6 Useful and Free Cooking Apps for the iPhone/iPad

With only a month until Christmas, it’s the perfect time for some preparation in the kitchen! Christmas Day tends to be a busy day of cooking up dinner with all the trimmings, but what if you’re unsure of how to cook certain parts? Maybe you’re looking to cook up some new savoury and sweet treats for the holidays? Whatever you are after, there are plenty of cooking apps available to download and use for free on the iOS App Store that make your whole cooking experience much easier, less stressful and most importantly-fun!

Create some tasty dishes using our choice of six of the best cooking apps available on the App Store for downloading today.


Packed with over 350,000 recipes, this is definitely one of the most comprehensive cooking apps available on the iPhone and iPad. This app allows you to input your spare ingredients and suggests meals you can create out of them, mixing this all with a menu planner, grocery list browse recipes curated by season, holiday, course, lifestyle, diet and more. This is also the perfect app to store recipes of your own.

Jamie’s Recipes

Famous chef Jamie Oliver provides his own app of recipes on the App Store. Every Monday, users of the free app will have access to 15 free recipes, working as samples of what is available in the full collection. Accessing the whole collection needs an active subscription though, which can be renewed through the app.  However, sticking with the rotated 15 free weekly apps seems good enough for most.


The cooking version of dating app Tinder, ‘Tender’ allows you to take the basic swipe right/swipe left functions of the dating app and swaps it from voting on potential matches to saving or dismissing recipes. Users can easily filter recipes by their favourite ingredient, save recipes and view their details by tapping the recipe picture. This app provides a unique and fun spin on the cooking app category.

Cook with M&S

Marks & Spencers offers a great selection of recipe ideas, packed alongside shopping lists, a cooking timer function. New recipes are added to reflect the new seasons, so there is always something new and weather-appropriate to try.


Voted one of the best cooking apps in the App Store in 2014, Yummly provides an impressive search that compiles popular recipe sites into one app. The search feature allows you to search by holiday, cuisine, taste, diet, nutrition, allergy, cook time, difficulty and more, so you’ll definitely find something that appeals to you (and your stomach!). This app also works well on the Apple Watch.


Over 1,000 recipes are available to peruse on the Yum-Yum app. Each recipe contains step-by-step photos that can be viewed easily on an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, including nutrition facts, a grocery list and dishes sorted by cuisine, complexity, holiday and much more.