It made me LOVE ceramic skillets – Advice Eating

I tried out the famous Green Skillet to see if it really makes cooking and cleanup easier than ever – and wow! I was definitely impressed.

The hunt for the best non-stick pan has been one of my passion projects for years. I cook almost all of my meals at home and feed a small army every night. Friends and family kept raving about ceramic coated green pans, both of which are non-stick and affordable so I decided to give them a try and ordered a set of 2. My Green Pan review shocked me – how had I lived without these nifty pans for so many years?

What is the green pan?

The Green Pan is made from durable, multi-layer stainless steel and then coated with the brand’s ceramic non-stick coating. Similar to its far more expensive competitor, ceramic caraway cookware, the Green Skillet features a non-stick coating that’s both PTFE- and PFO-free, as well as free of heavy metals that can leach into your food during cooking. These chemicals are often found in Teflon-coated cookware and have fueled the huge rise in popularity of ceramic cookware.

Ceramic cookware is also meant to heat more evenly, and the best-selling pan duo in this set is suitable for all hob types (including induction). It can even pop right in the oven or grill at temperatures up to 600F. If you read our frying pan guide, you’ll know that a pan that can transition from stovetop to oven at high temperatures is hard to find!

How we tested it

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We fry a lot of eggs here as we raise our own chickens and always have fresh eggs on the counter. I figured eggs would be the best place to start testing. After all, eggs are the perfect litmus for any pan’s true nonstick abilities — and no Green Pan review would be complete without trying to figure out just how much scraping is required. Time and time again, the 8-inch Green Pan allowed eggs of all types to slide effortlessly from cookware to plate with little more than a flick of the wrist.

I also tried the larger piece provided, a 10-inch skillet, to make an extra cheesy family shakshuka recipe. The combination of eggs, fried tomatoes, and melty cheese sure messed this pan up in my head. At least, that’s what I thought. But to my surprise, everything slid right off the surface of the pan and was wiped clean with nothing but soapy water and a typical sponge. Even the really burnt bits of cheese that overcooked came off easily!

The test that really won me over was cooking a piece of salmon with little more than a pinch of salt and pepper. I’m notoriously bad at cooking fish, and I always manage to get bits of expensive fillets sticking to pans, grills, and other surfaces. Somehow I didn’t screw up the salmon fillets in the 8-inch Green Pan, and that really convinced me that these otherwise ordinary-looking pans were worth every dollar.

Our taste of home Affiliate Associate Editor Megan Wood is a big fan of the 11-inch Green pan. Megan says, “I was tired of scrubbing food off my stainless steel pots and pans, but I was concerned about possible heavy metals in non-stick coatings. The Green Pan is the solution I was looking for. I’m impressed with how quickly and evenly it heats up and it gives me crisp edges on chicken thighs. It’s my favorite workhorse pan.”

Product features of the green pan

One of the best things I learned during my very important Green Pan review was that I was using too much oil and butter the entire time. I’ve coated all kinds of pans with the finest olive oils and creamy butters, but with nonstick pans that really are as smooth as these, the extra fat just isn’t necessary. Green Pan recommends using a small amount of oil or butter if needed, but avoiding spray oils to protect the finish. I was also very impressed by the high-temperature suitability and longevity of this steel-ceramic miracle.

advantages

What we liked about the Green Pan:

  • Competes with best-selling ceramic cookware like Our Place pans at lower prices
  • Robust multi-layer steel construction with ceramic coating
  • No harmful Teflon chemicals or heavy metals to leach into food
  • Distributes heat evenly
  • Can work with all types of hobs
  • Safe for use in the oven and grill

Disadvantages

What you should consider with the green pan:

  • Plain, simple designs with no frills or trendy colors
  • The bundle comes without a lid

FAQ

Is the green pan dishwasher safe?

Yes! However, the brand recommends hand washing with mild soapy water. I found that little more was needed than a quick wipe down and a solid warm water rinse. Even oily sauces and turmeric-filled recipes didn’t stain the pans.

Are Green Pans heavy or difficult to maneuver?

Unlike cast iron cookware, Green Pans are lightweight and extremely easy to hold.

Are the green pans safe to use with metal utensils?

You are safe! That doesn’t mean you should be actively slicing and dicing in your pans, but sticking a spoon in to test or using your favorite metal fork to grab a few extra veggies won’t damage this pan one bit. That’s a big departure from the non-stick pans of yesteryear.

What other reviewers had to say

“These pans cooked my food beautifully!” says Elaine from Ohio. “The heat was evenly distributed and the meat, onion and spinach weren’t sticky at all. I was able to use my metal tongs without worrying about scratches which was great! They are sturdy, sturdy and well made. I like that the handles don’t come loose.”

Another enthusiastic reviewer from Indiana wrote, “The most amazing nonstick pans I’ve ever used! I’ve cooked eggs, grilled cheese, hash browns, and omelettes in these pans and have had no problems. They didn’t stick and cleaning is easy. No more scrubbing pans for hours. Pretty much everything can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge. I love the 100% non-toxic coating. The food tastes so much better. I would highly recommend this product to all non-stick pans.”

Final Verdict

Frying pan purists and price-conscious hobby cooks will love these pans. My Green Pan Review showed me the ceramic-loving light and reigned in my olive oil habit that was spiraling out of control. If you rely on just a few essential cookware items between your arsenal of microwaveable bowls (like these Anyday Cookware winners) and slow cookers, the Green Pans are a must-have. They’re easy to use, even easier to clean, and made me feel good about not using pans with potentially toxic chemical coatings.

Where can you buy the green pan?

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via greenpan.us

If the promise of a burn-free frying pan sounds exciting, you’ll be glad to know you can pick up the brand’s best-selling package for under $150. It includes an 8″ and a 10″ frying pan in a soft gray tone that complements most modern kitchens. You can find the pans on Amazon, but if you go to the Green Pan website to buy the bundle, you can often get additional discounts and coupon codes.

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