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October 25, 2022 7 min read


Welcome to our kitchen spoon guide! If you're like most home chefs, your drawers are probably filled with an assortment of spoons. But do you know the best way to use each one? In this easy-to-follow guide, we'll dive into the world of kitchen spoons, uncovering how to make the most out of them.



The Different Types of Spoons for Cooking


Cooking spoons are made from a range of materials and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Here are the most popular types available:


1) Salt Spoon

 A spoon of salt with a glass jar of salt on the side

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A salt spoon is a small utensil specifically meant for handling and measuring salt. It's typically smaller than a regular spoon, with a narrow bowl and a short handle. The small size allows for precise control when adding salt to dishes, preventing over-seasoning. It's designed so that it doesn't touch the food directly; instead, it's just used to sprinkle salt on it. These spoons come in various materials such as stainless steel, ceramic, or even wood.


2) Sugar Spoon

 A spoon of sugar next to a sugar bowl on a wooden table

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A sugar spoon is slightly larger than a salt spoon and is made for serving sugar. Its design allows for easy scooping and sprinkling of sugar into drinks like coffee or tea, or onto food. Similar to salt spoons, sugarspoons don't touch the food directly and are usually paired with a sugar bowl or basin. They're typically made of stainless steel, silver, or other food-safe materials.


3) Grapefruit Spoon

 A spoon being used to separate the fruit from the rind

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A grapefruit spoon is a special spoon designed for eating grapefruits. It has a unique serrated edge on one side of the bowl, which helps easily separate the juicy flesh of the fruit from its rind. These spoons are usually made of stainless steel and are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It's important to be careful when using or letting a young child use this spoon since the serration is sharp enough to cause injuries.


4) Measuring Spoons

 A set of black measuring spoons with ingredients in each spoon

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A measuring spoon is used to measure liquid or dry ingredients when cooking. They typically come in a set, ranging from 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. They have precise measurements marked on their handles, making it easy to measure ingredients like spices, baking powder, or vanilla extract accurately. They are often made of durable materials like stainless steel or plastic and are designed to withstand frequent use and washing.


5) Slotted Spoon

 A black slotted silicone spoon used to drain liquid

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A slotted spoon is a handy kitchen tool with slots or holes in its bowl. These openings allow liquids to drain away while retaining solid foods like vegetables, pasta, or meat. They can also be used for skimming foam off soups, retrieving boiled eggs from water, or lifting fried foods from hot oil. They are typically made of stainless steel or heat-resistant plastic, making them durable and easy to clean.


6) Ladle

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Ladles are big spoons with long handles, often used for serving soups, stews, sauces, and other liquids. They're also handy for pouring batter onto pans. They have a deep, round bowl that can hold a generous amount of liquid. They come in different types, including slotted, soup, and sauce ladles.


7) Wooden Spoon

 A wooden spoon with berries in the spoon

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A wooden spoon is a classic kitchen tool made entirely of wood. It has a sturdy handle and a wide, flat bowl. These spoons are gentle on cookware, making them ideal for stirring, mixing, and scraping ingredients in pots and pans without causing scratches.


8) Risotto Spoon

 A wooden risotto spoon for stirring to not break any grains

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A risotto spoon is specifically designed for making and serving risotto, an Italian rice dish. It has a wide, flat bowl with a slightly curved edge and a hole in the middle. This design is perfect for continuously stirring and gently folding the rice and other ingredients without breaking them.


9) Spider Spoon

 3 different size spider spoons used for blanching

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A spider spoon, also known as a skimmer or strainer spoon, is a long handled spoon with a wide, shallow bowl with perforations or mesh. It's often used for lifting and draining foods from hot liquids, like blanched veggies, pasta, or fried foods, while leaving the liquid behind. These spoons are usually made of stainless steel or other heat-resistant materials, ensuring they're strong and safe to use with hot liquids.


10) Spoonula

 A spoonula which is a mix of a spatula and a spoon in red and green

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A spoonula is a hybrid utensil that combines the features of a spoon and a spatula. It has a flexible silicone or rubber head with a spoon-like bowl shape and a flat edge. You can use it for scooping, stirring, scraping, and spreading. They're often heat-resistant and safe to use with non-stick cookware, making them practical for all types of cooking.


11) Dessert Spoons

 A desert spoon that is on a white plate ready to be used to eat the cake

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A dessert spoon is a slightly larger spoon than a teaspoon but smaller than a tablespoon. They typically have a bowl that is much more pointed than rounded. They're mainly used for eating desserts like pudding, ice cream, or cake and are commonly made of stainless steel or other durable materials.


12) Egg Spoon

 3 spoons that are holding 3 white eggs facing each other

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Egg spoons are designed specifically for use with hard-boiled eggs on an egg stand. To scoop easily inside the stand, these spoons have a shorter handle and a narrower bowl. Compared to a regular teaspoon, the tip is sharper and the bowl is rounder. They come in various materials like stainless steel, silver, or even ceramic.


13) Soup Spoons

 A green soup spoon next to a black bowl of noodles, eggs and meat

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A soup spoon has a deep bowl, making it simple and comfortable to scoop soup. They're usually made from ceramic or plastic. There are two varieties: Chinese soup spoons and bouillon soup spoons.

A bouillon spoon is used for light soups and has a rounded, shallow bowl. Chinese soup spoons, on the other hand, are used for heavier soups and have a flat bottom bowl and a thick handle.


14) Coffee and Demitasse Spoons

 A demitasse spoon on a tray with a mug of cappuccino

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For coffee drinkers, there are two types of spoons available: the coffee spoon and the demitasse spoon.

Coffee spoons come with large, rounded bowls that are ideal for measuring but not so great for serving or eating. A demitasse spoon, on the other hand, is smaller than a conventional spoon and is referred to as the "espresso spoon." It is half the size of a typical coffee cup and works wonderfully with an espresso cup.


15) Iced Tea Spoon

 Two iced tea spoons on a wooden board

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Iced tea spoons are essentially tablespoons with slightly longer handles. These longer handles make it easier to reach the bottom of an iced tea pint glass where sugar may sink. This ensures thorough mixing of lemon or other flavors. They're usually made of stainless steel and come in different designs, some featuring decorative handles or patterns.


16) Bonbon Spoon

 A gold bonbon spoon used to serve almonds and other dry, crumbly spoons

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Bonbon spoons are small, decorative spoons that are used to dispense food without creating a mess. They have a large, flat bowl with holes that let crumbs fall out. They can be used to serve bonbons, candies, chocolates almonds, and other dry, crumbly foods.


17) Sauce Spoon

 A sauce spoon used to make a drizzle of sauce over the plate

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The sauce spoon is a shallow serving spoon that is used to drizzle sauces, gravies, or dressings over food. The most popular types are French sauce spoons and saucier spoons.

A French sauce spoon is generally flat and has a notch on the side. It's used to scoop up the sauce from a savory dish. Meanwhile, a saucier spoon helps pour sauce more precisely over sweet dishes.


18) Marrow Spoon


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A marrow spoon is a specialized spoon designed for extracting marrow from bones. It typically has a long, narrow bowl with a pointed tip. These spoons are commonly used in fine dining and are made from durable materials like stainless steel or silver.


19) Chowder and Gumbo Spoon


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Gumbo and chowder spoons are large, deep spoons designed for serving thick, hearty soups like gumbo and chowder. They have a wide bowl with a rounded edge, making it easy to scoop up generous portions of soup along with chunky ingredients.


20) Rice Spoon


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A rice spoon, also known as a rice paddle or sushi rice spoon, is specifically designed for serving and handling rice. It features a flat, wide bowl with a gently curved edge. They're often made from materials like bamboo, wood, or durable plastic, and they're commonly used in Asian cuisine.




Can I use any spoon for measuring ingredients?

While you can technically use any spoon for measuring, it's best to use designated measuring spoons for accurate measurements, especially when baking.


Are wooden spoons better than metal spoons for cooking?

Both spoons serve different purposes. Many cooks prefer wooden spoons for tasks like handling delicate foods or non-stick cookware since they're less likely to scratch surfaces. On the other hand, metal spoons are preferred for tasks involving hot oil, soups, and other high temperatures.


How do I care for my kitchen spoons?

Most kitchen spoons can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, depending on their material. Wooden spoons should be hand-washed and occasionally treated with mineral oil. Avoid using abrasive cleaners on metal spoons to prevent scratching.




There are many types of spoons, each with its own unique purpose in the kitchen. You might already have some of these spoons, but knowing how to use them can improve your baking and cooking skills.

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