How to Format a Recipe for Google on Squarespace

Google Ready? Is that a thing? Did your heart just start racing a bit, like when you get your utility bill after a really cold winter and wonder JUST what your bill will say? Well here's the dealio, there are things you need to be doing, and they aren't what you are doing now (unless you are a rare, rare bird).

Formatting Recipes for Google

Have you ever heard of Google Recipe? Yeah, neither had I before I was looking into food blogging SEO for a client. I was like OH DAMNNN. Luckily this was early on in my design freelancing career! 

Creating Google Recipes in Squarespace
Google Recipe Schema


Do you have to do this? NOPE. Could it help? Sure! But I haven't seen anyone say that Google recipes was their #1 reason they became a successful blogger. lol.  This step takes an extra few minutes to format, but every person I have offered help in teaching them how to do this little data entry has implemented it into each and every post they now create. Worth five minutes of your time a couple of days of the week right?


So why do it? Because we all write stupid recipes late at night. Because sometimes we like to format recipes in a way that looks pretty instead of being formatted for Google. Because sometimes making sure the data is in there correctly is just worth it.

We suggest adding the google code with "<!--" in front of the code and "--> after in order to hide it from the blog post itself. If you want to learn more check out our full course over on SquareFoodie! Combined with SEO and MORE css formatting it's a great deal.

In three short videos we show you how to:

1. Format your recipes to LOOK great on your site. 

2. Add in all the Google Recipe Data you need! A full video tutorial!

3. Kick up your SEO and formatting for the rest of your post. Plus a bonus on embedding pinterest long images the easy way :)

Use the code below to implement the google recipe without a tutorial video

<!doctype html>
<html amp lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Perfect Apple Pie Recipe</title>
<link rel="canonical" href="" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,minimum-scale=1,initial-scale=1">
<script type="application/ld+json">
  "@context": "",
  "@type": "Recipe",
  "name": "Perfect Apple Pie",
  "author": "Gin Blanco",
  "image": "",
  "description": "A classic apple pie takes a shortcut with easy Pillsbury® unroll-fill refrigerated pie crust.",
  "aggregateRating": {
    "@type": "AggregateRating",
    "ratingValue": "4.5",
    "reviewCount": "276",
    "bestRating": "5",
    "worstRating": "1"
  "prepTime": "PT30M",
  "totalTime": "PT3H",
  "recipeYield": "8",
  "nutrition": {
    "@type": "NutritionInformation",
    "servingSize": "1 medium slice",
    "calories": "230 calories",
    "fatContent": "1 g",
    "carbohydrateContent": "43 g",
    "cholesterolContent": "0 mg",
    "fiberContent": "1 g",
    "proteinContent": "1 g",
    "saturatedFatContent": "2 ½ g",
    "servingSize": "1 Serving",
    "sodiumContent": "200 mg",
    "sugarContent": "27 g",
    "transFatContent": "0 g"
  "recipeIngredient": [
    "1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box",
    "6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)",
    "3/4 cup sugar",
    "2 tablespoons all-purpose flour",
    "3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon",
    "1/4 teaspoon salt",
    "1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg",
    "1 tablespoon lemon juice"
  "recipeInstructions": [
    "1 Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.",
    "2 In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.",
    "3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving."
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    <script async src=""></script>
    <h1>The best apple pie recipe you’ll ever try!</h1>