From frying eggs and making crepes to flipping pancakes to and tossing bubble and squeak, these must have frying pans will stop you getting into those sticky situations. The five pans listed below have all made our best frying pans 2021 list for very different reasons.
Personally, I’ve been through four frying pans in as many years. They’ve all failed for different reasons. What you want when you buy a frying pan, is something that is going to last for 20 years plus. Not something that’s destined to add to the world’s growing waste problem.
Every amateur chef has experienced the sinking feeling of having to scrape that burned meal from the bottom of a sub-standard frying pan. Poor pans can lose their non-stick properties, if they had any in the first place, become abrasive, and can even warp (which is a big problem if you’re cooking on induction or an electric hob). Worst of all is the little flecks of peeling teflon that end up in your food, body, and well, everywhere else on the planet.
Choosing the best frying pan is nothing short of an essential duty for home chefs. If you’ve seen the film Dark Waters, you might be wondering why we haven’t ditched all of the teflon in place of something less environmentally damaging. Whilst it has many drawbacks, even professional chefs, who like to use cast iron and steel pans (which acquire natural non-stick properties with use and seasoning) still reach for the Teflon when it’s time to cook eggs and other foods that must not stick to the pan.
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The Cast Iron Skillet
If you’re looking for that pan which will last the ages. The one you can hand down to your great, great, grandchildren, this is it. The Judge 24cm Cast Iron skillet will certainly not warp or bend, neither will it flake or peel.
It won’t have that new ‘non-stick’ quality. But if it is cured properly, it will get better with age, not worse. Essentially it will acquire a natural non-stick property with each use, regular oiling and seasoning.
Benefits of the Judge Cast Iron Skillet
- Heats evenly all hob types
- Natural cast iron finish that will not flake or peel
- Versatile, hob, oven grill, bbq and camp fire safe
Judge non-stick 30cm Frying-Pan
The judge non-stick 30cm couldn’t be more different from the cast iron skillet. It’s a great all-round pan for every occasion and every type of meal. It has a non-stick coating, so whilst it won’t last as long as the skillet, it won’t need to be seasoned and cured over time. Your eggs will simply slide around in this pan, and you won’t even need oil.
I have personally used this model for over a year, and there is no sign of warping, which I have experienced on many other pans whilst using my fierce induction hob. As yet, no signs of peeling, but I have been careful not to use metal utensils and I’ve kept it well away from the dishwasher.
Benefits of the Judge non-stick 30cm frying pan
- Thermic base even heat distribution on all hob types
- Mirror polished stainless steel
- Dishwasher safe
GreenPan non-toxic Frying Pan
Given the concerns about toxic properties of teflon and other non-stick surfaces, the mindful shoppe may be inclined to look at the GreenPan. The ceramic non-stick Thermolon Infinity coating is toxin-free at any temperature. It’s also PFAS-free for healthy cooking. Furthermore, there are no toxic fumes released even when accidentally overheated.
The Venice Pro 30cm non-stick pan will fit your everyday cooking needs and techniques from sauté, stir fry, braise or sear, to fry or bake all-round pan.
Benefits of the GreenPan Thermolon non-toxic frying pan
- Patented Magneto induction technology.
- The Thermolon ceramic non-stick coating enhanced with diamonds is the most advanced, durable and resilient ceramic non-stick on the market.
- Suitable for all hobs including induction Oven safe up to 220°C.
Teflon Crepe Pan, 26cm
You may ask why we have included a crepe pan in our list? The answer is, low sided frying pans are brilliant for some purposes. If you cook more crepes than stir fries, or perhaps you cook fried eggs every morning without the corned beef hash, then a low sided pan could be more suitable for you. Judge has been trusted by families all over the world for more than a hundred years for its traditional family values, high performance products and award-winning customer service, so with the guarantee and warranty options, you can’t go wrong.
Benefits of the Judge 26cm Crepe pan
- Teflon non-stick coating means you can cook perfect crepes or pancakes with very little oil or butter.
- PFOA-FREE and reinforced with stainless steel
- 25 YEAR GUARANTEE and 10 YEAR NON-STICK WARRANTY
Non-Stick Copper Frying Pan
This Copper Frying Pan features a unique triple layer ceramic non stick coating. Perfect for healthy cooking with little or no oil and fantastic for cooking pancakes and omelettes. This premium quality pan is hard wearing, well engineered and lightweight. I absolutely love this pan (although I must admit that I didn’t look after it as well as I could have – scratching it up a bit with metal utensils). The manufacturer recommends that you season your pan on first use, and this coating will last for years.
The amazing copper colour non stick coating makes cleaning straightforward, as any food that remains, (it rarely does) will wipe or rinse off easily.
Benefits of the non-stick copper frying pan
- Non stick ceramic coating.
- Chemical free: the coating is eco friendly and does not include any chemicals, free from PFOA, lead, cadmium and PTFE’s.
- Oven safe up to 260° and includes a 3-year warranty.