Best Pantry and Fridge Staples

Ever come to the kitchen and feel like you don’t have anything to cook with? If you often experience this, it might be a good idea to stock up on pantry and fridge staples – versatile ingredients that you can turn into meals in no time. Below is a list to get you started – adapt it to your shopping list as needed, as every kitchen is different!


  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vinegar (apple cider, rice)
  • Granulated sugar

Spices, Sauces and Condiments

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Red pepper
  • Paprika
  • Crushed garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Mustard
  • Tomato sauce
  • BBQ sauce


  • Eggs
  • Milk (or vegan alternatives)
  • Butter (or vegan alternatives)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Baking flour
  • Chocolate bars and chips
  • Sugar (brown, confectioners)
  • Agave


  • Pasta
  • Rice (long grain, brown, white, red)
  • Rolled oats
  • Bread
  • Grains (quinoa, couscous)

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Avocados
  • Apples

Canned Goods

  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Pickles
  • Olives

What would you get on your next shopping trip?

Author: Joseph Campbell

Hi there! I'm Joseph Campbell, a Sydney-based writer and food blogger. Follow me each week as I take you around on my food adventures.