20 Subreddits On Home Cooking & Recipes
With Internet access you have thousands of recipes at your fingertips, assuming you can wade through the cute cat videos first.
One of the best sites to find cooking ideas is Reddit. The community is huge and it’s currently in the top 10 websites for the US. But Reddit can be tough to navigate since many communities are splintered across the site.
That’s why I curated this list of the 20 best cooking subreddits you should follow. They each have their own flavor of content so there’s a little something here for everyone.
First is the classic /r/Cooking subreddit. This is by far the largest Reddit community on cooking and recipes.
It has over half a million subscribers and gets dozens of new posts daily. This means it’s great for chatting about cooking and gathering new ideas, but it might also be tough to submit new posts and get attention.
Still this is the first place you should stop on your Reddit culinary tour.
For more of a Q&A community check out the /r/AskCulinary subreddit.
This is also fairly large with 120k subscribers. It’s also very active and the members are super helpful.
It’s a great place for beginners and experts to ask questions about anything cooking related. Many people answering questions are professional chefs so there’s a lot of great info in these discussion threads.
And each week the community makes a big thread with a compilation of advice & tips for everyone to enjoy.
For the average person cooking can feel more like a chore that just needs to be done. But with this mentality comes McDonald’s and fast food purchases galore.
That’s why /r/EatCheapAndHealthy is so valuable.
It’s a place where everyone, regardless of their culinary skills, can learn to make meals that have two very important factors:
- Good for you
This subreddit is actually close to the size of the main cooking sub pushing about 450k subscribers as off this writing. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
A great place to pick up some simple cooking ideas that won’t break the bank.
I can’t count how many recipes I see online on any given day. They seem to keep popping up with the rise of food bloggers continually climbing.
This is great for anyone who wants recipe ideas without buying all kinds of recipe books. And /r/Recipes is one of the best places to find free recipes with ease.
It’s fairly active with dozens of new posts daily and it covers all kinds of recipes from breakfasts to grilling to desserts.
You can even sort by 12 different categories using the colorful links in the sidebar.
Here’s one of the coolest subs I’ve ever seen, and it’s such an obscure idea too.
The concept of /r/GifRecipes is to publish animated GIF pictures that show you step-by-step how to create a dish. Usually these posts come with instructions and measurements but they’re mostly used to showcase how raw ingredients turn into food.
This is another wildly popular subreddit closing in on 480k subscribers. After looking over some of the content I can see why!
No doubt this should be in your top 3 cooking subs if you’re brand new to Reddit. You can check this daily and still find new incredible stuff.
It can be embarrassing not knowing much about cooking or nutrition. Unfortunately good cooking classes cost money and not everyone has the time to attend.
But if you can make the time to read stuff online you can learn a lot from /r/CookingForBeginners.
An excellent sub with a ton of great material for beginners who have no idea where to start.
You’ll learn about proper utensil choices, which pots & pans you need, how to boil, fry, pretty much everything. It’s like a free Cooking 101 class where all the students help each other(and some pros drop their advice too).
Perhaps the easiest way to get into cooking is with a slow cooker, also called a crock pot.
You basically throw all your ingredients inside and cook it on low for hours. You can start something in the morning before work and by the evening it’ll be ready for dinner.
The /r/SlowCooking is full of enthusiasts who love this method of cooking. You’ll find tons of recipes along with tips for seasoning, serving, and cleaning.
Plus everyone is very friendly so you’re free to ask questions about anything.
Some people care a lot about the taste of their food. Others just want to get nutrients in.
Those in the former group will appreciate /r/TastyFood. It’s definitely a smaller sub with only 10k subscribers but it’s also fairly active.
New recipes are posted daily and you can find so many cool ideas here. But be warned, this isn’t a place for beginners to tread. Some of these recipes can get so detailed it’ll make your head spin!
Still it’s a nice community for gathering ideas and building internal cookbook.
Let’s face it: life keeps us all busy. Making full meals every day can be tough.
But if you learn to prep your meals you can save a ton of time in the long run. That’s why /r/MealPrepSunday is so awesome.
It’s like an intro course for anyone who wants to start prepping their weekly meals in advance. You can find tons of advice from people who do this every day. Ask questions, get guidance, share advice, and start saving time in your busy schedule.
Those who love cooking really like to get into the process with different ingredients and extra spices.
But some prefer to keep their meals lean and simple. That’s what /r/Minimeals is all about.
This small community discusses small meals you can make with few ingredients. It follows the minimalist mindset with a goal of keeping everything simple.
Beginners would especially enjoy this sub because it goes into so much detail about basic cooking ideas and crafting your own recipes.
The subject of baking is absolutely huge and it’s not something everyone cares to learn. But if you are a baker then the baking subreddit is a place you’ll call home.
It’s a sizable community with over 100k subscribers and new posts daily. You’ll find inspiring cake photos, awesome cupcake recipes, muffin ideas, pretty much everything related to baking.
Related topics are also open to discussion like which ingredients to use in brownies and how to frost your cakes with grace.
Very much the de-facto subreddit for anyone who loves doughy sweets.
Another smaller yet similar community is the /r/Dessert subreddit.
It is very small with only 8k subscribers and maybe a couple posts each day. Most of these are recipe videos or finished products like gorgeous cake designs.
You can ask questions and find some cool recipes here too, although I have to admit there are better subs for that kinda stuff.
But it’s worth joining the desserts community if you’re a dessert lover yourself. You never know what kinda treats you’ll stumble onto.
There’s a big movement in the cooking community of buying raw ingredients and cooking meals from scratch.
As you get better at cooking you learn how to mix & match ingredients, combine ideas together, and find the tastes you like. That’s what makes the /r/Fromscratch community so fantastic.
You’ll find hundreds of custom recipe ideas and meal concepts made by people all over the world. It’s got a ton of practical advice for creating your own recipes and learning to cook your own stuff from scratch.
Fantastic sub if you’re into this kinda thing.
Another specialty sub is /r/BBQ for all your barbecue fanatics.
Looking for advice on how to marinate a skewer? Or how long to cook your ribs on your new charcoal grill? This sub has you covered with answers to all your burning BBQ questions.
It also has a good mix of related content like finished meal photos, BBQ recipes, and guides for anyone new to grilling.
And if you want other more specific subs on barbecuing check the sidebar for recommendations.
One pot, one plate, very easy cleanup. That’s the kinda meal I can get behind.
It’s also the premise of /r/Onepotmeals which curates recipes that only require one pot for cooking. Genius right?
Each recipe is carefully vetted by the moderators so the best ones rise to the top. You can rest assured all of these recipes will only require one skillet, pot, pan, or whatever you wanna use.
There’s also a good variety of videos and GIFs so it’s not just a bunch of written recipes.
Want to share your dinner recipe with the Reddit community? Or wanna see what others are having for dinner?
Then /r/Tonightsdinner should be on the menu. It’s a pretty fun sub where amatuer and professional chefs come together to share their meals.
Posts are just food photos although some people are nice enough to share their personal recipes.
I don’t think this will prove incredibly valuable for those who want to learn how to cook. But it’s an awesome place to browse if you’d like to see what other people are doing.
While technically this isn’t a cooking or recipe sub, I do feel it’s relevant to anyone who wants to cook their own food from scratch.
The folks at /r/Canning discuss food preservation and keeping raw ingredients fresh for longer. This sub is especially valuable for anyone who grows their own veggies and wants to maintain bulk storage.
Although I have seen some beautiful canning recipes that don’t require very much effort.
If you wanna learn more about this process definitely check out the canning Reddit community. You’re free to ask pretty much anything since the members are more than willing to help.
Also consider digging into some canning books if you wanna really get into the nitty-gritty of this entire process.
With so many food blogs it’s super easy to find great vegetarian & vegan recipes. But wouldn’t it be nice to have all this stuff in one place?
That’s where /r/VegRecipes can help. It’s a mid-sized community of 45k subscribers focused solely on vegetarian recipes you can make at home.
Each recipe submission includes flags for certain features like dairy-free, gluten-free, or even totally vegan.
There’s a good mix of videos and articles so you have your pick of the litter.
Plus there’s a dozen similar recipe subs in the sidebar so check those out if you’re looking for more vegetarian/vegan stuff.
Food is just one part of health and many people forget the other part: exercise.
A healthy body is an active one but it also requires the right nutrients to stay that way. The FitMeals subreddit merges all these ideas together sharing meals that are cheap, healthy, delicious and perfect for gym-goers.
Some recipes are oriented more towards weight lifters and people hoping to gain weight. Others are more towards people hoping to lose weight and stay healthy.
No matter where you fall there’s a lot of great ideas here to go through.
Last but certainly not least is the aptly named /r/CookingVideos.
It’s one of the smaller communities on this list but it still gets a handful of new posts every day. These mostly point towards YouTube videos teaching you how to create some recipe or showcasing a cool trick in the kitchen.
One nice thing about this sub is how you can sort by categories. Desserts, dinners, vegan meals, there’s a bunch of categories right at the top you can click and organize with ease.
Simply one of the best resources for people who are more visual learners.
But Reddit probably has well over 100 food communities so don’t let this list stop you from exploring and finding more.