Equipping a kitchen from scratch can be a real hassle if we have just become independent or we simply do not have much idea of ​​what our needs will be when we get down to business.

Something to keep in mind is, based on our routine, to establish a series of essentials that facilitate the task. By making it clear what we need, we also avoid unnecessary spending on items that we will surely never use.

And to make the task less tedious, we have compiled a series of basic and essential kitchen utensils and miscellaneous items, that are necessary whether you are a beginner or an expert cook: from saucepans to frying pans, through knives, and cutters, among others.

1. Pans

Nonstick Ceramic Copper Frying Pan

The choice of a good frying pan depends on many factors, from the size, materials, and quality of the same. You may prefer a cheaper set with a good assortment of sizes, or on the contrary, you prefer to reduce the quantity and invest in materials quality.

But if yours is to throw basics like a potato omelet, grilled meats, or even oriental-style vegetable dishes, you may be interested in a complete set where non-stick is a priority that includes various sizes and shapes.

The decision also depends on the type of kitchen we have at home. A ceramic hob is not the same as an induction hob or even a gas cooker. You can choose specific pans for your type of kitchen. If you prefer a set that is suitable for everyone (more practical if you live for rent and not permanently).

If all this seems very basic to you and you are an experienced cook, you may be interested in adding an iron skillet to your list, perfect for searing meat and fish in the oven since its material withstands high temperatures.

2. Cookware

Like the pans, the materials also matter in the choice of our cookware as they must be suitable for our type of cuisine. We can get a complete forged aluminum battery compatible with both induction and ceramic hob.

Or something more traditional like a battery made up of 4 pieces in different sizes by the hand of Saint Ignatius, Premium Nona model, made of stainless steel.

But if you intend to also use it to cook in the oven, prepare elaborate stews or simply prefer a material that is more resistant to the passage of time. Cast iron pots can be a great alternative since they withstand a temperature high (up to 250 degrees generally). Of course, it is one of the least economical options of all.

3. Knives

Wüsthof Gourmet Knife Block Set

set of knives is essential in any self-respecting kitchen. Complete tableware does not usually have this tool for cooking (beyond the knives to cut meat or fish already on the table), and they are as important as the pans (or even plus).

You don’t need to invest in a wide variety, just three essentials: the onion holder, multi-purpose lace or saw, preferably in stainless steel.

At a slightly higher price, we have another of the most valued brands, even by professionals Wüsthof and this set of three stainless steel knives with gourmet is on Amazon.

4. Baking dishes

 Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Food Bakeware and Storage Containers (4-Piece Set, BPA Free Lids)

If you want to take advantage of the oven, whether to prepare gratins, pasta, puff pastry, or lighter dishes such as fish or vegetables, you will need suitable containers.

You can choose from a wide variety of options. Or on the contrary select glass, in which case one of the most recognizable brands is Pyrex.

There are also other more decorative options, such as earthenware dishes, but a little less light and less practical for the kitchen than the two types that we have mentioned.

5. Peels

Vegetable,Potato and fruit peeler cabbage cutting machine shredded kitchen stainless steel peeling knife gadget

Few things are more tedious than peeling potatoes, especially if you have to remove the skin (this also applies to courgettes, carrots, and much more). That is why a peeler is a simple but essential purchase. If you have them made of steel or with a plastic handle, we recommend the former because without spending much more you get something more quality.

6. Set of ladles and skimmers

OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Utensil Set

Another essential purchase is a good set of cooking utensils: spatulas, slotted spoons, and, of course, ladles. The price of these sets, which (although they can be purchased separately, are of complete interest) varies depending on the number of utensils and their material.

We can get sleek stainless steel sets for lovers of simplicity like this one made up of 6 utensils and matching support. Very cheap but perhaps not very complete. More extensive is this silicone set, quite useful since it is a non-stick material that does not scratch our pans and with a wooden handle. It comes with 15 pieces with a most decorative pastel design.

Finally, from a higher range and made of stainless steel, we have this OXO with seven pieces, including a slotted spoon.

7. Spatulas

 KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner, essential utensils

If you are one of those who prefer to buy the most basic utensil separately, then you should get a good spatula. This one from the KitchenAid brand made of nylon can be quite an acceptable and affordable option.

8. Stick mixers

 Ovente Electric Immersion Hand Blender 300 Watt 2 Mixing Speed with Stainless Steel Blades

Manual whisks or mixers are one of those essential utensils that do not seem to be missing in any kitchen, even if they are not used. But, although they are always associated with baking, the hand mixer is a fundamental tool that can have multiple uses, and there are many different types.

Although it is present in some more complete sets, it is an inexpensive tool, which is good to have quality. Although there are many sizes, this one from BRA, is enough and more than enough for most preparations.

9. Tables

 Joseph Joseph 85120 DrawerStore Kitchen Drawer Organizer Tray for Knives Knife Block, Gray

Oddly enough, there is a world of possibilities when choosing a board for our kitchen. From the traditional wooden one that looks so elegant in decoration magazines to other more practical materials that are dishwasher safe. At the market, we have several options such as the best-selling one in terms of wooden boards, like the medium-sized Zeller brand.

If you are looking for something more practical that allows you to wash it quickly and effortlessly, that is, you can put it in the dishwasher. This Joseph & Joseph is made of polyethylene that does not damage your knives.

Finally, for the most professional, this set of color charts (one for each type of food) will allow you to ensure cooking quality without mixing flavors. In addition, it comes with support to keep them organized.

10. Colanders and drainers

Ovente Stainless Steel Deep Colander 3 Piece Kitchen Strainer Set, Dishwasher Safe

To strain a juice, sprinkle sugar or in the case of colanders, leave the pasta at its point, colanders and colanders are essential in any kitchen.

We have found a pack of 3 different sizes the first in stainless steel. Although for the most demanding we also have this cone-shaped Chinese strainer made of mesh, yes, at a somewhat higher price.

In stainless steel, we also have this colander and drainer with a mesh body, which is also dishwasher safe.

11. Mixing Bowls

Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Nesting Bowls Set with Mixing Bowls Measuring Cups Sieve Colander, essential utensils

Another useful utensil is the mixing bowl, perfect for preparing basic salads or more complex dishes such as ceviche. The metallic ones are the most advisable, and we find games in different sizes for all budgets.

12. Scissors

essential utensils

Finally, the scissors, the great forgotten in the kitchen but a great ally if we know how to take advantage of them. When choosing them, you should be more or less clear about what role they will play in your kitchen. Since, although it may not seem like it, the variety is overwhelming. Stainless steel with a rubber handle that even has a bottle opener function.

From the Arcos brand, that we mentioned before when we talked about knives, these classic, basic-style scissors are made of stainless steel.

Finally, from the 3 Claveles professional utensils brand, we find these stainless steel scissors with a micro-serrated edge.


  • Donna Parker

    Fashion, beauty, and home improvement are topics that Donna Parker has been passionate about for years. That is why during her Bachelor of Communications, she decided to specialize in digital marketing and product research. In her free time, she usually takes pictures and watches movies or series.