What do we call the food that we made/prepared by following a recipe?

It doesn't have to be a single word actually. I just want a shorter term for that.

  • perhaps reliable? – anongoodnurse Jan 2 '14 at 4:50
  • maybe not suitable, I want to make a clause like Share your ..., Is work suitable for my case? – Aprian Jan 2 '14 at 4:56
  • If you're looking for something like "work", maybe "efforts" fits the bill? – Mr Lister Jan 2 '14 at 10:01
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    Aprian, saying How do we call is awkward and unnatural. A common and natural wording would be What do we call. – Tristan r Jan 2 '14 at 11:45

Any food which is prepared following a recipe is normally called a dish.

Dish is defined as A particular variety or preparation of food served as part of a meal.

  • fresh fish dishes
  • pasta was served as a main dish


In the light of @Aprian's comment:

If I use "Share your recipes", would it suggest that they are sharing their own recipes? I want them to share the picture of dishes that they prepared.

may I suggest that either of the following the phrases could be used:

  • Post your dishes online

  • Submit your photos of dishes

  • Share the end results of your culinary efforts by sending us your photos.

    (Not pithy perhaps but it is clear)

Google images seems to back me up on post your dishes.

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    Wouldn't you also call food that was prepared using improvisation a dish. – Peter Shor Jan 2 '14 at 13:53
  • @PeterShor Yes, any food which involves adding ingredients and any form of preparation is a dish. The fact that it is improvised still means there was a procedure leading to the end product. – Mari-Lou A Jan 2 '14 at 15:15
  • So I guess whether this is a valid answer depends on whether the OP wanted a word to distinguish between a dish prepared following a recipe and an improvised dish (this was my interpretation) or just a word which means dish. Rereading the question, it's not completely clear. – Peter Shor Jan 2 '14 at 15:19
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    I interpreted the OP asking for the name of the food prepared following a recipe. The OP's example sentence: "share your work" is far too vague; "share your dishes" or "recipes" on the other hand, fits better. – Mari-Lou A Jan 2 '14 at 15:31
  • @Mari-LouA Actually I want them to share picture of the dishes that they prepared by following the recipes in my apps. So which word fits better? – Aprian Jan 3 '14 at 1:25

In some cases, you can call it a recipe.

You would generally say:

her recipe for lemon bars was delicious,

and not the longer alternatives:

the lemon bars made by following her recipe were delicious,
the dessert made by following her recipe for lemon bars was delicious.

These alternatives are grammatical, and are in some sense more logical, but I don't think any native English speaker would use them.

  • That might suggest that you ate the piece of paper on which the recipe was written and found that to be delicious. I think I would say 'Her recipe for lemon bars proved delicious, when tried/used/put to effect/etc.' – WS2 Jan 2 '14 at 14:21
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    @WS2: that's why I said the alternatives might be more logical. I wouldn't say "the blueprints flew well"; I'd say something like "the blueprints produced a plane that flew well". But I don't see anything wrong with "her recipe was delicious". – Peter Shor Jan 2 '14 at 14:57
  • If I use Share your recipes, would it suggest that they are sharing their own recipes? I want them to share the picture of dishes that they prepared. – Aprian Jan 3 '14 at 1:24
  • Actually, "share your recipes" would suggest sharing instructions for preparing your dishes. And "share your dishes" would suggest sharing the actual food. But "share pictures of your dishes/recipes" would work. – Peter Shor Jan 3 '14 at 13:03

I might use "as prescribed", or "as written", or "as described", or even "as directed".


I agree with all the other answers. However, it seems like the OP's What do we call the food that we made/prepared by following a recipe? suggests that the OP wants an adjective that can be used in general. And for that, I would like to suggest by-the-recipe (in parallel to a common phrase by the book).

Its usage is also quite common on the web, though it is usually used to describe a person. For example,

My wife is a by-the-recipe baker.
I'm usually a by-the-recipe type of cook because my dad, who owned a restaurant, is a chef ...
If you are strictly a by-the-recipe person, you will enjoy it for the cultural notes and beautiful illustrations ...

If you use someone else's recipes, by-the-recipe is a right word. But if the recipes are yours, then you might want to use the word homemade instead. Compare:

Jane is a great cook. You would be amazed by her by-the-recipe dishes this evening.
Does homemade food always taste better than shop-bought?

  • I'm sorry for my bad English, actually what I want is noun instead of adj. Thanks for the response. – Aprian Jan 3 '14 at 9:41
  • Oh, please don't say that. It's not bad. It's all my fault that I misunderstood you. And for that, I'm sorry. I still hope that the answer could be of some uses for you. – Damkerng T. Jan 3 '14 at 9:48

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