Need July 4th Inspiration? These Are America's Most Searched-For Recipes

What is your state hungry for?

By Ethan L. Johns
July 01, 2018

So the Fourth of July is a mere two days away, and you still haven’t decided on your menu. Maybe it’s because burgers just aren’t gonna’ cut it this year, or because you’re just sick and tired of eating the same old potato salad, year after year.

Well, as it happens, inspiration can be found in the most technologically-advanced of places!

In its analysis of search terms leading up to Independence Day, Google has used its analytics tools to compile the most commonly-searched recipes, by state (and by territory, too). They’re not all necessarily holiday-related, but many of them seem perfect for a backyard celebration.

So put yourselves in the shoes of your fellow countrymen; learn a lesson from the culinary interests of all fifty states. Or celebrate independence by just picking a recipe from your own state. You are free to choose in the end.

Alabama – broccoli salad
Alaska – halibut
Arizona – Spanish rice
Arkansas – potato soup
California – quinoa
Connecticut – quiche
Delaware – baked salmon
D.C. – crab cake
Florida – ceviche
Georgia – squash casserole
Hawaii – shoyu chicken
Idaho – crepe recipe
Illinois – Italian beef
Indiana – buckeye recipe
Iowa – hamburger
Kansas – meatball recipe
Kentucky – vegetable soup
Louisiana – gumbo
Maine – apple pie
Maryland – crab dip
Massachusetts – haddock
Michigan – goulash
Minnesota – sloppy joe
Mississippi – taco soup
Missouri – hamburger
Montana – chili
Nebraska – taco seasoning
Nevada – chicken adobo  
New Hampshire – apple crisps
New jersey – flounder
New Mexico – pozole
New York – chicken cutlet
North Carolina – snow cream
North Dakota – hamburger
Ohio – sausage gravy
Oklahoma – hamburger meat
Oregon – teriyaki sauce
Pennsylvania – asparagus
Rhode Island – chicken parm
South Carolina – chicken bog
South Dakota – hamburger
Tennessee – hashbrown casserole
Texas – tortilla soup  
Utah – zucchini bread
Vermont – waffle
Virginia – salmon cake
Washington – pork chop
West Virginia – meatloaf
Wisconsin – meatloaf
Wyoming – banana bread
Puerto Rico – receta de tembleque
Guam – fried chicken
Northern Mariana Islands – orange chicken
U.S. Virgin Islands – johnny cake
American Samoa – pizza dough

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns