How to Use the Zip Recipes Plugin

1. Once you’ve installed the Zip Recipes Plugin, click “Add New” under Posts (or pages, or any other post type you want the recipe embedded in) on the left-hand navigation bar. When you’re on the “Add New Post” screen you will see this

2. You can start to make a new blogpost now, to go with your recipe. When you are ready to insert the recipe, click on the plus sign in the left hand corner.

3. You will get this screen: Click on Zip Recipes.

If you do not see the zip recipes icon between your most used blocks, then simply click in the search bar and type: zip. The icon will now appear. Click it.

4. On the right hand side of the page the Zip Recipe options will open up now. This looks like this:

view of the screen with Zip Recipe options

Click on “Create and insert recipe” and create your recipe. When you get the following notice:

it means that your blog post is not saved yet, so it is probably best to cancel and first save your draft before continuing. The draft is automatically saved from time to time, so you might not get this notice at all.

If you already have created recipes, you can easily select them at this point.

Creating a recipe


  • You can simply add the ingredients, just make sure each ingredient is on a separate line
  • If you are adding a recipe that has a secondary recipe, maybe for a sauce or a glaze, pay special attention. Add ingredients for the main recipe, then start the next line with an exclamation point to create a label, like !For the Sauce. Then, add the ingredients for the secondary recipe.

For an example of such a recipe, see here

Instructions and more

  • Put your instructions also on separate lines. Again, use ! to create the instructions for secondary recipes, like in the example above.
  • If you scroll down, you can also enter more details, like rating, prep time, cook time, serving size and yield. Click the “Save” button when you are done.

You will see a preview of your recipe as you type. Like so:

preview of the add a recipe screen


Getting back to your post goes like this:

Click on “edit linked post” as is shown here:

When you are satisfied with your post, publish as usual.

Here’s what a recipe will look like in Google search results.


Just like the big recipe sites, such as and, your recipes can also show up in the Rich Snippets format within Google Recipe Search with a photo, ingredients, cook time and ratings.

Editing a recipe

To edit a recipe, you have 2 options.

  1. Start from the recipe overview, in your dashboard under “recipes”. Here you have a list of all your recipes that you can edit, delete or unlink from its post. You can also add new recipes here, and link them to a post later.
  2. Start from the post in question, open it and then click on the recipe block. The recipe options, just like shown under “creating a recipe”, (see above) will be shown on the right hand side.screen with edit recipe options, entered from posts

Adjusting Your Settings

1. From your WordPress dashboard, scroll to halfway and click Zip Recipes on the left-hand side

2. This will open a page called “Zip Recipes Plugin Settings,” and from here you’ll be able to customise the output of your recipe plugin in several ways. Let’s take a look at each. If you choose to make any changes, be sure to click the blue “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page when you are finished. Any changes you make here will be reflected across all recipes posted on your site using the Zip Recipes Plugin.

  • Custom Print Button. If you changed the look of the Print button (or plan to do so), you’ll need to enter the image URL for the custom button in the space provided. If you plan to use standard Print text link, just leave this field blank.
  • Zip Recipes Plugin Link. If you keep this box unchecked, a line will appear at the bottom of your recipe posts in light colored text that reads “Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Zip Recipes Plugin.”
  • Printed Output: Recipe Permalink. If you leave this box unchecked, the URL for the specific recipe post will appear at the very bottom of the print version of the recipe.
  • Printed Output: Copyright Statement. Here you have the opportunity to enter a copyright notice, the URL for your blog, or anything else you’d like to see appear at the bottom of the print version of your recipe posts.
  • In the Recipe Card look and feel you’ll see Stylesheet. Only uncheck this box if you or a designer are working on a fully customized stylesheet to use with the recipe plugin (most plugin users will leave this box checked).
  • Recipe Title. If you leave this unchecked, you will see a title in the main body of your post. If you check the box, the black title to the left of the “Print” button below will disappear. The title will continue to appear on the print version of your recipes.
  • Print Button. If you leave this unchecked, you’ll see a “Print” button to the right of the recipe title, enabling your readers to print out your recipe as a recipe card.
  • Image Width lets you set the appropriate size to match the width of your blog post. All of your recipe posts will size photos the same way based on this setting.
  • Image Display has two options. First, check the “Don’t show image in post” option box and the image will not appear in your blog post. Second, leave “Don’t show image in print view” checked and the recipe image will not appear when users print out your recipe.
  • Border Style. Here you have the opportunity to add a solid, dotted, dashed, thick solid or double black line around the entire recipe. The default is set to none if you do not wish to have any kind of border around your recipe.
  • Ingredients and Instructions. Here you have the option to change the label (e.g., if you prefer to refer to “Instructions” as “Directions”) or hide the label altogether by checking the “Don’t Show” boxes. Additional options include how the information is displayed: bulleted list, numbered list, etc.
  • In the Other Options section you’ll find options to change labels for rating (premium feature), cook time, yield, notes and more. These are all optional so you don’t need to include any of them in your posts. However, if you want your posts to show up in Google Recipe Search in the Rich Snippets format, you will need to include at least two of the following fields: prep time, cook time, total time, calories,  rating and/or image.
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