Basic Cooking Ingredients

Basic Ingredients Every Kitchen Should Have

Our exposure to sophisticated cooking whether at restaurants, in cookbooks, or on television sometimes makes us forget how wonderful simple food can be.

Everyday cooking is not about striving for brilliance but about preparing good, wholesome, tasty, varied meals for the ones you love with few basic cooking ingredients. This is a fundamentally satisfying pleasure.

Becoming a confident cook is all about producing delicious meals consistently regardless of the occasion: whether it is an everyday lunch sandwich or a family dinner, or a healthy everyday meal cooked in as little time as possible, or some classic dish from international cuisine.

If you’re new to cooking, or if you’re someone who wants to quickly and effortlessly upgrade your abilities without spending a fortune or going to a cooking school, you need to be acquainted with these fundamentals of cooking that will go a long way in your culinary adventure: ingredients, equipment, and techniques. Let’s have a look at the most common cooking ingredients.

Must Have Ingredients

To me, the ingredients that follow are the true convenience foods. Different people like to eat different ways, obviously, but certain items belong in every kitchen all the time and can be kept nearly indefinitely. While stocking your pantry and refrigerator, make sure you don’t forget these most common cooking ingredients.


  • Extra virgin olive oil, and some decent neutral oil, like corn oil
  • Flours
  • Salt and Pepper

Dry Goods

Rice, Pasta and Lentils
  • Rice, long-grain, and short-grain
  • Pasta
  • Beans, dried and canned (frozen if you can find them)
  • Lentils
  • Baking soda, baking powder, bread crumbs, and cornstarch

Vegetables & Fruits

  • Tomatoes
  • Aromatic vegetables, like onions, garlic, and carrots
  • Long-lasting vegetables and fruits, like potatoes, apples, and oranges
  • Chilies & Lemon

Herbs & Spices

  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro


  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Whole Milk
  • Cooking Cream
  • Cheese (Mozzarella, American and Sharp Cheddar)

Condiments Every Kitchen Should Have

  • Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise


  • Packaged Stock
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sugar and Honey

With these basic recipe ingredients, you’ll be able to make scores of different meals, from pancakes to pasta. When you add the fresh ingredients that you are likely to have in the refrigerator as a result of everyday shopping—vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, milk, and other perishables— you’ll be able to prepare different meals.

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