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Food Trends From 2021 That Are Here To Stay

Food Trends From 2021 That Are Here To Stay

2021 had some amazing food trends, from Emily Mariko’s salmon bowl to the platform-dominating #FufuChallenge. Here are our top 6 trends that we hope will stick around for 2022. Which ones do you think should stay?

1. Taste-Testing Staples 

WHAT IT WAS 

Dominating pretty much every social platform during the month of January, the #FufuChallenge had over 100 million views on TikTok alone! It showcased starch-slapping, eager-eyed content creators, predominantly hailing from the West, taste testing the West African staple dish: fufu.  While most reviewers were curious and appreciative, the trend also came with controversy, and some reviewers chose to be negative, ignorant, and disrespectful.   

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

As it was the most widespread conversation about African cuisine to ever happen online, we hope 2022 will bring more enthusiasm and eagerness to try new foods! Opinions aside, we hope people will keep experimenting with cuisines outside of their culinary identity, and get a chance to learn about and appreciate something new. 


2. No-Recipe Recipes 

WHAT IT WAS

Recipes aren’t restricted to pen-on-paper step-by-steps, and social media definitely showed us that with the no-recipe recipe trend. Particularly with inherited recipes, sometimes the only instructions you need are verbal or visual cues, and your ancestors telling you when to stir! 

The most popular no-recipe recipe from 2021 was, of course, Emily Mariko’s salmon rice bowl, featuring day-old salmon and rice that you reheat and enjoy with kewpie mayo, sriracha, avocado, and single bitesize sheets of nori.  

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

These recipes are perfect for home cooks who want to leave the perfect recipe structure behind and find a less intimidating form of cooking. Plus, they are ideal for larder leftovers too, and are a great form of sustainable cooking! 


3. Fusion Everything! 

WHAT IT WAS 

We’ve seen it all this previous year – birria ramen, birria cheese fries, birria tacos, birria rice soup, and our personal favorite, the birria breakfast muffin! With at-home recipes being just as popular as the ASMR food truck fans, there wasn’t a single dried ancho chili left untouched. 

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

We’re all for fusion foods, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that 2022 will bring even more crazy combinations and experimentation. 


4. Outdoor Cooking 

WHAT IT WAS

As lockdowns eased and people began leaving their homes, there was only one place they wanted to be: outside! The kitchen migrated to the grass, and outdoor cooking became a huge category on social media, including anything and everything from ASMR cooking recipe videos to week-long wilderness trips to catch & cook your dinner. 

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

There’s really no better kitchen set than the outdoors. We’ve been cooking outdoors for generations, and to this day many cultures all over the world prefer their braais, nyama choma, or hāngī to stovetop cooking. You’ve got great lighting and ambient sounds, and it brings a refreshing take to recipe videos after the post-lockdown socially distanced & sanitized kitchen sets. Here’s to more barbecues in 2022! 


5. Puff Puffs Around the World 

WHAT IT WAS 

It’s no surprise that these crispy, golden-brown fried balls of batter were a huge hit on social media. What people didn’t expect was the realization that these doughy fried balls are found all over the world, each with its own unique name and toppings. Nigerian Puff Puffs, Dutch Oliebollen, Kenyan Kaimati, and Greek Loukoumades – just to name a few! 

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

Finding similarities between cuisines halfway across the world from each other has never been easier, thanks to social media. For 2022, let’s celebrate these similarities and use them to find exciting and delicious ways to pimp up your favorite traditional dishes! 


6. Year of the Flatbread

WHAT IT WAS

We all watched them: the kneading, shaping, and baking videos that flooded our feeds over lockdown, as people rolled up their sleeves and fed gluten to a jar of bacteria for weeks on end. While the results were (mostly) satisfying, it’s no surprise that the supermarkets had a flour shortage – the toilet paper was a different issue! 

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF 

If you have the time, patience, and ability to make your own sourdough, why not try out a bread recipe you haven’t tried before? We’re deeming 2022 the year of the flatbread, so try out our Kenyan Chapati recipe and let us know what you think! 


From more sustainably-focused cooking to the most widespread recognition of African cuisine ever to happen online, we’re hoping 2022 will bring even more conversation to the food space about cuisines going mainly unnoticed until now. 

What food trends from previous years do you hope will stick around for 2022? Let us know what you’re cooking in 2022, and be sure to tag us with #MyJikoni!

In Swahili, Jikoni means kitchen. At our core, that’s what we are. A space to cook, to share, to create.

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