Top 30 Free Recipe Apps for iPad, iPhone or iOS Devices

The way to a man‘s heart is through his stomach, and I agree to it. Infact I guess whether it is women or man, child or old person everyone just like food. And some people find cooking more interesting as compared to just eating. Gone are the days when people used to sit in front of television with pen and paper, wait for a cookery show and note down the recipe. Gone are days when people used to buy cooking books and follow recipe from them. With the advancement in technology, you can get cooking tips and recipe directly on your mobile. When it comes to cooking I am complete amateur, only way I can cook is follow video tutorials step by step.

Smartphones has been helping us in every aspect of life, so why not cooking. If you own an iPad or iPhone and wondering which app to download for cooking tips, then your wait is over. There are hundreds and hundreds of recipe apps in the app store, so it gets really difficult to filter out and choose the right ones. So, below is AppNina’s list of top free cooking/recipe apps for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch). If you think that we have missed any important app, then let us know in the comment section below.

Please note that there are lots and lots of paid apps for cooking and recipe, but very few good apps free apps.

1. Epicurious Recipe and Shopping List

Epicurious Recipe App

It is one of the best free apps for cooking and an award winning application. You can search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks.

  • Browse most popular featured recipe collections, from Weeknight Dinners to Cool Cocktails. Your device will be automatically updated with all the latest recipes.
  • Search food or drink recipes by keyword, or swipe through icons on the Search screen to filter by what’s in your fridge, what’s healthy, what’s in season, what holidays are coming up, and more.
  • Cook with help from your iPad or iPhone: Both apps offer cooking-friendly views that make it easy to follow a recipe step by step.
  • The recipes and cooking lessons are pretty good, but the app require some updates.

2. Simply Organic

Simply Organic App for iPad

This app does not have those thousands and thousands of recipes but still a good collection. You actually need to try this app to find that irresistible new dish, or a simple recipe for an old favorite.

  • Use the full-flavored, wholesome ingredients highlighted to make each recipe a resounding success.
  • Save on a variety of Simply Organic products by accessing the latest Simple Savings coupons.
  • Touch an ingredient on the screen to add it to your “My List” section.

3. Sweent’N’Spice – Indian

SweetnSpicey App for iPad

One of the top downloaded app in this category, this app has the largest collection of Indian Foods and Recipe. It is powered by This app has more than 4000+ recipes and more than 1000 recipe videos. All the information has been organized and cataloged so that we can relate the recipes by Categories, Foods, and Ingredients.

  • You can browse through all the Categories, Sub Categories and find recipes in each of them.
  • Find the List of Ingredients, Instructions for each recipe along with previous user comments
  • Calories and Allergies for the needy.
  • Search Recipes by Food Name, Category, Cooking Time etc. You can even search just video recipes.
  • You can find beneficial health tips (natural remedies) from the recipe ingredients.

4. Allrecipes – Your Kitchen Inspiration

AllRecipes - Kitchen Inspiration

This app is filled with thousands of member-tested recipes. Not entirely a free app (As it offers a Pro version), but the free one is also pretty decent. It offers a powerful menu options for ingredients, dish type, even cuisine and occasion that bring up all the right recipes.

  • Get access tp more than 45,000 member-tested recipes:
  • Ingredients to specifically include or exclude
  • Dietary restrictions like gluten free, low carbs, or low sodium
  • Search recipes by course, cooking method, or prep time.

5. 5000+ Cooking Recipe

5000 cooking recipes app

The application name itself says it all. It contains recipe for appetizers to soups, salads to non-veg recipes, kid’s fun recipes to Health & diabetic recipes. You name the dish and you will find a recipe for it. Some of these recipes are original, some are heritage recipes famous through generations, and some are innovations from old recipes.

  • Free Version of App is limited – I can still see many many recipes
  • Photos/Videos are not included (atleast in the free version)
  • In this FREE version, first few recipes are unlocked to try for FREE and if you like them and wants to unlock all recipes contain in that section, you have to BUY full version of that recipe category.
  • User Friendly Navigation
  • Share recipes on Facebook
  • Email any Recipes to your family and friends.
  • No Internet connection required to browse recipe cookbook

6. Indian Recipe by

iFood app

It’s a good application for Indian food and recipes. It has over 25000 Indian recipes and videos from top chefs like Vikas Khanna, Hari Nayak, Vibs, Sanjay Thumma. It has recipes and cooking tutorials for varied dishes like Indian Snacks, Breakfast, Sweets etc..

7. 8500+ Drinks and Cocktail Recipes Free

Drinks and Cocktail

Over 8,500 Drink & Cocktail recipes at the tap of your fingertips. Now you know what bartenders are putting into your expensive drinks. Drink & Cocktail Recipes databases typically cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, but this app will get you for free.

8.  Big Oven : 250000+ Recipes

Big Oven

It is one of the best apps (or probably the best) in cooking and recipe category. It has a huge database of recipes. You can search recipes by keyword, course, ingredient, plus browse popular recipe collections. Use up leftovers: enter three ingredients from your fridge or pantry to get ideas to make. This app had over eight million downloads. BigOven was named “Readers’ Choice, Best Recipe App” in 2013, 2012 and 2011 on, and chosen one of the “Best Apps for Foodies”, “Best Apps for New Moms” and “Best App for Eating In” by well-known publications.

10. Real Recipes: Free Recipes by Easy Meals

Real Recipe

Powered by, Real Recipes (for iPhone and iPod touch) gives you the kitchen tools you need to make delicious, easy meals. Get thousands of free recipes that have been rated by other users, your own personal Recipe Box, and customizable food timers and alarms. You also get free access to the Recipe Spinner, which finds the perfect recipe for you in seconds. Plus, you can learn to cook using our step-by-step tutorials.

11. The Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker

The app has more than 13000 recipes, get step-by-step directions on how to make it.

  • Recipe Search: Know what you want to make? See how Betty makes it.
  • Ingredient Search: Tell us what you have and what type of food you’re making, and we’ll deliver ideas to you.
  • Recipe Detail with Photos: Step-by-step instructions and full nutritional information.
  • Recipe Email: Send the recipe to yourself or a friend.

12. Dash Recipe

Dash Recipe

Dash is America’s most widely read food magazine, and now has begun sharing our fast – simple – delicious recipes for free on the iPad. Dash Recipes magazine subscriptions are available to newspaper subscribers free. The 1-year subscription will automatically renew until cancelled. In addition to getting great Dash Recipes content delivered to you each month, the editors of Dash Recipes have plans to periodically bring you special bonus issues focusing on topics that matter to your family like back to school, holiday entertaining and much more.

13. Key Ingredient

Key Ingredient App

BROWSE over 1,500,000 recipes streamed from the website – the best place to create, collect and share all your recipes. Check back often – fresh recipes served daily. COLLECT recipes quickly with the touch of the Favorites icon. ORGANIZE your collection by adding recipes to your existing cookbooks or creating new ones. SEARCH Key Ingredient’s entire collection or individual cookbooks by keyword, ingredient or title. SYNC your entire collection through your free account automatically.

14. iFood Assistant by KRAFT

iFood by Kraft

This app offers Dinner Tonight and a Recipe of the Day, along with thousands of simple but mouthwatering recipes you find on and Video How-Tos: Get the inside scoop—step-by-step—from the Kraft Kitchen Experts with helpful and easy-to-follow how-to videos. And because life makes you hungry at different times throughout the day, with iFood you can access smart snacks, lunch and dinner ideas, Healthy Living recipes, desserts and cooking tips anytime you feel like it.

15. FoodGawker


This app offers photo gallery that allows you to visually search and discover new recipes, techniques and ingredients to inspire your culinary adventures. To get more details about a photo, simply tap the image and you’ll be taken to the submitters blog post where you’ll find a recipe, read a restaurant review or learn about new food trends.

16. Food Network Canada Recipe

Food Network

Get your next great meal idea on the go with Food Network Canada. Find thousands of recipes, share recipes with recipes with friends, save your favorites, and create grocery lists. It allows you to create grocery lists that allow you to check off items you need to pick up such as dish soap, paper towels, or pet food.

17. Eden Recipes

Eden Foods

It features 1,100+ Eden created, kitchen tested recipes. Browse by course, cuisine, diet considerations, ingredient, or keyword. Create favorites list, email to friends, and share on Facebook. Nutritional information for each. Recipe images updated weekly.

18. Party CupCakes Recipe

CupCakes Recipe

★ 1000+ delicious cupcake recipes for your special occasions!
★ Fantastic cupcake frosting and decorating ideas!
★ You can search and add your favorite cupcakes!
★ Easy to navigate, simple to use!
★ No Wifi is needed. Easy for you to use and check.
★ A must-have cake maker app for cake lovers and cupcake makers!
★ Download to start baking sweet cupcakes!

19. Salad Recipe HD Lite

Salad Lite HD

Now, making delicious food can be as much fun as eating it, with nearly 850 easy salad recipes. With all this, plus easy-to-follow-instructions and beautiful full-color photos of every recipe, this is the one cooking app moms, dads, and kids will all enjoy using.

20. Chocolate Recipe Free

Chocolate Recipe

★ Easy-to-follow instructions!
★ Collection of 2000 + Chocolate Recipes!
★ Search and add your favorites!
★ Share recipes to your friends!
★ Easy to navigate, simple to use!
★ No wifi is needed! You can check recipes anywhere you want!
★ A must-have recipes app for you!
★ Download to start a chocolate sweet day!

21. Bachelor Recipe

Bachelor Recipe Apps

Bachelors and singles that stay away from their home or are far away from their home country have the biggest trouble of cooking. Bachelor Recipes bring to them some quick and easy recipes which they can try themselves and curb daily hunger needs in minutes. These recipes are very quick to make which saves their time and they can avoid eating food from outside.

22. Royal Indian Recipe App

Royal Indian Recipe

Here is your chance to make Spicy and Royal Indian Recipes by your self for you family and friends to surprise them. You don’t have to look further as this simple and easy to use application can help you to prepare greate spicy royal indian recipes by your self. Its step by step guide can help you to cook greate recipes.

  • VEG;(30 RECIPES)

23. Healthy Chef for iOS

Healthy Chef

An app which provides over 70 healthier (and mouth-watering) recipes created by renowned chefs in Singapore! There are recipes for Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cuisines, plus you can search for recipes according to their calorie content. You also get to rate the recipes, publish them on Facebook and add reminders in your calendar to prepare the recipes you have chosen.

24. Thai Cooking for iPad

Thai Cooking App

The dishes are some of the most popular Thai food on the planet. The VDO is presented by “Dee Dee Chef” who talks you through the “how to” process. The app contains photos and text of essential ingredients, use of utensils and recipes. The quality and taste of Thai cooking depend very much on cooking the dishes properly and with subtlety. It is an art in itself and make easy with our instruction presentation. The app is supported by two major Thai food brands to help you pick quality ingredients – Aroy-D and Chicken of the Sea.

25. Mixology – Drinks and Cocktail

Mixology App for iOS

Browse and search through nearly 8,000 drink recipes and over 1,000 ingredients. The “Liquor Cabinet” tab lets you enter all the liquor and mixer types you have on hand–and search the entire database for all the cocktails you’re able to make. The “Random” tab has a slot-machine interface, which lets you find random cocktail recipes based on liquor, mixer, and glassware criteria. The Cabinet and Random features are user-friendly because we’ve broken down ~1,300 ingredients into 87 categories. Cocktails, Martinis, Shooters, Jello Shots, Hot Drinks, Punches, Non-Alcoholic, and Favorites and much more.

26. Low Fat Recipes

Low Fat Diet App on iPad

Looking for low fat recipes? Want to enjoy low fat foods without losing any flavor? On a diet or just trying to eat healthier? Check out tasty and easy to prepare recipes in this Low Fat Recipes app. Collection of 2000 + low-fat Recipes! No wifi is needed! You can check recipes anywhere you want!

27. Cook Lebanese 101 Recipes

Lebanese Food App

In this application:

– Only ingredients available worldwide are used
– Only basic kitchen utensils are required
– An English name is given for each recipe alongside the Lebanese name
– Each recipe has a brief introduction putting it in the context of the Lebanese culinary scene.
– The photo illustrating each recipe is true to the expected end result. What you see is what you get!
– Nutrition facts are included for each recipe. No other app. on Lebanese cuisine offers this!
– A clear step-by-step cooking method: simple wording, no cooking jargon.

28. Salad Recipes Free

Salad App for iPad

Salads can be healthy, satisfying meals on their own or perfect accompaniments to main dishes. Whatever sort of salad you’re after, we’ve got a great collection salad recipes for you including potato salads, macaroni salads, pasta salads, vegetable salads, pasta salads, potato salads, coleslaw recipes, fruit salads,cheese salads, gluten free recipes, diabetes friendly salads and more. The app has about 2000 salads.

29. VahRehVah – Indian Dishes

VahRehVah App

VahRehVah is your ultimate Indian food and recipe cooking Application offering mouth watering Indian food videos with detailed steps of cooking instructions in authentic Indian style.
Vahchef inspires you to cook with perfect ingredients to rekindle your senses and to taste various international cuisines. Learn this culinary art and impress your friends and loved ones.

30. Pakistani Vegetables Recipe

Pakistani Food Recipe

Pakistani Vegetables Recipes is an ultimate recipes magazine of Pakistani and Indian Recipes. All recipes for cooked with vegetables. All recipes are in Urdu language. Recipes are written in very easy Urdu and Readability is great. All recipes are being cooked in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh since hundreds of years.

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