Easy Guide to Middle Eastern Pantry Staples & Cooking Essentials

Our free guide to Middle Eastern pantry staples will help you get all the essential ingredients you need for some great Middle Eastern cooking.

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • March 30, 2021

If you’ve ever been to the Middle East, you probably remember the smell of rosewater, the sound of hospitality, and the taste of spices and honey. To help bring a bit of that delight into your home, we put together a handy Middle Eastern Pantry Staples List that you can download for free below and keep as a handy reference guide when you cook. 

Since the “Middle East” is an extremely diverse region spanning multiple continents, this Middle Eastern pantry list focuses on staples that are used in cuisines from the Levant (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan) and Arabian Peninsula (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the UAE). From fresh falafel to crisp fatayer, there are so many delectable dishes that you can make in your own kitchen if you have the right ingredients.

Simply fill your cupboards with these Middle Eastern cooking essentials and you’ll be ready to cook delicious, authentic meals on the fly!


Middle Eastern Pantry Staples

Fill your pantry with these essential ingredients and be ready to cook delicious Middle Eastern dishes on the fly!

Our list explains 36 pantry staples — from grains to condiments to frozen ingredients — that you can use to cook up a vast variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Of course, you don’t need to buy every single ingredient on the list. Since our guide gives some suggestions on how ingredients are used, you can hone in on certain types of dishes and start from there. For example, if you’re in the mood to explore new soups and stews while the weather is chilly out, you can stock up on ingredients that are commonly used in those dishes.

As you start stocking up on your Middle Eastern cooking essentials, make sure that you don’t neglect the Seasonings Section. If you want to enjoy all of the yummy goodness that Middle Eastern cuisine has to offer, seasoning is absolutely crucial.

And, if you are looking through the list and see a lot of ingredients you aren’t familiar with, don’t get overwhelmed! Like any skill, being able to create meals straight from your pantry is something that becomes easier and easier with practice. What we hope is that our list of cooking essentials will help you feel less lost when you pick up new Middle Eastern recipes and eventually help you pull out a great Levantine or Arabian meal any time of day, any day of the week.

If you like our Middle Eastern Pantry List, stay tuned for more cuisine-specific pantry lists coming out soon by signing up for our weekly email below! And, don’t forget to forward this post along to anyone you know that loves Middle Eastern food, too.



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