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The 12 best store-cupboard recipes

Unable to get everything you thought you needed from the supermarket? If you have a well-stocked store cupboard, you've got nothing to fear. We've found the best store-cupboard recipes to get you through lockdown.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jun 1, 2021

woman tidying store cupboard

Store cupboard recipes don't need to be boring or tasteless. Tinned tuna, coconut milk, oats and instant coffee are key to some delicious meals. Here are the top store cupboard recipes.


1. Low sugar banana and oat cookies

banana and oat cookies

If you've got some bananas you forgot about, this is a great snack using oats and brown sugar. A nutritious sweet treat.

2. Crispy chickpeas

crispy chickpeas

This makes a great light lunch to serve on a summer's day. Serve over rice, with a salad or with toasted pita bread.

3. Spanish-style lentils

spanish stew

This hearty Spanish dish is a great option for winter evenings when you're craving something heavy and comforting.

4. Pasta salad

pasta salad

This one's packed with staples – tinned sweetcorn, tinned beans, dry pasta – yet it still tastes fresh and light.

5. Thai red chicken curry

thai red curry

Coconut milk might sound exotic, but it's an eternally useful store-cupboard product – mix with Thai curry paste for a tasty weeknight dinner, or cook rice in it for a great accompaniment to Thai, Indian or Caribbean food.

6. Coffee buns

coffee cakes

Some may turn their nose up at instant coffee, but if you're a fan of coffee cake, you're missing a trick. Super easy, tasty, and a bit more sophisticated than your typical fairy cake.

7. Honey and soy chicken with noodles

chicken noodles

Chances are you have everything except the chicken for this recipe in your store cupboard – and if you can get them, or have them to hand, some chilli, cashew nuts or vegetables would make a great addition.

8. Sticky peanut butter flapjacks


Another tasty oat-based sweet treat. You may well find everything you need for this except butter in your store-cupboard already.

9. Pesto jackets

pesto jackets

What would we do without trusty pesto? Whether it's a dirty student kitchen, or a busy family kitchen, pesto is an absolute must for any store-cupboard. This is a filling and imaginative alternative to pesto pasta or pesto salmon.

10. Tuna patties

tuna patties

Store cupboard recipes don't need to be heavy bean or pasta dishes, these tuna patties are a light dinner alongside some salad or a vegetable. As many store cupboard ingredients can be carb heavy, tinned tuna a good choice for anyone active who needs some extra protein.

11. Pizza rice

rice in pan

We love pizza as much as the next person, but we also like a little variety. This pizza rice is the best of both worlds, keeping the children happy but giving you something a little different.

12. Curried baked beans

curried beans

Serve over rice or with naan as a quick and easy curry alternative, or with chilli baked eggs for an Indian-inspired breakfast.

What can I do with tinned tomatoes?

The original store cupboard staple, uses for tinned tomatoes are endless. Pasta sauce is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but there's a lot more than that you can do. Try out this Spanish chicken recipe, or go Mexican with Chilli Con Carne.

What can I do with tinned fish?

Fresh fish is usually expensive with a short shelf life, so tinned fish is great to keep on hand. Anchovies add a salty umami punch to pasta, or try a tuna quiche with a salad for a light lunch.

What can I do with oats?

While we've used oats here for sweet treats, oats can be savoury too. If your children can't resist fish fingers, try oat-rolled fish for a healthier alternative.


What can I do with coconut milk?

Another versatile ingredient, having a few tins of coconut milk is always useful. You can try it sweet in coconut and lime cake, or savoury in coconut and lime chicken. However, it does work with a lot more than lime – coconut and cherry biscuits are delicious, as is slow-cooked coconut and ginger pork.