Over 2.5 million meals cooked using SideChef’s dynamic step-by-step recipes. Home cooks of all levels now have the power to flawlessly create a delicious meal every time. Called “best app” by USA Today and the New York Times “favorite cooking app,” SideChef unlocks your ability to cook at home empowering you to eat healthier, save money, and impress your friends and family. Start browsing our library of 16,000+ recipes today!

Next time you’re wondering what to eat, simply open SideChef to quickly find recipe inspiration tailored to your specific preferences. SideChef takes into consideration your dietary requirements, allergies, and food preferences to make sure you can find a recipe you like in less than ONE minute. Search for recipes that use ingredients you already have at home by using SideChef’s ingredient filter.

New to cooking? You’ll love our step-by-step recipe format that provides an image or video for every cooking step so you know exactly what to do. Utilize our built-in timers so you never overcook something again. How-to videos teach you valuable culinary skills from how to properly dice an onion, to how to press tofu. Rate recipes and share your photos to join in on the SideChef home cooking community. Exchange tips and share cooking fails and successes.

Use our meal planning tool to select your recipes for the week, or save appealing recipes to your cookbook. Easily add recipes to your shopping list for a simplified grocery store experience, OR purchase your ingredients directly in the app, and they’ll be delivered through AmazonFresh.

Remotely control your compatible smart appliances with 2,000+ CookAssist enabled smart recipes.
Compatible brands include: LG, GE, and Bosch Home Connect brands including Thermador and Gaggenau. Simply link your devices and start cooking. The SideChef app will ask you to confirm oven controls as you progress through the recipe based on the temperature, time, and mode indicated in the recipe.

***“Favorite cooking app” – New York Times

***“It’s not just recipes, it does everything for you” – The Today Show

***”SideChef has become a game-changer in the crowded space of cooking apps” – Forbes

***“One-Stop-Shop” – Paste Magazine

***”Best Cooking App” – Tom’s Guide

“If you’re always scorching the stew and you just can’t seem to achieve perfectly puffed chocolate chip cookies, let this free app serve as your new cooking companion. “ — Real Simple

“If you’ve ever ruined an entire meal because of a seemingly tiny mistake in timing or ingredient proportioning, then we have an app for you.” — Business Insider

Personalized recipe recommendations for these diets and allergens: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Low-carb, Paleo, Gluten, Egg, Dairy, Soy, Peanut, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish

A variety of cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, French, and more!

Recipes from your favorite culinary influencers: top food bloggers, writers, and renowned chefs

What’s New

Version 4.3.1

* Fixed: diet personalization now updates for non-logged in users

Thanks for cooking with SideChef. Email for any feedback or questions.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
544 Ratings

544 Ratings

rtb0892 ,

Great for busy lives

I love the shopping list feature, and the step by step cooking instructions. It’s great to have a few recipes to throw into the mix of my normal routine. The search bar for recipes could be better like searching by ingredient- as of now it’s the name of the recipe which can be difficult when looking for ideas.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for providing your valuable feedback! We really appreciate the 5-star review. Please reach out to us at, if you have other suggestions :)

thebutterymuffin ,

Instructions clear but images repeat

First off lots of great recipes and very clean design on the app. Love it save for the images in the step by step instructions. Most of the time an image from the previous instruction will display for the current one. For example, one step may be to slice some mushrooms and it’ll show an image of slicing mushrooms. The next instructions would say slide an avocado or pull the husk off an ear of corn and it’ll still show that slicing mushroom picture. Must be something wrong with your image cacheing or the table not updating properly.

If it were fixed I’d for sure give this five stars as I’ve found some great recipes on SideChef

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback! Do you mind emailing us the name of the recipe to so we can investigate further?

Justinr9999 ,

Doesn’t have much function to limit based on allergy

I set it to no dairy and low carb. First recipe is a cheesy buffalo wings and nearby is a recipe for Coca Cola ribs. On top of not limiting based on my set preferences, it doesn’t have near the limit/filtering function necessary to be useful and differentiate from other apps.

Like ginger - I need to remove that, but I could easily substitute for something else in most recipes. So at the database level, each ingredient almost needs to have a field for “substitutable” so it doesn’t so drastically limit the number of recipes.

While this may be a niche, it would be an excellent functional addition to an app with regular recipe and shopping function.

Developer Response ,

We’re really sorry you had a negative experience, our goal at SideChef is to make cooking easier and it looks like we had the opposite effect. We will add your suggestion to our Wish List. We also really want to build something that you will love, please reach out to!


SideChef Group Limited
175.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
In-App Purchases
  1. Colorful Smoothies $0.99
  2. Cookie Roundup $0.99
  3. Desserts Diaries $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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