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Best Ceramic Frying Pans & Skillets - Fry Your Food in a Healthy Nonstick Pan


If you are like most chefs, a top nonstick ceramic frying pan will be your most-used kitchen utensil. Not only is ceramic one of the healthiest coatings but the non stick feature is a real time-saver when it comes to doing the dishes.

Apart from all the benefits though, the ceramic surface in a fry pan is not gonna last long if you pick up the wrong model and/or fail to take care of it the way it is recommended.

Keep reading to find the best pan for your stove and discover our secrets to keep them in good working condition for a long time!

Ceramic Frying Pans Reviewed

We have looked at a wide variety of ceramic frying pans and skillets so everyone can choose the style and price point they are looking for.

Vesuvio Natural Nonstick Ceramic Fry Pan

Design:

Vesuvio Ceramic pan has a perfect modern look with a clear glass top lid. The lid handle is shiny and made of stainless steel. It has a straight ergonomic handle that comes with a black silicon grip space. The pan has an 11-inch wide cooking surface that is 4 inches deep. It is also conveniently lightweight at only 2.2 pounds.

Materials:

This pan's non-stick cooking surface is made of forged natural volcanic minerals that are safe for your health. Its clear lid has a silicon lining that allows it to sit perfectly on the pan. This pan's innovative design makes it suitable for use on gas, ceramic, electric, and induction heaters.

Usability:

This pan's performance in the kitchen impressed us. The rapid heating enables you to spend less time in the kitchen and the clean-up process on the non-stick surface is easy.

Some users, however, claimed that the pan did not perform as expected on induction heaters. We hope the future designs will fix that. 

The ability of this pan to withstand high temperatures without damage impressed many users unlike Teflon pans that are prone to damage.

Other users warned against using steel wool to clean the surface, revealing that the wool scratches the cooking surface and damages it. To clean the pan safely, we recommend hand washing it under running water. For the tough to remove stains, you can use non scratch pads or cleaning sponges.


Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Withstands high temperatures
  • Sold with a lid
  • You can use it on induction heaters
  • It is scratch free

Cons

  • The non-stick surface wears off after some time
  • Its depth limits the amount of food you can cook

Almond Nonstick Ceramic Copper Frying Pan

Design:

Almond Copper pan has a beautiful grey color on the exterior and a bright orange non-stick cooking surface. The 12-inch pan is also four inches deep. It comes with a clear glass lid that has a durable riveted handle at the top. Its weight is only 5.9 pounds.

Materials:

This pan's manufacturer uses innovative ceramic coating for the non-stick cooking surface. Its lid's tempered glass holds safe for temperatures up-to 500 degrees. As such, the pan is safe for oven use up to 420 degrees. The copper infused base makes this pan ideal for all stoves including induction heaters, gas, electric, and ceramic stoves.

Usability:

We like the fact that this pan can be used over all common cooktops. From the user reviews, however, this pan might take long to heat when used on induction heaters. 

The easy to clean surface received positive feedback from users who were impressed by its durability. To keep it in perfect working condition for long, they advise new users to avoid using metal utensils on the pan.

Moreover, the 12-inch cover on the pan fits over other pans of the same size from competing brands. This fascinated many users who gave this pan a thumb up.

The quick and even heating of the pan's cooking surface impressed most users who ranked it as the best for small kitchen use.


Pros

  • Sold with lid cover
  • Supports all cooking stoves
  • Oven safe
  • Withstands high temperatures
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Slow heating on induction cookers
  • The non-stick surface is not durable

GreenPan Lima Ceramic Fry Pan

Design:

GreenPan Lima pan comes in a consistent dark grey color both on the exterior and on the interior. Its contoured stainless steel handle offers users a firm grip when using the pan. Moreover, it comes paired with a clear lid that has a spacious double riveted handle at the top. This pan is available in three sizes of 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches wide.

Materials:

This pan's design incorporates a hard-anodized body that makes it ideal for a busy kitchen. The ceramic non-stick cooking surface is PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free, which means that it is free of toxic fumes even in case of accidental overheating.

Both handles on this pan are made of stainless steel and are cold to the touch. The pan is oven and broiler safe for up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit with the lid supporting use for up to 420 degrees. The pan supports all cooktops excluding induction heaters.

Usability:

We like the GreenPan impressive non-stick surface because it is easy to hand wash with running water. The pan makes cooking, frying, braising, and searing easy and possible at home on your cooking stove.

According to user reviews, this pan stands the test of time. In fact, some reviewers claimed to have used the pan throughout their college years, and the pan still performed according to expectations.

We noted from the user feedback that prior to 2018; the pan did not come with the covering lid. The current buyers however, confirmed that as of 2019, the pans are shipped together with the covering lids as advertised.

The lack of support on induction heaters also featured negatively for users who have induction stoves at home.


Pros

  • Sold with a covering lid
  • Oven and broiler safe
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free

Cons

  • Does not support induction heaters
  • Takes long to heat up

GreenLife Soft Grip Ceramic Nonstick Pan

Design:

This GreenLife Pan is a 12-inch ceramic frying pan that has a white cooking surface that has a shiny edge. The pan is available in a variety of exterior colors that include red, black, blue, almond, turquoise, pink, and lavender. It comes with a long, slightly curved handle that has a hanging notch towards the tip.

Materials:

The cooking surface is made of Thermolon healthy non-stick ceramic that does not have PFOA. Its body is aluminum, and its bake lite handle remains cool to the touch even after long usage. The aluminum body is oven safe up to 180 degrees or 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This pan only supports gas, ceramic, and electric heaters.

Usability:

The pan's design makes its use easy and efficient. The easy to grip handle and the nonstick surface, for instance, make the cooking experience using this pan smooth. The cleanup is also easy with the pan's cooking surface offering quick release for food. Moreover, the pan is dishwasher safe and supports oven use.

Users of this product praised its efficiency claiming that they are able to cook food using less oil and butter when using it. Other users, however, advise against using artificial cooking sprays. 

They reveal that the spray forms a coating on the non-stick surface, thus making it less efficient.

User feedback also revealed that the pan was being sold without a covering lid. In fact, many users did not even know where to find a covering lid that could fit the pan.


Pros

  • Elegant look
  • Easy to clean
  • Firm grip on the handle
  • Cooking with this pan uses less oil

Cons

  • Does not support induction stoves
  • Non-stick surface is not long lasting
  • Sold with no lid

Koch Systeme Stone Earth Granite Nonstick Frying Pan

Design:

The Koch Systeme is a beautiful and uniquely designed pan that has a beautiful light red and white pattered look on both the interior and exterior. The bake lite handle has a wooden finish look and is slightly curved. This pan is wide measuring 10-inches and offers enough depth to fry all your food with ease.

Materials:

Cooking using this pan is efficient. The cooking surface has stone- earth coating that is PFOA and APEO free. Beneath the nonstick surface is an aluminum alloy layer that facilitates even heat distribution. It also comes with a handle that is long and ergonomic for easy handling.

This pan's manufacturer designed it for use over gas, halogen, electric, ceramic, and induction heaters. The pan, however, is neither oven safe nor dishwasher usable.

Usability:

The cooking surface of this pan is smooth and non-stick to ensure quick removal of the food cooked on it. The interior aluminum alloy material is layered for even heat distribution. Its bottom heating part is made up of triple layered metals, one of which is magnetized to support rapid induction heating.

User feedback confirms the induction compatibility of this pan with many happy customers recommending it to others. The even heat distribution works perfectly over all stove tops.

We, however, found a few complaints regarding a lid not being available with purchase of this pan.

Although the description say it is not dishwasher safe, some users have reported that tossing it in the dishwasher cleans it and does not cause damage. We, however, recommend you follow the manufacturer's guide and avoid using the dishwasher with this. Simply hand washing with running water will get it clean.


Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Supports all cooktops including induction heaters
  • Durable
  • Heat safe easy to grip handle

Cons

  • Sold with no lid
  • Primitive packaging

TECHEF CeraTerra Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

Design:

This TECHEF ceramic pan comes in an appealing silver color with a brushed stainless steel handle. The pan is lightweight and deep with a 2-inch cooking area. The bottom has a checkered heavy induction ready base. The pan is 12 inches wide.

Materials:

This pan has a heavy-duty aluminum gauge body that is free of lead, PFOA, and APEO. The heating base comes with heavy gauge stainless steel and is induction ready.

Polished Stainless steel handles that are double riveted complete the pans elegant look. Moreover, the pan supports use over gas, electric, ceramic, and induction cooking stoves as well as oven use up to 450 degrees.

Usability:

This pan's heavy-duty aluminum body withstands high temperatures and allows even heat distribution with no heat spots. The induction capable base is heavy and offers ability for use over all stoves. The pan also offers healthy cooking free from toxins caused by overheated Teflon and lead materials.

Previous users of this pan gave positive reviews about its performance with induction heaters. They agree that the heat up process takes a short time and heat is evenly distributed.

We noted contented user feedback regarding the pans ability to cook with minimal oil. Just a squirt is enough to cook tortillas.

The stainless steel stands heating test with users reporting that it remains cold to the touch over cook stoves. The handles, however, will get hot when the pan is used in the oven.


Pros

  • Supports induction heating
  • Easy to clean in the dishwasher
  • Rapid heating
  • Handle remains cold even after long usage

Cons

  • Cannot be used to braise meat
  • No lids included in shipping

Blue Diamond Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan

Design:

This Blue Diamond Pan combines an elegant looking pan with a clear covering lid and a long ergonomic polished handle. The pan has a navy blue exterior and a dark grey interior cooking surface. The lid has a curved stainless steel handle that is spacious. It is 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

Materials:

The Blue Diamond gets its name from the diamond infused cooking area that is 5 times harder than the ordinary pan is. The ceramic non-stick cooking surface is scratch free and made to last 4 times longer than typical pans do.

The lid cover also comes with tempered glass that withstands high temperature. This pan is oven and broiler safe for up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit. The pan supports, gas, electric, ceramic, and halogen cooktops.

Usability:

We like the diamond infused technology of this pan because it allows it to withstand high temperatures and supports its use in the oven. The non-stick surface is scratch free and safe for use with nylon, silicon based utensils, and metal utensils.

We observed from the feedback that the new users of this pan now get a lid in the shipping.

Users liked the sloped sides of the pan because they make it perfect for frying eggs as opposed to straight sides.

Positive feedback about the easy cleanup and efficiency on electric stoves also featured in the user feedback.

We also like how the pan performs in extremely high heat without warping or chipping.


Pros

  • Easy cleanup
  • Works even in high heat without damage
  • Durable
  • Oven and dishwasher safe
  • Enables cooking with less oil

Cons

  • Does not support induction heaters
  • Obstruction on the handles hole makes hanging difficult

Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan

Design:

Ozeri Stone Pan is a gorgeously designed pan that comes in color variations of black, grey, brown, and warm alabaster. The pan is lightweight and the cooking area is 2-inches deep. Its ergonomic handle is curved and triple riveted.

Materials:

This pan is made using state of the art German Tech that entails a stone derived non-stick coating free from APEO, GenX, PFBS, PFOS, PFOA, NMP, and NEP.

The interior has high gauge aluminum and a magnetized base that is induction compatible. The pan's handle is silicone coated to provide burn protection. This pan supports use over all stove tops including gas, electric, and induction heaters.

Usability:

The impressive German technology used in the non-stick surface of this pan ensures that the pan delivers cooking that is toxin free. The easy to clean non-stick surface and the magnetic bottom that is induction compatible make cooking easy and efficient.

Users gave this pan thumbs up owing to its ability to withstand hot oven temperatures of up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit.

The induction heating on this pan is also great going by the user feedback. It performs well on the other heating stoves as well.

We, however, came across comments that warn new users against dishwashing this pan. In fact, the manufacturer was also against dishwashing the pan. The durability of this pan is also guaranteed. In fact, the manufacturer provides a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material under normal use.


Pros

  • Oven safe
  • Easy to clean
  • Supports induction heating
  • Free from toxins

Cons

  • Sold with no lid cover
  • Inside surface is not flat

Bialetti Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick Pro Pan

Design:

This ceramic pan is a 10-inch non-stick frying pan from Bialetti in Italy. This pan comes in a dark grey hue on both the interior and the exterior. The handle is black and straight with two shiny rivets holding it into place.

Moreover, the pan is lightweight and deep at 2.25 inches.

Materials:

The pan has an aluminum hard anodized exterior that allows even and quick heating. Its interior is ceramic coated to enable the non-stick cooking surface to release food cooked on the pan quickly.

The pan is safe for oven use up to 400 degrees. The aluminum body restricts usage on induction heaters, but the pan works well on gas, electric, and ceramic stoves.

Usability:

This pan offers cooks a nice cooking experience with the rapid heating surface and easy cleaning of the non-stick ceramic cooking area.

We also liked the pan's ability to hold up well in high oven temperatures.

Bialetti guarantees the pan's durability with a 10-year usage guarantee. We observed from the user feedback that the pan is safe to wash in a dishwasher. We, however, advise you to follow manufacturer's recommendations and use hand washing to clean this pan.

Users also praised the lightness of this pan when compared with stainless steel pans of same size. Some user, however, left negative comments about the pan not being packed with a covering lid.


Pros

  • Oven safe up to 400 degrees
  • Easy cleaning
  • Light
  • Easy to grip handle that is heat resistant

Cons

  • Non- stick surface is not durable
  • The pan does not support induction heating

T-Fal Endura Granite Ceramic Fry Pan

Design:

The T-Fal Endura is a twin set piece of ceramic pans that measure 8 inches and 10 inches wide. The pans have shiny double riveted handles while the bases have three shiny circular circles. The pans are lightweight and 4.5 inches in depth. The interior and exterior have a beautiful meteor style design that makes the pans stand out from other ordinary looking pans.

Materials:

The body is made of aluminum that features a ceramic coating that gives it a non-stick interior cooking surface. Its stainless steel handle is long and curved. The handle remains cool to the touch even after long use on the cooking stove.

The pan is oven safe up to 500 degrees and dishwasher friendly for easy cleaning.

Usability:

This pan offers fundamental cooking convenience. With a flat base and slightly slopped edges, you will have fun flipping eggs, veggies, or their pan-fried meat.

We also liked this pan's high heat compliance of up to 560 degrees, which makes it perfect for searing on a gas stove.

We also came across users who commended the pan's easy to clean non-stick surface revealing that it is scratch free and durable

Users with glass top stoves can rest easy knowing that the flat surface of this pan will not scratch their delicate stoves tops. The missing lids covers, however, came up in the comments with users being disappointed.

The non-stick surface is a favorite among previous buyers with many impressed by its long lasting and scratch free ability. The toxin free nature of the materials used in manufacturing of the pan is also a great benefit to users who want to prepare safe meals to their family.


Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Supports dishwasher cleaning
  • Quick and even spread heating
  • Oven safe
  • The pan does not chip or fold even in extreme temperatures

Cons

  • Handles become lose after usage
  • Does not support induction heating

Buyers Guide

Types of Ceramic Frying Pans 

The non-stick cookware market offers buyers so much to choose from. Each of the materials used to make the pan holds up differently in medium to extreme temperature. In some materials, for instance, the thickness and heat transfer make the pan heat up slowly. Others crack and reduce the non-stick ability under high heat. As such, there is a need to know how to identify the best non-stick cookware.

frying mixed vegetable in the nonstick pan

The use of ceramic materials in cooking utensils became popular after stakeholders found a need to get a suitable replacement to the Teflon that was previously popular.

Ceramic pan's surfaces are made from a mixture of a sand component called silica, oxygen, binders, color pigments, and reinforcing agents. There are two types of ceramic utensils that we have discussed below.

Pure Ceramic Utensils

The pure ceramic utensils are made from pure clay that is fortified with sand particles. The materials are shaped and sized to desirable form then tossed into high temperature furnaces of up to 1915 degrees Fahrenheit. They then go through a glazing and decorative process to make them smooth and waterproof.

Ceramic Coated Utensils

The process to coat the pan with ceramic covering starts with turning the inorganic components into the form of a gel using the Sol-gel process. The paste is then applied to the anodized or steel surface of the pan by either spraying or dipping into the gel.

The pan is then healed using high heat and left to cure. Depending on the manufacturer, the application process can be done multiple times to ensure complete coverage that is durable and scratch free. (1)

Base Material

The base materials in ceramic non-stick cookware refer to the surfaces that are coated with ceramic paste to achieve the non-stick property. The materials are mainly metals. The common metals used in base manufacture are copper and aluminum.

green leaves soup in the kitchenware

Aluminum is popular due to its effectiveness to dissipate heat evenly and fast. The metal, however, does not support induction heating.

Ceramic cookware that supports induction heating is fortified with a magnetic metal base. The magnetic base of the utensil sits on the induction stove and transfers heat to the pan.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ceramic Pans

Advantages

  • Ceramic cookware is non-stick. The food you cook on the ceramic utensils does not stick on the surface. This makes the cleanup process easy with just regular hand washing or a quick wipe.
  • The materials used to make ceramic utensils are not harmful to health. This prevents release of toxic fumes that harm human beings and pets.
  • Ceramic cookware does not react with acid, which is common on bare metal utensils giving your food a foul taste.

  • Ceramic utensils are easy to clean owing to their non-stick capability
  • Ceramic cookware is affordable. In fact, many brands have the ceramic utensils sold in sets of a variety of utensils of varying size.
  • Ceramic utensils are beautifully decorated with handles that are shiny and easy to hold. They will stand out when you place them in your kitchen utensil rack at any time.

Disadvantages

  • Ceramic coated pans and pots work great when they are new. The non-stick surface however, wears off after usage for some time. Proper care might ensure that they last for long, but eventually, the wear down is inevitable and you are back to dealing with a sticky cooking surface or the need for a new utensil.
  • The light feel of the ceramic-coated utensils makes them cheap and not durable. The pure ceramic utensils are much more durable but come at an exorbitant price.
  • The ceramic utensils require hand washing to enable the ceramic coating to last longer. Tossing in the dishwasher even for the cookware advertised as dishwasher friendly chips the non-stick ceramic and shortens its lifespan.

  • The delicate nature of the applied non-stick material chips easily when metal utensils scratch the surface of the pan. For a long life of ceramic-coated utensils, limit usage of utensils to only silicon, nylon, and wooden utensils. Storing on the kitchen rack also requires distancing from other utensils that might scratch the ceramic coated utensils
  • Ceramic cookware also performs poorly under high heat. Moderate heat should be used to prevent the non-stick material from chipping. Regulating the heat is not always possible and it may slip your mind. Low heat also means that your food will cook slower.

Frequent Questions


How to Clean Ceramic Pans?

Cleaning after use is necessary for any utensil. The ceramic pans come with manufacturer's instructions that will help you clean them safely. All the pans recommended method is hand washing with a select few being safe for dishwasher cleaning.

Be sure to allow the pan to cool down before adding water to start cleaning. This will prevent rapid contracting and possible chipping of the cooking surface.

Gently scrub with soapy water and a non-abrasive cleaning sponge to get food leftovers off the pan. When you have burnt food items on the cooking surface, soak the pan in water for some time to make them easier to remove.

Is Ceramic Better than Nonstick?

In terms of performance, both ceramic and non-stick utensils serve the purpose of making cooking easy without food sticking to the utensil. Ceramic utensils have an advantage because they last longer and are not affected as much as non-stick utensils when cooking on high heat.

Non-stick utensils are cheap and commonly available. However, expect to use them only for a short period before you need to replace them with new ones.

Why Do Ceramic Pans Lose Their Nonstick Properties?

The ceramic coating on ceramic pans is durable for long if used properly. However, improper usage will result in your pan losing its non-stick properties before you get value for your money.

One way that the non-stick pan loses its durability is using it in excessive heat. The regular expansion and contraction will cause the ceramic coating to chip and come off.

perfect fried egg with some black pepper

Cleaning with abrasive materials and cleaning in the dish washer will also cause the pan to lose its no-stick ability overtime.

Using a cooking spray on the ceramic pans also forms a coat over the cooking surface, which reduces the pans' non-stick ability. Instead, use regular oil that contains no propellants whenever you are using these pans to cook your food.

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