It’s time to put your Roku player in the kitchen or living room to good use, as this guide will walk you through some of the best cooking channels on Roku. From basic cooking video tutorials to food-centric TV shows, the channels offer everything you would ask for.
Cooking is a fun and satisfying activity that’s part of our daily lives, making it an essential life skill for everyone to learn. After all, we all rely on food to survive and sustain ourselves, or we would all be starving to death. But cooking isn’t easy for everyone, and sometimes we need inspiration and some sort of guidance to learn new recipes.
Back in the day, people used to buy food magazine subscriptions to learn recipes for various cuisines and tune in to cooking shows on the cable. Nowadays, you can simply look up any recipe you want on the internet and get instant results.
Furthermore, there are millions of step-by-step cooking videos you can stream on-demand and improve your capabilities in the kitchen. Many of us have already turned to digital sources rather than following physical books for cooking, and you should try it too.
5 Best Cooking Channels on Roku
iFood.tv is a cooking-centric streaming platform from Fawesome, an ad-supported network also known to offer thousands of movies, shows, and other content for free. On iFood.tv, you get access to more than 50,000 quality cooking guides and shows without requiring a subscription or account.
From American to the Caribbean, Cuban, French, Filipino, European, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Thai food, you get access to an expansive catalog of international recipe guides.
Plus, you can browse recipes by ingredients and seasons. The channel also offers special courses for vegan and diabetic foodies. Besides visual instructions, iFood.tv also provides a list of ingredients and a summary for every recipe.
2. Food Network GO
Food Network is one of the most popular cooking channels in the United States. It provides nationwide coverage of TV shows and specials about food and cooking. Over 98% of American pay-TV subscribers receive the channel.
If you also have Food Network included in your cable or satellite channel package, you can sign in to the Food Network GO Roku channel with your provider details. It’s a TV Everywhere service, so you can stream the Food Network channel live and enjoy its programs on-demand on Roku.
Some of your favorites shows are available for streaming on Food Network GO, including Guy’s Grocery Games, Chopped, Kids Baking Championship, Beat Bobby Flay, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Pioneer Woman, 5 Ingredient Fix, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, 30 Minute Meals, and many more.
At the time of writing, Food Network GO supports hundreds of TV providers in the United States, such as DirecTV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, Fios, Optimum, Cox, Spectrum, etc.
If you pay for a monthly OTT live TV subscription from fuboTV, Sling, Philo, Hulu, or YouTube TV, you can also sign into the Food Network GO Roku channel and enjoy its TV Everywhere offerings.
We also have a separate guide on adding and activating Food Network on Roku, which new users should definitely check out.
3. The Food Channel
The Food Channel is a popular American website targeted towards foodies, offering various food recipes, tips and tricks, news, and reviews. It’s also available on Roku as a free channel, providing access to thousands of seasonal and trending food recipe guides at no cost.
From main courses and side dishes to appetizers and international cuisines, The Food Channel has a lot to offer. You can also watch its 90 Second in the Kitchen videos and restaurant reviews without a subscription.
It’s worth mentioning that there are occasional commercial interruptions when streaming videos from The Food Channel, but it shouldn’t bother you too much.
4. Tasty TV
Tasty TV is a new Roku channel for food lovers. It’s based on the YouTube channel of the same name (operated by BuzzFeed), which currently has over 20 million subscribers. It offers cooking tutorials for beginners, quick meal guides, baking recipes, meal challenges, food-centric reaction videos, blogs, as well as food and cookware reviews.
If you are looking to give your breakfast, lunch, and dinner courses a new taste, Tasty TV is your destination. It features hundreds of step-by-step cooking videos from world-class talents, and you can stream them on your Roku for free. You won’t even need to register for an account.
You can browse the videos on the Tasty TV Roku channel by several different food categories. There are also special sections for Keto-friendly and vegetarian meals. Seasonal cooking recipes are available as well.
Tastemade is a basic online network that broadcasts food, travel, and lifestyle-related programs. It’s available as a live channel on several ad-supported video streaming platforms, including The Roku Channel, XUMO, IMDb TV, Peacock, etc. Tastemade also has its own streaming channel on the Channel Store.
You can watch Tastemade’s original food-centric shows on Roku via its official channel, such as Alice in Paris, All the Pizza, Grand Opening, One for the Road, Food Court, 8-Bit Cooking School, Broken Bread, Heritage, Make this Tonight, Thirsty For, Dish It Healthy, Making The Menu, and more. Plus, you can tune into the 24/7 Tastemade live stream for a linear TV experience.
All of it is available for streaming for free on the Tastemade Roku channel, albeit with frequent commercial breaks. However, you can pay for its $2.99 monthly subscription to get rid of the advertisements.
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Watch Cooking Videos on Roku via YouTube
It’s no secret that YouTube is the biggest video streaming service for independent creators, and many of us visit it to watch videos on a daily basis. In fact, it’s home to millions of videos based on various topics, and cooking is one of the most popular genres on the platform.
From homemade to professional recipes, you can learn and cook new items for yourself and your family pretty much every day. YouTube is ad-supported, so you won’t even need to start paying for a recurring subscription.
Below a list of some of the most popular cooking channels on YouTube you can subscribe to:
- How to Cook That
- Pro Home Cooks
- Peaceful Cuisine
- Steve the Bartender
- Bon Appétit
- Food Network
- Babish Culinary Universe
New uploads from the following cooking channels will show up on your YouTube Roku channel’s “Subscriptions” page only when you link your Google account to it. You can also use YouTube on Roku without logging in, but it will be a hassle for you to access recipe guides and other food-related videos.
How to Add Cooking Channel on Roku?
If you find any of the following cooking channels interesting, click the given Channel Store link, select Add channel, and sign into the same Roku account linked to your Roku player or TV. The channel will appear on the Home screen the next time you turn it on.
You can also add the channels directly from your Roku device by performing the steps below.
- Go to the Streaming Channels menu from the Roku Home screen.
- Select Search Channels, then type in the name of the cooking channel you want to add (e.g., Food Network GO, Tasty TV).
- Next, choose the following channel from the results pane.
- Click Add channel and wait for your Roku to install the selected channel.
- Hit OK when it’s done adding the channel and then return to the Home screen.
After that, you can open the newly added cooking channel from your channel list on Roku. You should find it at the bottom of the list.
This guide showcases a handful of cooking channels we consider as the best on Roku. We also recommend trying out Cooking Panda, Eater Food & Drinks, and BestCooks (by iFood.tv) if you are in search of more food-centric Roku channels.
Whether you have a Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streambar, or a Roku TV, the channels featured in this list are compatible with your device(s). You can add all of them from the Channel Store.
If we missed any of your favorite cooking or video recipe channels on Roku, tell us about them in the comments below. You can also check out our other Roku guides while you are here!