How to Cook the Most Popular Foods in Every State

The confinement at home over the past few months has caused many people to discover or rediscover home cooking. From sourdough to banana bread, we spend more time in the kitchen than usual. But as it turns out, we need cooking tips, and it’s no surprise that we turn to Google for help. Here’s what every state (plus Washington, DC) has been looking for in the past 30 days, courtesy of The Daily Meal .


People love chicken, and people in Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio have looked for tips on how to cook it, including how hot it should be. Here’s one: Cooking the chicken until the juice is clear is not the best way to know if it’s done .


The residents of Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wisconsin must have been ecstatic during their isolation because they cooked lobster. If you’re going to splurge on seafood, here’s how to keep only the lobster meat .

Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob sounds simple enough, but people in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah have been looking for cooking tips. Here’s one: you don’t need to cook it at all .


Unsurprisingly, people stuck at home switch to familiar foods like bacon. Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, and North Dakota have looked the most about how to cook bacon. All you need to know is that the oven cooks the perfect bacon .


People in Oregon, Washington (state) and Washington DC were quarantined because they wanted to know how to cook quinoa. We just hope they erase it first .


Salmon was a favorite food in Kentucky, Montana, and New York. Here’s what you need to know about farmed salmon and how to cook it.


Rice is actually harder to make than most people think. But the people of Delaware, New Mexico and South Dakota understand this and looked for clues. Here’s how to make perfect rice without a rice cooker.


These asparagus-tasting plants are gaining popularity in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Here’s how to cook them along with other foods you can mine.


Cooking steak is another one of those foods that is trickier than it sounds, and people in Connecticut and Kansas know it. Here’s exactly how long a steak needs to cook , depending on how well cooked it is.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious and people in Alabama and Arkansas have been looking for some cooking tips. Want to soften these sprouts? Salt .


If you’ve ever watched an artichoke at the grocery store but didn’t pick it up because you thought it was too difficult to make, people in California and Colorado will feel you. Here’s how to peel and cook delicious vegetables.

Crab legs

Both North Carolina and South Carolina love crab legs and wanted to know how to cook them. Can we suggest sous vide?


During asparagus season, you’ll want to eat as much of it as possible, as do the people of Mississippi and West Virginia. Here’s how to cook these delicious stems .

Pork loin

Pork can get a bad rap for being dried, but it comes down to how to cook it – which is what people in Florida and Tennessee wanted to know. Add some flavor to the pork by marinating it first.


Each of these foods topped the list in just one state, and we have recipes and cooking methods for most of them (sorry Alaska). Bon Appetit!

Spaghetti Squash : Nevada

Meatloaf : Oklahoma

Brisket : Wyoming

Scallops : Hawaii

Crab tortillas : Virginia

Cancers : Texas

Cabbage : Georgia

Red beans : Louisiana

Bully Fish : Alaska


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