Quite a number of people such as top chefs, moms who cook four meals a day, bachelor boys who can cook up a basic meal and anyone who can whip up a storm in the kitchen want to share their cooking experience online. What better way to do it than to start a food blog. And if you’re using WordPress, you’ll be glad to know that there are many food blog themes as well as a number of WordPress Recipe Plugins to help you get started. You can even fine tune the themes for more specific niches like bakeries, coffee shops or takeaway eateries.
The WordPress Recipe plugins help you to publish your recipe without much fuss, optimize them so that they’re search engine friendly and focus on delighting the reader with convenient options. A template where you simply have to paste your recipe and upload images would be a real time saver. Search engine optimization is achieved largely by ensuring that the plugin is Schema.org and hRecipe compliant.
Let’s check out the features of some recipe plugins,
You do not have to shell out any money for using recipe plugins. There are many quality plugins available for free download on the WordPress repository. In this list, you’ll find the often downloaded and better rated plugins.
Recipe Card by YumPrint
Recipe Card is a completely free plugin that allows you to pick colors, fonts and layouts to come up with your very own recipe template. What’s more, you can work from the familiar WordPress post editor to create recipes. You can add as many recipes to a post as you want. Moreover, you do not lose the recipes on deactivation of the plugin. They remain in your database from where you can retrieve it using other tools.
The recipes are schema.org compliant and so you do not have to worry about SEO. Users can print recipes or save them to a recipe box. They can also review the recipes or access nutrition facts.
Recipe Card uses the services of YumPrint to provide a superior user experience. Whenever you create a recipe, it’s stored on the servers of YumPrint. Once every day, the nutritional information of the recipes is updated by YumPrint. Readers who wish to submit a recipe or save a recipe can do so only after signing into YumPrint.More info / Download
WP Ultimate Recipe
WP Ultimate Recipe is user friendly allowing users to add recipes to posts and pages. You can add photos to each step of the recipe. Using convenient shortcodes or the “Insert recipe” option, you can publish recipes.
If the list of ingredients or the directions are too long, this plugin will help break them up into many smaller parts. With an index on the page, readers can move from one recipe to another easily. The recipes are search engine friendly as the plugin complies with Schema.org requirements.
The user friendly features include searching the text for any ingredient or cooking method, and omitting pictures while printing the recipes. It’s responsive, so users can carry the recipes on smaller devices into the kitchen. Users can also share the recipes using social button.
The plugin can adjust ingredient quantities according to the number of servings. WP Ultimate Recipe is easily translatable and compatible with Pinterest Rich Pins and Google AMP pages.
Using the premium version of the plugin, you can create templates with a template editor. This version allows you to add custom fields to include a meal planner for a full meal with shopping list. It automatically retrieves nutritional information for recipes. Users can submit recipes, as well as rate and share recipes on social media.More info / Download
Not only is Easy Recipe easy to use, it also formats your recipes in a way that it receives maximum exposure from search engines, all without you having to do any code. You merely have to create your post, add images – the plugin will format the recipe for you.
You can even convert an existing recipe that’s in plain text by editing it, selecting the ingredients and instructions and clicking on the EasyRecipe icon. And if you want to port recipes from other platforms like Recipe Card or Zip List, that too is possible. Edit the post, and click on the EasyRecipe icon.
Users can print and rate the recipes by clicking on buttons.More info / Download
WP Recipe Maker
The main advantage that WP Recipe Maker offers is the smooth workflow in creating and publishing your recipe. The metadata is added automatically and this helps improve search engine rankings.
You can add photos at any step of the recipe and have a fallback recipe to display if the plugin is disabled. All the ingredients and instructions can be arranged in groups to make it easy for visitors. A clean print version with an optionalal credit byline is available. You can also migrate content from other plugins to WP Recipe Maker.
Users can search the text of the recipe and rate the recipe in the Comments. Recipes are huge on Pinterest, and you’ll be happy that the plugin is compatible with Pinterest Rich Pins. The premium version offers links to other recipes for ingredients, adjusts servings, displays nutrition labels and allows you to choose from a number of templates.More info / Download
Zip Recipes comes with a number of features that puts your recipes at the forefront with Google. It helps to increase traffic by fine tuning SEO and includes a blog URL in the recipe. Not only blog URLs, you can add affiliate and other links to your recipes.
Besides, it’s not difficult at all to format the recipe and add images. You’ll not have to mess with any custom post types, simply create a recipe right inside a post and add images using Media Library. The plugin has limited number of templates and few styling options. But if you wish, you can customize it with CSS.
You’ll have an additional note field to mention optional ingredients, any special appliances required, additional instructions or quick tips. The plugin automatically adds the post name to recipes and images.
The premium plugin offers additional features like nutrition calculator, recipe card designs, recipe index, author setting, visitor rating and more. The plugin offers support for AMP pages and for multi language capability, including a blog in multiple languages.More info / Download
Yummly Rich Recipes
With Yummly Rich Recipes, you’ll not have to worry about structuring your recipe for search engines, it’ll be taken care of by the plugin. The post name is added to the recipe automatically to enhance SEO. You can copy/ paste a block of ingredients at a time. You can also link the instructions, summary, ingredients or notes to related recipes or affiliate links.
Images can be added at any step of the instructions. You can configure them to appear in the recipe box of the reader, but remain hidden from the post or print version. An optional instructions field is included.
Readers can have their own Yummily boxes and can fill it with their favorite recipes by clicking on a YUM button on the recipe. Each favorite will have a link back to the recipe, so readers can always go back to it.More info / Download
If you want to create your recipes using drag an drop building, Cooked is the plugin you should try. You can build beautiful masonry grids and place your recipes in them. It allows you to build beautiful photo galleries and display nutrition facts and difficulty levels.
You can set up author templates to list recipes of individual authors and a servings switcher to adjust ingredient quantities according to number of servings. Also add cooking times with interactive timers.
Users can search the text and sort recipes based on categories. The numerous hooks and filters present make the plugin developer friendly.
For customized emails, custom recipe RSS feeds, custom login registration, recipe layouts, full screen mode, user submission, rating and more, you’ll need to purchase the premium plugin.More info / Download
Creating a recipe with Recipe Hero is as easy as creating a post using the custom recipe post type. Input everything required, right from ingredients to equipment, cooking time to yield, and everything will be formatted for Google Rich Snippets and Pinterest Rich Pins.
The recipes inherit your theme’s style automatically. But, you can use CSS to style the recipes just the way you want or use the templating engine for easy customization. You can include images, lightbox and galleries. Users can check off the ingredients in the checkbox as they use them.
The plugin is open source and translation ready. It’s possible to extend the plugin’s functions with free and premium extensions.More info / Download
Recipes by Simmer
Recipes by Simmer allows you to embed recipes in any post or page. When activated, Simmer adds an item on the WordPress dashboard from where you can adjust settings.
It’s possible to create custom card recipe themes and style them. You do not have to retype ingredients and instructions each time you create a recipe. Simply copy/ paste ingredients or instructions in blocks.
Additional fields like cook time and serving size are available. You can use them if you like, but at the same time be reassured they’ll not display if left empty. Further, there are sidebar widgets to display recent recipes or categories.
The plugin works with most social sharing tools and is localized in over 150 languages. For customized support, complete nutrition support and star rating support, you’ll have to upgrade to Simmer Pro.More info / Download
Meal Planner Pro Recipes
Meal Planner Recipes relies on three kinds of schema markup to give you maximum SEO benefit. Taking SEO efforts a step further, it automatically pulls the post name to add a name to recipes as well. The nutrition details relating to the recipes is provided by a service, ESHA Research.
The plugin allows you to import recipes from other tools like EasyRecipe and Zip List. You can add images that appear along with the recipe or in Google Rich Snippets. It makes recipe creation easier by letting you add blocks of ingredients and instructions by Copy / Paste. Besides, you can add affiliate or related recipe links to ingredients, instructions or summary.
It lets you style words and phrases in a limited way. Images can appear in recipe box of user. What’s more, it also offers the Save recipe and Shopping List features. The print version will display the copyright and the URL to individual recipes.More info / Download
With GetMeCooking you can add as many recipes as you like to a blog post and edit recipes after they’ve been posted on the blog post. For the reader’s convenience, link the posts on your blog to recipes.
The colors, descriptions and layout of the recipe can all be personalized. You can display the recipes in categories like allergies and low fat, to improve search engine visibility. Moreover, you can list all your recipes on a post or page to create an index in the format you like. Users can filter and search for recipes.
This plugin offers few customization options allowing you to customize some aspects of the recipe like position of the image. It supports 10 languages.More info / Download
Premium plugins offer additional features and a greater degree of support. When it comes to recipe plugins, you’ll also find that there are greater customization options with the premium plugins. Some of the favorites with users are in the list below.
Cookbook is the first product put out by SiteCare. They promise that publishing a recipe will be as easy as pie with this plugin. It takes care of SEO with the help of schema.org and JSON-LD recipe markup. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to stand out in search results with nutrition data for Google Rich Cards.
The plugin is responsive, enables rich formatting and hyperlinks in recipe content. Users do not have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the recipe they want. A shortcode at the top can take them right away to the recipe at the bottom. Further, it allows users to rate the recipes.
With the inclusion of hooks and filters, developers can change the way the frontend appears to visitors. This plugin is translation ready and makes it easy for publishers to use and readers to navigate. More importantly, you’ll not have to choose between important features.More info / Purchase
Total Recipe Generator
With Total Recipe Generator, you can post recipes using pre-built templates as well as with drag and drop ease. The content generated by the plugin is a mix of schema and JSON LD micro data, internal links, and suitable meta tags for a Recipe type content. And so, there’s really no need for additional efforts at search engine optimization.
The plugin ships as a Visual Composer add-on and comes with backend and frontend page builder support. It supports recipes on pages, posts and custom post types. It adds up preparation time and cooking time automatically to display total time. You can resize recipe images to custom size and make use of the built-in Nutrition label creator to display nutritional facts.
There’s internal linking support for metadata, and author name and author URL support. The plugin has built-in social sharing buttons and is compatible with standard WordPress themes. Besides, it’s translation ready and supports RTL languages.More info / Purchase
In addition to the usual features found in recipe plugins, Le Chef includes a grocery list as well as an Estimated duration and timer for each step in the recipe. It also comes with a bunch of new shortcodes.
The plugin includes a nutritional filter, full screen option and can support YouTube videos. Users will also appreciate the super fast, fully customizable recipes filter. A most-liked recipe widget will help new users and the Add-a-recipe module will help users submit recipes at the frontend. A chef dashboard module allows any user to manage their recipes.More info / Purchase
Recipe Box is a feature rich plugin that offers sixty customization options to change colors, typography, labels and more. It generates Rich Snippets so that you have a favorable outcome in Google search results. The plugin adds a meta box to your posts with Recipe description, image, instruction, ingredients and some other optional details. You only have to fill in these fields and add a shortcode to publish your recipe.
Also on offer is a review system that improves interaction with users. The average rating finds place in the microdata, so the rating is visible to search engines.More info / Purchase
To Wrap Up
A recipe plugin can totally transform your WordPress website into a recipe website. Your choice of plugin should be guided by the features you need and the preferences of your audience. Newbies may prefer a plugin that has fewer options and features at the start, and move on to a feature rich plugin. As for users, they get to discover different cuisines and a number of recipes, from the easy-to-prepare to the most elaborate ones.