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Best Non-Stick frying Pan 2020: Frying Meat, Fish & Co. Without Any Fat

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Cooking or frying food in a frying pan can become a real annoyance. Not only do they like to stick to the ground, but also tend to burn.

The coating of a non-stick pan counteracts this and ensures relaxed roasting of meat, fish & Co. and also reduces the effort for the subsequent cleaning.

Since we ourselves were annoyed by constantly soaking the burnt-on food scraps before cleaning the pan, we went looking for the best non-stick frying pans 2020 and we actually found what we were looking for.

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The 7 best non-stick frying pans

tefal mini pan review

1. TEFAL MINI PAN

Perfect miniature frying pan for breakfast


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 12
Stove type: All except induction

WE FIND GOOD

+ Inexpensive
+ High quality
+ Ideal for small portions

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If you like to break an egg into the pan in the morning, but are annoyed by the constantly melting and misshapen egg, then the Tefal mini pan * is just right for you! It is also known as the “One Egg Wonder” and, with its 12 cm diameter, is ideal for smaller potions. No matter if fried egg, pancake or bacon strips. This inexpensive non-stick aluminum frying pan won’t let you down! (Unless you have an induction cooker, which is unfortunately not suitable for this).

le creuset non-stick frying pan review

2. LE CREUSET NON-STICK FRYING PAN

A robust, high-quality pan with a 30-year guarantee


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Stove type: All

WE FIND GOOD

+ Suitable for all types of stoves
+ 30 year guarantee
+ Available in many sizes

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Like most products from the French manufacturer, the Le Creuset non-stick frying pan * is characterized above all by its extreme durability, no wonder that it comes with a 30-year guarantee! The frying pan is currently available in 6 different sizes (20-30 cm) and, according to the manufacturer, is suitable for all types of stoves. It is noticeable that the handle remains surprisingly cool when frying, even though it is made of stainless steel. But if you put the pan in the oven, please don’t forget the pot holders or oven gloves!

tefal expertise non stick frying pan review

3. TEFAL EXPERTISE NON-STICK FRYING PAN

Cheaper version of the Le Creuset pan


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 22
Stove type: gas, electric, ceramic, induction

WE FIND GOOD

+ Very good price-performance ratio
+ Thermospot technology
+ Fully recyclable
+ Environmentally friendly

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If you are a fan of the Le Creuset non-stick frying pan but don’t want to pay that much for a pan, then the Tefal Expertise non-stick frying pan * is an excellent alternative. It counts as one of the best frying pans and is praised in forums for its “Titanium Excellence non-stick coating” and its “Thermospot technology”. This shows the consumer when the pan is at the optimal temperature for frying. A nice good-to-know for all those who love the environment: The Tefal Expertise coating is PFOA-free and therefore completely recyclable!

greenpan venice ceramic non-stick frying pan review

4. GREENPAN VENICE CERAMIC NON-STICK FRYING PAN

Environmentally friendly frying pan with Thermolon coating


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 30
Stove type: gas, electric, ceramic, induction

WE FIND GOOD

+ Free of chemicals
+ Environmentally friendly
+ Durable

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The GreenPan Venice ceramic non-stick frying pan * is free of lead, cadmium and other chemicals thanks to its Thermolon seal and is therefore particularly environmentally and health-friendly. Unfortunately, the frying pan is only available on Amazon with a diameter of 30 cm. Other sizes are available on GreenPan’s official website , but these are not shipped to Germany. The high-quality materials ensure durability and are suitable for all common types of stoves.

scanpan ctx frying pan review

5. SCANPAN CTX FRYING PAN

Stylish lightweight with Danish roots


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 20, 24, 26, 28, 32
Stove type: All

WE FIND GOOD

+ Excellent heat distribution
+ Available in many sizes
+ Free of chemicals
+ Scratch-resistant coating

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The Scanpan CTX frying pan * brings real Danish quality to our article. Handcrafted and made for the eternal delight of all quality-conscious cooking enthusiasts. Thanks to the even heat distribution, food can be prepared very easily and, above all, fat-free on the specially designed base of the CTX series! The Scanpan non-stick frying pan is also available in 5 different sizes, making it an ideal choice for every household and every stove. The patented non-stick coating is also suitable for kitchen utensils made of metal and is also free of all harmful chemicals.

ozeri green earth frying pan review

6. OZERI GREEN EARTH FRYING PAN

Inexpensive chemical-free pan for all those who love the environment


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 20, 24, 30
Stove type: Induction

WE FIND GOOD

+ Free of chemicals
+ Inexpensive
+ Environmentally friendly
+ Scratch-resistant surface

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The Ozeri Green Earth frying pan * is another chemical-free non-stick frying pan and the perfect alternative for all those who love the environment with a small budget. At just € 30 (at the time of publication) this is € 20 or € 50 cheaper than the GreenPan and Scanpan pan. The striking green frying pan is made of sturdy materials, but is still super light and easy to use. The 100% ceramic coating from Germany ensures a scratch-free surface and easy cleaning after use. Unfortunately, this pan from Ozeri is only suitable for an induction stove (!).

tower color changing frying pan review

7. TOWER COLOR CHANGING FRYING PAN

Ideal for children to start with, as the risk of burns is minimized


SPECIFICATIONS

Material: aluminum
Diameter (cm): 20, 24, 28
Stove type: gas, electric, ceramic, halogen, induction

WE FIND GOOD

+ Minimized risk of burns
+ Ideal for children to start with
+ Inexpensive

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Finally, we would like to introduce you to the Tower color-changing frying pan *. It has a heat-sensitive Cerasure non-stick ceramic coating and turns white when it has reached the optimum temperature for frying. Once the frying pan has cooled down again and is safe to clean, it will return to its original color. Not only does this technique look cool, it also greatly reduces the risk of a burn! So if you like Tefal’s Thermospot technology but are looking for a cheaper alternative, this Tower non-stick frying pan is the right choice.

Buy the best non-stick frying pan

Before you decide on a non-stick frying pan, you should definitely consider our 6 most important criteria:

  • Surface: A flat, even surface is an extremely important requirement, especially for non-stick pans. Because a centrally curved surface including coating can ensure that butter and oil melt down to the lowest point and that even coverage with the fat is virtually impossible. Fried eggs, for example, would also drift towards the edge and would be difficult to turn without additional tools.
  • Heat distribution: Correct heat distribution is important with any type of pan, because evenly distributing the heat over the surface prevents food from burning. But with non-stick pans, distribution plays a further important role: if the temperature is too high, the non-stick coating is destroyed more quickly and the service life of the pan is shortened. We therefore recommend pans made of cast iron or aluminum. These are inexpensive, have a long service life and are also excellent heat conductors.
  • Shape: Make sure that your non-stick pan has pleasantly rounded side transitions, as these have several advantages over flat sides. On the one hand, you don’t need a spatula because you can easily turn the food with a practiced wave of the hand. In addition, the wider sides promote increased evaporation, which means that less liquid collects in the pan when frying and the food develops an attractive golden brown crust.
  • Comfort: A balanced weight between the pan and the handle is also important. If this is too unequal, in the worst case the pan will not lie flat on the cooking surface. That would be fatal, especially with induction and ceramic hobs, since complete contact is of crucial importance when frying. But handling food is also much more pleasant with a well-balanced pan. Sensitive dishes such as fish can be swiveled without any problems and dough (e.g. pancakes) can be easily distributed. Balance or not, of course all of this only makes sense if the handle is comfortable to grip and is not attached at an impractical angle to the pan.
  • Longevity: It is inevitable that the pan’s non-stick coating will wear off over time and slowly become inefficient. Even with proper care, the non-stick pan has a shorter lifespan than other pans. To ensure the best possible shelf life, it is best to wash the pan by hand and do not use the dishwasher. In addition, pay attention to the temperature specifications of the manufacturer and do not expose the coating to extreme heat.
  • Price: 20 to 80 euros for cookware is a lot of money, but we still think the price is fair. Manufacturers like Tefal in particular impress with their quality and technology and also offer capable and excellent support. But you simply can’t go wrong with Le Creuset and their guarantee of an incredible 30 years.

Non-stick frying pan: frequently asked questions

We have tried to cover all shapes, colors, budgets and cooking skills in our list in order to have something for everyone. The pans we have presented have one thing in common: They are all made of robust aluminum, ceramic or stainless steel and sealed with a non-stick coating.

Still unanswered questions? No problem! We are happy to answer the most frequently asked questions about non-stick pans.

Are non-stick pans dishwasher safe?

Many manufacturers state that their non-stick pans are dishwasher-safe, and basically they are, but constant cleaning in the dishwasher has been shown to influence the longevity of the non-stick coating.

So if you don’t want to forego the convenience of the dishwasher, you can use it. But if you want your non-stick pan to do its job effectively for as long as possible, then you’d better use the good old sponge.

Are non-stick pans oven safe?

The best way to find out whether a non-stick pan is suitable for the oven is the manufacturer’s packaging. There it is actually always stated whether a pan (even with a plastic handle) can be put in the hot oven or not. Even the maximum recommended temperature is often given.

However, there is one exception: pans that are made entirely of stainless steel or cast iron can actually always be pushed into the oven without problems (but be careful, hot!).

How can I guarantee the longevity of my non-stick pan?

It’s actually very simple: As already mentioned, it is best to clean your pan by hand and do without the dishwasher. In addition, you do not expose it to extreme heat, which will damage the non-stick coating. So pay attention to the temperature specifications of the manufacturer and do not give maximum power to the hob.

Non-stick pans are specially designed to be used over low to moderate heat. Good coated pans distribute the heat so well that any kind of food can be properly cooked or fried. But if that’s not enough for you and you want to roast your meat with a lot of heat, then we recommend a heat-resistant  cast iron pan .

Oh, and before we forget .. if you have an open flame, make sure that it does not protrude above the bottom of the non-stick pan. Because pans are often coated on the outside and a hot open flame would be extremely damaging.

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