List of Free Online Cooking Classes, Courses and Learning Materials

See our list of the top free online cooking courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

Free Online Class Info

Free online cooking classes, courses and learning materials aren't commonly offered through public or not-for-profit private schools. If a student completes a free online cooking class, it's for personal fulfillment as he or she won't be able to earn college credit.

Free Online Cooking Classes


  • Cooking Techniques covers topics in fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, desserts, pastries, sauces and pasta preparation. Depending on the category, students may learn how to roast a duck, dice an onion, skin a tomato, fillet cooked fish, knead bread dough, ice a cupcake or skin flatfish.

The New York Times

  • Cooking with The Times offers 39 cooking lessons that cover topics including lasagna, pizza, calamari, side dishes, fish, deep-frying and omelets. Each lesson provides recipes and cooking tips. Some lessons also provide video guides.

Texas A&M

  • Dinner Tonight covers various recipes, including guilt-free chicken enchiladas, apple tuna salad and zesty lemon chicken. Students can also find a number of printable recipes. Videos are typically less than 10 minutes each and include step-by-step instructions using basic cooking techniques.

Delia Online

  • How to Cook features categories that specialize in cooking poultry, meat, eggs, fish, pasta, fruit and vegetables. Each category offers training for various techniques by offering step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by visual references. This website also offers recipes for students to cook after they feel confident in their training.

  • How to Videos show students how to make deviled eggs, grill steak, stir-fry, scramble eggs, cut mangos, roast garlic and freeze cookies. There are over 90 cooking tutorials. Each lesson consists of a video tutorial and description article.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Kitchen Chemistry covers cooking topics such as pancakes, bread, cheese, molecular gastronomy, spaghetti, coffee and meringues. With resources including homework assignments and related readings, this course uses cooking to provide hands-on chemistry training. The required book for this course isn't included for free.

  • Online Cooking Class covers basic and advanced cooking techniques, including cooking meat, using herbs, working with seafood, creating sauces, assembling appetizers, cooking vegetables and using pastry dough. Lessons include written instructions with the ingredients and preparation steps instead of visual guides.

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