Kitchenware: Kitchen Vocabulary Words with Pictures

No matter where you are from in world, or what language you speak, one thing that will bring people together is food. In English speaking countries, food is a big deal and so if you find yourself ready to cook with an English speaking friend, you will need to know the names of the various items that can be found in the kitchen.

Knowing these words will not only help you to communicate but can be also very useful for following recipes either on videos or written. In this section, you will find out how to refer to the different items that can be found in a kitchen.


A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment. There are many different types of kitchen appliances (toaster, refrigerator, cabinet, cupboard, dinner table…) and kitchen utensils (apron, bowl, teapot, oven glove, rolling pin, grater…) that are used in the kitchen.

Kitchen Appliances & Gadgets

List of Kitchen Appliances & Gadgets

  • Tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Mixer
  • Refrigerator
  • Blender
  • Cabinet
  • Cupboard
  • Cooker hood (U.K) – range hood (U.S)
  • Microwave
  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen counter
  • Dinner table
  • Kitchen scale
  • Pedal bin
  • Grill
  • Drawer

Learn these things in the kitchen to improve and enhance your vocabulary in English.

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Kitchen Utensils

Kitchen Utensils Vocabulary

  • Apron
  • Bread basket
  • Bowl
  • Teapot
  • Measuring cup
  • Baking tray
  • Timer
  • Spice container
  • Chopping board
  • Grater
  • Pie plate
  • Salad spinner
  • Colander
  • Butter dish
  • Oven glove
  • Napkin
  • Chopsticks
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring spoon
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Strainer
  • Steak hammer
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Mesh skimmer
  • Cleaver
  • Ladle
  • Knife
  • Kitchen shears
  • Fork
  • Cutlery
  • Corkscrew
  • Cake slice
  • Saucepan (U.K) – pot (U.S)
  • Frying pan
  • Pressure cooker
  • Cooker
  • Casserole dish

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Cups and Glasses

Glassware Vocabulary

  • Wine glass
  • Water goblet
  • Margarita glass
  • Hurricane glass
  • Champagne flute
  • Cocktail glass
  • Irish coffee glass
  • Cognac balloon
  • Plastic cup
  • Mug
  • Beer mug
  • Weizen glass
  • Teacup
  • Demitasse
  • Footed pilsner glass
  • Collins glass
  • Vodka glass
  • Shot glass

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Formal Table Setting

Tableware Vocabulary

  • Dessert fork
  • Tea spoon
  • White wine glass
  • Red wine glass
  • Water goblet
  • Bread and butter knife
  • Coffee cup
  • Saucer
  • Bread and butter plate
  • Napkin
  • Salad fork
  • Dinner fork
  • Dinner plate
  • Dinner knife
  • Salad knife

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Kitchenware | Kitchen Vocabulary Video

Kitchenware vocabulary words video with American English pronunciation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are common kitchen utensils and their uses?

In the kitchen, you’ll find various utensils that serve different purposes. A knife is used for slicing and chopping, a fork is used for picking up food, and a spoon is used for stirring or scooping. Spatulas are handy for flipping and turning food during cooking, while a whisk is used for mixing ingredients, especially when beating eggs or making sauces. Tongs are useful for gripping and lifting food, and a colander is used for draining liquids from cooked pasta or vegetables.

What are some essential kitchen appliances?

Essential kitchen appliances include a stove or cooktop for cooking food by boiling, frying, or simmering; an oven for baking, roasting, or broiling; a microwave for heating and reheating food quickly; a refrigerator for keeping perishables safe, a dishwasher for cleaning dishes and utensils, and a kettle for boiling water. A toaster or toaster oven is convenient for toasting bread and bagels, while a blender and food processor can help you prepare smoothies, sauces, and more with ease.

Can you list basic cooking terms used in the kitchen?

Certainly! Here are some basic cooking terms: Dice refers to cutting ingredients into small cubes, slice means cutting into thin pieces, grate is making tiny pieces using a grater, sauté involves cooking food quickly in oil over high heat, simmer means cooking in liquid at a low temperature, boil is cooking in liquid at a high temperature, and bake is cooking food in an oven using dry heat.

What are the differences between kitchen vocabulary in British and American English?

There are some differences in kitchen vocabulary between British and American English. For example, in British English, cutlery refers to eating utensils, while in American English, they are called silverware. A grill in the UK is the same as a broiler in the US. A frying pan can also be called a frypan or skillet. Lastly, cookware refers to pots and pans in general in both varieties of English.

How can I improve my English kitchen vocabulary for ESL?

To improve your English kitchen vocabulary, try engaging with various resources. Watch cooking shows in English, read recipes and cookbooks, join online forums and discussions about cooking, and practice speaking and writing about your own cooking experiences. Labeling items in your kitchen with their English names can also help you remember them more easily.

What are some uncommon kitchen items and their functions?

Some uncommon kitchen items include a mandoline slicer, which is used for cutting vegetables into thin, uniform slices; a mortar and pestle for crushing and grinding ingredients, such as herbs and spices; a spiralizer for creating vegetable noodles or ribbons; a ravioli mold for shaping and sealing homemade ravioli; and a pie bird, which is a ceramic device placed in the center of a pie to allow steam to escape and prevent the filling from boiling over. 

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Last Updated on November 10, 2023

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