You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
Basil Recipe Manager

When you want a beautiful but efficient recipe manager

Basil is a recipe manager app that is packed with a ton of useful features and looks gorgeous, too

Basil Recipe Manager

by Kyle Baxter
Simple and clean
Basil Recipe Manager
Basil Recipe Manager
$4.99 in the App Store

Basil is a recipe manager app that is packed with a ton of useful features and looks gorgeous, too.

Simple and clean. Basil is a gorgeous way to view and manage your recipes on iPhone and iPad.

Simple and clean
Smart grocery lists

Smart grocery lists. Basil organizes your shopping list by aisle, and offers healthy alternatives.

What is it about?

Basil is a recipe manager that is as functional as it is beautiful. Users can use the built-in browser to find recipes online, save them directly into Basil with the proper formatting for ingredients and directions, organize them into categories, and use the "Smart Timers" to make sure you're cooking things for the proper amount of time without having to switch apps. On top of that, Basil can create grocery lists for you based on the recipe you want to cook, and they're organized by aisle so you don't have to make multiple rounds throughout the store. Plus, each recipe's text color depends on the photo that you save with it, and there is seamless iCloud syncing so you can access your favorite recipes across multiple iOS devices.

For those who...

  • Like pretty apps that are still functional with a ton of features
  • Need an app for finding and organizing recipes

Not for those who...

  • Don't like to cook
  • Don't care about having a pretty interface for their recipe manager

Why we love it

Basil is both beautiful and functional. It's a great option for those who need to organize their recipes but want something that looks good at the same time.

App Screenshots

Basil Recipe Manager screenshot-0
Basil Recipe Manager screenshot-1
Basil Recipe Manager screenshot-2
Basil Recipe Manager screenshot-3
Basil Recipe Manager screenshot-4

App Details

Food & Drink Lifestyle
Last updated
July 9, 2018
Release date
March 20, 2012
More info

App Store Description

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.

Supported Sites For Instant Save:

Thank you for your support! If you love Basil, please consider leaving a review.

If you have any issues, please email We have no way to contact you if you explain an issue in a review.

AppAdvice does not own this application and only provides images and links contained in the iTunes Search API, to help our users find the best apps to download. If you are the developer of this app and would like your information removed, please send a request to and your information will be removed.