My New Favorite Skillet

The nonstick skillet world is a circus of subpar pans masquerading as superb kitchen tools. Most of them are cheaply made and marketed to beginner cooks that don’t know the difference. Even the top of the line nonstick pans need to be replaced regularly because the coating will peel or scratch off.

While I’m a big fan of cast iron skillets and stainless steel cookware, there’s a time and place for a good nonstick skillet.

I had some really nice nonstick skillets that lasted me 3-4 years, but the larger one bit the dust a few months ago. Even with good care, they eventually start to lose their coating and then you want to stop using them. Not only will food begin to stick to the pans, but also the coating isn’t particularly healthy and you shouldn’t risk ingesting it.

So I took the opportunity to replace my old nonstick skillet with a new one I’ve had my eye on for a while. The skillet is from the Greenpan line and after a few months of use, I’m pretty much in love with it. Instead of cheap Teflon, the aluminum pan is coated with ceramic. It’s nonstick, but also not toxic. It also has the benefit of being oven-safe and (so far) appears to be pretty sturdy.

I still wouldn’t want to use metal utensils on it as you could scratch the ceramic coating.

I’ve used the skillet for a few Macheesmo recipes over the last few months. Maybe most notably, it made my breakfast pinwheels a breeze to make.

If you are in the market for a new skillet, or just sick of Teflon coatings, check out the Greepan Skillet. It’s about $40 on Amazon right now.

The Links

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk – This looks so rich and decadent and I want some of it for all the iced coffee I’m going to drink this summer. (@ How Sweet Eats)

Grown Up Beefaroni – I remember this dish from my childhood. Okay. Not this dish exactly, but the cheap version of it. This version appeals to me so much more. (@ Girl Gone Gourmet)

Red Onion Jam – This is a super-versatile spread. I can imagine slathering it on crostini, sandwiches, pizza, or even using it as a taco topping. (@ PBS Food)

Chocolate Chili Splatter Cake – I’m so lazy when it comes to decorating desserts. Marketing that general laze is a good idea. Instead of taking the time to meticulously decorate the thing… just splatter it. (@ Molly Yeh)

Have a great weekend everybody!

8 comments on “My New Favorite Skillet

  1. This past xmas I spent a week reading reviews of non-stick skillet cookware. It was exhausting trying to find something not overly priced but held up well. I too went with a ceramic coating, not sure of the brand, but it has been pretty good to me. I’ve also found that most of the time when it seems like the non-stick is wearing off, its actually old oil that was never properly cleaned, typically near the edges. A good scrubbing takes care of it and it’s back to normal.
    side note:
    What is that in the picture? I want it.

  2. Hi Nick! What a nice surprise to get your latest update this morning and see that you’ve linked to my post –Thanks so much! By the way, I really need to upgrade my non-stick skillets, so I appreciate your recommendations — thanks for the info :)

  3. i have some of these ceramic pans and have trouble cooking a fried egg in them. Any recommendations??

    1. Hey Heather, I just made some this morning! I think the trick is to preheat them and then add a little oil. Also, make sure your pans are nice and clean before you start. If there is leftover stuff on the pan it will burn and stick to the eggs. But: clean pan + preheat + a little oil always works for me. Good luck!

  4. I just saw one at Goodwill a couple of days ago and pounced on it. It was three bucks! Sadly, somebody had pretty much scratched the [email protected] out of it so I left it behind. One of these days I’m going to try one.

  5. Oooh, I love these! I got mine back in March, but they’ve started to lose their non-stickness. Has this happened to you? I treat them like gold (seriously. I won’t even stack them and silicone spatulas only) so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. :)

    1. Hmm… that hasn’t happened to me yet… concerning though! is the coating coming off? Maybe yours is under warranty??

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