11 Greatest Dinner Recipes For One On TikTok
Figuring out dinner for yourself can, while not entirely rocket science, be at least as difficult as getting a formula working in Excel. What’s in my farmer’s market that’s going to go bad soon? How long does it take to defrost a veggie burger? And what kind of dinner recipe can I make for a person who doesn’t let me eat beans six meals in a row?
If you’re not the meal prep type, the fact that most recipes are designed for family-sized servings is a lot less convenient than Ina Garten allows it to be. A recent survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gilberts Craft Sausages found that 66% of respondents “always accidentally prepare enough food to support a family” when cooking for themselves, and over 60% say that they don’t do this. To eat the leftovers, they took time to cool.
For people who enjoy cooking for themselves but prefer to eat more than one type of food each week, finding recipes for dinner for one person can help fill that void. But where should you find recipes that use exactly half an avocado, kimchi, and a piece of manchego (or whatever else is in your fridge)? TikTok cooking videos offer tons of inspiration for dishes that you can conjure up as they are or adapt to what you have in the pantry.
Here are 11 of TikTok’s best dinner recipes for one person.
Spicy tofu noodles
The Korean vegan is known for her emotional TikToks about love and life, but also for her delicious vegan meals. This flavorful tofu noodle dish uses gochujang, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, an assortment of vegetables, and tofu for a dinner that comes together in less than half an hour.
Protein and rice bowl
This dish is a great way to use up a pot of rice. Cover rice with thin, marinated, pan-seared egg whites (like chicken) and fridge pickles (like sauerkraut or kimchi), and you’ll have dinner in less than 15 minutes.
These baked feta noodles
You know the virally baked feta tomato noodles that most people made in a giant baking dish? Yes, this version is only suitable for one person, with exact measurements for a smaller part.
This egg soufflé recipe for one person isn’t as elaborate as a quiche, more special than an omelette. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be easily vegetarian or contain the protein of your choice.
Cheesy Chicken Tacos
This TikTok walks you through making four small tacos with cheesy chicken and pico de gallo. The video uses one of those fancy taco stands to toast the tortillas, but you can also fold them in your toaster to shape them into the shape you want.
Baked Mac & Cheese
You don’t need a huge dish to make baked mac and cheese for one person. This video explains how to shrink the ingredients to make just enough mac and cheese for yourself.
Making a sushi casserole is a super fun activity for a solo week when you have some time to spare. This creator is at the forefront of how she looked at the ingredients, but her helpful video will help you gauge what you will need to make your own casserole.
Smoked Herring & Potatoes
This TikTok shows exactly how many flavors you need for this dish (two cloves of garlic and an eighth of an onion, thank you very much). It’s also a smart way to use canned fish that will not only be well kept in your pantry but will also be very sustainable.
Restaurant style salad
Do you want to use up all the vegetables in your fridge? Try a big salad. This video explains tips and tricks that restaurants can use to make their salads delicious, rather than just something you tossed into a bowl at the end of the day. You can follow the linked recipe or trade in your own veggies based on your preference.
This falafel recipe uses only one can of chickpeas, so you don’t have to have a lot of leftovers in your fridge (although you can certainly enlarge this if you’d rather fry them in bulk). Pair with toasted flatbread, some vegetables, and a little spicy sauce, and that’s dinner for you.