10 of the best cooking apps

Whether you’re learning to cook pasta or mastering a souffle, everyone needs a little help in the kitchen. And the right cooking app can feel like your own chef.

There are many cooking apps to choose from these days, but the best of them have meticulously tested recipes, easy-to-use designs, and really helpful tools like built-in timers, meal planning guides, and video lessons.

Read on to discover your recipes for success in the kitchen.

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This app combines New York Times renowned food expertise, clean design, and easy-to-follow recipes. It’s not free, but 113 million users might be enough to convince you that it’s worth it to get access to expert-tested recipes, cooking skills learning guides, and culinary inspiration.

Available on iOS and Android

Price: $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year

NYT Cooking is not free but worth the money
Credit: NYT Cooking

Epicurius

Epicurious has long been the gold standard for online recipes, and the app version is no different. In addition to tens of thousands of recipes and flexible search options, the Epicurious app has a new feature called “Smart Timer,” which gives you the essential ingredients needed to cook more than 40 simple, no-recipe foods.

Available on iOS only

Complimentary

Epicurious is the OG of recipe apps

Epicurious is the OG of recipe apps
credit: epicurious

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Inspired by the founder’s lack of culinary knowledge, this app is designed with beginners in mind. Each recipe has detailed instructions that include photos and built-in timers for each step. Other features include how-to videos for learning new skills, along with a meal planner and grocery list tools.

Available on iOS and Android

Complimentary

tasting

Tasty, part of Buzzfeed, uses his signature style of quick, engaging videos that break down each recipe step-by-step. It’s easy to search for dishes by cuisine, ingredients, etc., and there’s also a “what’s in your kitchen” feature that generates recipes based on what you have.

Available on iOS and Android

Complimentary

Great recipes with typical Buzzfeed taste

Great recipes with typical Buzzfeed taste
credit: delicious

Thistle vegetarian recipes

If you are looking for vegan recipes, look no further than this recipe app created by Forks Over Knives. Forks Plant-Based Recipes is currently ranked #2 in the “Food and Beverage” category on the App Store. Users love it for its clean user experience, shopping list feature, and easy instructions.

Available on iOS and Android

Price: $4.99

Forks Over Knives has received great reviews for its vegan recipes

Forks Over Knives has received great reviews for its vegan recipes
Credit: Forks over knives

Weber Grills

If you are looking for the opposite of vegan recipes, this is for you. Yes, the company that makes grills has launched its own app. But it is actually useful. In addition to recipes and grilling techniques, the app’s grilling guides will tell you when to cook meat or vegetables and have a built-in timer.

Available on iOS only

Complimentary

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories is for all the aspiring food influencers. In addition to recipes, tutorials, and shopping lists, the app has features that provide instructions on how to photograph your recipes and share them with the app’s millions of users.

Available on iOS and Android

Complimentary

Channel the foodie in you with Kitchen Stories

Channel the foodie in you with Kitchen Stories
Credit: Kitchen Stories

Big Oven

BigOven has the same features that come standard with many cooking apps these days, but what sets it apart are the little details that always keep the user in mind. Its grocery list tool is shareable with others, and its meal planner is simple and intuitive. The app also has a “Use Up Leftovers” feature to help you achieve your zero waste goals.

Available on iOS and Android

Complimentary

tasting

Tastemade is not a typical recipe app, it is basically an entertainment channel that creates food and travel related content. The app has many different offerings that range in concept from preparing meals on a budget to documenting social change through food. Whether it is for use or inspiration, it is an app worthy of having in the kitchen.

Available on iOS and Android

Price: Free or $2.99 ​​per month, $19.99 per year with a premium subscription

Inspiration for food and travel

Inspiration for food and travel
credit: taste

Tasty

As an aggregator of top recipe sites, Yummly has over 2 million recipes. But what makes it a good app is that it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The app creates recommendations based on your preferences and has a lot of different search options to narrow down exactly what you’re looking for.

Available on iOS and Android

Complimentary

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