“What Is Your Most Controversial Cooking Opinion?”—20 Replies

When it comes to cooking and food in general, people have strong opinions. And sometimes, those opinions can get a little controversial.

In a recent Reddit thread, people are sharing their most controversial opinions as it relates to food and cook.

The answers range from simple things, like red onions needing to be renamed to bigger issues like breakfast foods not existing. The entire thread is a wild ride!

Here are 20 of the most controversial food and cooking opinions, according to Redditors.

1. No one wants that…

Crock pot liners feel like you’re just asking for cancer.


2. Only in Italy

I’d argue that my controversial opinion is only controversial in Italy where I come from… I like making chicken with pasta. I make it into a sauce similar to Bolognese but I’ll put small chicken bits instead of the mince…My family call me a savage for eating such things together, but my boyfriend suggested me as an idea and it’s now a dish I enjoy!


3. “Breakfast food” isn’t real

There’s no such thing as “breakfast food.” You can eat a steak in the morning and fry an egg for dinner if you want, it’s just food.


4. #NotAllMoms

Not all moms or grandmas are amazing cooks. Yes my mom has some good dishes she makes but nuking brussel sprouts in the microwave with orange marmalade is not one of them.


5. Chill with the toppings

Mile high burgers and hot dogs with so many toppings you can no longer taste the meat are awful, and a pain in the ass to eat. I generally eat burgers and hot dogs because I like the flavor of the meat (I realize meat is a questionable term when it comes to hot dogs), and would like to actually taste them.


6. Texture issues

You can dislike a food simply for its texture, nothing to do with its taste. I don’t mind the taste of baked beans but I hate how slimy they are and don’t even get me started on when they’re cold.


7. Remove the tails

If the dish does not otherwise require the use of hands, there should not be tails on your shrimp. I don’t want to be fishing around in my damn pasta because you couldn’t be bothered to remove the tails first.


8. Substitutions that work…

In a pinch, you can sub plain yogurt for all kinds of liquids.


9. More crock pot issues

The cream cheese based crock pot dinners are the modern equivalent of Jell-O based dinners from the 50s.


10. Burnt isn’t always bad

Some food tastes better a little bit burnt.


11. Veggie tip

Most root vegetables (e.g. carrots, potatoes, ginger) don’t need to peeled when properly cooked.

Though I tried the same with garlic and onions and dont recommend haha.


12. Something about salted caramel

Most people/companies do not know how to do salted caramel. every salted caramel product I’ve had homemade or otherwise has been like mouth puckeringly salty. The point is to lightly salt it to bring out the more subtle flavours, not literally make salty caramel.


13. Air fryer chef

Only controversial to some elitists (a buddy of ours is like this): things like an air fryer or sous vide are NOT cheating. Take your iTs NoT rEaL cOoKiNg elsewhere.

If I wanna air fry a salmon fillet for 8 minutes instead of stick it in the oven for 20, and then toss it on a bed of single serve 2 minute microwaveable instant stick rice instead of make a large portion that has to cook for 30 minutes, I’ll do just that and it’s still a real meal.

And fucking delicious too.


14. Do better

I am vegetarian. Most restaurants should just stop serving vegetarian dishes if they can’t be bothered to make something that tastes good. You cannot just put kale, quinoa, some random veg, and a vinaigrette in a bowl and charge $25.


15. Stop burning your garlic

Burnt garlic is far too common. Some people (I’m hesitant to say most) toss garlic straight into a hot pan and then continue to cook onions, peppers, etc. Garlic needs less time than most other things and should be put in later so it doesn’t burn.


16. Rename the onion

Red onions should be called purple onions.


17. Meal prep = leftovers

Meal prep is just eating leftovers all week.


18. Tofu goodness

As a lifelong carnivore I will say that if tofu is cooked properly it is absolutely delicious. I would even go so far as to say I prefer it in certain dishes over animal protein.


19. Pro-MSG

MSG works.


20. Shake things up a bit

When frying a food that you plan on doing the flour-egg-flour method for, try getting some plain yogurt and thinning it with water in place of the egg. I did this once when we were out of eggs and I’m never going back. It gives a much better crunch and a hint of tang that is just chef’s kiss.