10 Best Cooking & Recipe Apps

Cooking - we all have to do it at some point in life. Whether you’re learning how to chop vegetables safely, are an amateur cook, a confident baker or a professional chef, any of these apps could be helpful for you. Here’s the 10 best cooking and recipe apps you should be using to hone your kitchen skills!

Last updated: 10th Jun 2021 at 9:45am

Find the best app that’s the most relevant to what you’re wanting to do: 

For learning the basics | For beginners | For organising recipes | For measurements | For deciding on dinner | For picking the healthiest meals | For meat-free meals | For natural recipes | For not taking the risk | For an all-rounder

 

For learning the basics - Kitchen Stories

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

Kitchen Stories is the perfect app to kickstart your culinary skills from the very beginning! Learn all of the basics with HD instructional videos and a collection of handy articles to read.

Features:

  • Access thousands of free recipe ideas, tips and online articles
  • Take advantage of the instructional step-by-step videos and tutorials to learn or refine your skills
  • Use the measurement converter to alter ingredients to the right weight or serving size
  • Plan a shopping list using all of the ingredients from your chosen recipes
  • Set up a profile and save your favourite recipes into one folder so you can find them easily next time
  • Upload photos of your completed dish to a community forum and chat with like-minded cooks

There are a number of recipes on this app, from vegetarian and vegan, to low-carb, gluten-free, and low-calorie choices, so there’s something for everyone.
 

For beginners - SideChef

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

Learning how to cook can be overwhelming to begin with - there’s recipes, tools, meal planning, shopping lists, and a whole host of dietary requirements to account for. SideChef categories all of these things in a more orderly way, so you can kickstart your culinary journey with a calm mind. 

Features:

  • Browse the personalised recipe recommendations for your chosen diet - vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, low-carb, paleo, gluten intolerant, dairy intolerant, allergic to peanuts or soy, and much more
  • Add recipes and watch a shopping list automatically generate with the right ingredients to make your chosen meal/s
  • Explore over 11,000 guided recipes
  • Write up weekly meal plans to stay on track with your health goals and save time during a busy week 
  • Get recipe suggestions based on leftover ingredients in your fridge and cupboards
  • Access step-by-step photos, videos, and audio instructions 
  • CookAssist technology lets you remotely control your smart oven from the app

For beginners and advanced cooks alike, SideChef has all of the necessary features you need to prepare and create delicious meals for you and the whole family. 
 

For organising recipes - BigOven

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

If you have recipes scattered everywhere and need a more legible way of organising them, then the BigOven app might be one for you to download. 

Features:

  • Compile all of your favourite recipes into an online cookbook, where you can categorise them into separate folders 
  • Clip recipes from sites, upload with pictures, or ‘favourite’ ones on the app - all will be organised into your categorised cookbook
  • Explore new recipes in ‘seasonal collection’ lists and personal recommendations
  • See what everyone else in enjoying on your feed and check out the most popular meals each day
  • Create a shopping list for recipes and categorise it by department/aisle
  • Reduce food waste with the “Use up Leftovers” feature, which generates meal ideas for you
  • Read and write reviews on the community forum

Access all of your favourite recipes from one online place, easily sifting through different categories to find the right meal for your mood. 
 

For measurements - Kitchen Calculator PRO

Apple

Android

£2.99

Easily convert any measurement into the right one so you don’t mess up an integral part of your recipe. Want to know how many grams 1 ¼ cups is? Or how hot 350 fahrenheit is? You can use this app for all of your culinary maths problems. 

Features:

  • Scale your recipes using fractions to add, subtract, multiply or divide
  • Convert ingredients from weight to volume (cups, grams, ounces, etc.) and vice versa
  • Convert temperatures from celsius to fahrenheit and vice versa
  • Create a database with your favourite ingredients so measurements are saved for future reference

If you struggle with maths, or just kitchen maths specifically, then this app will save you several trips on Google. 
 

For deciding on dinner - AllRecipes Dinner Spinner

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

Never question what’s for dinner again with this app, focused on sourcing and saving recipes for you.

Features:

  • Explore the meal ideas on your feed, which becomes more personalised with each recipe you save
  • Follow “Taste” categories to only get recommended the type of food you enjoy, such as spicy, sweet, and savoury
  • Access advanced search options like using keywords, including and excluding ingredients you do or don’t like, customising by dietary needs, and choosing by how long the meal takes to prepare and cook
  • Save favourites for quick access
  • See which ingredients are on sale near you so you can make a recipe for half the price
  • Follow step-by-step videos
  • Share your food with friends and family
  • Add recipes to an automatically-generated shopping list

Always have an idea with the AllRecipes app, and never again feel the frustration of deciding on what to make. 
 

For picking the healthiest meals - Healthy Recipes

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

Are you worried about picking the healthiest choices, or concerned that your dinners aren’t as nutritious as you’d like? With this app, you can rest assured every recipe is health-approved for a balanced diet. 

Features:

  • If you don’t have time to shop, Healthy Food Recipes can deliver a box of ingredients straight to your front door
  • Discover and save new recipes, all curated to promise you a balanced and varied diet
  • Read guides on how to eat healthily 
  • Get recommendations each day based on your likes
  • Follow step-by-step videos on how to make a recipe
  • Read the nutritional facts on each recipe to ensure you’re getting what you need, and eliminating what you don’t

Know exactly what you’re putting into your body with nutrition breakdowns and recipes designed to keep you healthy.
 

For meat-free meals - Green Kitchen

Apple

£3.99 - offers in-app purchases

If you’re a vegetarian (or striving to be), Green Kitchen is the perfect cooking app for you. Offering only meat-free recipes, you have a large list of options to choose from, which you might not always get at a restaurant. 

Features:

  • Not just food - you can also explore snacks and drinks
  • Choose from 159 handpicked premium recipes and purchase 28 more in the app
  • The app is available in multiple languages
  • Explore recipes marked vegan, raw, gluten free and wholegrain for further dietary needs
  • Step-by-step cooking instructions and photos for each recipe
  • Start a timer in the app that knows how long you should be cooking for so you stay on track with different parts of your meal
  • Share with friends and family via social media, email, or AirDrop

All of the recipes are designed with minimal gluten, sugar, and dairy in mind, so not only are you helping the environment, you’re also helping your body. 
 

For natural recipes - Deliciously Ella

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

This app is more than just cooking - it also encourages healthier living with exercise videos alongside recipes, so you can learn how to take care of your body on the inside and the outside.

Features:

  • Use the “My Tracker” tool to monitor your wellness with weekly plans for food, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, and hydration
  • Explore over 600 healthy, plant-based recipes
  • Take part in over 200 yoga, meditation and exercise videos between 10 - 40 minutes in length
  • Watch 30 recipe videos to see exactly how to make your new favourites
  • Step-by-step images on every recipe
  • Meal-planning feature
  • Generate shopping lists with all the ingredients you need
  • Listen to in-app podcasts on health and wellbeing
  • Alter between metric and imperial measurements
  • ‘Favourite’ recipes to save them for future use

Deliciously Ella is free, but offers a £0.99 monthly or £9.99 yearly subscription to access all of its content. 
 

For not taking the risk - Epicurious

Apple

Free

Have you ever eaten anything that looked better than it tasted? With this app, you can explore more than 35,000 tested recipes from official publishers like HarperCollins, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit, as well as a bunch of reviews and ratings from other cooks. 

Features:

  • Reviews and ratings from home and professional cooks
  • New recipes and videos added each day
  • Save your favourite recipes
  • Create shopping lists
  • Use the “Smart Kitchen Timer” to cook 40+ items 
  • Find seasonal ingredients near you to eat fresh, local foods 
  • Ingredients Toggle - lets cooks view all of the ingredients with just a tap of a button 

Never waste ingredients or risk a disappointing meal again with this review-based recipe app. The app is only available for iOS at the time of writing.
 

For an all-rounder - Yummly

Apple

Android

Free - offers in-app purchases

Most of these apps share tools and features, with a few that are more specialised and niche to help with specific cooking requirements. Yummly, however, is an all-rounder, suitable for beginners and advanced cooks, with all of the tools you could need. 

Features:

  • Explore the personalised list of recipes based on your diet, allergies, tastes and preferences
  • Access the step-by-step guides, videos, tutorials, timers, and more helpful tools
  • Save favourite recipes 
  • Enter the ingredients you have in your fridge or cupboards and watch Yummly find a meal for you
  • Schedule a recipe to the time you want to eat and the timer will remind you when to start cooking
  • Add recipes to a shopping list and all of the individual items will be listed for you to remember to buy
  • Track the nutrients and servings that you eat with each meal to keep on top of your health goals
  • Integrates with Apple’s Health App

If you don’t know what you want a cooking app for, then Yummly will tick all of the boxes you didn’t know you were looking for. 
 

Discover more

You may be interested in learning more about saving money so your budget doesn’t fall away to all of these new and exciting recipe ideas. 

Or, if cooking isn’t really your thing, here’s a bunch of great food delivery and takeaway apps you can opt for instead.

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