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Revealed: The UK’s Favourite Cuisines

Revealed: The UK’s Favourite Cuisines

Whether it’s a spicy curry, flavoursome fajitas or authentic arancini, there’s a world of choice out there - but which cuisines are our favourites? Our latest study reveals the favourite cuisines of 15 UK cities. Discover what your city is craving the most below.

Whether it’s a spicy curry, flavoursome fajitas or authentic arancini, there’s a world of choice out there - but which cuisines are our favourites? Our latest study reveals the favourite cuisines of 15 UK cities. Discover what your city is craving the most below.

The UK's Favourite Cuisines By City

Our Favourite Recipes By Cuisine

We know what our favourite cuisines are, but what are our favourite dishes? Below are the most popular recipes per cuisine, based on the number of times they are searched for every month in the UK.

Top 3 Mexican Recipes

1. Guacamole (42,000)
2. Salsa (21,000)
3. Burrito (15,000)

Top 3 Italian Recipes

1. Lasagne (70,000)
2. Pizza dough (54,000)
3. Spaghetti bolognese (31,000)

Top 3 Indian Recipes

1. Chicken Curry (28,000)
2. Biryani (10,000)
3. Chicken Tikka Masala (9,700)

Top 3 Mexican Recipes

1. Guacamole (42,000)
2. Salsa (21,000)
3. Burrito (15,000)

Top 3 Italian Recipes

1. Lasagne (70,000)
2. Pizza dough (54,000)
3. Spaghetti bolognese (31,000)

Top 3 Indian Recipes

1. Chicken Curry (28,000)
2. Biryani (10,000)
3. Chicken Tikka Masala (9,700)

Top 3 Chinese Recipes

1. Chow mein (5,900)
2. Chicken chow mein (4,400)
3. Sweet and sour sauce (4,400)

Top 3 Thai Recipes

1. Thai green curry (18,000)
2. Pad Thai (12,000)
3. Thai red curry (7,300)

Top 3 American Recipes

1. Pancakes (286,000)
2. Cheesecake (46,000)
3. American pancake recipe (26,000)

Top 3 Chinese Recipes

1. Chow mein (5,900)
2. Chicken chow mein (4,400)
3. Sweet and sour sauce (4,400)

Top 3 Thai Recipes

1. Thai green curry (18,000)
2. Pad Thai (12,000)
3. Thai red curry (7,300)

Top 3 American Recipes

1. Pancakes (286,000)
2. Cheesecake (46,000)
3. American pancake recipe (26,000)

Top 3 French Recipes

1. Quiche (32,000)
2. Ratatouille (13,000)
3. French onion soup (11,000)

Top 3 Japanese Recipes

1. Ramen (17,000)
2. Sushi (4,100)
3. Miso soup (3,600)

Top 3 Spanish Recipes

1. Paella (40,000)
2. Spanish omelette (8,900)
3. Churros (6,600)

Top 3 French Recipes

1. Quiche (32,000)
2. Ratatouille (13,000)
3. French onion soup (11,000)

Top 3 Japanese Recipes

1. Ramen (17,000)
2. Sushi (4,100)
3. Miso soup (3,600)

Top 3 Spanish Recipes

1. Paella (40,000)
2. Spanish omelette (8,900)
3. Churros (6,600)

Top 3 British Recipes

1. Toad in the hole (30,000)
2. Cottage pie (24,000)
3. Roast chicken (12,000)

Top 3 British Recipes

1. Toad in the hole (30,000)
2. Cottage pie (24,000)
3. Roast chicken (12,000)

The Most Searched For Recipes During Lockdown

With lockdown measures temporarily closing UK restaurants in March 2020, a growing number of Brits chose to cook at home instead. Here’s how searches for different recipes changed between April 2019 and April 2020:

Recipe Searches By Cuisine: Which Is Most Popular?

Looking at recipe searches more generally, Mexican recipes are the most in demand. In an average month, 4,400 people search for ‘Mexican Recipes’, while 3,800 look up ‘Chinese Recipes’ and 3,200 look for ‘Thai Recipes’.

Interestingly, searches for ‘British Recipes’ are the second lowest at 600 per month, behind only ‘American Recipes’ (450). Perhaps Brits are so familiar with cooking these meals that they no longer need to reference a recipe!

Regional search data was sourced from GoogleTrends over a 12 month period from 26th May 2019 to 23rd May 2020. Where regional interest was tied for London and Brighton, we determined the overall favourite based on average monthly searches.

The most popular recipes data is based on the highest searched keywords each month related to each cuisine from Ahrefs. SEOmonitor’s trends tool was used to capture year-on-year lockdown data between April 2019 and April 2020.

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