Food52’s 10 Most Popular New Recipes in April From Noodles to Chocolate Chip Cookies

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April showers bring great dinners? Indeed. Though the top two recipes are sweet treats (you’ll see), this month was full of savory knockouts, like slurpable noodles, a speedy-as-heck sandwich, and extra-lemony rice that goes with anything. Take a stroll through our most popular new recipes below, then let me know what you’re cooking up these days.

10. Moqueca-Inspired Egg Stew

A cozy vegetarian stew “perfect for nights when you want something warming and comforting yet still light and bright in flavor,” writes EmilyC.

9. Rad Na With Tofu

Thai rad na is often made with meat, like pork, chicken, or seafood. But this recipe swaps in squidgy, chewy tofu with a quick marinade you’ll turn to again and again.

8. “Instant” Dan Dan Noodle Mix

Flavor-packed, slurpable noodles that are ready whenever you are. Keep on call in the fridge for up to 1 week, or divide into 1/2-cup portions and freeze for 4 to 6 months.

7. Meyer Lemon Rice With Candied Garlic From Michael Twitty

“This is a good lemony rice that pairs well with chicken, fish, or chickpeas,” culinary historian Michael Twitty says of his Genius lemony rice. What would you serve with it?

6. Sourdough Hot Cross Buns With Chocolate Chips

Yes, Easter has already passed. So what? These chocolate-studded buns, with citrus zest and warming spices, are a delight all year.

5. 3-Ingredient Brownies

All you need: chocolate-hazelnut spread like Nutella, eggs, and flour—but not all-purpose. Instead, buckwheat adds a malty-nutty flavor to balance all the sweetness.

4. Bless This Pickle Sandwich

A lunch for when you don’t have time to make lunch. Or, let’s be real, a dinner for when you don’t have time to make dinner either. Cheesy and mustardy, it’s a win any time of day.

3. Zucchini Lasagna

A noodle-less lasagna that’s just as saucy and gooey and good, thanks to thinly sliced sheets of zucchini and a magical seasoning mix.

2. Meltaway Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t expect a crispy-chewy texture from these new-fashioned chocolate chip cookies. Thanks to custard powder and confectioners’ sugar, they melt in your mouth.

1. Cardamom Cake From Niloufer Ichaporia King

This Genius cake showed up at “a Berkeley garden in the early summer of 1987 at a potluck wedding celebration.” And 34 years later, behold, it’s our most popular recipe of the month.

Which recipe would you make first? Let us know in the comments.

Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma’s award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she’s up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.



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