2020. We’d be remiss not to mention the fun we all sought — and found — in the kitchen, and these crispy rice treats are proof. The spooky, spiderweb-topped desserts made Halloween feel a bit more festive, trick-or-treaters or not.

Teri Lyn Fisher

Crispiest Ever Potatoes

What don’t potatoes go well with? Steak, turkey, burgers and even eggs are all fitting companions, so it’s no surprise these potatoes were one of our most-popular recipes of the year. No matter what you were serving, these oven-roasted beauties belonged on the table.

Real Margaritas

When Ina Garten showed off her cocktail-making skills on Instagram early in the pandemic, we were all jealous we weren’t quarantining at her house. Lucky for us, though, we had her margarita recipe.

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