5 Best Apps for Recipes Based on Ingredients

There are plenty of ways to eat healthy and save costs simply by cooking at home. However, for amateur cooks or busy working people, cooking can seem quite a daunting task. This is where cookbooks come in handy, helping you find the best recipe with the ingredients you have available. However, cookbooks too are available in abundance, which makes picking the right one that much more difficult. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to discuss some of the best cookbooks available on the Google Play Store right now to give you the best app to cook recipes based on ingredients. So without waiting any further, let’s have a look at some of the best apps for recipes based on ingredients.

Bear in mind that some recipes may take longer than usual to prepare. So if you’re hard pressed for time, be sure to look for the simplest recipes that take minimal time.

5 Best Apps for Recipes Based on Ingredients

BigOven Recipes

This is a comprehensive kitchen app that can help you cook delicious food and also have a note of your grocery list, so that you know what to get the next time you’re at the grocers. The app has a great social aspect as well, allowing you to know what your friends, family, and experts bloggers around the world are cooking to give you inspiration right away. Since this is a cookbook at heart, there are a ton of recipes to choose from. If you have a family recipe to share with the world, the app will let you do that too. If there’s a recipe you like, you can mark it as a favorite or add it to the “Try” section for later perusal.

Furthermore, you can categorize various recipes in folders within the app for easy access. You can shop for exactly what you need thanks to the grocery list feature on the app. This allows you to easily mark off the ingredients that you’re looking for, and go home with all the items required by the recipe. BigOven Recipes is a free download on the Google Play Store and comes with ads as well as in-app purchases. The app is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 and up.


This is an incredibly social cooking app that helps you gain knowledge and share it back with the community. You can find a ton of user curated recipes that might just be the one you’re looking for. The social aspect allows you to share your own recipes with the community, or you can even share your recipes privately using the private chat feature within the app. You can even share the picture of a dish you created with the author of the original recipe.

If given access to your photos on your device, the app can automatically sort out all your cooking photos from the past three years, giving you an excellent idea of all the dishes that you’ve cooked in that timeframe. It’s easy to save a recipe and only share it with a select few people. This is handy if you don’t want your recipe to be shared with the world, but would still want a copy of it in the app. Cookpad is a free download on the Google Play Store and comes with in-app purchases. There are no ads, however. The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.2 and up.


This is a comprehensive cooking app that can take much of the pain from cooking as well as shopping for groceries. By giving you access to thousands of step-by-step guides on cooking, recipes and more accrued from renowned food experts from around the world, SideChef is giving you the best possible recipe for a particular dish. Moreover, you can add groceries to the in-app shopping list and have them delivered to your doorstep. Using CookAssist technology on compatible devices, SideChef can sync with LG’s SmartThinQ appliances and let you control its features through the app. The developers have promised to add more appliances to the list overtime.

What I personally like about this app is that it allows you to create weekly meal plans to help you save time for the entire week. This will take no longer than 30 minutes depending on the recipe you choose. SideChef is an excellent app for amateur and experts alike and is a free download on the Play Store with no ads or in-app purchases. The app is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 and up.

Yummly Recipes & Shopping List

This app curates exciting recipes numbering over 2 million from popular sites like AllRecipes, Epicurious, Food52 etc, giving you the best in terms of food and dining. You can set up taste as well as nutrition preferences and Yummly will only recommend food items that match with your diet. This takes all the work away from manually having to pick out recipes individually. You can save your favorite recipes using the “Yum” button on the app to easily pick them out later.

You can also schedule recipes for a later date so that you are reminded exactly when you need to cook. Yummly is a free app on the Play Store and comes with ads. Check it out.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

This app allows you to follow popular cooks and can offer recommendations based on your cooking patterns. You can also find thousands of step by step cooking videos to take you through the tough process of cooking complicated dishes. You can share your cooking accomplishments with the world using the “I Made It” feature on the app, helping you gain some bragging rights for your recipes.

You can also pick out a recipe and all its ingredients to your shopping list, helping you greatly when you go grocery shopping. Lastly, you can search for recipes based on some ingredients, helping you filter out recipes best suited for you. Allrecipes Dinner Spinner is a free download on the Play Store with ads. There are no in-app purchases.