The simplest cooking tasks like flipping and stirring are so much easier with the right tool. From making cakes to prepping an egg, the most helpful instrument is a spatula. Spatulas have a useful flat edge, perfect for preparing your favorite dishes. Though spatulas might seem like a simple kitchen essential, there’s a lot to consider, like style, material, and even color. So, to make your decision simple, we’ve collected the best spatulas available.
The perfect fusion of spatula and spoon
Spoonulas are a cross between a spatula and a spoon. They're great for serving food out of nonstick cookware, stir-frying, flipping or scrambling eggs, stirring batter, or mixing sauces. They are the best of both worlds, which means it's hard to find a task in the kitchen that they can't handle with ease.
Slotted steel flipper with a wooden handle
The slotted turner is one of the most popular spatulas in the kitchen for flipping fish, but it can handle more than one trick. The slots let the steam escape when you slide the very thin edge under foods, like fried eggs, in your skillet. The bare steel finish on the blade means you don't have to worry about a coating chipping off, and you can use a scrubber on it when necessary.
Wide stainless steel flipper with a wooden handle
The wide and stiff metal of this spatula allows you to quickly flip burgers on the grill without them falling apart on either side. The addition of a wood handle means it won't heat up too much like plastic or metal over the open flames, making it safer for your hands. Plus, this spatula isn't oversized and can be used with your cast iron or stainless steel pans.
Gentle wooden design
Wooden spatulas are easy to hold and made of a natural material that looks better over time. They're the ideal tool for working fond off the bottom of your ceramic dutch oven or crockpot without causing damage. As an added benefit, a wood spatula works great for mixing salads or serving rice.
Narrow steel spatula for spreading
Icing spatulas are obviously suitable for cakes, but they're also good at spreading fudge or brownies in a pan. The angled blade makes it comfortable to hold while keeping your hands from touching whatever you're spreading. You can also ditch your butter knife for this spatula when you're buttering an entire loaf of garlic bread, which will save time.
Save the remaning peanut butter, sauce, and jelly
Why throw away the last bit of a delicious jelly or sauce stuck in the jar, when you could be eating it now? A slim spatula can reach the crevices of a jar that butter knives and spoons cannot. Plus, the size of this spatula makes it perfect for frosting small confections.
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Adding a spatula to your kitchen inventory will make cooking a lot easier, no matter the job. There are spatulas to meet every need, from flipping to spreading, available in a variety of different materials and designs. All you have to do is choose one, or two, to meet your culinary needs.
Unlike metal or wood, silicone spatulas are both easy on your pans and even easier to clean. So if you only have room in your kitchen (and heart) for one spatula, then spring for the StarPack Premium Silicone Spoonula. This one spatula can do nearly all tasks covered by this collection, especially with heat resistance up to 600F. There are no separate handles fused to the utensil, only soft and easy-to-hold silicone, which means you won't get bits of food stuck in small crevices. It also has a few colors to choose from, along with full sets of utensils to match it -- should you want to expand your collection later.