The 20 Best Recipes of 2023

Our test kitchen publishes hundreds of recipes a year. Every single one goes through numerous stages, from developing, to cross-testing, to styling, to photographing—with plenty of rounds of tasting and editing in between. Of course we love them all. But inevitably a few become reader favorites (and, okay, staff favorites too).

In the spirit of end-of-year countdowns, here’s the breakdown of the 20 most popular recipes of 2023: There were five saucy, tomatoey recipes. Four chewy noodle recipes. Three classic (and riffs-on-the-classic) desserts. Two easy sheet-pan dinners. And one tasty tuna melt that climbed its way to the very top. Read on for the recipes our readers and staff couldn’t get enough of in 2023. You can find and save all of these dishes—and so many more—in the Epicurious iOS app.

  • Two halves of a classic tuna melt sandwich stacked on a plate with potato chips covered in Frank's red hot and a pickle...

    Photograph by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Taneka Morris, Prop Styling by Gerri K. Williams

    The Ultimate Tuna Melt

    Tuna melts are the best food. Tuna melts should be on the cover of BA. Thank you to Bon Appétit for spreading tuna melt awareness. I made the tuna recipe, but just put it open face in my toaster oven because it is so deeply engrained in my soul to do this that I cannot change my ways. Still amazing. —Dan, BA reader from Queens, NY

  • Photograph by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Taneka Morris, Prop Styling by Gerri K. Williams

    Triple-Chocolate Brownies

    This is the one. I can’t even count how many brownie recipes I’ve tried. Most brownie recipes are just not…chocolatey enough? Which is annoying, because that’s the whole point of brownies. The combination of bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa gives that chocolate hit while maintaining the perfect fudgy texture, without being too, too dense. Thank you, Chris Morocco. —C.G., BA reader from Detroit

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