What Is the Standard Format for Recipe Writing?

The standard format for recipe writing lists the ingredients first and then lists the cooking directions. Other common forms are narrative and action. The narrative form lists the ingredients within the directions, while the action form utilizes features from both the standard and narrative formats.

When writing a recipe in a standard format, include the following elements:

  • Title
  • Name the recipe while remaining clear and descriptive.

  • Head note
  • The head note offers an introduction to the recipe and can include a description, history or tips, among other pieces of information.

  • Ingredients
  • Create the ingredient list along with exact measurements, in the order they will be used. Include directions for pre-preparation as well as ingredient specifics, such as diced, shredded, fresh or dried.

  • Directions
  • Offer the directions in the correct order, listing the ingredients as they are used. Also specify the type of equipment to be used, as well as the cooking times and temperatures. Use standard and descriptive cooking terms, as well as indicate markers to identify when the food is done. List helpful comments and mention proper handling instructions for safety.

  • Other elements
  • List any other helpful information, such as yield amounts, nutritional information, substitution suggestions or any other author’s notes at the end of the recipe. The recipe’s contributor or author can also be attributed at the end of the recipe.