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Alternatives to Teflon Pans: A Buyers Guide

Charlene loves all things home related and has a wide range of knowledge/skills learnt day-to-day as a caregiver, home-maker, mom and wife



Cooking is a complex and fascinating hobby of mine. I am by no means a chef aka professional however I LOVE it. I do not follow recipes per se, I more like use recipes to create art. Sometimes, it is a complete and utter disaster however sometimes, it is a masterpiece of lip-smacking proportions. I have learned a thing or three with my concoctions, most important thing I learned is that you need the right tools to minimize the destruction my 'creations' make. The best tool I can recommend is a good non-stick pan that can help make clean up a breeze and the flavors pop not with charred remains but with caramelized flavor.


Non-stick has always been of some contention with many folks especially when it comes to Teflon. Teflon is a substance that when heated releases a toxic chemical that is very harmful to ingest and inhale so often it is best to afford it if you can. So if that leaves you searching for an alternate to Teflon then that is where I may be able to help you, on what to look out for as you search.



Most commonly non-stick fry pans are based on stainless-steel and aluminum construction material. Both of these materials are effective to consider in the options alternatives to Teflon pans because these can offer even and quick heat distribution.

However, if you want to use these alternatives to Teflon pans on the induction stovetop, then make sure to check that the pan is listed as induction compatible on its packaging.

Silicon coated handles

It is important to consider silicon coated handles because silicon coated handles usually stay cool while cooking which makes it super easy and comfortable to handle your pans.

Oven and dishwasher safe

Keep in mind the fact that not all non-stick pans are oven and dishwasher safe. Although it is pretty convenient to dump everything into a dishwasher, this is not always the best way to wash your fry pans. If you always prefer to use a dishwasher to wash your utensils, then make sure that your fry pan is dishwasher safe.

Also do not forget to have a look at the range of temperature at which your fry pan is safe to use in the oven.


How to clean non-stick pans?

Do you want to know how to clean your non-stick pans in a more effective way? Let us have a look at some of the best ways to clean non-stick pans in a more effective way.

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  • hand washing your fry pan

It is always best to hand wash and hand dry your non-stick pan after every use because hand washing non-stick fry pans can boost their performance in the best possible way.

  • Soak the pan in soapy and warm water

If your frypan has build-up grease, then it is best to soak your fry pan in warm and soapy water a few times. This will remove bacteria and let you get rid of grease residues effectively.

A pro tip

  • Avoid using cooking sprays

It is always recommended to avoid using cooking sprays on non-stick fry pans. Because most cooking spray brands use soy lecithin, which can leave a sticky build-up. That sticky buildup is a nightmare to clean on any given day and slaving away at the sink is not the best way to spend your time when in the kitchen. I love cooking but washing dishes is my least favorite chore. I would rather scrub and mop the floor even clean the bathroom instead of washing dishes for the millionth time in the day. I swear I am often convinced there are other people in my house that I have not met yet because of the number of dishes that accumulate daily. There can be a perfectly good glass on the sink and my kids will still go to the cupboard to get another. The struggles of a mother...



‘If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a landscaper makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe.’ Basically, that means go get the right pan that will make your mistakes in the kitchen look like culinary masterpieces so off you go and make that sauce. The Jamie Oliver in you awaits...


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on January 07, 2021:

I'm glad you got something out of my article Pamela...Thanks for popping by:)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2020:

This is very good advice, Charlene. We don't use teflon as we bought a good set of stainless steel pans many years ago. I didn't know about the toxic chemical, so thank you for that information.

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