How to care for a ceramic frying pan

A ceramic frying pan is an asset to any kitchen. Whether you're a novice cook or professional chef, a ceramic frying pan offers unique cooking capabilities. It evenly distributes heat throughout the cooking surface and retains heat well. The non-stick surface allows you to cook a variety of foods without worrying about them sticking to the pan. Care for your ceramic frying pan properly to ensure you enjoy many years of use.

Use only wooden, silicone, plastic or nylon cooking utensils on ceramic cookware. Metal utensils can scratch and leave marks on the cookware.

Store a ceramic frying pan separately from other cookware, especially other ceramic. Don't stack other cookware in your ceramic frying pan. Direct ceramic-to-ceramic contact can cause damage to the frying pan. Other types of cookware stacked in the pan can also cause scratches.

Wash the frying pan in warm water before the first use. Towel dry it well, then condition the pan by rubbing the surface with a paper towel moistened in cooking oil. Rub a clean paper towel over the ceramic to remove excess oil.

Lightly coat the inside surface of the ceramic frying pan with oil before you start cooking. Do this each time you cook with the pan, unless the food is high in fat content, which will coat the pan itself. Applying oil will help to avoid dry burning the ceramic.

Cook with low or medium heat in your ceramic frying pan. Ceramic cookware heats evenly and retains heat well, so medium or low heat is all that's needed. Using high heat causes foods to stick to the pan, which can discolour or damage the surface.

Rinse the frying pan in warm water promptly after cooking to remove excess food and grease. Avoid letting it sit on the hot hob, which can damage the pan. Never put an empty ceramic frying pan on a hot burner, or the cookware can be ruined.

Clean your ceramic frying pan with warm water and a soft sponge or dish cloth. Dish soap isn't necessary except in the case for stubborn stains. Soak the pan in hot water for 30 minutes before washing, if burnt food is caked on the pan. Avoid using any abrasive cleaning products or pads on the frying pan. Rinse and dry the frying pan thoroughly before storing.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Cooking oil
  • Soft sponge
  • Dishcloths
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.