Our Favorite Videos of 2020


Collage of mapo beans, romesco sauce, instant ramen fried rice, and fish fragrant eggplant

[Photographs: Sasha Marx, Vicky Wasik; Videos: The Serious Eats Team]

We kicked off 2020 capturing movies in our check kitchen, armed with nice lighting fixtures, high quality cameras (and professionals to deal with them), and our very best culinary apparatus. Losing get entry to to these facilities after we closed our places of work in March was once an attractive important blow to our workflow, and maintaining our video output was once surely essentially the most tough undertakings to renew from domestic. With some elbow grease and creativity, regardless that, our culinary crew controlled to arrange cameras of their domestic kitchens and shoot themselves cooking and demonstrating tactics—all with our video crew status via on Zoom to troubleshoot, direct, and bring.

“Serious Eats At Home” supposed that we were not disadvantaged of Sasha appearing us easy methods to make mapo-style white beans or Daniel strolling us thru his instant ramen fried rice (or his home kitchen, for that topic). Happily, we’ve got had the posh of interspersing those dispatches with movies shot previous to the pandemic, too: We were given schooled in Sichuan cooking via Chinese meals professional Fuchsia Dunlop and discovered about some pasta crimes we might or would possibly not were committing. Later down the road, we discovered peace in a calming montage of food footage after we wanted a distraction from a week-long Election Day. Of the entire movies we’ve got put out this 12 months, listed here are those our team of workers cherished essentially the most.

Please, No: The Pasta Shapes We Sasha Won’t Eat

“You might assume that I’d hate a video that compares me to an auntie who brings mayo-packed orzo salad to a potluck, however no. This video is so nice that I will glance past it. (For the report, I could also be an auntie however I’d by no means put mayo in anything else, ever.) Anyway, I like that this video is 5 mins of what makes Serious Eats so particular: our reviews. There’s not anything higher than listening to Sasha hold forth about wagon wheels or studying that during his unmarried lifestyles, he’d ask his dates about their favourite pasta shapes. Better but, studying that there’s a proper and mistaken solution. (Bucatini = nice; pastina, linguine, elbows = dangerous.) It’s obtrusive from the 71 feedback in this publish that the video completed its purpose: It impressed our readers and were given them speaking and connecting. Sure, issues get a little bit emotionally charged, however that is what a love of pasta does! There are such a lot of stunning sound bites to this video. Watch it for all of them, however I’ll depart you with this from Sasha: ‘I’d relatively consume a bowl of the satan’s pubes than angel hair.'” —Ariel Kanter, director of trade and content material advertising

“This is our maximum quotable video. Among the highlights echoing in my head: ‘The porridge of pasta’; ‘Auntie pulled up with the not-very-good pasta salad’; ‘Dump in that orzo’; and the Seinfeld-esque ‘One-fer at the fork.’” —John Mattia, video editor

Please, No: The Pasta Shapes We Sasha Won’t Eat »

How To Make Instant Ramen Fried Rice

“‘The fillingest, tastiest, of the perfect, dumbest, smartest recipes I do know of,’ says Daniel breathlessly, spoon soaring over the spherical rice mound, able to wolf it down. This was once the primary video we did all through the work-from-home length. Amid an out-of-control public well being disaster, the message was once reassuring: you are not looking for the assets of the glamorous Serious Eats check kitchen for this recipe, you’ll be able to make it from the confines of your own home! And with extraordinary stuff you to find on the grocery retailer—in all probability, already to be discovered on your emergency stockpile. What the video gifts as a ‘completely not obligatory’ bonus is very beneficial: best it with a free, open-faced omurice-style omelette.” —John Mattia, video editor

“Daniel’s very DIY ramen fried rice video produced within the throes of New York’s first lockdown must win the ‘Best Effort’ class of 2020 meals media. It made me really feel much less on my own whilst I made junk meals in my very own kitchen, tired of the self-discipline had to bake bread or consume blank. Besides offering a cast, simple recipe, Daniel and the video crew did their very best to offer levity all through an absurdly tough second in our lives. That was once liked via me and I’m positive via different audience as smartly.” —Maggie Lee, UX dressmaker

How To Make Instant Ramen Fried Rice Recipe »

Starch Madness Theme Songs

When we introduced our inaugural Starch Madness again in April, we determined to paintings with some native artists, maximum of whom have been out of paintings because of eating place closures, to create a sequence of theme songs to accompany our bracket festival. The ensuing movies went above and past our expectancies. Whenever I’m having a coarse day—and let’s be actual, that is been maximum days of overdue—I love to open the publish and play thru the entire movies.

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How to Pull Off Thin Hand-Pulled Lamian Noodles

“The video for Tim Chin’s lamian noodle recipe sticks out to me no longer for being attention-grabbing and entertaining, which it’s, however for illuminating the method of stretching and twisting the dough and pulling the noodles in a way that some distance exceeds what the footage and accompanying textual content may just accomplish on their very own.” —Paul Cline, president

“This video was once if truth be told shot on the very finish of 2019 (which in truth turns out love it was once 5 years in the past) with Tim Chin, one of Serious Eats’ latest individuals. He got here in from Boston and entirely nailed it, appearing us easy methods to twirl, slap, and lower do-it-yourself lamian noodles. It’s science-y with out being too dry, enthralling, and does what video does very best: presentations you one thing that also footage and/or written content material simply can not absolutely provide an explanation for. Plus all of us were given to check out our hand at twirling the dough round off digicam, which made for lots of silliness behind-the-scenes.” —Vicky Wasik, visible director

How to Pull Off Thin Hand-Pulled Lamian Noodles »

How to Make Mapo-Style White Beans

“I picked this video for 2 causes: The dish is encouraged (and scrumptious), and the truth that Sasha’s kitchen is so clearly so tiny. It’s been a wild 12 months for recipe builders and making movies, and I’m simply amazed and inspired that Sasha and Daniel—in addition to Joel, John, and Vicky at the video crew—were ready to do what they have got completed.” —Sho Spaeth, editor

How to Make Mapo-Style White Beans Recipe »

10 Common Crimes Against Pasta You Don’t Have to Commit

“My first legitimate day at Serious Eats was once April 1st, the similar day this video was once revealed to the website online. Since I began all through COVID, as a substitute of heading to SE HQ, assembly my paintings colleagues, and making myself at domestic at my new table, I parked myself at my kitchen desk and ready to nearly meet everybody. It was once surely no longer your standard ‘first day at a brand new process,’ however staring at this video of Daniel and Sasha exposing pasta crimes whilst having amusing helped ease my anxieties.” —Kristina Razon, affiliate editor

“This video got here out across the top of the pandemic, and it in reality gave us the giggle all of us wanted. The crew were given in reality ingenious and did one of these nice process striking the video in combination, and I particularly cherished staring at Daniel and Sasha have such a lot amusing on digicam. Argue with all of them you need, however no less than they gave reasoning at the back of the crimes. I’m glad to file that I’m not responsible of any of them.” —Yasmine Maggio, assistant social media editor

“This video is simply so pleasant and humorous. Sasha and Daniel are patently playing themselves immensely, and it simply makes me really feel glad to look at. And it is very instructional as well!” —Daniel Dyssegaard Kallick, complete stack developer

10 Common Crimes Against Pasta You Don’t Have to Commit »

How to Make Romesco Sauce the Catalonian Way

“I’m no longer positive somebody has discussed this however 2020 has been an atypical 12 months? Producing movies all through COVID has surely pressured the entire crew to assume outdoor the field, and the video that has very best embodied that is Daniel’s at-home Romesco Sauce. My favourite second is how he offers with the accidental—the substances start to overtake the mortar and we are confronted with both re-doing the video, hiding it with some enhancing, or simply going with it. Thankfully our editor, John, driven us to move with the latter. There one thing comforting—no less than to me—staring at Daniel kind out surprising cooking issues on-the-fly. It’s one thing I’ve long past thru so much this 12 months and I’m simply happy that way more skilled chefs undergo it, too—even if Daniel’s concerned some distance much less cursing on the sky than after I reduce to rubble.” —Joel Russo, video manufacturer

How to Make Romesco Sauce the Catalonian Way »

Jamelle Bouie’s Cereal Eats

“I’m a large fan of Cereal Eats. The movies all the time strike the stability between the sincerity with which we’d deal with any overview and the irreverence known as for via the absurd cereals Jamelle has to check out. My favourite of the 12 months is the review of Kellogg’s Apple Jacks Caramel Cereal, which earned a whopping 0 spoons. Jamelle’s observation on autumn, his shawl-collar cardigan recreation, and Joel’s refined edits…it’s highest. I additionally love seeing the reaction those get on Twitter!” —Jina Stanfill, social media supervisor

“My spouse and I stay up for each new episode of Jamelle’s Cereal Eats collection. In a 12 months that has been outlined via strain and uncertainty, we have now discovered nice convenience in Jamelle’s calming and methodical research of cavity-inducing cereals. His evaluations are five-minute remedy periods, with unbelievable sweaters.” —Sasha Marx, senior culinary editor

“Cereal Eats brings again an old Serious Eats series, and just a little of that outdated Serious Eats silliness, in 2020 shape (that means, Now With Video!). The factor about Serious Eats in all its historical past is that we’ve got all the time been interested by meals, however no longer snobby (smartly, no longer too snobby anyway). We take cereal as significantly as anything. Jamelle Bouie could not be a extra highest host of this revival. I am getting unending excitement staring at such an elite philosopher, who is very best identified for his writings on society, tradition, and politics, take a field of grains thru simply as rigorous of an research. I like his low-key humor, his truthful value determinations, and his willingness to check out even the nastiest sounding flavors. The simplest query is…which cereal is subsequent?” —Daniel Gritzer, managing culinary director

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How to Stop Thinking About the Election for 50 Seconds

“I, like many of you, spent maximum of the pandemic baking: cookies, truffles, breads, desserts, you title it. One of my favourite stress-relief actions was once to bake and report timelapses thru my oddly transparent oven door. There is one thing in reality soothing about staring at baked items upward push and fall. Election week introduced an even quantity of strain once more, so I spent a while digging into the Serious Eats video archive and asking John to splice in combination a handy guide a rough montage of calming pictures, with the purpose to assist convey a small quantity of aid and distraction to you. Bookmark this web page for all of the ones occasions you wish to have to remind your self to respire.” —Vicky Wasik, visible director

How to Stop Thinking About the Election for 50 Seconds »

Beyond Málà: Sichuan’s Fish-Fragrant Flavor

“Fuchsia Dunlop’s unbridled enthusiasm for Sichuan meals on the whole, and fish-fragrant eggplant particularly, is de facto contagious on this video. And it is only one in a sequence of extremely informative, enticing movies the Chinese meals professional made with our very personal Daniel Gritzer to have fun the basics of Sichuan cooking, together with introductions to strange flavor and málà flavor, and how to stock a Sichuan pantry.” — Niki Achitoff-Gray

Beyond Málà: Sichuan’s Fish-Fragrant Flavor »

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