The 13 Best Sites for Finding Simple, Cheap Recipes

The 13 Best Sites for Finding Simple, Cheap Recipes

For aspiring home cooks, finding just the right healthy recipe online takes ages if you’re not sure where to look. Not to mention easy, or cheap recipe sites that will help you make home cooked meals with little fuss or extra cost.

If you want to stick to healthy eating, thousands of top-rated cheap recipe sites online feature healthy living. Food gurus and food lovers from all over the world work to inspire us with visual, step-by-step guided cooking instructions.

These easy, cheap recipe sites allow us to sharpen our culinary skills on inexpensive meals for free. Plus, there’s no need for expensive cookbooks!

If you’re always on the hunt for great websites on simple, frugal recipes, then you’re in luck! This list includes 13 of the best cheap recipe sites for easy, healthful eats and why they rock!

Budget Bytes

This is one of the 1st sites I found out about when I started getting my debt under control. I love all the super-accessible food ideas Beth comes up with and obviously I love how they don’t break the bank!

Super Cook

This site that is super-handy because you can plug-in whatever ingredients you have in your cabinets. Then, the site will actually find recipes that match them. All you have to do is pick the ones that look good and try out your hand at them.

Hillbilly Housewife

This site is all about home cooking from scratch using frugal recipes that happen to be nutritious. Check it out because it has lots of easy meals that even kids can make.

Serious Eats

They may have intricate recipes, but they also have basic ones as well. Like, a basic crusty bread recipe that I’m planning on trying to make soon. The reason I suggest this site is that they tell you why you’re doing the technique that you’re doing, so you can learn and apply it in other things you’re cooking.

The Vegan Stoner

Don’t let the name fool you- this is a fantastic recipe site that features everything from smoothies to desserts and all kinds of delicious meals in between, all with simple ingredients.

Binging with Babish

This site has a lot of easy to follow and execute recipes on his website/YouTube channel that I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone remotely interested in cooking. Be sure to watch his “Basics with Babish” series. What’s great about “Binging” is it takes different foods and recipes from TV or movies and makes them from scratch. What “Basics” does is look at how to cook and use specific techniques using simple, easy recipes.


If you enjoy watching instructional videos of people turning everyday ingredients into a feast, then this site is a must-visit.

One of my favorite categories is their Three Ingredient Recipes. You can learn how to make restaurant-style meals like a Chicken Caprese Salad or Icebox Chocolate Cheesecakes, even a Watercress-Fontina Souffléd Omelet all with just three ingredients! The recipes seem fancy, but they’re remarkably simple.

All Recipes

This site is great. You can follow Chef John on YouTube too. While he does have some advanced cooking methods, he also demonstrates a handful of basic recipes that are super fun to make. I recommend AllRecipes because you can read people’s suggestions and even sort various recipes by categories such as meat, vegan and non-vegan meals, etc. It’s simply inspiring!


This is where you can find exciting new culinary trends, cooking tips and tricks from all over the world. What makes this site great is because you can search for kitchen cupboard staples or specific ingredients even filter for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and even paleo meal ideas that fit your lifestyle. What’s not to love about Pinterest?

Minimalist Baker

This is arguably my favorite recipe website ever and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for all things baked goods including simple recipes to help you make delicious meals in less than 30-minutes.

The Kitchn

Also another favorite recipe site because it contains a large variety of recipes, cooking techniques, and information about the latest kitchen gadgets.


I love looking for inexpensive foods on Reddit! You can find some gems in the sub Reddits: r/AskReddit, r/BudgetFood, r/EatCheapAndHealthy, and r/15MinuteFood.


Instagram is great for variety. For a good start search the Tags: #cheapmeals, #cheapeats, #frugalfood.

Did we leave out any cheap recipe sites that you LOVE? If so, tell us below! And, if this helped you, we would love to hear from you! So, feel free to leave your comment below and share it with your friends!

P.S. MyFreezeasy has been a total game-changer for our family in the whole making life easier in the food department! 10/10 recommend!


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