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Martha Stewart and Marley Spoon Review 2023: Tried and Tested

Written by: Joey Kendrick on Dec 28th, 2022

Overview

Martha Stewart’s Marley Spoon is possibly one of the best all-around meal delivery services out there right now. The company offers a wide selection of over 45 meat, fish, and plant-based dishes, all approved by the TV host and cookbook author herself.

Not only that, but the meals come with Martha Stewart’s Signature seasonings and sauces, as well as high-quality produce and Marley Spoon’s commitment to sustainability.

However, when it came to testing it out in my own home, I was a little nervous. Since Martha Stewart is such a legend in the kitchen, I was worried I wouldn’t have the skills needed to put together the meal kits myself.

But while some of the recipes were more complex than those I’ve experienced with other meal delivery services, it turns out they were still easy enough for an amateur cook like me!

This isn’t a flawless service – it has some issues around filtering for allergies and a lot of pantry requirements – but I think anyone who wants to start cooking at home more often will love what Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon has to offer.

Pros

  • Easy-to-follow recipes

  • 100% carbon neutral

  • Great selection of vegan and vegetarian meals

  • Includes Martha Stewart’s signature spice blends

  • Current deal – Get $190 off Your First 4 Boxes!

Cons

  • Additional pantry ingredients are required for most recipes

  • $9.99 shipping charge per delivery

  • No customization options

What’s on the Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Menu

Marley Spoon’s menu boasts 45 different recipes each week, which is more than many other meal kit services I’ve reviewed! The variety is welcome, especially since you're unable to customize the meals like you can with services such as Home Chef.

For me, the lack of customization wasn’t a problem, though. There are about five vegan dishes, five seafood dishes, ten vegetarian dishes, and over 30 meat-based dishes.

Marley Spoon's Mini Meatloaves and Korean Rice Cake Stir-Fry.

There's something for everyone on Martha & Marley's menu.

Many of the dishes on the menu are classic American crowd-pleasers, such as meatloaf and turkey burgers. Families with picky little ones will also be able to order kid-friendly meals like quesadillas and breaded pork cutlets.

But Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon caters to more adventurous palates as well, with international dishes like Lebanese Hashweh (a one-pot rice dish), Mexican tortas, and Korean-inspired stir-fries. These cuisines can feel daunting to tackle, but the easy-to-follow recipes and prepared spice blends make it simple to create something new and flavorful.

When you’re browsing the menu, simply click on a recipe to see the time and level of skill required, nutrition facts, allergens, and a complete description of the dish.

Screenshot of a Marley Spoon recipe page.

Marley Spoon's recipe cards are clear and comprehensive.

It’s nice to see all this information laid out so clearly, but I was surprised to see there’s no way to filter the menu based on ingredients or allergens. There are some helpful menu categories, though you can’t filter by these, either.

  • Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Health & Diet

  • Meat & Fish

  • Family-Friendly

  • Under 30 Minutes

If you have allergies, it’s up to you to sort through the weekly recipes for the ones that suit your needs. For example, Marley Spoon also offers a good number of dairy- and gluten-free recipes.

The Ingredient Hub is a unique feature of this service that makes it easier to get allergen information. It lets you search for any ingredient that you’d find in a Marley Spoon box, from pasta to produce. This is the best way to learn about allergens and potential cross-contamination in your ingredients.

However, I should note that Marley Spoon’s entire menu is potentially subject to allergen cross-contamination. People with severe allergies may be better suited to a more specialized meal delivery service.

Also on the recipe cards, you’ll find a list of everything that’ll be included in your delivery, as well as what you’ll be expected to provide. It’s handy that this information is so readily available, as I found that Marley Spoon calls for way more pantry ingredients than most other meal kit services.

Most meal kits will expect you to have things like oil and pepper on hand, but Marley Spoon’s recipes call for everything from flour and sugar to sherry vinegar and finishing salt. Some things, like the sherry vinegar, are pretty niche for a standard pantry – so I’d recommend checking each recipe carefully.

Screenshot of the ingredients list and recipe of a Marley Spoon dish.

Ingredient lists and recipe steps are solid.

One thing I love about this service, though, is all the extras you get in addition to its entrees. On the menu, you’ll also find desserts, protein packs, and brunch options – as well as seasonal offerings. There’s even a marketplace where you can add ingredients and groceries to your box.

The new Premium range includes lavish ingredients and extra trimmings for restaurant-quality food. You’ll find them on the main menu, clearly marked with a tag. Because they’re priced slightly higher than the core menu, they’re great for a special occasion every so often.

At one point, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon also offered a small selection of prepared meals. Having not seen them in a while, I reached out to customer service, who told me these meals “aren’t available at the moment due to supply chain issues.”

Marley Spoon's protein packs and desserts

 You'll find a great range of extras on the menu, including desserts, extra protein, and seasonal dishes.

Marley Spoon lets you order up to six meals per week with each meal containing either two or four servings – more than many other services – making it easy to try more of this expansive menu and perfect if you have a family to feed.

Overall, Marley Spoon’s menu is big enough to cater to almost anyone’s needs. You can set your preferences at sign-up to optimize the menu options you see first. This includes a simple checkbox to make your box vegetarian.

Unboxing

My bright yellow package arrived on an equally bright Tuesday afternoon. I received an email letting me know when it had been delivered, but if you download the Marley Spoon app, you can also track your order from there or via the website by logging into your account.

The ingredients for each meal were packaged inside clearly labeled paper bags. Underneath the bags, there were ice packs to keep the refrigerated items cold. I transferred the contents directly into my fridge, as suggested.

The produce arrives whole – not pre-prepped in any way – and is pretty high quality. Marley Spoon uses some organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Everything was fresh, but the service recommends you enjoy seafood dishes within two days, ground meat and chicken dishes within three, and all other meals within five days of arrival.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon prides itself on being both carbon neutral and sustainable, so you’ll find plenty of information on the website on how to recycle or reuse each element.

I liked the no-fuss, minimal packaging, and the fact that I was able to recycle or reuse everything in the box. Even cooler is Marley Spoon’s carbon neutrality mission. The company balances any unavoidable emissions with carbon offset projects.

Photo of Marley Spoon's recyclable packaging.

Marley Spoon is one of the most Earth-friendly meal kits.

When the time came to cook, the recipe cards made everything clear. If you’re not someone who enjoys reading recipes on your phone, you’ll love that Marley Spoon includes a hard copy of each in your box. I also like to save the hard copies for my own personal recipe book!

The ingredients I unpacked were also in great condition. Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon isn’t fully organic (like Green Chef) but everything is sourced from trusted suppliers, and the meat is antibiotic- and MSG-free.

Cooking (and Eating) with Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon’s biggest strength is undoubtedly the recipes themselves. They aren’t necessarily the easiest or most straightforward I’ve tried, but they might just be some of the tastiest! I certainly felt proud of myself for preparing them.

Inexperienced cooks shouldn’t be afraid to try this service but be prepared to dedicate some time and effort. I promise it’ll be worth it! Every recipe is broken down into six steps (though they aren’t always “simple” steps), and meals generally range from 20 to 40 minutes prep in total.

I ordered three meals – the Roasted Veggie Pinwheels with Creamy Fontina Cheese Dipping Sauce, the Asparagus and Ricotta Flatbread with Mint and Crispy Fried Egg, and the Deep Dish Skillet Pizza with Parmesan Broccoli.

Here’s the nutritional information for the dishes I got:

Roasted Veggie Pinwheels

  • 1070 calories

  • 52 g fat

  • 41 g protein

  • 108 g carbs

Asparagus and Ricotta Flatbread

  • 610 calories

  • 33 g fat

  • 30 g protein

  • 55 g carbs

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

  • 560 calories

  • 29 g fat

  • 25 g protein

  • 53 g carbs

Shortlist of My Favorite Meals

One of my favorites was the Roasted Veggie Pinwheels. The estimated cooking time of 30 to 40 minutes made me a little nervous, but it turns out that was mostly for baking in the oven.

The pizza dough came ready to roll, which actually turned out to be fun! Making dough from scratch can be a whole thing, but all I had to do for these pinwheels was prep the filling, which mostly just meant chopping veggies. Easy peasy!

This one is also great for people who like leftovers since the individual pinwheels are easy to save. The recipe made six, but my husband and I only ate two each for dinner. The last two made an excellent lunch the next day.

The recipe card describes this as an “inside-out pizza”, which is a pretty apt description. The fontina cheese sauce felt like an indulgent addition, too. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the leftovers reheated in the microwave the next day.

Screenshot of the Roasted Veggie Pinwheels recipe card.

This recipe card made a complex dish much more approachable.

I also loved the Deep Dish Skillet Pizza with Parmesan Broccoli. I don’t usually enjoy making pizza at home – rolling out the dough and fighting with it on the pizza stone. This skillet pizza is a game-changer, though. I’m definitely making this one again!

The parmesan broccoli side dish was simple but delicious. It’s a perfect weeknight side, and the recipe was so easy, it’s already become a go-to in our house. I’ve loved using Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon as a way to learn new meals I can make again and again.

Photo of the Deep Dish Pizza, plated with broccoli side dish.

 These deep-dish pizzas came out much better than I expected!

One thing I would say is since some of Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon’s recipes are fancier than what you might find with other meal delivery services, expect to use plenty of pantry ingredients and even some more specialized kitchen utensils, like a microplane (which is a type of grater).

The screenshot below highlights all the equipment required to make this pizza. I happened to have everything I needed, but this may not be the case for everyone. If you don’t have a decked-out kitchen, you’ll want to check out the What You’ll Use list on each recipe before ordering.

Screenshot of the long-winded equipment list for a recipe.

Some folks may not have all this equipment readily on hand.

I was surprised to find some extra ingredients in my box, too – including cheese. Of all the meal kits I’ve reviewed, all have provided precise amounts of each ingredient. I found it odd that this wasn’t the case here, but I suppose there’s no harm done!

The recipes did suggest other uses for the extra ingredients, which was a nice touch. I used the extra cheese for my salad the next day, but by not supplying the correct amount each time, you lose some of the convenience and eco-friendliness of a meal delivery service.

Overall, I was more than satisfied with all three meals I tried, and I regretted not trying a fish dish this time. I’ve always been intimidated by the thought of cooking fish, but my confidence soared after cooking these recipes and I’m convinced Marley Spoon could make it easy.

Shipping & Delivery

Marley Spoon delivers to most of the lower 48 states. You’ll have to input your zip code to confirm if Marley Spoon can deliver to you and what your delivery day options are.

For my Seattle zip code, I was offered two different delivery days – Tuesday or Wednesday.  Initially, I was surprised by the limited options, but taking into account the company’s sustainability mission and carbon neutrality, it makes sense. You may find that you have more or different delivery day options – it all depends on your location.

Like most services I’ve tried, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon gives a broad delivery window (between 8 am and 8 pm).

When you've subscribed, you’ll receive an email nine or ten days in advance of each delivery. Your window to make changes to your order closes when you’re billed – about a week before your scheduled delivery.

I got an email right after finalizing my order, and I received another letting me know when the box was on its way. I was given a tracking number, as well as the list of ingredients I’d need to have in my pantry.

I’ve not come across any other services that email you about pantry extras but seeing as Marley Spoon has many (and some unusual ones), I appreciated this last step, as it made it easier to plan.

Screenshot of an email confirming my box shipped.

It's always exciting to learn you've got recipes on the way!

My order arrived without a hitch on a Tuesday afternoon, along with an email to let me know it had been delivered safely.

Subscription

Signing up to Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon is pretty easy. It only takes a few minutes to create an account, and the entire process can be broken down into four simple steps:

How to Sign Up for Marley Spoon

  1. Click on Choose Your Meal Kit. Here you can choose the number of people (two or four) and the number of recipes you want per week (between two and six). You can also opt to make your box vegetarian, which simplifies choosing your meals later on.

Screenshot Marley Spoon's plan selection page

Your orders can be anywhere from 4 to 24 servings each week.

  1. Input your zip code and email address. The zip code will help determine your delivery eligibility and dates before you put in the rest of your information in the next step.

Screenshot of Marley Spoon's zip code and email address entry page

Put in your zip code to see your potential delivery days.

  1. Select your delivery day and input your address. Depending on where you live, you may have several delivery options or just a couple.

Screenshot of Marley Spoon's delivery day selection page

Your exact delivery day options will depend on where you live.

  1. Input payment details. You can pay via PayPal or with a credit card, but you have to put in your payment method before you can move on.

Screenshot of Marley Spoon's payment method selection page

Marley Spoon lets you pay via PayPal or with any major credit card.

  1. Pick your meals! Marley Spoon will suggest meals based on your taste profile, but you have total control over which dishes you add to your shipment.

Once you’re in, you can set up a taste profile where you can select the meat varieties that you do or don’t eat (or exclude them altogether). There’s even the option to say if you like spicy food, which I thought was a nice touch.

Screenshot of the food preferences input page.

It'd be even better if I could filter out allergens too!

Once you set these preferences, you can browse the recipes for that week. They’re sorted into five different categories to help you find the ones that best fit your needs:

  • Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Meat & Fish

  • Health & Diet

  • Under 30 Minutes

  • Family-Friendly

Based on the preferences you’ve already added, you’ll get a few recommendations. I prefer to go through and pick my own meals, but it’s great that there’s a choice for people who are either indecisive or busy.

Screenshot of my recommended meals.

Even though I picked other dishes, my recommended meals looked delicious!

Once you’ve chosen your recipes, all that’s left is to wait until your meal kit arrives. If you stay subscribed, you’ll continue to get recommended meals each week. 

Managing Your Subscription

It’s easy to change the recipes or skip a week. Although, as I mentioned earlier, your last chance to make changes will be midnight six or seven days before your delivery day. The exact day depends on your location, and you’ll get an email reminder, too.

There’s no need to wait until the last minute, though. In fact, you can look at Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon’s menus as far as four weeks ahead to plan and schedule your meals for the next month.

When it comes to canceling, many services make you jump through hoops to close your account. I’m happy to report that this isn’t the case with Marley Spoon. The process is stress-free, whether you want to skip a week, pause your subscription, or cancel it outright.

You don’t have to talk to a customer service rep (who sometimes try to talk you out of it). You don’t even have to send an email. You can manage your subscription from your account page at the touch of a button.

Screenshot of the cancellation page.

Every meal delivery service needs a page like this.

For a more in-depth look at what it’s like to pause or cancel your Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon subscription, this short blog post walks you through the whole thing in three quick steps.

Customer Service

Compared to the other meal delivery services I’ve reviewed, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon’s customer service is pretty good. The website is easy to navigate, and it has everything from an FAQ section to a comprehensive Ingredient Hub.

Screenshot of Marley Spoon's FAQ page.

I've seen better FAQ pages, but I've also seen way, way worse ones.

If you have any questions about your order, Marley Spoon offers a few different channels to reach customer service. There’s an automated chat feature and Help Center for some of the simple questions, which was useful when I needed to find info about ingredients.

To speak to someone on the customer service team, you can email directly, submit a question through an online form, or call the service line. I called one weekday morning and was on hold for a few minutes before a recording said I should call back later.

I decided instead to send an email to the customer service address, and I got my response within two hours. If you need to contact customer service, I definitely recommend going through the website rather than trying to call the phone number.

Screenshot of Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon's automated chatbot displaying basic navigation options

The automated support sous-chef was able to provide helpful information and navigation options for all of my questions!

Before you get in touch with a human, though, the chatbot (or “automated support sous-chef”) may be able to help you. Most meal delivery services have this feature these days, but Marley Spoon has one of the most helpful chatbots I’ve ever tried.

Screenshot from the Ingredient Hub.

I've never seen anything like this Ingredient Hub – and I love it.

Finally, I have to shout out the Ingredient Hub again. It’s a comprehensive collection of information about every ingredient you’ll find in Marley Spoon’s recipes – great for people with allergies or other restrictions who need to know exactly what’s in their food. I’ve never seen anything like it!

Prices

Starting from

Minimum Order

Shipping Fee

$2.99 per portion

2 meals for 2 people/week

$9.99

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon is certainly not the cheapest meal delivery service out there – but it’s not the most expensive either.

If you’re a household of two looking to order three recipes per week, you’ll pay $75.93 – that’s $10.99 per serving, plus $9.99 shipping. (Shipping is always a flat $9.99.)

These prices have gone up a few dollars from where they were a year ago, but that’s something I’ve seen happening with most meal delivery services.

Like most other meal kit delivery services, the price per serving goes down the more recipes you order. You’ll get the best per-serving value if you order six meals for four people. After shipping, this comes to $218.55 per week ($8.69 per serving). 

These figures are based on the core menu, as Premium dishes come with slightly higher prices. 

Overall, I think Marley Spoon is pretty good value for what you’re getting, which is top-notch Martha-approved recipes and high-quality ingredients. If you want to try it out for less, you can bring the cost down to $2.99 per serving if you use our special discount: Get $190 off Your First 4 Boxes!.

Add in the generous portion sizes and the convenience of prepared ingredients delivered to your door, and I’d say Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon is well worth its price tag.

The Bottom Line: Is Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Worth It?

I had a great experience with Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon. There was an extensive selection of recipes to choose from, and the step-by-step methods made it easy to create Martha Stewart-level dishes in my own kitchen.

Having said that, I do have a couple of thoughts: I’d love to be able to filter out common allergens or ingredients from the menu. You can exclude certain meats when you sign up, but people with allergies will need to check each recipe (or the Ingredient Hub) individually.

I also have to re-emphasize that this service often expects you to have a good range of kitchen equipment and ingredients to hand. For that reason, Marley Spoon may not be the right fit for you if you don’t already cook much at home and you don’t want to invest in new kitchenware and pantry staples.

Overall, however, I think this meal delivery service would be perfect for anyone who wants to flex their culinary muscles. Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon brings a nice variety of delicious recipes – it’s one of the best ways to up your personal cooking game.

FAQ

How much does Marley Spoon cost?

Marley Spoon meals range from $8.69 to $12.99 depending on how many recipes you order per week and if you order for two or four people. This price puts Marley Spoon on the higher end of the spectrum, making it a bit more of a premium meal kit. In my opinion, the recipes and ingredients you receive make it worth the money.

You can bring your costs down to $2.99 per serving if you use our special discount for new customers.

Is Marley Spoon good for weight loss?

Marley Spoon doesn’t offer a specific weight loss menu. However, it offers a good selection of meals under its Health & Diet category that are designed to have a healthy balance of fat, protein, and carbs.

If you’re trying to diet or lose weight, you should check out our list of the Best Weight Loss Meal Delivery Services.

Are Marley Spoon Meals Healthy?

Marley Spoon offers a range of low-cal, low-carb, and other healthy options as part of its Health & Diet menu. There’s also an extensive menu of veggie options as well as vegan and seafood dishes.

However, don’t count on Marley Spoon to be healthy across the board. Many recipes exceed 1,000 calories per serving so you’ll have to choose carefully.

About The Author

Joey Kendrick
Contributing Writer, Delivery Rank
Joey is a writer based in New York City. He has covered many subjects, but food is his true passion. With his two cats as research assistants, he creates content for clients all over the world.
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