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. If you’re using WordPress, you’ll be glad to know that there are many food blog themes and 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.
WordPress recipe plugins help you to publish your recipes without much fuss, to optimize them so that they’re search-engine-friendly, and to focus on delighting the readers 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 complies with Schema.org and hRecipe.
Below are some recipe plugins and their features.
You do not have to shell out any money to use recipe plugins. There are many quality plugins available for free download on the WordPress repository. On this list, you’ll find the often-downloaded and better-rated plugins.
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. The plugin is responsive, so users can carry the recipes on smaller devices. Users can also share the recipes using a 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 a shopping list. It automatically retrieves nutritional information for recipes. Users can submit recipes, as well as rate and share them on social media.More info / Download
Not only is EasyRecipe 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 and 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. 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 a 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 optional 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. You can also add and affiliate other links to your recipes.
Besides, it’s not difficult at all to format the recipe and to 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 a limited number of templates and a few styling options. If you wish, though, 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 a nutrition calculator, recipe card designs, a recipe index, author setting, visitor rating, and more. The plugin offers support for AMP pages and for multilanguage capability, including a blog in multiple languages.More info / Download
If you want to create your recipes using drag-and-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 the 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.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 the 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. At the same time, be reassured that 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 related to the recipes are 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 or affiliate related recipe links to ingredients, instructions, or summary.
It lets you style words and phrases in a limited way. Images can appear in the recipe box of the user. It also offers the Save recipe and Shopping List features. The print version displays 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 the 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 on 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 the 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 front-end appears to visitors. This plugin is translation-ready and makes it easy for publishers to use and for 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 prebuilt 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. So, there’s really no need for additional effort at search engine optimization.
The plugin ships as a Visual Composer add-on and comes with back-end and front-end page builder support. It supports recipes on pages, posts, and custom post types. It adds up preparation time and cooking time automatically to display the 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, 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 and a full screen option and can support YouTube videos. Users will also appreciate the super fast, fully customizable recipe filter. A most-liked recipe widget will help new users, and the Add-a-recipe module will help users submit recipes at the front-end. A chef dashboard module allows any user to manage their recipes.More info / Purchase
Recipe Box is a feature-rich plugin that offers 60 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 then 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.