12 best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps

by: Joe HindyDecember 9, 2014
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Food Network in the Kitchen best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps
Android is good for so many things and one of the more popular uses is in the kitchen. Aside from the obvious and simple tasks like keeping a timer while something bakes, you can also use it to find some really good recipes. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps.

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allrecipes best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsAllrecipes Dinner Spinner

[Price: Free]
Let’s start off with a classic, shall we? Allrecipes Dinner Spinner has been one of the go-to recipe apps for Android for years now and was among the first really reliable apps in that category. The dinner spinner is a classic because it lets you choose what ingredients you want and then serves up recipes based on those decisions. There are also seasonal recipes, instructional videos, and a dedicated shopping list to help you keep track of what you need from the store. It’s also free and free is good.
Get it on Google Play
allrecipes best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


big oven best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsBigOven: 350,000+ Recipes

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
BigOven is another popular app that’s been around for a while. As it claims, there is access to over 350,000 recipes that range from the classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner to things like dessert, brunch, and other foods. You can save favorites, plan meals in advance, keep track of what you need on the shopping list, and find pretty much whatever it is that you’re looking for. The free version gives you all the basic features and has ads. The premium version adds some more features like private notes on recipes, a RecipeScan feature that lets you upload your written-down recipes, and more. It’s a very solid option.
Get it on Google Play


cheftap best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsChefTap Recipe App

[Price: Free]
ChefTap Recipe App is an app that allows you to hunt for recipes across multiple platforms including Pinterest, Allrecipes, and others. You can import recipes from across the web to create and maintain your own personal catalog. Some other features include offline mode, various interface customization features, and the ability to edit recipes you import. You can have up to 50 recipes saved without an account. With a free account you can save up to 100. If you go pro, that becomes unlimited and you get device syncing.
Get it on Google Play


cookbook best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsCookbook: Free recipes

[Price: Free]
As the name implies, Cookbook is a cookbook full of recipes that you get for free. The recipes are sorted in all sorts of different ways including by ethnicity, cooking method, and ingredients. It’s also one of the precious few apps on this list that has Android Wear support that might actually be useful. There is also a dedicated shopping list, calculated prep times so you can plan meals better, and reverse recipe searches. It’s not as involved as some of these others but it’s a solid free option.
Get it on Google Play
cookbook free recipes best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


cookpad best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsCookpad Recipes

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Cookpad Recipes (previously known as Allthecooks) is another cookbook app with a lot of options. You can create your own cookbook one recipe at a time and it helps you find recipes that others have made. There is also recipe reviews you can read and even a forum you can sign up for and chat with other people who use the app. It has a well-designed user interface and it’s pretty easy to use. The feature set is a little basic but the app works very well and some people really like simplicity.
Get it on Google Play
cookpad best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


food network in the kitchen best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsFood Network In The Kitchen

[Price: Free]
Having a cooking apps list without the Food Network almost seems like blasphemy. In the official Food Network cooking app, you’ll have access to thousands of recipes from a lot of celebrity chefs. It’s fairly well organized, has seasonal recipe updates, a shopping list, and the ability to bookmark and save recipes for later use. Recent updates have also started adding instructional videos for some recipes and we assume future updates will bring more.
Get it on Google Play
Food Network in the Kitchen best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


paprika recipe manager best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsPaprika Recipe Manager

[Price: $2.99]
Paprika Recipe Manager has been recommended by a lot of websites and we’re another one that’s going to do it. Some of the features of this app include a built-in web browser to search for recipes, a grocery list feature, the ability to enter in custom recipes and organize them into categories, and the ability to scale ingredients to a recipe for more or less people. There are also some basic nutrition features if you’re looking to watch your diet as well. It’s another more basic app but it gets the job done.
Get it on Google Play
paprika recipe manager best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


Pinterest best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsPinterest

[Price: Free]
Websites like Pinterest were made for lists like these. Along with finding any number of other interesting things, you can also find a whole bunch of recipes. Using the app, you can find them and then pin them to your boards where you can find them later. Given the wide range of subject matter, there aren’t many features specifically for the home chef (like the shopping list, etc) but if you just want something simple where you can search and find recipes, then Pinterest has you covered and there are apps on this list that can grab those recipes if you need the more serious features.
Get it on Google Play


tumblr best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsTumblr

[Price: Free]
Much like Pinterest, Tumblr is a huge network that allows you to search for practically anything and that includes recipes. You can follow people who post their own recipes or browse around and save the ones you like to your favorites. It’s not as organized as Pinterest is and there are a lot of NSFW kind of stuff there, but if you’re already a Tumblr user then it’s just a matter of finding the people who post about food along with your other interests.
Get it on Google Play
Tumblr best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


what's for dinner best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsWhat’s for Dinner? Recipes

[Price: Free]
What’s for Dinner? Recipes is another recipe app that keeps it simple. You’ll have the usual array of features like a grocery list and meal planning along with the ability to search many popular recipe websites. It even grabs from MyRecipe.com which is one of the few high-end recipe sites without a mobile app on Android (there is one on iOS). About the only bad part is the interface is fairly old and this app hasn’t been updated since 2012 which means that the next time I update this list, this app is probably getting taken off of it. So pick this up while it’s still relevant!
Get it on Google Play
what's for dinner best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


the whole pantry best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsThe Whole Pantry

[Price: $2.99]
The Whole Pantry is a hybird of a lifestyle and wellness guide and a recipe app. It comes with ten guides and 52 recipes which, admittedly, is a small amount of recipes. To make up for it, there is also a wealth of resources to finding recipes from other places that focus on specific dietary needs. You can find stuff for the paleo diet, vegan, and other diet styles that you need. There is also the all-important shopping list functionality and the ability to save recipes that you like. It focuses a lot on style and design and it shows because The Whole Pantry is a good looking app.
Get it on Google Play
the whole pantry best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


wtfsimfd best Android cooking apps and Android recipe appsWTFSIMFD (Warning: NSFW)

[Price: Free]
Last up is WTFSIMFD and if you want to know what means, consult the image of the app icon above. It’s a little bit of a joke app that’s actually kind of helpful. If you don’t know what to make or know what you’re in the mood for, this app will give you some suggestions. Obviously, it’s not safe for work, school, or for kids but adults can get a giggle out of it while they figure out what to do for dinner. The suggestions are linked and if you click on them, it will take you to a recipe of that item. Is it vulgar? Yes it is but it is also useful and free.
Get it on Google Play
what the fuck should i make for dinner best Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android cooking apps and Android recipe apps, let us know in the comments!

To see our full list of our best Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • Daniel Söderström
  • Vincent Gaylie

    I miss the gojee android app :'( They by far have the best recipes.

  • Lamar Smith

    You missed spark recipes and eating well.

  • Lucas Schuster

    I like eMeals. There is a free app that is only useful with the paid subscription for meal planning

  • sherri

    Pepperplate is an app I use frequently. You can access it across devices, keep/add all your recipes is one place, organize and plan menus, etc. Very useful and functional.

    • 73roderick

      Agreed, Pepperplate is by far the best if you are wanting to import or create your own recipes. Evernote and OneNote aren’t too bad either, but require too much formatting.

  • Chemist

    since springpad closed down I’ve been searching for something to import my recipes too. So far I haven’t found anything

  • Sultan Keshwani

    REAL SIMPLE magazine has an excellent app named “No Time To Cook?” check it out.

  • You also missed FoodPlanner! Its FREE! Manage your recipes, create meal plans and much more. Check it out http://www.foodplannerapp.com

  • DVOBarbara

    The Ultimate Recipe Management System is the ‘Cook’n Recipe Organizer’ by DVO Enterprises.
    It is the #1 app for me! Runs on desktop, laptop, Android and IOS devices. And you can sync your recipes between your desktop and mobile devices!
    Check it out at http://www.dvo.com and you can read about all the features. Awesome!

  • Vichu Rapper

    I found Zomato and Evernote food from this list useful. http://androidonesmartphones.com/food-apps-android/

    How tumblr and pinterest comes in the recipe/cooking apps? I agree there are alot of boards and tumblr posts related to recipe and cooking but it is as painful as finding an well organized useful food app fro playstore.

  • Michelle Brown

    There is this new app called SmartyPans !! I think it’s great for beginners like me :)

  • FRecipes

    FRecipes Pro.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/FRecipes-Pro/1610091375910539

    Soon In App store And Play Store

  • Simple Apps

    I’d love my app to get reviewed and included in a list like this, it’s a simple timer app that will help make sure that all your food is ready at the same time…

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kitchentimer

    :D

  • Gforce27

    Big Oven. I searched through them all, but ultimately, I wanted something where I didn’t have to go copying and pasting recipe URL’s–I had a previous meal planner app like that, and it was really time consuming to set up. 9/10, I find a recipe I like on Big Oven and just “click to save,” and if I don’t, their recipe clipper, a la Pinterest, is a snap. So far, this app is by far the easiest to set up and the easiest to use.