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Though shelter-in-place restrictions have started to lift in most states, some people are still staying home as a way to mitigate risks of the coronavirus spreading. And staying inside means more home-cooked meals. With a little help from search engines, quarantine cooks are scoring tips and tricks for making everything from cabbage to hooligan fish, and there are trends in each state. From Alabama to Wyoming, these are the top uniquely searched cooking tips in Google in each state over the past 30 days.
Although the vegetable is at its peak in January, the people of Alabama want to know how to cook Brussels sprouts. And the process is simple. Just preheat the oven to 425 degrees, drizzle the Brussels sprouts with olive oil and cook them for about 25 minutes.
The people of Alaska want to know how to cook hooligan fish, which sounds like it’d make a great state nickname. What’s Cooking America recommends running the fish under cold water and patting them dry first. The site then says to coat the hooligan fish in lemon juice and flour, then cook the fish in a frying pan for about three minutes before serving immediately.
While you may not be able to get lobster tails from the best seafood joints in America right now, the people of Arizona are opting to make the dish at home. There are a few different methods for cooking lobster tails. If you choose to steam the tails, you should bring 2 inches of water to a boil, add in your lobster tails and cover the lid tightly. For large lobster tails, you should steam them for about eight minutes.
Brussels sprouts are one of those foods most kids hated during childhood. But that turmoil is now a thing of the past. Like Alabamans, Arkansas residents also want to know how to cook the delicious veggie.
While California’s most-searched quarantine recipe was for snickerdoodle cookies, the state’s most-searched cooking tip is how to cook artichokes. If you choose to steam the artichoke, place it on a rack over 1.5 inches of boiling water. Sprinkle the artichokes with salt and cover them for 25 to 40 minutes.
If you’re looking for some ways to make a delicious vegetarian dinner, you may want to add artichokes to the mix. How to cook the veggie is the most uniquely searched cooking tip in Colorado. To boil them, place the artichokes into boiling and salted water. Then pull off the lower petals and cut off the stems. After seasoning the artichokes, return them to the boiled water, reduce the heat and let them simmer for 25 to 40 minutes.
In Connecticut, the most uniquely searched cooking tip is for how to properly make a steak. When cooking a steak on the grill, start by preheating the grill — not doing so is a common mistake made by home cooks. Then, generously season the steak with salt, oil the grates and place your steak on the grill. How long you leave it on the grill will depend on your preferred color. For a medium-well steak, the temperature on your meat thermometer should read 150 degrees.
There are many delicious and hearty recipes that use rice, and Delawareans agree. How to cook rice is the state’s most searched cooking tip. On a stovetop, combine rice, butter and water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, then let the rice simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat and let it sit until the water has been fully absorbed.
Grains like quinoa and couscous make for great leftovers, so it’s important to know how to cook them properly. To cook quinoa, cook 1 cup of the dried grain with 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil then let it simmer for about 15 minutes. This should give you about 3 cups of quinoa.
Believe it or not, pork is one of those foods that you may be cooking incorrectly — which could be why Florida’s most-searched cooking tip is how to cook pork loin. First, set the oven to 375 degrees, season the pork loin and keep it tied for cooking if it’s boneless. Roast the loin uncovered for 20 minutes per pound. The pork should be 145 degrees when it’s removed from the oven. Let it sit then remove the string and serve.
To make cabbage, Georgia’s most uniquely searched cooking tip, start by peeling the outer layers of leaves off. Then, cut the cabbage into wedges and season it with your preferred seasonings. After that, fill a pot with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil. Put the wedges in the water and let them simmer on each side for about 10 minutes, covered. Once they’re tender, pour the water out and let the cabbage simmer until most of the moisture is gone. Pair it with some bacon for a true Irish dish.
For all of you residents of Hawaii searching for scallop cooking tips, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Wait until the pan gets very hot before adding the scallops — not doing so is a bad cooking habit you need to stop now. Then, season your scallops and add them to the pan. Saute them for a few minutes or until they turn milky white. Only turn the scallops once.
Bacon is an iconic breakfast food. To make bacon in the oven — Idaho’s cooking tip — just preheat your oven to 400 degrees, add bacon to a pan and cook it for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Like Arizonans, Illinois residents also want to know how to cook lobster tail. To bake lobster tails, set the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the tails with melted butter and bake them for about 18 minutes, or until they hit 140 degrees. Making lobster tails is a great way to make dinner at home feel like a restaurant experience.
Although bacon is a household staple, you’ve likely been cooking it all wrong. Indiana residents want to know the right way. First, add bacon to a pan with just a little bit of water. Then turn the stove to high heat. Once the water has boiled, lower the heat to medium. And once the water has evaporated, reduce the heat to low. Cook the bacon to your desired color.
It’s no secret that chicken is a grocery item that is usually on hand and great for leftovers. And Iowans agree, the state would like to know what the best temperature is to cook chicken at. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all poultry should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.
If you’re like Kansas and looking to cook a great flank steak, first make sure you let your grill heat up. If you’re using a gas grill, remove the steak from your marinade and cook it on a covered grill for about 16 to 19 minutes. If you’re unsure what type of marinade or rub you should use, check out our helpful tips for how to make a cheap steak absolutely delicious.
The people of Kentucky are craving salmon, which makes sense given it’s one of those foods great for boosting vitamin D. To cook salmon in the oven, start by seasoning the fish to your liking, then place the salmon skin-side down on tinfoil. To prevent sticking, spray the tinfoil with a little bit of oil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the salmon for about 15 minutes.
Red beans are one of those iconic Louisiana dishes, so it makes sense that residents have been trying to get their fix without restaurants. To make red beans and rice, Brooklyn, New York’s Claw Daddy’s says to start by heating a large pot over high heat. Then add butter, onions and celery to the pot. Saute and season the veggies, then add in your chicken stock, turkey leg, hot sauce, Worcestershire, vinegar, red beans and seasonings. Let the beans simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Take out the turkey leg and shred the meat. Add back to the pot and stir in well.
Fiddleheads may sound like one of those weird regional foods you’ve never heard of, but the veggie is quite delicious. To cook fiddleheads, put them in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes or steam them for about 12 minutes. Then discard the water and enjoy.
Like in Iowa, the people of Maryland also want to know what temperature chicken should be cooked at. After making sure the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees, check out some of these incredible chicken recipes that are anything but boring.
It’s no surprise that Massachusetts’ queries are about lobster. And although some variations of the dish should never be made at home, it’s actually quite easy to boil lobster. First, fill a pot with enough water to fully submerge the shellfish. Add 2 tablespoons of salt per each quart of water. Bring the water to a boil and fully submerge the lobster headfirst. Put the lid on the pot and continue to boil the water over high heat. Boil the lobster for about five minutes per pound. Remove the lobster from the pot and let it sit for five minutes before cracking.
Now that we’ve covered what temperature to cook chicken at, it’s time to learn how to grill the popular poultry. All of you Michigan residents searching for chicken cooking tips, try making grilled chicken fajitas, lemon chicken and more of our delicious grilled chicken recipes for dinner this week.
Aside from knowing the safest temperature to cook chicken at, you should also know how long this staple lasts in your fridge and freezer. In the fridge, uncooked chicken can last for one to two days. And in the freezer, it stays good for up to one year.
The people of Mississippi have been wondering how to cook asparagus. With summer right around the corner, grilled asparagus is the ideal side dish to serve at a backyard barbecue. Just preheat the grill and place the asparagus over direct heat. Grill the veggie with the lid on for about five minutes. Make sure to roll the asparagus so they grill evenly.
Next time you head to the grocery store, be sure to pick up some corn on the cob. It’s easy to make and it’s a taste of summer. And for all of you Missouri residents wondering how long to cook corn on the cob, it should be boiled in water for about seven minutes or until it’s tender throughout.
Salmon is a great dinner option because it’s one of those meals you can make in less than one hour. For the people of Montana wondering how to cook the delicious fish, it’s quite easy. Just heat a pan with some olive oil over medium heat, brush your salmon filet with seasonings, then cook the salmon flesh-side down for about five minutes. Then, flip the salmon and cook on the other side for about eight minutes.
In Nebraska, the most-searched cooking tip is “How to cook bacon in the oven.” After preheating the oven to 400 degrees and cooking the bacon for about 30 minutes, pair it with some perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.
Eating spaghetti squash may not be the same as eating at one of the country’s best Italian restaurants, but it’s certainly a healthy alternative. To make spaghetti squash, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the squash in half and bake it for about an hour. Then, use a fork to shred out the insides of the squash. You should get thin, spaghetti-like strands.
The residents of New Hampshire want to know how to cook fiddleheads. While we’ve already covered how to boil them, it’s also important to know how to properly freeze the shoot. Clean the fiddleheads, boil them for two minutes and then plunge them into cold water and drain. Then, store the fiddleheads in freezer containers for up to a year.
New Jerseyans, like many, want to know how to cook a lobster. And if you want to get really creative, incorporate the lobster meat into one of these incredible dishes from around the world.
Like residents of Delaware, New Mexicans are trying to get their rice fix. After following those cooking tips, try incorporating the rice into one of these decadent casserole recipes perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
We’ve already provided some great tips above for how to cook salmon on the stove. But when it comes to grilling the perfect salmon, you need not look any further than this complete how-to guide.
If you’re looking to master some new skills at home, learning to cook is a great way to do so. North Carolina’s most-searched cooking tip is how to cook crab legs, which is easier than it sounds. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, submerge the crab legs and reduce the heat to medium. Let the crab legs cook in the boiled water for about six minutes.
Bacon is one of those foods that Midwesterners always have on their breakfast table, so it’s no surprise that North Dakotans want to know how to make the staple. Making bacon in the oven creates a great crispness — but rendering bacon fat on the stove? That’s a pro tip only grandma knew about. Cook the bacon until all of the gummy fat is out and then save the leftover, liquidated fat for cooking potatoes, peppers and more later.
We’ve already covered what the safest temperature for chicken is, but it’s also important to know how to properly defrost the meat. First thing first — never leave chicken out on the counter to thaw. It’s best to let your poultry thaw in the refrigerator, where it can last for up to two days before being cooked.
It’s good practice to cook your meatloaf for about 55 minutes or until the meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Checking the internal temperature of beef, poultry and fish is one of the reasons a meat thermometer is an essential cooking tool to have in your kitchen.
For Oregon residents wondering how to cook quinoa, follow along with the tips from Washington, D.C. to cook this grain properly. Note: this is a great heart-healthy food to start adding to your regular diet.
Making perfect, home-cooked meals means you shouldn’t be overcooking anything. You’ll want to cook corn on the cob in a large stockpot — boiling and uncovered — for about five to seven minutes. If it isn’t cooked through, leave it in a bit longer.
Rhode Islanders, like Missourians, want to know how to cook corn on the cob. Use the tip from Missouri to cook more than you need for one meal, that way you can easily cut off the corn and use these meal prepping hacks to be able to enjoy it all week.
If you’ve exhausted your online cooking classes during the pandemic, chances are you want to start getting more creative with the meals you’re cooking. South Carolina’s most-searched tip is how to cook crab legs — a definite step up from a simple chicken dinner. Add seafood seasoning to a large stockpot that is filled halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the crab legs, reduce the heat to medium and cook for about six minutes.
Similar to Delaware and New Mexico, South Dakota residents’ most-searched cooking tip is how to cook rice. Use the tip from Delaware but add cilantro and lime juice for a Chipotle copycat recipe.
Tennesseans, follow the pork tenderloin cooking tips from Florida for the perfect outcome. Eat the pork as a main course or try something new like adding it to these Mexican dishes you might not know.
If you’re in Texas looking for a great cajun crawfish boil, make sure the water you’re boiling has enough salt and spices to taste like salty seawater. Mix in potatoes, onion and bay leaves and cook until the potatoes are tender. Bring the crawfish back to a boil until they’re bright red and the tails curl. Make sure to toss on some of the world’s hottest hot sauce while you’re at it.
If you’re looking to ramp up your summer barbecue like the people of Utah, roasting corn is the way to go. First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees, spray a pan with cooking spray and line the pan with ears of corn. Pour melted and salted butter over the corn and cook for about 20 minutes.
Like Maine, the people of Vermont also want to know how to cook fiddleheads. Since we’ve already covered how to cook them, let's go over how to clean the veggie. First, remove as much of the brown husk on the fiddlehead as you can. Then wash the fiddleheads in cold water to get rid of any left-behind dirt.
Canned crab has a six-month shelf life, so if you’re looking for a way to use that up, crab cakes are the way to go. You’ll need about 1 pound of crab meat for 6 cakes. After you’ve mixed the ingredients, the trick is to combine the crab meat without breaking the lumps up. Roll and pat the meat into six cakes, then deep-fry them in corn oil at 350 degrees until they’re golden brown.
Quinoa is heart-healthy and rich in antioxidants, which makes it a healthy addition to your meals. Use the tips from Washington, D.C., and for extra flavor, use vegetable broth instead of water. Once cooked, add it to a salad for a simple weeknight dinner.
Similar to Mississippi residents, people in West Virginia want to know how to cook asparagus. One way to do that is to grill the veggie. Simply cut the ends off, brush olive oil over the spears, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on a grill set to medium heat. Close the lid and let them brown a bit, which should take between five and 10 minutes. Pair as a side with carrots or sweet potatoes — two immune-boosting foods.
Like residents of Arizona and Illinois, Wisconsinites want to know how to cook lobster tails. To grill lobster tails, set the grill to medium heat. If you’re using charcoal, make sure there is one cooler side and one area with intense heat. Brush the tails with a cooking oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Cook with the meat side down for about three to five minutes and then with the shell side down for the same amount of time. If the meat isn’t opaque yet, cook until it is.
Just like there are a few steps to grilling the perfect steak every time, the same goes for cooking brisket. To make eight servings, it’s best to buy about 3 pounds of brisket half flat — a tougher cut good for slow cooking. Season the meat well, mix barbecue sauce with red wine so there’s enough liquid to bring to a boil, lower the heat and then simmer for two hours and 45 minutes or longer if it isn’t fork-tender yet. And of course, pair your dinner with one of the most-searched coronavirus quarantine cocktails.
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