A Basic Kitchen Equipment List

I am experimenting with scaling down what I have in my kitchen. It seems like I have the storage space for a lot of stuff, and the temptation is to fill up that space. But I have found, with some reorganizing, that having everything I need where I can easily see it and reach it, without having to move other things, means that I will make more use of the equipment I do have. So it’s better to have a slightly empty cabinet if that means I’m making use of everything in that cabinet.

So here’s my absolutely minimal list of kitchen equipment for cooking the recipes that I habitually cook. I would appreciate comments or suggestions.

  1. Aluminum foil
  2. Freezer bags (small and large)
  3. Dish towels (lots)
  4. Baking sheet: for baking, roasting and broiling; these are cheap, so it might be good to have one for pastries and one for other foods
  5. Casserole dish with lid: for casseroles, gratins, lasagna and other baked dishes
  6. Large (12-inch), deep skillet with lid: for braising, pan-roasting, pan-frying and simmering
  7. Medium (10-inch) cast-iron skillet: for pan-searing, sauteeing and making cornbread
  8. Small (10-inch or 8-inch) nonstick skillet: for making eggs only
  9. Nonstick pan with high, curved sides: not essential but useful if you stir-fry
  10. Large pot with lid: for soups, stock, stew, braises, roasts, no-knead bread and boiling water for pasta; a dutch oven is ideal
  11. Medium pot with lid: for boiling, simmering, steaming, reheating, melting and making sauces
  12. Colander: for draining pasta and washing fruits and vegetables
  13. Serving tray or platter
  14. Utensils: whisk, tongs, food turner, wooden spoon, rubber spatula, brush, microplane, vegetable peeler
  15. Knives: chef’s knife, paring knife and serrated knife for bread
  16. Cutting boards: one plastic for meats, one of any material but glass for everything else; I think it is also nice to have one wooden one for making and cutting bread
  17. Something for pureeing: food processor, stick blender or food mill; I have all 3 but probably don’t need them all (the food processor is the biggest space hog but also handy for thinly slicing vegetable, grating a block of cheese and kneading pizza dough).
  18. Bowls: at least 3 of various sizes
  19. Measuring cups (dry and liquid) and spoons
  20. Glass dishes with lids: for keeping leftovers, freezing, marinating and pickling; since these are endlessly useful, buy as many as you can store.
  21. Corkscrew
  22. Kettle
  23. Coffee grinder and press pot: Maybe not a necessity for everyone, but definitely for me
  24. Toaster: I have a combination toaster and toaster oven, which I love.
  25. Slow cooker: This is an optional appliance, but it cooks a lot of different things and really comes in handy.

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20 thoughts on “A Basic Kitchen Equipment List

  1. lisa 15 February 2010 at 7:37 am

    I love my box grater and garlic press. Hate to do those tasks by hand and they make things so much easier

  2. Shannon 15 February 2010 at 8:13 am

    Yes, it was hard to leave both those things off the list. And they don’t take up much room.

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  6. yazan 6 February 2011 at 9:12 am

    can u please sen me a-z kitchen equipment list
    to this email (yazan.alsaadi@yahoo.com)

    thanks for ur help

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  11. jasmine 24 May 2012 at 11:16 am

    awesome list

  12. sheila 27 July 2012 at 10:18 am

    thank you for this..,it is a big help for my feasibility stud

  13. bob 11 August 2012 at 1:43 am

    a digital instant read thermometer is also a must, especially if you’re cooking meat!
    True stir frying is WAY to hot for nonstick, use cast iron or carbon steel unless you want to breath toxic fumes.

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  15. Joshen 10 December 2012 at 11:52 am

    Please i will love you to send me a A – Z list of kitchen equipments. From the smallest to the biggest. You can send them to donjoshen@gmail.com


  16. mdshohel 8 November 2013 at 12:28 pm

    please send me a A-z list of kitchen equipment list.From the smallest to the biggest. You can send them to

  17. Jon 26 January 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Nice list, thanks for sharing. I found one over here that’s a bit more comprehensive. http://goo.gl/DzD8aS

  18. Rachealohajirogu 5 March 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Nice list. I like the kitchen arrangement

  19. TheNa1993 15 October 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What about a can opener?

  20. Raju 14 March 2016 at 1:13 am

    nice post ..good collection

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