It turns out we couldn’t get enough of gochujang this year. When we looked back at the most read vegetarian recipes of 2022, the Korean fermented pepper paste took on a starring role. The top two dishes both showcased the spicy-sweet, umami-rich pantry favorite—first place to Sticky Spicy Baked Cauliflower and second to spicy Gochujang-Sesame Noodles. Also sharing the spotlight: steamy bowls of comfort food that we returned to over and over, like lemony lentil soup and creamy beans and greens.
There are weeknight mains (Big Baked Falafel Cake) and craveable sides to round out a dinner party (Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts) alike on this list. Read on for the recipes BA readers couldn’t stop cooking. And if you’re looking for more vegetarian inspiration, head over to the new Epicurious iOS app, which has all of these recipes and so many more.