Need a new frying pan for your kitchen? With a large number of different types of pan out there, choosing the right one for your needs can be daunting. Here are 5 of the best frying pans out there, to help guide you to your new favorite kitchen toy.
T-fal Thermo-Spot Fry Pan
Thermo-spots have been popular for a long time now, particularly for non-stick pans. They indicate when the pan has been properly pre-heated and is ready for cooking. It might be a small touch, but is perfect for impatient home cooks like me!So what makes it one of the best frying pans out there? Unlike a lot of non-stick pans, it features stainless teel within its base, which helps with conducting heat a lot more efficiently than other similar pans.
Its non-stick surface is extremely resilient, and can even put up with the use of metal utensils. It’s extremely long-lasting, elevating it above the majority of other frying pans out there.
The Stone Earth by Ozeri
This beautiful pan is non-stick, but not as you know it. It features a coating derived from stone in Germany, and is used to minimalize the risk of exposure to any chemicals sometimes found in cheaper non-stick pan surfaces.
Its interior features aluminium to aid heat efficiency and distribution, while it remains just as sturdy as any other frying pan on the market. In fact, its surface’s resilience makes it suitable for broadening to more demanding foods, like meat and sauces.
Heading our selection of stainless steel pans, is this model from Calphalon. With aluminium bases, these pans heat up quickly and evenly. And with the main body made from stainless steel, they’re incredibly durable. They’re heavy, but let that be a reassurance that they will last.
They feature generous volume, and if this is your first forray into stainless steel pans, you’ll be amazed at how fast these are at cooking. And as a bonus, these can be cleaned in the dishwasher. What’s not to love?!
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic
Just like the Calphalon, this stainless steel frying pan from Cuisinart is a speed demon when it comes to heat up time. It has an aluminium core that quickly distributes heat throughout the pan’s base.
Available in sizes up to 14 inches, go for the Cuisinart if you’re after something that offers a large cooking area.
Utopia Kitchen Cast Iron Skillet
If you’re after something perfect for cooking steaks then look no further than this cast iron frying pan from Utopia Kitchen.
Like a lot of cast iron pans, it’s seriously heavy duty, but it retains heat like no other. This makes it perfect for meat cooking, and you’ll be hard pressed to find any better. What’s more, it comes preseasoned and ready to go.
Non-stick Frying Pans
These pans’ ease of use and simple cleaning make them the default pan choice for a lot of home cooks. The surface of non-stick frying pans is often made from a variety of non-reactive substances, such as ceramic titanium, which is what makes them so effective.
With frying pans, it is definitely true that you get what you pay for, and such we recommend going for the most expensive pan that you can afford. The non-stick coating on more expensive pans will be of much better quality, and will last longer.
If you’re cooking something sticky that needs a mid-to-low heat, like eggs, then this is the best pan to use. However, these are not best for all types of frying. Non-stick pans react badly to high cooking temperatures, so if you’re wanting to sear your food or cooking at above medium temperatures then consider a stainless steel or cast iron pan.
Stainless Steel Frying Pans
The choice of the pros. Best for cooking meat and stir frying, these wonders are robust and will last. Also, unlike their non-stick brothers, they won’t be damaged when used with metal utensils.
One of stainless steel pans’ greatest strengths is their ability to conduct heat. Good models will have a layer of aluminum sandwiched between the stainless steel, helping to ensure that your food is cooked evenly.
Many people may assume that anything that isn’t non-stick will be a chore to clean, but with stainless steel this isn’t the case. As long as you apply oil properly while cooking, then you’ll be able to clear all food from it quite easily.
Cast Iron Frying Pans
Need to sear your food? Cast iron frying pans are the way to go. Their efficiency when transferring heat, and doing so evenly, makes them perfect for cooking steaks. Not only that, but they manage to retain heat superbly.
Unlike non-stick and stainless steel frying pans, these do require a little more work when cleaning. You’ll have to clean them with a scrubbing surface and salt, and a little elbow grease, but cast irons are so perfect for meat searing that it’s worth the extra effort.