How to Make Stainless Frying Pans Nonstick

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Stainless steel cookware heats quickly and evenly. The heat retention keeps the heat consistent while cooking. Because stainless steel cookware conducts heat well, you can cook on lower temperatures than you would with nonstick or coated cookware. If you don't prepare the pan properly, though, it can be difficult to get food to cook without sticking to a stainless frying pan. Understand how to work with the pan to get the best results without having food stick.

  • Wash the frying pan thoroughly in hot water with a gentle dish detergent. Rinse away all soap residue and dry completely before use. Any residual dust or dirt on the pan may cause significant sticking on the pan.

  • Place the pan on a burner on medium heat and preheat for two or three minutes. The rim of the pan should not be hot to the touch. If the pan is too hot, food can stick.

  • Pour a few teaspoons of oil into the pan, enough to cover the bottom. Let the oil heat for a minute, then place your food in the pan.

  • Let the food rest until it reaches the desired doneness on that side. Turn the food only once, then allow it to finish cooking.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to All-Clad, if food's initial contact with the pan is more of a crackle than a sizzle, the heat is too high and sticking may occur.
  • Calphalon recommends using high heat for boiling liquids and reducing liquids only in stainless steel pans.

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