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Frying pan materials; what should I keep in mind?

A frying pan is a good basic for in the kitchen. But it can be difficult to decide what ingredients to fry in the pan. In this article, we're happy to help you find the right frying pan.

Frying pans

Frying pans come in different shapes and sizes. In addition, frying pans have certain coatings. But what type of coating is best suited to sear beef? And which is ideal to fry an egg? We distinguish 4 kinds of coatings: ceramic, cast iron, stainless steel, and non-stick. You'll find the coatings with their pros and cons below. So you know exactly what kind of pan you need.

Ceramic and cast iron frying pans

frying pan with white ceramic coating


  • Bake potatoes
  • Not much fat required
  • Scratch resistant
  • Less suitable for very high temperatures
  • Not dishwasher safe
cast iron frying pan

Cast iron

  • Stew meat, slowcooking
  • Suitable for high temperatures
  • Lifelong use
  • Heavy material
  • Not dishwasher safe

Stainless steel and non-stick frying pans

stainless steel frying pan

Stainless steel

  • Sear red meat and poultry
  • Suitable for high temperatures
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Doesn't heat up quickly
  • Chance of burning
frying pan with standard non-stick coating


  • Fry fish, vegetables, and eggs
  • Not much fat required
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Not suitable for high temperatures
  • Not scratch resistant

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