7 Best WordPress Recipe Plugins

Best WordPress Recipe Plugins


7 Best WordPress Recipe Plugins: Discover the secret to great looking recipes!

WordPress is a great platform for those that want to create an online presence. Creating a blog or content site has never been easier. One such topic that has seen a huge increase in popularity is recipe and cooking blogs! Why not create a presence doing something you love, all the while connecting with new people! And the best part is this. WordPress recipe plugins offer out of the box solutions to get your recipes seen by search engines and look great, too! If you are looking to start a recipe blog or want a time saving plugin to organize and present your recipes, look no further. Here are 7 of the best WordPress recipe plugins on the market that you can download and start using today!

First, why you should be using a WordPress recipe plugin.

Plugins are fantastic tools that incorporate ‘built for you’ software to enhance the functioning of your site. What is more is there are a ton of great options for recipe plugins that save you time and make your site look great! However, not all plugins are created equal. It is important to note that while plugins are there to support you, some can HURT your site. Poor software design and incompatibility are just some of the issues commonly found with plugins. Therefore, here is a deep dive on the 7 best recipe plugins you can install today. These are tried and tested favorites that should not have a negative impact on your site. Start using one of these WordPress recipe plugins and save tons of time while getting your content seen by search engines today!

1.) WP Recipe Maker

First on our list is one of the most popular WordPress recipe plugins on the market. This SEO friendly plugin helps get your recipes seen in Google. WP Recipe Maker features an easy workflow to get your recipes organized in a pinch. What is more is WP Recipe Maker integrates with the classic WordPress editor as well as the Gutenberg editor. This makes for a seamless transition for those already accustomed to using the editor to create recipes. This plugin streamlines that process with an easy to use block and short code option. This is a huge time saver for those that spend countless hours formatting the visual appearance of your recipes.

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Improves SEO search with automatic metadata for your recipes
  2. Proven compatibility with existing WordPress editors
  3. Optimized for Google recipe search
  4. Compatible with Pinterest Rich Pins for easy integrations to social media accounts
  5. Print Recipe and Jump to recipe shortcuts for easy viewer navigation.

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.7

WP Recipe Maker is the best choice for those that need an out of box solution that fits most needs. Its focus on SEO optimization and ease of use makes this a game changer for new and time crunched WordPress users.

2.) Zip Recipes

Next on our list is Zip Recipes. This plugin is another great option that offers an easy to use template builder for all your recipe needs. This WordPress Recipe plugin also has the added benefit of metadata optimization as well. This will help get your recipes seen in search engines. Additionally, one of the most important aspects of this plugin is their support! If you have any questions or issues with this plugin, responsive support and how-to articles are a big plus! Finally, Zip recipes have an added focus with mobile usability. With more and more traffic coming from mobile devices, this is a big plus!

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Optimized with JSON LD Metadata.
  2. Flexible editor makes creating your perfect recipe template an easy task.
  3. Mobile friendly and AMP optimized.
  4. Includes a rich pin integration option.
  5. Extensive support, great for new users.

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.5

Zip recipes has a lot to offer. It is focused on mobile friendliness and custom template designs make this a great choice for more experienced WordPress users.

3) Recipe Card Blocks

Next up is the Recipe Card Blocks plugin. This option is the perfect choice for heavy users of the Gutenberg block editor. This WordPress recipe plugin integrates seamlessly with Gutenberg, allowing you to add great looking recipe cards to your posts. And the best part is this plugin adds a Gutenberg block making it easier than ever to add recipes! These cards are metadata optimized and can include recipe details, cooking times, directions, nutrition facts and more!

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Integration with Gutenberg block editor.
  2. Amp and mobile friendly.
  3. Multiple out of box designs for fast use.
  4. Works with ANY theme (no integration issues).
  5. Includes video integration.

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.5

Recipe Card Blocks is another solid choice for those looking to up their recipe game. Seamlessly integrating with the Gutenberg editor makes this a great choice for those who have experience with the editor.

4)Cooked – Recipe Plugin

The Cooked WordPress recipe plugin has been around for a while, and for good reason! This features many of the SEO benefits like the other plugins on this list, but with a drag and drop template editor for full control over design! This makes a fantastic option for those that want a plugin that provides some flexibility. Also, this plugin offers a ton of premium features for free! One of our favorites is a built-in serving switcher. This automatically updates the ingredients list for your readers. This feature rich plugin is a solid choice and will help improve the usability of your food and recipe site.

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Feature rich plugin with many premium features for free.
  2. Drag and drop template editor.
  3. SEO optimized for Google rich snippets.
  4. Full recipe design customization.
  5. Has a developer section for even more customization!

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.2

Cooked is an awesome choice for those that want full functionality and control over the design of their recipes. If you are looking for a feature rich option, give this plugin a try! But this may not be the best choice for beginners to WordPress with a slightly steeper learning curve.

5) WP Ultimate Recipe

Next on the list is another popular recipe plugin. WP Ultimate Recipe Plugin is an all in one plugin that has a feature for every food blogger. This is the best plugin on this list for social sharing and printing! This is often a common complaint of users and this WordPress recipe plugin fixes that with ease. Increase the usability of your site and allow your readers to easily share your recipes!

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. All in one plugin
  2. Great for usability. Share and print with ease.
  3. SEO optimization for rich snippets.
  4. Offers PRO plan for comprehensive recipe design
  5. Out of the box recipe index for easy navigation

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.0

Another solid option on this list that has been around for a long time. It offers a ton of easy fixes for common recipe blog issues. This plugin comes from the makers of WP Recipe Maker (number 1 on this list!) As of now, both are being updated, but most new features moving forward will only be added to the WP Recipe Maker. If you do end finding this plugin is the best choice, keep an eye out for them discontinuing updates.

6) Boo Recipes

Next up on our best WordPress recipe plugins list is Boo Recipes. This simple, yet powerful plugin is the perfect choice for those that need to get up and running fast. Although light on customization, this is a great choice for the less tech savvy or non-coders out there. All you must do is input the ingredients and instructions in a list format and the plugin takes care of the rest. Automatically add SEO friendly metadata and create great looking recipe cards fast with this lightweight plugin.

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Great quick, lightweight plugin
  2. Automated SEO metadata
  3. Out of the box recipe designs for every need
  4. Provides chef skill level taxonomy
  5. Provides 3 index styles for easy navigation

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.0

This is another great choice for those looking for an easy to use plugin. What is more, is it is a lightweight plugin so should not have any noticeable speed impacts on your site. Because of this, however, some features may be missing or are not customizable for some needs.

7) Blossom Recipe Maker

Last on the list is Blossom Recipe Maker. Another simple, but powerful plugin that does a ton of automation for you. What we like most about this plugin is how user focused it is. It includes advanced search features and measurement adjustments creating an interactive recipe for your readers!

WordPress Recipe Plugin Features

  1. Lightweight plugin
  2. Automated SEO metadata and rich snippets
  3. User focused, helping increase engagement
  4. Recipe video support
  5. Print text only version of Recipes in one click.

Our Recipe Plugin Score: 9.0

Blossom is a fantastic lightweight plugin that will fit almost all basic needs. This is an especially good choice if you want better interaction with your recipes. The lack of customization and premium features may not fit all needs, however.

Bonus Plugin! Recipe Key

Although not specifically a recipe plugin we wanted to include Recipe Key because of how useful it is! This plugin allows you to easily add icons and short text to your existing posts and categories. This makes for a totally unique and user-friendly interface for your readers. This links your recipes to similar content, helping increase reader engagement and pageviews. This is a great choice to use in addition to one of the other plugins on this list!

Plugin Features

  1. Visually pleasing navigation solution
  2. Integrates with existing categories
  3. Free plan offers up to 4 icons

WordPress Recipe Plugin Wrap Up

Integrating a good WordPress recipe plugin is essential for the serious site owner. Not only do they save you a ton of time, but the designs and functionality will keep your readers coming back for more. Use this list to find the best recipe plugin for your needs today! Need help with your next WordPress web design? Give us a call, we’d be happy to help!

About The Author

Dustin Reed

Dustin Reed, is the owner and senior web technician for Innovative Solutions Group. He started working at Innovative Solutions Group in 2011 and took over as owner in 2016. He takes great pride in the fact that he truly enjoys doing what he does best, Building Professional Websites! During his 10 years working at Innovative Solutions Group, he has been responsible for many different aspects of the business ranging from creating new accounts/domains on Innovatives server to responsive(mobile-friendly) template creation. Some of his other responsibilities/strengths are WordPress website design, CSS/HTML coding, creating visual animations using Jquery, page layout, and troubleshooting many different types of problems that may arise. When he is not busy working at Innovative Solutions Group, he enjoys doing all of the great outdoor activities that the beautiful state of Montana has to offer. Such as, fishing, camping, hiking and enjoying a day at the lake during the summer.

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