Finding the right pan can be tricky. Part of it depends on what you’re planning on cooking, but part of it depends on trust too. There are plenty of pans out there that talk a big talk, but end up falling to pieces after some serious work in the kitchen (I’ve had my heart broken numerous times). That’s why we wanted to put together this list of pans we’ve tried, tested, and loved, no matter what we’ve put them through. Whether you’re looking for a cast iron, a nonstick, or something a little different, these are our favorite pans out there.
Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan
I recently spoke with James Beard-nominated chef Julia Sullivan, who told me this pan could “replace all of the pans in my kitchen.” She was right. The Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan offers the best of both cast iron and stainless steel. It offers heat retention, is lightweight, easy to clean, and is even shaped a bit like a wok, making it excellent to sauté veggies in, too.
Field Company No. 8 Skillet
If you love cast iron too much to switch, but still want an upgrade, this one from Field Company is the echelon of cast iron cooking. Somehow, they made a cast iron skillet that offers the heat retention and non-stick capabilities we all love from cast iron that is both “lightweight and smooth,” as well. The pan comes pre-seasoned, and you can barely feel the metal rivulets on the interior, making it great for cooking more delicate foods in.
Scouted Editor Jillian Lucas says The Always Pan can be “used for practically anything.” The ceramic nonstick pan is great for sauteing, simmering, and more. It has two pour spouts, a steamer attachment (that can also be used as a colander) and a spoon rest on the handle. It can truly do any task you put it to.
Rachael Ray Classic 10-Inch Skillet
Scouted Contributor Elinor Walker says this is a nonstick pan “that actually lasts.” Whereas others lose their coating after about a year, Elinor has had this pan for five years and says “there is still not a chip, scratch, or morsel of food to be found on it.” The porcelain enamel acts as a durable, lightweight insulator, and plus, the pan is both oven and dishwasher safe.
T-Fal 12.5-Inch Nonstick Pan
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