Best Cooking Subscription Boxes for Chefs, Newbies, and Foodies in Between

Updated by Timothy Paradis

Whether you’re a novice cook or a trained chef, embarking on cooking something new for the first time can be equal parts challenging and exciting. From finding the best recipe to shopping for all the necessary ingredients to measuring and mixing, there are so many steps where you can go wrong! That's where subscription boxes for chefs and aspiring chefs among us come in. With Cratejoy’s food-and-ingredient-focused subscription boxes, you don’t have to be a Top Chef winner to make a delicious meal.

Gone are the tedious tasks of making shopping lists, heading to the grocery store, and doing prep work, because cooking subscription services simplify the process from start to finish, making it stress-free and fun! Sending high-quality ingredients and simple instructions, curators of cooking boxes focus on everyone from spice lovers and heat seekers to grill masters and even picky eaters. From exotic global dishes to 5-star desserts, these wow-worthy culinary creations will impress your (or your favorite foodie's) dinner guests!

Still on the fence? Just remember that making monthly meal delivery services and cooking subscription boxes is a great way to explore new recipes, get expert guidance, and wade into home cooking pinch by pinch. The marketplace offers a large variety of different cuisines that may be hard to find in traditional grocery stores.

One example is the IndiFix , loaded with Indian snacks and treats! Great to share with friends, each box comes with 12+ full-size Indian snacks including chips, cookies, chocolate, drinks, candy & more! Discover a new cuisine with thoughtful curation from small businesses steeped in the culture!

Tinned Fish Club

Tinned Fish Club

From $29.99 per box
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Tinned fish is having a moment in the culinary world—and with good reason. Not only is tinned fish a versatile ingredient or snack on its own, it’s also just downright delicious. Not to mention fish comes packed with Omega-3s and other nutritional benefits. From cod to salmon to sardines, with this subscription, they’ll fill their pantry with self-stable fish from around the world.

Shipping: We try our best to send out first time orders within 5 business days. We can also take some special requests if you just email us. Thank you for your support of our small business!

“Excellent product and service. Bought this as a gift and they couldn’t be happier with this box. I am getting my own subscription after seeing the gift.” – Travis C.

Global Kitchen Inspiration Meal Kit Box • Roaming Radish

Global Kitchen Inspiration Meal Kit Box • Roaming Radish

From $44.00 per box
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Each month includes a different cuisine inspiration with pantry staples, spices, and recipes. They'll only need to bring their own produce and protein to the party to start cooking. This box also donates 5% of the cost of each box to a charity or organization that helps producers in that part of the world.

Shipping: All new orders ship via UPS or USPS within 1-3 business days. Your boxes will ship on or around the same day each month!

“I got this for my daughter and she loved it so much that I got another subscription for myself. It is a wonderful way to try different foods from around the world. Absolutely worth every penny!” – Shannon W.

The Ultimate BBQ Experience

The Ultimate BBQ Experience

From $40.99 per box
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Have a grill master in your life? This subscription box delivers premium BBQ sauces, dry rubs, and grilling surprises monthly, plus pitmaster-approved recipes and exclusive deals from award-winning suppliers.

Shipping: Your first box ships within 72 hours. Subsequent shipments will ship on or before the 9th of each month. Please allow 5-7 business days for your order to arrive. Free U.S. shipping! International shipping is $19.99/box. IMPORTANT: Giving a subscription as a gift? Remember to print or email our gift notification cards if you need one.

"Love these boxes! Always a great surprise as we grill a lot and what’s inside are products we are trying out for the first time." — Susan T.

eat2explore explorer subscription box - a family educational food & culture box

eat2explore explorer subscription box - a family educational food & culture box

From $26.50 per box
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What do you get when you combine global cuisine with cultural education? You get the chance to diversify that kid-friendly meal plan, while teaching kids all about how others are eating. Whether you're chowing down on Mexican tacos or Singaporean chicken satay, eat2explore takes your kiddos to 17 different countries. Grab that passport, cook with essential spices and hard-to-find ingredients, eat and learn!

Shipping: Your first box will ship within 2-3 business days. Please order by the end of each month to get the current box. For existing subscribers, we ship on the 11th of every month. *Please order by December 13th, 2023 to receive your shipment by December 24th, 2023*

“This has been great for teaching young kids to cook and exploring different countries. They take much of the longer/harder tasks out making this great for weeknight meal.” – Annemarie V.

Piquant Post Flavor Kits

Piquant Post Flavor Kits

From $10.99 per box
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It's no secret that flavorful healthy recipes require high-quality, freshly-ground spices. Piquant Post Flavor Kits is the perfect way to nudge them out of their cooking comfort zone, and create exciting and delicious meals. Each box delivers 4 spice mixes and 4 chef-developed recipe cards inspired by different cultural cuisines. Making everything from Vietnamese pho to Indian tandoori chicken is easier than ever!

Shipping: Now shipping the April box! An order today ships in ~2 business days** Subsequent months always ship on the ~15th of each month.** Use Cratejoy gift email feature to select a date to send a gift message. Join 10's of 1000's of customers across the globe with best spice club on the market and take your home cooking global!

“This is by far my favourite spice subscription, I’ve tried a few different ones. The recipes are extremely easy to follow and delicious & I love that they have the spices for sale on their website in case you want to buy more for future recipes! I’m basically a pro chef now thanks to Piquant Post!” – Sarah S.

Spice Madam Monthly Subscription

Spice Madam Monthly Subscription

From $20.00 per box
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Go on a culinary world tour right from the kitchen with the Wanderlust Select Culinary Spice Kit. If they love a good cooking challenge, this kit will have them exploring a unique array of cuisines like French quiche lorraine, Japanese yakitori, or Pakistani Kadhi Pakora. Give the option of exploring up to 1000 different flavor combos with this gift box.

Shipping: The 1st box of your subscription ships between the 2nd-3rd week of the month following your order. For example, if you order on May 25th, your 1st box will ship around June 12th-18th.

“Believe me when I say our family has tried all kinds of kits and this one is hands down our favorite. The kids are learning more about the world without even realizing it and the best part is seeing them actually try new flavors because they are involved in making it. Get this for your family now!” – Lauren L.

A pinch of salt… and more awesome cooking subscription boxes can be found in the Cratejoy Marketplace !