Whether you love or loathe cooking, one thing is for sure – the hardest thing about it is coming up with what to cook for each day of the week. Many of us have tried making weekly menus but failed to stick to them with all the leftovers, night eating, and simply not really craving what you planned for that day. Still, even if you take the time to plan your meals, it takes a lot of time to discover new recipes that suit your taste and it always seems easier to cook the meals you are used to, which is a safe way to get stuck in a rut and eat the same dishes over and over again. Finally, if you are more creative than we are and always think of new recipes you would like to try out, it can prove hard to find the best, highest-quality ingredients that are the starting point of every great meal. This is where Sun Basket comes in.


Every week, Sun Basket comes up with new recipe ideas, finds the freshest seasonal ingredients, and delivers them right to your door. That way, they offer you the chance to eat and cook something new every week, without having to spend time browsing through recipes and grocery shopping. What’s amazing about Sun Basket is that the recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are pre-measured, which makes cooking a lot more fun and eliminates the unnecessary waste. Also, it kind of makes you feel like a superstar TV chef, with all the ingredients measured and laid out for you, so you can just put on a smile and get cooking.

How Sun Basket Works

The rules are simple. Every week, they offer 18 new recipes to choose from. You can pick and order two, three or four recipes along with the necessary ingredients for two or four people. Apart from the option to hand-pick the recipes from their weekly selection, you can also choose a meal plan that works best for you. You can decide whether you wish to receive your deliveries on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 8am and 9pm.

The recipes they offer are crafted by a top San Francisco chef and approved by their in-house nutritionist. Most of the meals take about 30 minutes to make, so you not only save time on grocery shopping and planning, but the time you spend cooking these delicious, healthy meals is no longer than the average sitcom. Along with the handy recipe cards, you also get online tutorials, which make the process even easier. The meals contain just the right amount of calories you need to maintain a healthy diet – 500-800 calories per serving. As far as the ingredients go, you can expect nothing but the best seasonal ingredients, meat and seafood our country has to offer.

If you like what they have on offer and wish to share it with your friends, you can refer them to Sun Basket or send them a gift. If you choose to refer a friend, they get three free meals and you get $25 once they join. If you want to send a gift, you can choose between 1, 2, or 4 weeks of Sun Basket meal delivery, accompanied by a personalized gift note which is emailed to your friends on the date you select, and your friends get to choose the recipes and delivery dates that work best for them.

If you wish to cancel or skip a delivery, you can do it at any time, just make sure to tell them in advance.


What Makes Sun Basket Different

The heart and soul of Sun Basket is their lovely chef, Justine Kelly. Apart from being the former head chef of James Beard’s award–winning restaurant The Slanted Door, Justine is also a mom who knows what kids need to eat and how to get them to love it. Her inspiration stems from a variety of sources, including restaurants where she dines, her endless collection of cookbooks, and the traditional cuisines of the countries she visits, as well as cooking for her family. When creating recipes for Sun Basket patrons, she makes sure that every dish is a perfect combination of nutrition, inspiration, and flavor. Her skills, imagination and love for food know no limits and if you read more about her and try out her recipes, we’re sure it will all rub off on you, too.

The company works hard on providing only the finest of seasonal ingredients. They cooperate with the best ranchers, fishermen and farm owners in the country, who know that providing food and treating our planet with respect and care is not an option, but a necessity.

All Sun Basket produce is sustainably sourced and organic. The meat is humanely raised, grass-fed, and free from antibiotics and hormones. The seafood is sourced in accordance with the best practices and the noble mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program that aims to keep our oceans healthy.

The superior flavor of Sun Basket meals is the result of both careful ingredient sourcing and the ingenuity of its culinary team. Apart from the best seasonal ingredients and creative recipes, you also get Sun Basket’s signature sauces and spice blends that elevate the flavor of every dish.

Sun Basket Suppliers

With Sun Basket, you know exactly where your food comes from. Proud of the origin of its ingredients, the company provides plenty of information on its suppliers, including exciting videos that allow you to get to know the people behind the food. You can learn more about the unique Hodo Soy’s tofu made of the highest-quality non-GMO soybeans and the sensational spices from Oaktown Spice Shop. You can trace the origin of the seafood on your table back to the environmentally-conscious fisheries that work with the Fishpeople company from Portland. Finally, you can explore the gardens where the delicious organic Sun Basket produce grows, including Lakeside Organic Gardens and Durst Organic Growers.

Food Storage

What we found extremely useful while doing research for this Sun Basket review are the refrigeration tips it offers. Not only do the ingredients it delivers come in insulated boxes which keep the food fresh for 8 hours, but the people at Sun Basket have also taken the time to provide all the information you need to keep the food fresh until you decide to use it. For example, they advise you to put the meat and fish in the freezer if you do not plan to use them until much later in the week and check if there are some veggies or fruit in the bag, like tomatoes or avocados, which should be kept on the counter in order to allow for the ripening process to take place.

How Sun Basket Gives Back To The Community

Sun Basket is a company that truly cares. It supports local communities through local food banks and employee programs. Its cooperation with Feeding America makes it easy for the company’s customers to donate meals to those who need them the most. By shopping at Sun Basket, you become a part of a community that cares about both people and the environment and does its part in making the world a better place.

The company’s website features an entire section on recycling, which further shows how much it cares about keeping our planet green and thriving. Everything used in the process of packing the ingredients is fully compostable and recyclable and all you need to do is follow the instructions for choosing the right bin.

Finally, Sun Basket has a great blog with various tricks, tips, and useful information on numerous food-related matters.

Meals and Recipes

Every week, you get to check out what Chef Justine has in store for you next. You can browse through all the recipes or just look at the categories that interest you the most. Her ideas are always delicious and exciting, the photos are breathtaking and we are sure you will have a hard time picking just three out of all the amazing dishes Chef Justine has crafted just for you.

As a subscriber, you can opt for the Classic or the Family menu.

Classic menu

If you choose the Classic menu, you can decide whether you want to cook for 2 or 4 people. The menu includes 18 delicious options every week and you get to pick 3 you want to receive in your delivery.

The Classic menu allows you to choose from 8 meal plans, including Chef’s Choice, Paleo, Lean & Clean, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian, and Mediterranean. The Chef’s Choice plan brings you the best seasonal recipes handpicked by Sun Basket’s culinary team. All recipes within this plan are optimally balanced, wonderfully flavorful, and perfect for omnivorous foodies who want to try out something new and exciting every week.

Sun Basket classic menu

The Paleo plan is designed for people on the Paleo diet, as well as those who want to eat fewer carbs and enrich their diet with healthy veggies and all kinds of protein-packed meat. The Gluten-Free plan is suitable for people allergic to gluten. The recipes included in this plan are just as varied and tasty as the ones included in other plans, with the only difference being in the absence of gluten.

The Lean & Clean plan features recipes that are light yet satisfying and perfect if you want to eat clean and keep your health and weight in check. These recipes contain less fat and fewer carbs and calories. They are rich in fibers and valuable nutrients that keep your metabolism running like clockwork.

The Vegetarian plan is particularly designed for veggie-lovers. The recipes available with this plan make perfect use of all the flamboyant veggies of the season and some of them are suitable for vegans as well.

The Vegan plan features incredibly flavorful meat-free dishes focusing on seasonal organic produce. The addition of fresh herbs and house-made signature sauces make the dishes even more thrilling and chef-worthy. The meals normally take between 25 and 40 minutes to make and quite often, you can cook them in a single pan or pot.

The Pescatarian plan is designed for home chefs who love the vegetarian cuisine and want to enrich their diet with the best omega-3 rich seafood. The stars of all the dishes are gorgeous organic produce and wild-caught and sustainably sourced fish and seafood.

The Mediterranean plan is another wonderfully healthy option that allows Sun Basket patrons to dive into the amazing world of the Mediterranean cuisine. The recipes designed for this plan focus on organic produce, lean meat, wild-caught seafood, whole grains, healthy fats, and fresh herbs.

What is wonderful about ordering from Sun Basket is that you are in no way limited by your meal plan. By choosing the Classic menu, you gain instant access to all the recipes on this menu, regardless of the plan you choose, so you can enjoy Chef’s Choice dishes one week, go Paleo the next, and mix and match your recipes any way you wish.

Family menu

The Family menu features 6 recipes for 4 people every week. You can decide whether you want to receive 2, 3 or 4 recipes in your weekly delivery. The plans at your disposal include Chef’s Choice, Vegetarian.

The recipes available with the Family plans are created with a little help from the famous Chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network. They are 100% family-friendly and everything from the ingredients to the cooking techniques is selected with the needs, appetites, and preferences of the little ones in mind. Just as in the case of the Classic menu, you can choose any Family recipe regardless of the meal plan you choose.

Both Family and Classic menus are allergy-friendly. Therefore, apart from the gluten-free recipes, you can also find dishes that are free from dairy, soy or both.

Sun Basket has long been working on transforming its meal delivery service into a personal choice platform. Its goal is to maximize ordering flexibility so your Sun Basket orders always match your desires. You can change your plan whenever you wish and double or triple your order if you are planning a party. You can substitute the meat and fish in your order with the highest-quality offerings, such as jumbo shrimp, wild-caught halibut, organic, grass-fed filet mignon, and New York strip steak. You can choose from a variety of recipe categories, from one-pan wonders to Heart-Check certified meals. The possibilities are endless.

Sun Basket family menu

Finally, be sure to check out the recipe section. If everything listed in this Sun Basket review has not convinced to give them a shot, browsing through all that delicious goodness will surely make you want to try it all and it will keep you craving for more.


The cost of a meal (which includes a recipe and the ingredients) at Sun Basket is $11.99 per person when you opt for the Classic Menu. That means that three meals made using their recipes and ingredients will cost you $71.94 for two persons or $143.88 for four persons, plus the delivery costs. If you opt for the Family Menu, the price per person is $10.99 ($87.92 for 2 meals and 175.84 for 4 meals for 4 people, plus the delivery costs). Shipping is free for the first week of subscription. The price of all other orders will include the shipping fee that amounts to $6.99. It is important to know that if you are not happy with the food you receive, you get a full refund.

Delivery Areas

Sun Basket delivers to 47 states within the continental US. Currently, their delivery area does not include Alaska, Hawaii, and Montana, as well as parts of New Mexico.

The good news is that the company is constantly adding new states to the delivery map. If they do not deliver to your state and you are interested in the service, the friendly folks behind Sun Basket encourage you to contact them via email, so they could work on making it happen.

As previously stated in this Sun Basket review, we were a bit disappointed to find out that they do not offer free shipping. Delivery costs are $6.99 for all orders, except for the first week.

  • New, amazing recipes every week
  • Nutritionist-approved
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Incredibly environmentally responsible
  • High flexibility


  • Shipping costs $6.99 for every order

Sample Dishes

Bottom Line

Sun Basket’s motto is “we’re not happy unless you’re happy“ and we feel like they truly mean it. The recipes they offer are amazing and easy to follow and the ingredients you receive are fresh, high-quality, organic whenever possible and sustainably sourced. We were honestly impressed by the variety of recipes and options they offer and we believe that Sun Basket really has something for everyone.

We also have to praise them for being one of the most environmentally responsible delivery services we have encountered so far.

Honestly, the only thing we did not really like is that shipping is not free, which increases the price of their deliveries. However, according to their math, with Sun Basket, you save $16.99 on grocery shopping per meal, not to mention all the time you save by ordering from them.

If what you need is more time, less hassle and always something new and healthy on the table, you should certainly give Sun Basket a shot.

Sun Basket Rating

Our ratings are the result of an objective and independent evaluation of Sun Basket, generating the final rating that reflects the overall quality of the company. Ratings may change as the service changes.

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Final Rating 9.9/10

User Reviews (51)

    Sun Basket user rating based on 51 user reviews.

    The reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the meal delivery companies. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  • Submitted By Melissa on 01/10/2018
    First box received was smashed and most ingredients were sub par. It took them about 5 days to respond to my complaint email filled with glorious pictures of the mess they sent. They finally contacted me. I have never heard a customer service rep say "bummer". This one said it 7 times. I was entertained by the apology and they offered a free box to give them another chance. Though the food arrived in one piece this time, it was still not to our satisfaction. The 2 stars is because of the decent customer service.
  • Submitted By Pmcrae on 01/09/2018
    our First order came today and I laughed when I. Saw the size of the protein. Salmon. Was 3oz with a bunch of shredded cabbage. Steak is. So small I think you probably only have to cut it once. This company is a joke
  • Submitted By Kathy on 01/02/2018
    I tried many services such as hello fresh, blue apron, home chef and martha’s before getting to SunBasket. There is a reason that this is #1 rated on this site. The quality of meat and seafood was much better and the recipes provide so many gluten free and healthy options. No processed foods for us!!! Have been using this service for months now and only disappointed with a couple of meals. Highly recommend!!
  • Submitted By Diane Shaw on 11/21/2017
    Maybe they could put more spice packs into the kits, we like spicy food and an extra pack of chili or something like that would be nice. But it’s really not such a big deal, it’s just a suggestion. We’ve been ordering for months and my husband now cooks more often because it’s so easy, so ladies, there’s one good reason to try it :D
  • Submitted By Roberta Folk on 10/15/2017
    I can’t believe there are people complaining about SB, probably expecting the meals to magically appear on their plates. In all my life, I have never bought anything as fresh as the food I get from SB and the meals are awesome. If you hate cooking, buy frozen pizza, don’t pour hate on people who do their jobs perfectly.
  • Submitted By Dennis Hale on 08/31/2017
    I’ve tried 3 or 4 other food delivery services and Sun Basket is by far the best.
  • Submitted By Susan Peterson on 08/30/2017
    I was first a customer at Hello Fresh and after I couldn’t really make my kids eat all the meals, I switched to Sun Basket and the difference is obvious. Not so much for us grownups but the kids really like these meals. If you have kids, Sun basket’s the way to go
  • Submitted By Mike Stevens on 08/29/2017
    It’s cheaper having a subscription here than buying food at the store and then making it, but I’m not always 100% satisfied with the taste. Dunno maybe it’s just me.
  • Submitted By Tanya Strawinski on 08/27/2017
    I wouldn’t trade SunBasket for the world!!! They made my life so much easer and the food is brilliant!
  • Submitted By Nigel Moore on 08/25/2017
    I expected so much more. Have to say Im disappointed with the food quality.
  • Submitted By Anne Jennings on 08/23/2017
    I’m really happy with sun basket knowing that my family and me are eating the best food there is and that we rarely eat the same meals twice
  • Submitted By Anna Wilde on 08/22/2017
    Finally, healthy food my kids love! Thank you, Chef Justine! Sun Basket is the best!
  • Submitted By Dave Michaelson on 08/19/2017
    I choose Sun Basket because they are one of the rare companies of this kind to actually encourage recycling and taking care of the planet. For me, that’s super important and the fact that the food is great doesn’t hurt either
  • Submitted By Lisa Damon on 08/18/2017
    My mom bought me a subscription when I started living alone and I have to thank both her and Sun Basket. Seriously, though, I learned how to cook and can now prepare awesome meals for my friends and family on my own.
  • Submitted By Tom Mossbrucker on 08/16/2017
    I have not found the ingredients to be fresh like everyone seems to be saying on here. My last 2 deliveries had produce that was almost rotten. I am hoping that this is just a fluke because I like the recipes. SB is priced higher than most other similar delivery companies. For me it is only worth the price if all the ingredients are fresh.  Customer service was very nice and gave me a partial refund. If this continues to happen I will cancel.
  • Submitted By Tony White on 08/15/2017
    They’re OK nothing special
  • Submitted By Maria Lopez on 08/12/2017
    I like that Sun Basket is really creative with the recipes so I don’t have to eat the same food over and over again.
  • Submitted By Paul Norris on 08/11/2017
    They’d be perfect if they had free shipping.
  • Submitted By Peter Hollow on 08/08/2017
    Everything’s good except I often don’t like the meal I cook. It doesn’t happen too often but still…
  • Submitted By Christina Rodrigues on 08/05/2017
    It’s really nice food. My only problem – the shipping costs! I mean really they could offer free shipping to regular customers
  • Submitted By Steve Clark on 08/03/2017
    There is not a thing I don’t like! Sun Basket is really good!
  • Submitted By Sarah Phillips on 08/02/2017
    We order from Sun Basket every two or three weeks. The recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients are always super fresh and the great thing is – nothing goes to waste!
  • Submitted By Matt Young on 08/01/2017
    Tried it once, will cancel my order. The ingredients didn’t seem fresh to me and I still had a lot to do before eating.
  • Submitted By Allen Stone on 07/30/2017
    I received sun basket as a gift and I liked it. I never knew I could cook like that.
  • Submitted By Stephen Conrad on 07/27/2017
    Simply great food! Very convinient option, been ordering once a week usually. Don’t appreciate the additional fee for shipping though…
  • Submitted By Trisha Andersen on 07/24/2017
    I’ve been using delivery services for quite some time now, since I live alone and I don’t have enough time to cook myself. I’m really satisfied with Sun Basket and I think I’ll stick with them from now on, the level of service and the quality of food it’s just great!
  • Submitted By Tara Hudson on 07/21/2017
    As I like to tell my friends, once you try Sun Basket, you never go back. Hahasrsly they are just amazing
  • Submitted By Mark Carter on 07/19/2017
    Maybe it’s my lack of skills, but my meals look nothing like the pictures. I expected it to be easier.
  • Submitted By Rose Ferguson on 07/17/2017
    My daughter bought me this as a gift and I was hugely disappointed. These new generations want everything quick and that’s why the food tastes so horrible these days. No thank you I’ll stick to my own recipes and my own market.
  • Submitted By Debra Shirley on 07/15/2017
    Delicious is all I can say. Salmon dishes are superb!
  • Submitted By ZbigniewNowicki on 07/11/2017
    Ordered two times, both times ingredients not so fresh
  • Submitted By Joana Bailey on 07/03/2017
    Sun Basket is a dream come true for working moms. My kids are eating healthy and I spend more time with them since I can skip grocery shopping.
  • Submitted By Anne Richardson on 07/02/2017
    I don’t know what some of these people are complaining about! It doesn’t get better or cheaper than this! Sun Basket is perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone.
  • Submitted By Peter Dunn on 07/01/2017
    Awesome service for us single men. It’s sure easy to impress the ladies with these meals and my mom also thinks I learned how to cook, so yeah!
  • Submitted By Emma Lewis on 06/29/2017
    Food is unbelievably good! I’ve ordered from meal deliveries before and it usually was a big disappointment. I’ve decided to try SB just because I was very busy last month and just couldn’t imagine myself eating pizza 20 days in a row. And then SB happened, amazing! Just please, please, please, let us take more than 3 recipes a week with Classic!
  • Submitted By Joe Hawkins on 06/29/2017
    I had no idea that you actually pay for this and then have to cook your own meals. I mean seriously why would you do that???
  • Submitted By Josh Spencer on 06/25/2017
    I haven’t tried the other plans but the Family plan seriously rocks
  • Submitted By Tina Gardner on 06/20/2017
    Love their efforts to keep our planet safe <3
  • Submitted By Sarah Stephens on 06/19/2017
    Sun Basket is the best! I don’t think I’ve ever disliked one of their recipes and I really became a good cook thanks to them!
  • Submitted By Kevin Johnson on 06/11/2017
    I’m not much of a cook, but with SB recipes I manage to amaze my gf every time. I’d like it was a bit cheaper, but at least I don’t have to go to a restaurant to eat properly.
  • Submitted By Alex Nuriez on 06/06/2017
    I’m not a huge fan of cooking but Sun Basket really makes it so easy and my kids love the recipes
  • Submitted By Benjamin Brown, on 06/02/2017
    It’s so easy to make meal plans with Sun Basket. Their food really is organic and I love having nutritional info before me when I’m choosing my meals for the week. I just had a minor problem with the delivery, it was late a couple of times.
  • Submitted By George Jackson on 05/24/2017
    Great food and great service. I really enjoy making dinners following your recipes, it’s so easy and always beyond delicious.
  • Submitted By Bridget Davidson on 05/05/2017
    Sun Basket is a revelation for me! I love cooking, but grocery shopping is my archenemy! So, SB is a win-win option for me. I get a chance to enjoy cooking without going through the agony of shopping for groceries.
  • Submitted By Natalie Dhal on 04/21/2017
    Amazing food, my family loves it! I’d just like some more options on the family menu, since my kids aren’t really thrilled with fancy dinners.
  • Submitted By Caroline Himmel on 04/12/2017
    This was my first delivery. Webuse other delivering mail services such as hello fresh etc. We enjoy them as a very busy family both parents working full-time. The ingredients were delivered on time and seem to be quite fresh. The recipe was not difficult .,we ordered the Singapore shrimp with glass noodles. It is probably one of the worst things I have ever eaten in my 44 years. There is no flavor.. with the exception of what I think is a very strong fish flavor?? I followed the recipe to the tee as I cook almost every day, it was still bad with adding additional soy sauce. It is a big pile of mush. I have five family members and four of the five could not eat it… The fifth decided not even to try it. So disappointed I actually contacted the company to ask for a credit and this is the first time I have ever done that. They were very good customer service wise and issued a credit immediately. Hopefully my next recipe this week will be better… I’m hoping! But right now I will not re-order unless something drastically changes my mind. I will stick with hello fresh plated etc. as I’ve had a great experience with them all.
  • Submitted By Jeffrey Williams on 10/08/2016
    I have been ordering from Sun Basket for quite some time and Chef Justine never seizes to amaze me. Plus, the ingredients are far better than anything I have ever bought on my own.
  • Submitted By Mary Mitchell on 09/12/2016
    The recipes are great, the food is great, but I really wish the prices were a bit lower. Still, ingredients as good as these are hard to come by and I love that you pre-measure everything, really speeds up the process.
  • Submitted By Aaron Patrick on 05/30/2016
    Just signed up for four-person plan. So far we’re really satisfied, great food for the whole family!
  • Submitted By Amy R. on 02/23/2016
    When they say fresh, they really mean fresh, didn’t know that veggies could be so green :D didn’t really look as gorgeous as the dishes in the pics, but sure was tasty! will be ordering again for sure
  • Submitted By Josh Adams on 02/15/2016
    Best spaghetti with shrimp ever, learned you can roast grapes :D All in all, great food, but please, stop charging for the shipping! 6 bucks I could spend on something better, like a greasy burger :P
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Sun Basket Review
Updated : 01.17.2018.
Rating : 9.9/10
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