Can you put a non-stick frying pan in the oven?

Most modern non-stick pans are safe up to around 175°C. If you’re heating your pan more than this, it’s important to check beforehand if it’s oven-safe - otherwise, you risk permanently damaging your pan and releasing harmful fumes into your kitchen. If your pan’s handle is made of plastic, assume it’s not oven-safe unless explicitly stated. 

Any non-stick Teflon pans you have that were made before 2013 may contain PFOA, which is toxic. You should get rid of them, and they’re certainly not safe for oven use. Newer Teflon pans can withstand temperatures of up to 260°C. This is fine for baking food in the oven, but using them under a hot grill or heating an empty pan isn’t recommended. Regardless, always check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your non-stick pan.

Ceramic non-stick (usually white in colour) is generally tougher, and doesn't contain the chemicals that Teflon pans do. However, taking it to high temperatures can still degrade the non-stick coating and damage its effectiveness. Again, take care with plastic handles and check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your ceramic non-stick frying pan.

Do you know which of your frying pans are ovenproof - if any? If you’ve seen a recipe that calls for a dish to be finished off in the oven after a pan sear, you’re probably wondering whether your cookware is oven-safe.

Having a frying pan that can go in the oven is a gamechanger for any serious cook. Instead of simply baking your food, giving it a stovetop sear beforehand results in a quicker, tastier dish. 

Think crisp chicken thighs, braised lamb or thick cuts of fish - searing first creates a delicious caramelised crust that your oven alone can’t achieve. Ovenproof pans can also go under the grill, perfect for finishing off frittatas or crisping up cheesy pasta. You can even use a frying pan to bake a tarte tatin or cobbler.

Not only do ovenproof frying pans transform the way you cook certain dishes, they save on washing up too. And like all multifunctional items, they save you from buying more stuff. It’s possible you already have a pan in your cupboard that can go from stove to oven - but before you try it out, it’s essential to make sure it’s safe to do so.

We know that when it comes to choosing the right pan for you and your lifestyle, safety comes first. So we’ll explain which types of frying pan can happily go from hob to oven, which are best kept exclusively on your stovetop, and our top picks for our most versatile, long-lasting pans.

Our top 3 pans you can put in the oven

26cm Solidteknics satin frying pan

  • The 26cm Satin Seamless Iron Frying Pan by Solidteknics

  • Our #1 bestselling pan. Made from one seamless piece of super-strong wrought iron, this frying pan is the perfect size for everyday meals. Cooks on any hob type, in the oven and even over a campfire. Season at home to create a natural non-stick surface.

    quenched all in one pan

  • The 35cm Quenched Seamless Iron All-In-One Pan by Solidteknics

  • An XL double-handled pan, perfect for big meals, special occasions and pizza ovens. Pre-seasoned with rice bran oil, so you can get cooking right away. Lighter than you might think - wrought iron is half the weight of its cast iron equivalent.

    Saveur Selects enamelled cast iron dutch oven rabbit grey

  • The Enamelled Cast Iron Saute Pan 4.2L in Rabbit Grey by SAVEUR Selects

  • Saute and stew with this enamelled pan, ideal for slow cooking. Its innovative double-walled lid traps heat whilst saving on weight, and the durable ceramic enamel lets you skip seasoning altogether.

    Common questions about oven-proof pans

    Can you put a frying pan into the oven?

    Whether or not you can put your frying pan in the oven will depend on the material of both the pan and the handle. Generally speaking, any cookware that is made entirely from metal will be oven-safe, and enamel (ceramic) coatings will be fine too. Wooden handles should stay out of the oven, as should plastic (unless labelled oven-safe). For pans with a non-stick coating, you always need to check.

    Samuel Groves cast iron oven proof pans

    What type of frying pan can go in the oven?

  • Iron - iron pans such as cast iron skillets, carbon steel frying pans or our Solidteknics wrought iron pans are extremely durable and oven-safe. Just make sure they don’t have a synthetic non-stick coating (natural seasoning is fine), and that the handle isn’t made of wood. Iron pans build heat very well, so take care when handling a hot pan.
  • Stainless steel - stainless steel frying pans can withstand extremely high temperatures, and can safely go from stove to oven. These low-maintenance pans are highly versatile and durable. If your pan has a plastic handle or non-stick coating, make sure that it’s oven-safe first - or risk damaging it permanently.
  • Enamelled iron - enamel cookware and enamelled cast iron pans both have a durable ceramic coating that’s safe to put in the oven, though temperature recommendations for oven use can vary from brand to brand. To be safe, double-check your pan’s specs before using it in a hot oven.
  • Copper - copper pans are generally oven-safe, and will heat up quickly and evenly. Because copper is reactive and can leach into foods, modern copper pans are lined with stainless steel on their inner cooking surface. However, vintage copper pans can sometimes be lined with tin instead, which has a low melting point of 232°C - keep these out of the oven.

  • stainless steel solidteknics frying pan

    Can you put a stainless steel pan in the oven?

    A stainless steel frying pan (or a saucepan, if need be) can be used in the oven - so long as it has a metal handle. Stainless steel is highly durable and can withstand extremely hot temperatures. 

    If your pan has a plastic handle or a non-stick coating, always check the manufacturer’s guidelines before using it in an oven. Sometimes, plastic handles are oven-safe, but this must be explicitly stated - otherwise you risk the handle melting all over your oven.



    How do you know if a frying pan can go in the oven?

    If you’re not sure whether your frying pan is safe to use in an oven, you might be able to find the specs written on the underside. It may state the maximum safe temperature, or it might just say ‘oven-safe’. Failing that, you can try and find the manufacturer’s guidelines online, or in the original packaging.

    If none of this information is available to you, stick to the following guidelines: all-metal pans are generally fine, whilst non-stick, plastic and wood are best left out of the oven.

    Discover all of our oven-proof cookware here

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    July 22, 2022 — Jasmine Vorley