Can Ceramic Pans Handle High Heat? Maybe, if…

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Do you enjoy cooking with ceramic pans? If so, then you may be curious about how much heat they can take. After all, everyone loves their food to be cooked evenly and the last thing you want is to have a pan ruined because of high heat. In this post I discuss which designs of ceramic pans can best handle high heat!

Can ceramic pans handle high heat?

How much heat a ceramic pan can take will depend on its design. A pan of 100% ceramic can handle extreme heat (up to 2500 ºF); the nonstick type with advanced technology up to 600 ºF; but for the standard nonstick type I recommend no higher than medium heat.

As I wrote when I covered how to care for ceramic pans, if you plan on cooking food with high heat then it’s best to invest in one of these newer ceramic nonstick pan design. Some of these are safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the manufacturers. Here are some choices…

The three best ceramic pan options for high heat

The ceramic pans that can best handle high heat on the stove are either the all-ceramic type like the Xtrema brand pans or the advanced nonstick designs that are reinforced, e.g., with a diamond layer, and claimed to handle heat up to 600 ºF.

  • Another reliable choice when looking for the best ceramic pans is the GreenPan designs. These pans are made with the latest technology in ceramic nonstick coating, and they claim their best fry pan can take heat up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit — See my comparison of GreenPan designs for the sets suitable for high heat use.
  • If you want a more affordable option for your home kitchen, try the diamond-infused ceramic nonstick by Blue Diamond, which is designed to handle heat up to 600 ˚F.

Blue Diamond Cookware Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan, 12"
The Blue Diamond nonstick pan is designed for heat up to 600 ºF
– at Amazon.

FAQs about using a non-stick surface on high heat

Can I use my ceramic frying pan at high heat settings on gas stovetops?

Yes you can if it is the right design. Some ceramic pans have special designed layer of nonstick coating that can withstand up to 600 ˚F and others are pure ceramic, which can withstand extreme high heat, like the Xtrema skillets I covered in my review of these 100 percent ceramic pans.

An all-ceramic type of pan like the Xtrema skillet can definitely go on gas stovetops at high heat. The thing to watch however is to heat the pan gradually rather than shock it with a sharp temperature change in order to avoid damage.

Can I put my GreenPan in the oven at high heat settings?

GreenPans with the advanced nonstick design are safe for use up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit without the glass lid and 420 ºF with the lid. These designs have a diamond reinforced ceramic coating and a hard anodized exterior. There are four that I cover in my comparison of GreenPan designs, that you might like to check out.

The lid and handle composition limits the use of many pans in the oven. I cover what’s oven-safe and what’s not in my article on about putting stove top pots in the oven.

What is the highest temperature that a ceramic frying pan or pot can handle?

The highest temperature that a nonstick ceramic pan can handle is around 600 ˚F. A fully ceramic pan can handle much higher, for example, Xtrema 100 ceramic up to 2500 ºF.

What are the benefits of using a non-stick surface on high heat?

Non-stick surfaces allow you to easily cook your food without having to add oil or butter, which means fewer calories and less fat in what you’re cooking! The non-stick ceramic cookware makes for easy clean up, too.

What are the downsides to using ceramic pans on high heat?

Ceramic nonstick pans may not be ideal for cooking on high heat long-term. The surface stickiness may deteriorate with high heat use over time and shorten the performance you enjoy.

Final thoughts

If you are cooking something that requires a higher temperature then it is best to invest in the right pan for the job! Make sure your cookware can handle the level of heat.

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