Nobody was born a professional cook. Even if you don’t aspire to become the next Gordon Ramsay and just want to learn how to prepare a few basic meals and something a bit more involved for special occasions, it’s much easier to start with tried and tasted recipes than it is to figure out everything from scratch. Luckily, you need nothing but your iPhone and our best cooking apps for iOS to learn how to prepare everything from smoky and spicy Sloppy Joes to juicy beef wellington to New York-style cheesecake.
SideChef comes up as number one on our countdown, but it’s not just your traditional cooking app for searching for and finding meal recipes. For starters, once you sign-up on the app, you can get recipes personalized to your diet and taste, as well as weekly meal ideas curated by SideChef’s own cooking experts.
That’s some awesome functionality right there; however, SideChef takes things a step further and allows you to do some awesome meal planning right in the application. With SideChef, meal planning only takes a couple of minutes.
SideChef even has a built-in shopping list that helps you remember everything you need to pick up at the store.
ShopList has been around for a few years now on iTunes, and while it isn’t overly and immaculately designed, all of the core functionalities are here. It’s easy to navigate around, and one of the cooler things is that ShopList categorizes all of the items that you add to your shopping list into categories. Add milk to your list, and ShopList creates a “Dairy” category for you. Or, you can add categories manually.
This app actually allows you to add specific weights and measurements as well. This gives you a better idea of how much you need to buy while you’re at the store. You can choose your units in the Imperial or Metric system.
Allrecipes was founded in 1997, and it is now a huge community of more than 30 million. All recipes that you find in this app have been posted by the members of the Allrecipes community and categorized according to various criteria into different sections. You can either browse recipes by category or tell the app to suggest a recipe for any occasion to you. The recipes the community has decided are the best are often accompanied by detailed step-by-step videos and useful tips. Perhaps the best thing about the Allrecipes community is how active its members are. Not only they rate recipes based on how good they taste, but they also share pictures of how the recipes have turned out and suggest tweaks to make them even tastier.
Started in 2003 by a software veteran longing for a way how to easily look up various recipes without having to take out and look through a bunch of heavy, dusty cookbooks, BigOven has since then become one of the most popular recipe websites on the internet, and its various mobile versions have been so far downloaded over 13 million times. The iOS version of BigOver gives you access to more than 350,000 recipes. With a simple tap, you can turn any recipe into a convenient grocery list or see step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it. If you enjoy sharing your culinary accomplishments, you’ll love that BigOven lets you add snapshots of your own recipes and share them with everyone you know.
Founded in 2009, Yummly is a relatively young recipe recommendations website and app, but it has already been selected as one of the best apps of 2014 in Apple’s App Store. Users can search by ingredient, diet, allergy, nutrition, price, cuisine, time, taste, meal courses and sources, and Yummly’s patent-pending search technology always delivers mouth-watering results. Because Yummly aggregates recipes from multiple sources, including Allrecipes, Epicurious, and Food52, it offers truly an endless variety of recipes for any occasion. When you find something that you’d like to prepare, you can add it to your personal list of favorites, transfer the ingredients from any recipe to your shopping list, and even shop for the kitchen tools needed to prepare the recipe right from the app itself.
Many see Epicurious as the ultimate food resource for the home cook. The Epicurious iOS app contains 35,000 tested recipes from publishers like Bon Appetit, Gourmet, HarperCollins, and others, and it’s being constantly updated with new savory delights. If you enjoy trying out new flavors, you can subscribe to the latest recipe video feed and get new content every day. You can place the recipes that you like the most into the recipe box and share them with others on social media. Epicurious can also help you get all the ingredients from the store by creating shopping lists directly from recipes, and it can even tell you exactly how many more minutes everything takes to cook thanks to the Smart Kitchen Timer feature.
The Oh She Glows app is based on an award-winning plant-based recipe website and book by New York Times best-selling author Angela Liddon, who has been creating delicious vegan-friendly recipes for more than a decade before she decided to share them with the whole world. Oh She Glows features 95 plant-based recipes and 75 gluten-free recipes—all of which were personally hand-picked by Angela and are accompanied by full-screen, high-resolution photographs, detailed instructions, useful tips and tricks, and strikeout ingredients. If you’re into healthy eating, this app is a must.
As you can see, there are a lot of excellent cooking apps available for iOS. Whether you’re looking for recipes, a meal planner, or something that can help you remember everything you need to know for picking up at the store, there’s something for you on our list here.
Do you have a favorite cooking app for iOS? Let us know what it is in the comments section below, and it may just end up on our list in the future!