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I Try To Cook Dinner At Home Almost Every Single Night — These Are The 16 Best Recipes I Tried This Past Year

From air fryer apple fritters to sheet pan bibimbap, these dishes are standouts.

I love cooking and I do it often...almost every night, actually. I usually cook for two but whenever I get the chance, I really enjoy cooking for bigger groups of friends and family. When I look for new recipes, I try to mix up my repertoire with dishes from different cuisines and cultures that call for exciting ingredients and flavors. I primarily cook seafood and plant-based recipes at home but I'll also mix things up every once in a while with chicken or meat.

Me in my kitchen with ingredients.

While I love scouring the internet for new recipes and making different things, there are a bunch of recipes that are so good, I keep coming back to them. Here are some of the best recipes I tried in 2021 that I'll continue making for a long time to come (and you might just want to give these a try too).

1. Sheet Pan Bibimbap

Vegetable and shrimp bibimbap with a fried egg.

2. Salmon Niçoise Salad

Salmon Niçoise Salad

3. One-Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken tortellini soup in a Dutch oven.

4. Butter Cauliflower

Butter cauliflower over rice with naan.

5. Horiatiki (Greek Village Salad)

Horiatiki salad.

6. Pasta all'Amatriciana

A bowl of rigatoni ama

7. Apricot Chicken

Apricot chicken over rice with broccoli.

8. Blackened Fish Tacos

Air-fried, blackened fish tacos with slaw and avocado.

9. Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon

Vegan mushroom Bourguignon over egg noodles.

10. Vietnamese BBQ Shrimp and Rice Noodle Bowls

Vietnamese BBQ shrimp vermicelli bowls

11. Sesame Seared Tuna

Sliced, seared tuna steak.

12. Spicy Braised Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Spicy braised chicken lettuce wraps

13. Emily Mariko's Salmon Rice

14. Shrimp and Corn Stir-Fry

Shrimp and corn stir-fry with tomatoes.

15. Baked Fish With Lemon Herb Sauce

Baked fish topped with a green herb and lemon sauce.

16. Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Air frier apple fritters.

The year is almost over, and we're looking back on 2021. Check out more from the year here!