If you're upgrading from the Limited version of this recipe plugin or installing Simmer Pro Recipes for the first time, there are detailed instructions anyone can follow to use the plugin for the first time. 

To upgrade from from Limited to Pro, and confirm you will not lose any of your existing recipes, please follow the instructions here

Simmer Pro Setup 

These instructions apply to sites or blogs installing Simmer for the first time without any existing recipes. 

  1. Purchase the plugin, then download and install the original .zip file included with your purchase. Plugins can be installed under the Plugins section in your WordPress dashboard. Click the Add New button at the top to upload any .zip file.
  2. After installing, finish and Activate the plugin. Lastly, activate and connect your Simmer license key and billing email.
  3. That’s it! Go to Recipes > Add New to start adding your recipe creations. You can also embed recipes in WordPress content or share recipes individually.

An example license key activation for Simmer Pro Recipes.

Using the Recipe Editor

Simmer Pro recipes use the same structure as posts and pages in WordPress. Recipes with this plugin include some familiar WordPress inputs and key functionality Simmer Pro creates for the recipe custom post type (CPT) in WordPress.

Title, Recipe permalink

  • All recipes in Simmer Pro follow a semantic web address structure to make navigation of any library of recipes on WordPress easy for both publishers and customers alike. The default structure is /recipes/recipebut you can also change this to a customized formatting of your product, business, or organization.
  • For example, /cookbook/recipe or /baking/recipe if your blog is specific to one type of recipe.
  • This customizable address structure allows anyone configuring Simmer Pro to target specific search engine optimization (SEO) or other keyword-targeted marketing.


  • Descriptions in Simmer Pro enable all WordPress editor controls for content inside your recipes. Use this area to include affiliate links highlighting specific providers, add a video demonstration of your recipe, any WordPress shortcode, or other advanced markup to make individual recipes unique. Websites selling eCommerce can also use the description area to embed promotions of specific products in your online store.


  • Ingredients and instructions both use a simple items API to dynamically output recipe data.
  • Use the Settings for Ingredients Heading to change the title displayed above your ingredients list.
  • Choose an unordered or ordered list.
  • Sub-headings easily create groups of ingredients in a single recipe.


  • Uses Items API to dynamically output and calculate order and sub-headings.
  • To copy and paste large blocks of pre-written recipes into Simmer Pro, use the bulk add tool for instructions or ingredients.


  • Simmer Pro Recipe categories are completely customizableBuild groups of categories and sub-categories.
  • This system allows custom taxonomies for a modular design for your recipe library.
  • Your blog or website’s category address can be found in Settings > Simmer in your WordPress admin.The default category address structure is yoursite.com/recipes/category/name/, or another example with actual category naming would be: yourname.com/recipes/category/vegan/Use your website’s custom addresses for recipes in your navigation. In your WordPress admin go to the Customizer then Menus. You can add links for recipe categories or your whole recipe library.
  • You can also feature the category for recipes embedded in blog posts. In these recipe cards, the category link will go to the above library address structure. Use these links to get your visitors more of the exact type of recipes they were already searching for when they found your recipe.

Recipe Information

This section allows you to set individual labels output at the top of your default recipe design. 

  • Prep Time
  • Cook Time
  • Total Time
  • Yield
  • Cuisine
  • Source


The nutrition section of recipes lets creators manually enter precise nutrition data for their recipes. No automated or unreliable nutrition software is added to this feature by default. This aspect allows complete control of micro and macro nutrients posted with your recipes, in grams and milligrams.

Measurements include:

  • Single Serving Size
  • Total Servings
  • Cooking Method (manual input, suggestions: Frying, Steaming, Boiling, Baking, Sauteing)
  • Calories
  • Sodium
  • Protein
  • Unsaturated Fat
  • Total Carbohydrate
  • Total Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Sugar
  • Added Sugar
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Saturated Fat
  • Cholesterol

Front-end developers can use the individual helper classes for CSS and front-end control of each nutrition measurement and data point. WordPress developers can use these classes to code custom interfaces for recipe nutrition.

Featured image

Choose an image to represent your recipe. This image is used by search technology like Google to display a preview of your recipe inside search results.

Other recipe features

Recipe excerpts

  • Used in recipe card design for recipes embedded with shortcodes.
  • Does not allow HTML, but the complete description of each recipe (see above) allows complete HTML and oEmbeds like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, and more.


  • Assign individual authors to recipes.
  • Use author pages to connect multiple recipes by the same author (requires custom code).
  • Hide this field with a simple line of CSS in the settings of your theme’s WordPress Customizer: .simmer-recipe-author { display: none; } 

Update, Schedule, and Publish

Recipes can be scheduled and published just like WordPress posts.

For further assistance our support team is happy to help.

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