11 celebrity chefs share their tips for cooking during the coronavirus pandemic

Rachael Ray recommended making use of what's already in your pantry.

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Rachael Ray recommended making use of what’s already in your pantry.
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As restaurants and bars close across the country, many Americans are becoming more reliant on cooking at home.

As the number of coronavirus cases worldwide continues to grow, celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray, Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsay, and Antoni Porowski are taking to Instagram and Twitter to share their tips on stocking up and cooking quarantine-friendly foods.

Here are cooking tips from celebrated TV chefs that will help you during the novel coronavirus outbreak.


Rachael Ray is telling her fans to rely more than ever on their pantry staples.

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Rachael Ray on stage at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
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“I know the grocery shelves look bare and your pantry scares you right now, but here’s what it is: we’re all gonna spend more time at home. Time to focus on who and what we love. Cook with a little more love, lean a little more heavily on your pantry,” Ray tweeted.

Ray also included a link to an article from Rachael Ray Magazine listing 15 recipes you can make with pantry staples, including spinach-pea soup and tuna puttanesca penne pasta.

Ray also advocated donating to organizations like Feeding America on her Instagram, pointing out that the school lunch program is the second-biggest anti-hunger initiative in the country after SNAP and food stamps.


Ina Garten reminded her followers to not allow the coronavirus outbreak to stop them from celebrating traditions — and shared some freezer tips.

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Ina Garten shared with her followers that she made Irish Scones for St. Patrick’s Day.
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“In the middle of a crisis, celebrating traditions and staying connected give us a sense of much-needed normalcy,” she wrote on Instagram. “Have lunch with a friend over FaceTime or bake something! For St. Patrick’s Day, I made Irish Scones with jam and cream – with ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry! If you don’t have currants, you can substitute the same amount of raisins, dried cranberries, chopped pecans – or anything delicious that you have!”

Garten also shared a message on Instagram about using what’s in your pantry.

“I know so many of you are very anxious about what’s to come because I am too. The one thing we can do, though, is cook for the people we love who are sheltered in place with us,” she wrote. “Over the next days and weeks, I’ll post lots of ideas for delicious things to make from your pantry and fridge – along with substitutions if you only have granulated sugar and not brown sugar, or onions and not shallots! Please stay safe and we will take care of each other through this crisis.”

A week later, Ina Garten also shared on Instagram her tips for making use of your freezer, from allowing food to cool to room temperature before packing it into containers to defrosting food in the fridge overnight rather than on the counter.


Antoni Porowski is sharing recipes to make while quarantined, in a series on Instagram he’s calling “Quar Eye.”

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Antoni Porowski making his “Keep Calm-lette.”
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“An omelette made in isolation is still an omelette,” Porowski wrote on Instagram. “Served with a black bean salsa made with whatever was left at the grocery store.”

In the video posted to Instagram, Porowski makes his “Keep Calm-lette,” a vegetarian dish, in under eight minutes.

“We’re stuck at home, but we might as well still be able to prepare good food, that’s good for us, and that makes us feel good. We need things that make us feel good, even in pandemics like these,” he said.

Porowski has since made multiple different pantry-friendly recipes, as well as given his tips for ordering takeout food safely and supporting local businesses.


Food Network star Amanda Freitag also shared her tips for spicing up chicken and other proteins.

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Amanda Freitag making seared chicken.
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“Learning to properly sear food is essential to lock in flavors and make even the most basic ingredients delicious, so if you’re quarantined and getting sick of plain chicken, I promise this will help change the game,” the chef captioned an Instagram post explaining the technique.

Freitag recommends seasoning your chicken before pan-frying it skin down in some oil. Then, simply pop it in the oven. Freitag also says not to move or shake the chicken until it’s done cooking in order to achieve a perfect sear.


Chef Marc Murphy recently took on Food Network’s “Chopped Challenge” to show how to turn pantry basics into a delicious dish.

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Chef Marc Murphy took on the “Chopped Challenge.”
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His ingredients included Cheetos, pickles, harissa, and squab, which is a type of bird slightly smaller than a chicken.

Murphy showed how to make the surprisingly simple dish in an IGTV video. In the end, the chef ended up with pan-roasted squab with a Cheeto-seasoned potato hash.


Gordon Ramsay shared an easy recipe for marinara sauce for those staying at home.

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Gordon Ramsay shared a recipe for easy marinara sauce.
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The recipe calls for canned peeled San Marzano tomatoes, a yellow onion, garlic, basil, tomato paste, red wine, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

“Who knows, it may earn you a @michelinguide?” Ramsay captioned the post on Instagram.


Giada De Laurentiis also shared some quarantine-friendly cooking tips, like how to use pasta leftovers in a new way.

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Giada De Laurentiis shared how to rework pasta leftovers.
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Giada De Laurentiis has shared a number of easy recipes since beginning self-isolation, including how to rework pasta leftovers.

To make what De Laurentiis describes as “pizza cake,” add an egg and extra Parmesan cheese to pasta leftovers, pack it into a pan on the stove with some olive oil, fry for a few minutes, flip it, and continue cooking until both sides form a crust.


Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio took to Twitter to share a food-freezing tip with his followers.

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Tom Colicchio.
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“Ok, if you are not used to cooking for yourself and have questions ask away,” he wrote. “For instance, I would cook vegetables now and freeze them for future use.”


Michael Symon recommended buying fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables, among other pantry items.

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Michael Symon.
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Symon answered fan questions on Twitter about what foods people should buy and recommended buying any meats available as well as fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables.

The chef and television personality also tweeted a list of pantry staples that includes items like pasta, potatoes, whole grain bread, bacon, and eggs.


TV chef and host Alton Brown also listed his simple necessities to stock up on during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Alton Brown.
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“Dry beans, grains, canned tomatoes, maybe some eggs. Oh, dry pasta and capers, tinned fish…gin. We can get through this,” he tweeted.

Brown has also started posting videos to his YouTube channel in two series’ he calls “Pantry Raid” and “Quarantine Quitchen.”


Padma Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef,” recommended relying on your freezer and buying dry goods.

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Padma Lakshmi.
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“I know it’s a scary time. What I would say is buy frozen vegetables if you can. They sometimes have as much nutrition as fresh vegetables… Make a lot of food… and freeze it in portions – a lot of stews. Dry goods like beans, lentils, quinoa, orzo, all those shelf-stable products are really good because it doesn’t cost as much as buying steak or something like that, and it gives you protein and can last for a really long time,” Lakshmi said in a Twitter video.

Lakshmi also recommended buying canned tomatoes and tuna. Above all, she reminded people to remain calm and avoid hoarding products like toilet paper.

Lakshmi has since shared some recipes that only require a few ingredients, as well as cooking videos with her kids.