Discover great new recipes from the web, add your own, and get cooking tonight with Basil! Basil helps you find recipes, organizes them for you, and makes cooking easier.


"Basil has reinvigorated my love for cooking."
- Mike Vardy,

"It is clear that Kyle designed every single detail of this app for practical simplicity."
- Patrick Rhone, Minimal Mac

Favorite features:

◆ Basil is designed for your iPhone and iPad to make cooking easier, and keeps your recipes and grocery list in sync with iCloud!

◆ Search the web's best recipe sites all at once and save recipes from them with just one tap!
◆ Add your own personal recipes, too, so your favorite recipes are all in one place!
◆ Add recipes from any app with a website or URL using Basil’s recipe save extension
◆ Recipes are stored on your iPad offline

◆ Basil makes shopping for the next meal a cinch. Add recipes to your grocery list, and Basil sorts them by aisle. Even better, Basil suggests healthier substitutes for certain ingredients!

◆ Beautiful interface made for cooking. Big, readable text so you can read at a glance in the kitchen
◆ Smart ingredient scaling: Scale your recipes, and Basil will handle it all for you
◆ Time-based directions magically become instant cooking timers
◆ Auto unit conversion. Choose your preferred units (American or metric) and Basil will convert recipes for you. If you're in the UK and save American recipes, Basil will convert all those pesky cups and teaspoons to metric units for you!
◆ Cross off ingredients as you cook, and Basil will turn them gray so your eyes are drawn to the ingredients still left to use.
◆ Take notes! Add your own adjustments and notes to each recipe so you know exactly what to do each time you cook.

◆ Organizes your recipes for you! Recipes are automatically tagged by ingredients and setting the meal and cuisine type is quick too, so you can do things like see all of your breakfast recipes with bacon, or see your Chinese recipes. No need to spend time making folders!
◆ Filter your recipes by favorites, meal and cuisine types, tags and sources
◆ Browse your recipes by big, beautiful photos! It'll get you inspired to cook (and hungry!).

Basil makes it easy to find new recipes with its special quick-search feature, and organizes them for you. Each new recipe is tagged with its main ingredients, and adding cuisine and meal type is a snap. You can find just the recipe you're looking for by sorting according to favorites, cuisine type, meal type, or main ingredients. Or you can just search them, using full-text search.

Basil even makes cooking easier. Directions and ingredients are easy to read at a glance, and any time-based directions ("sauté for 5 minutes") are turned into buttons which start a timer, so you don't have to fumble with a separate timer. You can cross off ingredients as you cook, and Basil even converts units for you automatically.

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What's New

Version 3.0.2

- Importing large Basil export files could take a while to complete
- Bug where multiple duplicate food items on your grocery list that are combined into a single list item by Basil could not be checked off
- Selecting a new tag with the tag editor would not update the list of available tags correctly

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5

10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Highly Recommended


After diligently trying and rejecting most of the more familiar recipe management apps on the App Store, I came across this little gem.

As a keen amateur cook, I've been looking to digitise my recipe collection and make it available to all my mobile devices for some time. This app does everything I need. It makes importing recipes from a website an absolute doddle, and a large number of websites are supported. It will create shopping lists and makes finding recipes according to various criteria is easily achieved. The developer is responsive to user suggestions and appears to be quite actively developing the app.

An excellent app which I highly recommend.

Was Perfection, now cannot recommend

Smokin' Now

New review: still works, but Dropbox will no longer allow backups and it does not look like it will be updated. I have loads in this and am now forced to find a way to get my recipes into another app, one that has a future.

Old review: Well almost, but I seriously don't know why this isn't more highly rated. I use this all the time, it is perfect for holding all your recipes and so easy to save ones from the web. Clear, uncluttered interface and 'it just works'.

Seems no longer to be supported

Have you seen my....

I have always been a great fan of this app, but it has not been touched for two years. There are problems appearing with Dropbox back-ups and syncing, with the search facility and no replies forthcoming from the app support button.

Does anybody know if Kyle is still around to maintain this? If not it is a great shame, because it is a great App when in full working order.

I have hundreds of recipes on here and transferring them elsewhere would be a real pain.


Kyle Baxter
18.3 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
Unrestricted Web Access
© 2012 Kyle Baxter


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