16 Pieces of Minimalist Cookware That Will Streamline Your Kitchen

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Not only can kitchens get messy, but they can also be pretty disorganized — full of excessive equipment and tools that you're not utilizing, which take up precious counter space and storage. That cherry pitter you used that one time? It might be time to donate it.

Paring down your kitchen with minimalist cookware makes it more manageable, and you'll spend a lot less time digging through drawers. Plus, chances are, you probably reach for the same tools, bowls, and pans on a daily basis.

Whether you're whittling down your cookware and utensils to reduce clutter or are a novice chef building your kitchen from scratch, these are the minimalist cookware items worth investing in.

1. Wusthof 6" Classic Chef's Knife, $59.95

Considered indispensable by many, a chef's knife is necessary for prepping any meal that requires slicing, dicing, and chopping. This Germany-made knife, in particular, ensures a 20% sharper blade and is resistant to stains and corrosion, making it well worth the price tag.

2. Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, from $325

Known for its strength and durability, a cast iron dutch oven is ideal for all forms of cooking — whether it be roasting, slow-cooking, searing, or baking — because of its ability to distribute heat slowly and evenly. It's also super versatile and can be used in the oven or on the stove.

3. Menu Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, $80

With a minimalist design, these ceramic salt and pepper grinders bring Scandinavian vibes to your kitchen and tablescape, thanks to their sleek silhouettes and muted colorways.

4. OXO Soft Handled Can Opener, $12.99

A can opener is a must-have tool for any kitchen. This one has comfortable, slip-proof handles, doubles as a bottle cap opener, and is totally budget-friendly.

5. Made In Cookware 4 Quart Saucepan, $99

What's a meal without sauce? This stainless steel sauce pan, with its 5-ply construction, heats evenly, has better heat retention, and features a long handle that stays cool to the touch. Choose from 1-quart, 2-quart, and 4-quart sizes.

6. Bamboozle 7-Piece Bowl Set, $70

Whether you're whipping up an omelet, mixing cake batter, or passing around snacks for movie night, these bamboo mixing bowls offer a variety of sizes to suit all your needs. Also nice: They're dishwasher-safe and conveniently nest into each other, which makes storage a cinch.

7. KitchenAid Bamboo Solid Spoon, $5.19

No kitchen should be without a wooden spoon. Use it to baste meats and poultry, stir soups and sauces, or rest it over the top of a pot to keep it from boiling over (pro tip!).

8. Food52 Five Two Bamboo Cutting Board, $59

Essential to any kitchen, this wood cutting board is made of bamboo, which is eco-friendly, antimicrobial, and water-resistant. One side of this board features an extra-deep juice groove, while the other boasts a phone slot, so you have access to notes and recipes while you chop and cook.

9. Berghoff Mesh Colander, $29.95

Drain pasta, wash produce, steam veggies, or deep fry with this well-rounded mesh strainer. It's made of sturdy stainless steel and the grippy rubber handles guarantee it won't slip out of your hands.

10. Walmart Kitchen Shears, $8.95

A multifunctional kitchen scissor-like this one has ultra-sharp blades to remove fish scales and cut through chicken bones. It also has a built-in bottle opener and nutcracker to help you pare down your kitchen tools and utensils, especially in small spaces with limited storage.

11. Field Company Field Cast Iron Skillet, $125

This everyday cast iron skillet is still lightweight enough to cook with comfortably and features a smooth, naturally nonstick surface. It's ready to go straight out of the box and is made to last a century, meaning it gets better with time and each use.

12. De Buyer Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Spoon Set, $25

These classic measuring cups and spoons are durable, no-nonsense, dishwasher-safe, and nestable, so they can be stowed in your smallest kitchen drawer. As an added bonus, they also have milliliter markings on the handles to make conversions even easier.

13. Brigade Kitchen Paring Knife, $45

Designed to be precise and simple, a paring knife helps you with those more intricate slicing jobs. Built to last, this one from Brigade Kitchen is made of stainless steel to resist rust, stains, and corrosion.

14. Sur La Table 12" Microplane, $14.95

A microplane can really come in handy, whether you're zesting lemon into a smoothie, adding chocolate to a dessert, or grating Parmesan-Reggiano over a salad or freshly made pasta. Plus, the soft grip handle delivers on comfort so your hand doesn't start hurting.

15. Williams Sonoma Signature Nonstick Small Spatula, $34.95

Opt for an easy-to-clean, nonstick spatula like this one to help you tackle flipping pancakes, turning poultry and vegetables, and transferring items from your pan to a plate.

16. Nordic Ware Naturals Baker's Half Sheet, $10.99

Made of long-lasting aluminum, this sheet pan is perfect for browning vegetables or baking cookies, since the construction heats everything uniformly and the light color prevents burning.


Susan Brickell is a New York-based writer and editor obsessed with cozy jungalow spaces, chic athleisure, and the newest skincare trends.

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