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How to choose a frying pan

A fry pan is an essential kitchen tool, but they’re not all created equally. Find the one that’s right for you.

How to choose a frying pan How to choose a frying pan

Cast Iron

Cast iron pans are durable, with high heat retention and made without chemicals. If you choose one with a seasoned interior, it also has non-stick properties. They’re very versatile – you can even use them as a serving dish at the table. You can safely use them to cook on high heat, but keep in mind that they are on the heavy side.


Traditional non-stick pans are popular for their ease of use. They generally require less cooking oil and are quick to clean. They work best on medium to low heat.


Ceramic pans have the benefit of no chemicals, they’re non-stick and they’re suitable for cooking on high heat.

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Cast iron or metal

Cast iron or metal handles can be put in the oven at any heat.


Silicone handles can be used up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


Plastic handles should only be used up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The price of fry pans varies quite a bit. Keep in mind that premium models have a higher gauge and thickness, which gives you better heat distribution and retention. It also makes the pan more resistant to denting and warping, so it will last longer. Keep an eye out for sales on higher-end models if you’re looking to make an investment.

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If you have an induction cooktop, your frying pan must have a magnetic base. Before you purchase, make sure the information on the fry pan clearly states that it is suitable for induction use.

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