Can Non-Stick Frying Pans go in the Oven?

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Whether you bought your frying pan or it was gift, it was probably quite some time ago. Of course, you wanted to use the frying pan on your stove top. However, you and many countless others may have realized that many frying pans, skillets, and saucepans can go directly in the oven. But how do you know whether your frying pan can safely go in the oven if you bought it ages ago? We'll provide several key determinants to help figure this out.

Additionally, if you haven't bought a frying pan quite yet, we'll give you a heads up on what to look for when trying to purchase an oven proof frying pan/skillet.

What determines if a Pan can go in the Oven

  • Non-Stick Coating- From teflon coatings to ceramic coatings, and many things in between, a lot of non-stick coatings have their limits in temperature exposure. Because of this, some of these pans may be limited to what oven temperatures you'll be able to use. Some may even be recommended to not be put in the oven completely.
  • Lids- Your frying pan may be completely safe to be placed into the oven, however its lid may be another story. Depending on the construction of the lid, it could limit the temperature your frying pan can reach in the oven. Additionally, if your lid has a plastic handle, it may also limit the ability to use your lid while cooking with pots or pans in the oven.
  • Handles- Some frying pans are 100% safe to be placed into the oven, however handles may be enough story. If your handle is constructed out of any form of rubber or silicone, its best to find out its limit before blindly testing it.

How to know if your Frying Pan is Oven-Safe

If you own a frying pan, skillet, or cookware in general, and you're trying to figure out if its oven safe, the best course it determine everything about the pan that you can.

Here are some quick ways to find out new things about your frying pan to help determine if its oven safe or not.

  • Original Packaging: If you still happen to have the box your cookware came in, it could help shed some light on a number of things.
  • Manual/Instructions: Everything comes with an instruction manual these days. This will cover a number of topics including whether or not your frying pan is safe in the oven.
  • Natural or Non-Stick: Can you determine whether your frying pan offers a natural coating or if it's non-stick.
  • Manufacturer: If you know who crafted your frying pan, you'll be able to look up more information easily on their perspective websites.
  • Rubber: Does your pot or pan have rubber handles or knobs. Most plastic handles are constructed.
  • Construction Material: There are tons of different types of cookware. Copper, stainless steel, hard-anodized aluminum are just three popular construction materials frying pans are made out of. If it's a pan without coating and you know the construction material, you'll be able to easily find the temperature.

List of Pans that can go into the Oven

Here's a list of pans without coating that can go into the oven. If possible, we'll provide some general temperatures to which materials can enter the oven. Please note, there are several factors that may determine this, and your best bet is to check with the manufacturer.

  • Natural Stainless Steel 
  • Copper
  • Cast Iron
  • selective Non-Stick (May have temperature limits)
  • hard-anodized aluminum

Can Stainless Steel go in the Oven

Yes, stainless steel pans should be completely safe for a domestic home oven. For the best quality stainless steel pan, you should look for 18/10 or 18/8 alloy stainless steel. It's important to note stainless steel is often a poor conductor of heat so it may have a lining that is much conductive to heat such as copper. Stainless steel with a non-stick coating may not be able to handle some oven temperatures. Additionally, watch for any rubber handles. Those may struggle in higher oven temperatures as well. Here's an example of a Cuisnart stainless steel pan that is listed at capable to withstand up to 550°F heat.

Can Copper Pans go in the oven?

 Copper in itself offers high resistance to heat. Its melting point is close to 2,000°F/1,100°C. That being said, many copper pans have additional materials inside the pan, so it's important to understand what your copper pan is made out of. Here's an example of a pretty basic copper frying pan that is capable of withstanding heat up to 850°F according to the manufacturer. 

Can Cast Iron Pans go in the Oven?

Cast iron is one of the safest types of cookware to put in the oven. In fact, cast iron needs to be seasoned to maintain its life span. Part of the process of seasoning your cast iron frying pan is by putting it into the oven. Just ensure your cast iron pan doesn't have rubber handles or knobs.

Can Non-Stick Frying Pans go in the Oven?

Non-stick pans provide the highest variance in whether or not they are oven proof/safe. That's because non-stick pans can be constructed out of many different types of coatings. Some have multiple layers as well, so there's a lot to dive in to. Overall, the best way to determine whether or not your non-stick pan or skillet is oven safe is to check with the manufacturer.

A lot of manufacturer's don't even specifically list how the non-stick coating is made, so it's truly hard to determine what a teflon coated or ceramic coated pan can handle.

From what we've gathered after reviewing at least a dozen non-stick frying pans, most non-stick coatings can handle up to 350°F. However, if you're not checking with the manufacturer, you're not being responsible.

By putting non-stick pans into too high of a temperature you could cause the coating to melt, burn, release harmful fumes, ruin your food, and more. 

Here we’ve found several different types of non-stick frying pans and their perspective oven handling capabilities. As you can see, it really depends on the manufacturer’s production process. Some pans don’t provide a specified pan, others have lower limits of 300°F, and others can withstand 500°F temperatures.

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Can Teflon Pans be put in the Oven?

Teflon is a common non-stick coating that can be created in a number of ways. From what we've seen, a lot of teflon coated pans aren't recommended to go above 350°F, but ultimately you need to check with the manufacturer to help determine what is and isn't safe.

Can Ceramic Pans be put in the Oven?

Similar to teflon pans, a ceramic coated pan is a very popular non-stick pan as well. Is ceramic oven safe though? Again, a ceramic pan can be created in a number of ways so it ultimately depends on how the manufacturer creates the ceramic surface. Some ceramic pans are limited to 350°F in the oven, while others can go beyond. It's best to check with the manufacturer.

Can Calphalon Pans go in the Oven?

Calphalon is an extremely popular frying pan manufacturer. Known for their quality, they've definitely grown their customer base over the years. If you're wondering if your calphalon pan is oven safe, the likely answer is yes, at least to a certain extent. It Appears their pans have a oven temperature limit of at least 350°F. However, many of their pans can go far beyond that.

To ensure your complete safety, we recommend checking out their faq for more information.

Can't Determine if your Pan is Oven Safe? What's Next

If you want a pan that can go from stove to oven at a moment's notice but you can't determine if your pan can handle it, we simply recommend getting a new frying pan or skillet. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to throw your old pan out and let it go to waste. However, if you can't ultimately determine whether your current pan is oven proof or not, there's not need to put any risk by blindly testing it out.

We've provided our list of best frying pans, which includes a category for best ovenproof pans.

Final Thoughts

There are likely thousands of different variations of frying pans on the market today. In order to determine if your frying pan is oven safe the absolute best source is the manufacturer. Every reputable manufacturer has a website where you can find this information for your specific cookware model. However, other ways to figure this out include finding out what your frying pan is constructed out of. Many natural finish pans offer high heat resistance and are easily safe for oven use.

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