Top 10 Food & Cooking Subreddits
We love wasting enormous amounts of time on reddit. Take, for example, the blog post you are currently reading. Originally we were going to write about tips on how to be a better cook, but we got sidetracked on reddit — so instead you’re getting our top 10 food-related subreddits and why you should be browsing them. We’re not including the obvious ones like r/food and r/foodporn, where people just brag about what they ate (we have Instagram for that). Reddit is a great resource if you’re learning how to cook! These subreddits will help you discover new recipes, learn from other people’s cooking mistakes, and help you improve your cooking skills.
Note: these subreddits aren't in any particular order, but as you go down the list, the better they get!
This is the most obvious one, so let’s get it out of the way. It’s general and can be filled with underwhelming content. But it’s also very popular, so if you ask a question, it’ll likely get answered fast — unless it gets lost in the flood of new posts. Much like going to your weird, racist uncle’s house, you don’t want to spend too much time here, just a quick visit every now and then.
Featured Post: ~500 favorite reddit recipes collected by hundreds of redditors.
Need recipe inspiration? This subreddit is your best bet. Here you can ask if anyone has a good recipe for X or a recipe that uses X ingredient. If you like collecting recipes, r/recipes recommends using Evernote, Onenote, Google Drive, or Dropbox to save them all in one place. (And in the process, save a few trees.) We are sad to report that at the time of writing, it appears that more people are lurking than contributing. So go on, cook yourself something nice, and share your recipe with others!
Featured Post: Typical comment on a recipe...
Cooking for beginners is exactly that: a community for beginner cooks. There is no such thing as a stupid question here — whether you want to know how to replace stock cubes with fresh stock or have a question about vinegar, the subscribers here have your back! You’ll find many beginner-friendly recipes here, so if you’re new to cooking and need some recipe inspiration, this is a great place to start! What really makes this subreddit amazing is the list of YouTube channels they've compiled for people interested in cooking.
Featured Post: 27 infographics that teach you how to cook.
(Or you could check us out on Pinterest, where we pin all the cooking-related infographics.)
Busy and don’t have time to cook? Like to make excuses as to why you’re ordering out for the third time this week? This subreddit is dedicated to helping you get back on track — do all of your meal prep on Sunday and have meals for the rest of the week! The meals that people prep on this subreddit are impressive. Want to get started? You’ll need some good containers.
Featured Post: Meal prep sunday starter guide.
r/EatCheapAndHealthy & r/Cheap_Meals
Food is expensive! But you can still eat good food on a budget — both of these subreddits are great for people who don’t want to spend a fortune making meals. ECAH is also a huge advocate of using the food bank if you can’t afford food and need it. You need to eat!
Featured Post: Actual poor student's cookbook.
No time to cook? No problem. You can come home to delicious-smelling meals everyday if you use a crock pot! This subreddit is filled with slow cooker recipes — soups, stews, roasts, and more. Have a question about what you can cook in a slow cooker? You’ll find your answer here.
Featured Post: Mmmm, get in my belly!
Do you have a question about cooking? Did your Google-fu fail you? Well here comes r/AskCulinary. Their guidelines are strict, but if you have a good question about something related to cooking, you’ll find the answer here.
Featured Post: Marinating meat vs choosing a better quality cut.
Are you big on doing things from scratch? Then this is the place for you. We are huge advocates of cooking from scratch as much as possible — there’s no better way to learn to cook than by jumping in and trying make something from the most basic ingredients possible. The experience you gain from experimenting (and failing) is invaluable and will make you a better cook!
Featured Post: Taking the name of the subreddit to heart.
If you want to get inspiration for how to plate or just want to look at pretty pictures of professionally plated dishes, spend some time here. Be warned though, you are going to walk away feeling terrible about your own plating skills. (But that’s okay, you’ll get there.)
Featured Post: Just look at this thing. Look at it.
Conversely, if you want to see how to never plate a dish, check out r/WeWantPlates. Avoid these mistakes. Also, please compare and contrast the difference between people who want to look like they can plate food, and people who actually can plate food. (Kind of like the difference between people who actually know what they’re talking about on Facebook and those who don’t.)
Featured Post: Bad, bad, bad!
What is your favourite food-related subreddit? Let us know in the comments below!