If you’re just starting out in the kitchen, beginning with the right set of kitchen tools is your first priority. The last thing you want in the middle of a recipe is to read an instruction like “whisk the eggs” and not have a whisk on hand.
But don’t fear! As a culinary dietitian and the author of The Best 3-Ingredient Cookbook: 100 Fast & Easy Recipes for Everyone, I know what beginners need, and many of these tools listed below come from a list in my cookbook.
After you gather your kitchen tools, your next task will be to find simple, easy, and tasty recipes to start cooking like The Easiest Recipes To Make Right Now or Easy Recipes You Need in Your Meal Prep Routine.
What I recommend: Cuisinart Nonstick, 12-Inch, Skillet w/Glass Cover, $39.95.
A saucepan has high sides and is good for many recipes including cooking vegetables, grains, pasta, and of course, sauces. Do look for saucepans with covers, which will help you cook grain dishes. Start with one or two to see what your needs are.
What I recommend: T-fal Performa Stainless Steel Sauce Pan Cookware, 3-Quart, $22.49.
For beginner cooks, I recommend following the recipes as written, which often means measuring out your ingredients. Having a standard set of measuring cups and spoons will make things easier than guessing the actual measurement and your food will come out much tastier, too.
What I recommend: OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups and Spoons Set, $17.98.
From mixing muffin batters, tossing a salad, or making mashed potatoes, mixing bowls are needed in most recipes. Purchase a set of at least three (small, medium, and large) that nestle inside each other for easy storage.
What I recommend: Glad Mixing Bowls with Pour Spout, Set of 3, $12.49.
Available rimmed and unrimmed, baking sheets are essential for roasting vegetables, baking cookies, and even cooking proteins. I recommend starting with a set of two because most ovens can handle two sheet pans at a time, which can also cut back on cooking time.
What I recommend: Umite Chef Stainless Steel Baking Sheet, Set of 2, $21.99.
You don’t need to start your cooking experience by investing in an expensive knife set. Instead, start with a chef’s knife for chopping, slicing, and dicing. A smaller paring knife is used to peel fruits and vegetables, to slice garlic, or to perform other detailed cutting.
What I recommend: DV Knife 8 inch Chef’s Knife, 4 inch Paring Knife, $10.99