What are Kitchen Utensil Names?


We bet that you don’t know all your kitchen utensils by their name. Who does, right? But should you know all kitchen utensils names?

It can definitely be handy knowing all the names in the right time. Not only it will make you feel a lot more professional, but you would never have to think twice or Google the names when you’re shopping or talking to other chefs.

So if you’re looking to learn all the names or learn more about kitchen utensils – you’re in the right place! That’s exactly what you’ll find down below so keep on reading!

Do You Know All Kitchen Utensils Names?


It would be impossible to cook without utensils, but are you one of the cooks that don’t refer to them using their name?

This can only get you so far, but actually learning the names, you won’t ever be slowed down when you’re cooking.

Therefore, here’s a list of all utensils you can have or find in the most average kitchen.

Food Preparation:

  • Chef’s knife
  • Paring knife
  • Bread knife
  • Knife sharpening rod
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Garlic press
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Grater
  • Kitchen scale
  • Measuring jug and mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Can opener
  • Blender


When it comes down to cooking, here’s what you might frequently be using:

  • Frying pan (also known as a skillet)
  • Saucepan
  • Roasting tin
  • Baking sheet
  • Stirring and slotted spoons
  • Spatula
  • Masher
  • Whisk
  • Oven gloves
  • Thermometer

Other than the utensils, there are also many cookware pieces that we won’t be listing here as this article is only covering the utensils.

Serving Utensils

  • Pizza cutter
  • Corkscrew
  • Pasta fork
  • Ladle
  • Bottle opener


Even storage equipment counts as utensils and the chances are everyone has one of these in their kitchen:

  • Plastic containers or zipper bags
  • Bread box

There are also other types of equipment everyone uses in the kitchen such as kitchen foil, tea towels, and even a kitchen tool organizer tray.

How Many Utensils Do You Need?


You don’t even notice how many utensils you have in your kitchen until it’s time to move house/apartment and set up a new kitchen.

If you already have all the utensils, you will be surprised at how many utensils fit inside your kitchen. And in case you don’t have utensils at your own home you can take them with you – you’ll go on a shopping strike looking for everything you need to cook and serve food.

So how many utensils do you need?

You only need as many utensils as you use in your kitchen. However, for some people, it’s only as much as they can store in their kitchen.

On average, we believe that an average household has anywhere between 20-30 kitchen utensils. While some households only focus on the utensils that help cook, others are well-prepared for food preparation, cooking, and storage.

Therefore, you can have as many as almost 100 pieces “hidden” in every place of your kitchen.

Who would remember all the kitchen utensils’ names, right? Well, we can assure you that it gets easier with time!

What are the Most Commonly Used Utensils?


We believe that the most commonly used utensils are the ones that come with cookware sets. We also like to think of them as the most used utensils as they’re helpful when it comes down to cooking.

There’s no compromise when it comes down to cooking utensils. While for everything else, you can easily compromise and pivot if you need something you just don’t have in your kitchen.

Therefore, the most commonly used utensils are:

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Grater
  • Measuring jug or spoon
  • Stirring spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Spatula
  • Masher
  • Oven gloves
  • Food thermometer

Therefore, if you have just moved in and you don’t have any utensils in your kitchen – we believe that this is a go-to list for your first shopping trip.

From there, you can always make the second list if you realize you don’t have something that’s crucial to your cooking.

Should You Purchase Utensils Separately or Rely on the Ones Provided With the Cookware Set?


Cookware sets don’t always provide utensils, but when they do – it’s often the most basic utensils anyone would ever need in a kitchen.

Therefore, while it’s definitely a great start – many of you might need a lot more utensils. But should you even keep the utensils provided by cookware sets?

You should definitely keep them and use them. If you do your research and find a quality cookware set that comes with utensils – the utensils will most likely be of the same quality as the set.

Some utensils provided with a cookware set are also a great match as the manufacturer ensures that they provide utensils that won’t damage the surface of the pieces within the set.

Another benefit is that the utensils that come with a cookware set will most likely match the pieces within the set visually.

And as we all know – it’s really hard to find utensils that will match each other. Unfortunately, if you’re trying to make your kitchen look attractive & neat, you’ll have to do a lot of research and purchase all utensils at once.

However, if you’re purchasing utensils on your own – we highly recommend thinking of the cookware set material up-front so you can find utensils made of a material that won’t be harmful to your cookware set.

The worst scenario that could possibly happen is to damage your pricey cookware set only because you’ve used pretty but low-quality utensils.


There are definitely many kitchen utensils names and even though we listed almost all of them – some of them have two or even more names for them.

However, if you’re going shopping or you’re just trying to speak the “chef” jargons – this article is everything you’ll need to learn the names of all utensils.

Even if you don’t have a specfiic reason – learning all the names is always a great boost of confidence. You’re most likely using the utensils on a daily basis so why not exactly know their names, right?

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