Best … recipe websites


Do you want to do something different for Sunday dinner? Or perhaps you just want to know the very best way to cook your roasties... Whatever your culinary questions, these websites will help you. 
Some allow you to search by ingredient, dinner course or name of dish. Some even give you basic cooking lessons. All take you step by step through the recipes and throw in great tips to help your dish turn out just right.
Try these recipe websites – they’re some of the best!
  • BBC Food - Includes info on techniques and ingredients, recommendations on ways of cooking seasonal produce or for special occasions, plus recipes by chefs you might admire or from favourite series. There’s also a section on cooking techniques such as glazing with egg wash, making choux pastry, scaling a fish or deboning and butterflying a leg of lamb – all with skill levels and videos.

    Each recipe includes preparation and cooking times and how many people it will serve. And there’s a quick recipe finder that searches by ingredient, chef or programme and allows you to quickly find ‘all vegetarian dishes’ or ‘all quick-and-easy dishes’.

  • Delia Online - Delia Smith’s website includes: seasonal menus; meals under 30 minutes; recipes for special diets; an information centre for such things as scaling recipes up or down or converting from US to UK measurements; cook-for-one recipes; and recipes you can freeze. There’s a ‘how to cook’ section, a look at equipment, competitions you can enter, a shop to visit and even a forum you can chat on.
  • UKTV’s Good Food Channel has more than 14,000 easy-to-access recipes for salads, soups, pasta, salmon and so on. Easy to search, the site also has world food, a ‘Recipes A–Z’, info about what’s in season and even an option to add your own recipe. Each section – chicken, slow-cooked, garlic, easy desserts, Italian, cheese, etc. – also has a Top 10.
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Siobhan O’Neill is an experienced freelance writer living in Surrey.