Looking to cook with your English-speaking friends? Cooking is a great social activity. It's fun, can help you learn more about others, and you get to eat some good food in the end!

Here you'll find useful phrases that you can use when cooking with others. You'll learn what to say when deciding what to cook, as well as phrases you can use while cooking. Take a look at the tables below and get ready for the next time you cook with someone!

Deciding What to Cook

If you and a friend want to cook, you'll first need to decide what to make. Below, we've collected phrases that can help you do this.
What kind of food do you like to make?
 
I usually make vegetarian food.
 
Do you have any food allergies?
 
Are you lactose-intolerant?
 
Do you usually follow a recipe?
 
I'm craving soup.
 
I'm in the mood for some steaks.
 
Do you like spicy food?
 
Do you want to have something hot or cold?
 
Should we grill something?
 
Can we make something without gluten in it?
 
 

While Cooking

Once you've decided what to cook, it's time to get started in the kitchen! The following phrases will come in handy while cooking. Have a look!
Let's grill some burgers.
 
Do you have the recipe?
 
I usually just make everything from scratch.
 
We have to heat up the oven first.
 
Could you peel the potatoes?
 
Can you slice some vegetables?
 
I need to cut the ham.
 
Should I start grilling the chicken?
 
Is the water boiling yet?
 
How many cups of flour do we need?
 
What kind of seasoning should we add?
 
Just add only a pinch of salt.
 
I can make a vinaigrette for the salad.
 
Do you want to grate some cheese over it?
 
Can you set the table?
 
These cookies don't have any nuts in them, right?
 
We'll keep the cheese separate from everything else.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases to know while cooking with someone?
  • I usually make vegetarian food.
  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • I'm in the mood for some steaks.
  • I usually just make everything from scratch.
  • What kind of food do you like to make?
  • I'm craving soup.
  • Do you have the recipe?
  • Just add only a pinch of salt.
Do English-speaking countries use the same measurements when cooking or baking?
No, they do not. The United States in particular uses measurements different from other English-speaking countries. In American recipes you'll see measurements like cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons. In other English-speaking countries - like the UK - measurements are a bit more specific. British recipes will usually use metric measurements like kilos, grams and milliliters.
What is typical American and British food?
Both the USA and UK are home to many different kinds of food. Classic American food includes food cooked on a grill like burgers and steaks. These are especially eaten during the summer months. Unique ethnic food is also very beloved in the United States. You can pretty much find food from all over the world there. But Chinese and Mexican food in particular is the most common.
A classic dish from the UK is fish and chips - or fish with french fries, in the United States! The UK also has it's share of ethnic food. Dishes from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are very popular.
How do I tell someone what kind of food I want?
Two very common ways to say what kind of food you'd like to eat are:

I'm craving + FOOD.
  • I'm craving soup.
  • I'm craving Chinese.
  • I'm craving hamburgers.


I'm in the mood for + FOOD.
  • I'm in the mood for some steaks.
  • I'm in the mood for chili.
  • I'm in the mood for sushi.