Recipe Key


A food bloggers dream come true!

Recipe Key adds dietary icons to your recipe posts by integrating with your categories and tags. It provides users with a quick and simple visual of the key dietary features of the recipes on your site!

Recipe Key is a plugin for WordPress and was built for Genesis Framework by StudioPress. Recipe Key pulls the information that’s already part of your site from your categories and tags and adds a visual icon at the top of your post!

Dietary Icons

Place dietary icons above your posts and on your sidebar to help your users navigate your site.

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Low Carb
  • Vegetarian
  • High Protein
  • Organic
  • Keto [Premium]
  • Vegan [Premium]
  • Whole30 [Premium]
  • Paleo [Premium]
  • Quick Meals [Premium]

Note: some features are Premium. Which means you need Recipe Key Premium to unlock those features. You can get Recipe Key Premium here!


The Recipe Key team does not always provide active support for the Recipe Key plugin on the forums, as we prioritize our email support. One-on-one email support is available to people who bought Recipe Key Premium only.

Note that Recipe Key Premium also has several extra features too, including Genesis Foodie Pro integration, additional dietary icons like Whole30 and Paleo, as well as, Sidebar title customization.


  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘Recipe Key’
  3. Activate Recipe Key from your Plugins page.
  4. See the After Activation area below.


  1. Upload the recipe-key folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the Recipe Key plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. See the After Activation area below.


  1. Review how Recipe Key see’s your categories and tags under Settings > Recipe Key.
  2. Go through and add/modify the categories and tags you want for your site. Recipe Key will automatically find them.
  3. You’re done!

Recipe Key Walkthrough


  • Blog Post with Recipe Key Icons
  • Sidebar Recipe Key Widget


I’ve Installed The Plugin Now What?

If you don’t already have category and/or tags, it’s time to add them. For example, add the tag ‘gluten free’ and tag a few posts as gluten free for the icon to show up.

Icons aren’t showing up, why?

Use the Recipe Key admin page under the admin dashboard > settings to see why Recipe Key isn’t picking up the associated tags or categories.

Can I change recipe key icon color?

Yes! You can use CSS to change the color of your icon. (For example: .recipe-key-icon { color:orange;} ). Get more info at

Contributors & Developers

“Recipe Key” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


v0.5.3 – 4/23/19
– Tweak: CSS to align better on page and with Cooking Key.

v0.5.2 – 4/20/19
– Fix: unidentified variable in code.
– Fix: CSS when displaying Recipe Key.
– Feature: Added integration for a smooth display with Cooking Key Plugin.
– Tweak: Added CSS to integrate with Cooking Key.

v0.5.1 – 4/20/19
– Fix: Admin page check for vegetarian.

v0.5.0 – 4/20/19
– Feature: Recipe Key now works on all WordPress themes.

v0.4.4 – 4/5/19
– Fix: Added conditional statements on Admin Page to find improper slugs of Tags/Categories.

v0.4.1 – 2/25/19
– Fix: An issue with gluten free hyperlink.

v0.4.0 – 2/23/19
– Feature: Changed icons from images to fonts for faster loading, clearer image and additional CSS customization.
– Fix: bugs in admin portal.
– Fix: Sugar Free Icon.
– Fix: High Protein Icon.
– Fix: Organic Icon
– Tested and verified on WordPress 5.1

v0.3.4 – 2/14/19
– Fix: an issue where Vegetarian wasn’t showing up for existing tag in sidebar.
– Fix: a CSS issue in posts on while using mobile.

v0.3.3 – 2/11/19
– Fix: gap in posts when not using recipe.

v0.3.2 – 2/10/19
– Fix: centering of Recipe Key Logo in sidebar when used.

v0.3.1 – 2/8/19
– Tweak: Optimized Images (Thank you TinyPNG).
– Tweak: Made changes to CSS to optimize images.
– Fix: bugs in admin page.

v0.2.8 – 1/30/19
– Tweak: Updated CSS for a smoother look.
– Fix: a bug in the CSS.

v0.2.7 – 1/28/19
– Feature: Added Egg Free functionality.
– Tweak: Changed CSS to streamline

v0.2.5.1 – 1/25/19
– Tweak: updated readme.txt

v0.2.5 – 1/25/19
– Tweak: updated readme.txt

v0.2.4 – 1/24/19
– First public release

v0.2.3 – 1/24/19
– Tweak: Updated plugin per WordPress repositoriy requirements. (e.g. unique function names, namespaces, defines, and classnames).

v0.2.2 – 1/22/19
– Tweak: Added updates to the admin page
– Feature: Added Low Carb functionality.

v0.2.1 – 1/18/19
– Premium Feature: – Added failsafes for disabling feature widget for older Foodie Pro Theme versions below 3.0.
– Premium Tweak: – Added notification to admin page to update to newer version of Foodie Pro if Foodie Pro is under 3.0.

v0.2.0 – 1/11/19
– Tweak: Cleaned up additional unneeded code. Got plugin ready for repository.
– Tweak: Changed CSS and display on admin page

v0.1.9 1/10/19
– Tweak: Updated CSS for the plugin.

v0.1.8 1/9/19
– Feature: Added RecipeKey logo to widget.
– Premium Feature: – Added Enable or disable toggle via checkbox on widget form for RecipeKey logo.
– Tweak: Cleaned up and removed unneeded code.

v0.1.7 – 1/8/19
– Tweak: Updated Recipe Icons, fixed display issues and removed unneeded code.

v0.1.6 – 1/6/19
– Tweak: Recipe Key Admin Page adjustments and updated alt tag for SEO optimization.

v0.1.5 – 1/4/19
– Fix: Added additional conditional to IF statement to allow for dashes between cat/tags.

v0.1.4 – 1/4/19
– Fixed issues where Dashes/Hyphens (-) in tags/categories would break linkage.

v0.1.3 – 1/3/19
– Feature: Build out Recipe Key Admin Page to easier troubleshooting.

v0.1.2 – 1/2/19
– Feature: Changed out how terms are looked up for more of a dynamic flow.

v0.1.1 – 1/1/19
– Premium Feature: – Addition of Foodie Pro Feature Post Widget.

v0.1.0 – 12/29/18
– Recipe Key creation.