How To Care For Ceramic Cookware

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Looking for ceramic cookware cleaning tips or just to keep it looking like new? The article offers ceramic cookware care advice to help you get the best out of your new ceramic non stick cookware. There are useful tips for any nonstick cookware.

About Ceramic Cookware Care

The things that you treat with care will last you much longer than those that you mishandle.

This includes your ceramic cookware. Like most kitchen products they come with care instructions.

Take the time to read the info that comes with your purchase. A few minutes can save you dollars in the long run.

In case you’ve lost those (or maybe you didn’t get any), I’ve listed some general care tips as a guide to help.

Before Using Your Ceramic Cookware

On receiving your ceramic pans, remove all labels and packaging materials.


Before your first use, wash the cookware. You can handwash, using warm, soapy water to remove any manufacturing residues. Rinse and dry using a soft cloth or paper towel.

They are now ready for storing and cooking.


Store by placing paper napkins or pan protectors between cookware to protect surfaces. Just make sure you don’t stack them if you want to retain their looks for longer.


Check with the manufacturer — some non stick cookware sets need to be conditioned with a little oil first up (somewhat like cast iron skillets). Do this by heating the nonstick cookware with a small amount of oil as directed by the manufacturer.


Make sure to only use low to medium heat settings. High heat can cause the cooking surface of ceramic cookware to deteriorate with time.

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Get the best out of your ceramic non stick cookware

Low to medium heat works well with the ceramic cookware. Most ceramic non stick pans will have an aluminum base layer, which quickly conducts heat, so there’s no need to turn up the heat to high.

This differs from the solid ceramic cookware (aka 100% ceramic cookware), which can be used in the highest heat settings.


After cooking, ensure your ceramic pan has cooled before washing as adding cold water to a hot pan can damage the non-stick coating. Any rapid change in temperature can cause warping.

Oven Use

In general, bakelite handles and tempered glass lids are oven-safe to 350 ºF. To know more about whether you can put that pan in the oven, see my article on how to know if your cookware is oven safe.

Cleaning Ceramic Cookware

Most manufacturers offer ‘dishwasher safe’ as a feature of ceramic cookware.  However, the nonstick pots and pans are super easy to clean by hand, much like the solid ceramic cookware I also wrote about.

It’s best to avoid the harsh detergents and any damage from the dishwasher arms to keep your cookware staying like new.

Hand Cleaning Is Best

You can simply wipe with a paper towel. But if you prefer to handwash in the sink…

Handwashing Of Ceramic Pans

  • Clean only once it has cooled down
  • Do not soak
  • Make sure the ceramic cookware fits in the sink
  • Else, add dishwashing water and wash on bench
  • Don’t use harsh scrubbing pads
  • Keep knives and forks and other sharp items away

For a stubborn cleaning problem, this video offers a solution you could try:

Care with cleaning will retain a pan in top shape

Keeping Your Nonstick Cookware Like New

I already mentioned hand washing (even though for ceramic cookware, dishwasher safe is a feature) will increase the longevity of your cookware’s nonstick surface.

Want to know more on how to keep your nonstick cookware in top working order?

The following are other tips that will help lengthen the life of your nonstick ceramic cookware.

Cooking With Nonstick Ceramic Cookware

Here are some tips for how to cook with nonstick ceramic cookware to lengthen its life.

  • Use only low to medium heat settings on your stovetop and avoid high heat, as I mentioned earlier.
  • Another tip is to select the proper burner size to avoid heat touching and torching the sides and the handles to keep the exterior looking good.

You might want to avoid oil sprays, as these can buildup a layer that can damage the nonstick performance of the ceramic cooking surface.

A MUST AVOID: Do not use sharp knives on the ceramic pan cooking surface, ie., avoid cutting the food while it is in the pan. Use only non-scratch utensils.

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Use only silicone, nylon, plastic or wooden utensils with your ceramic nonstick cookware

The recommended utensils are those made from silicone, nylon, plastic, or wooden utensils – Metal utensils will scratch the surface.

You can buy BPA-free utensils that won’t harm the surface — there are plenty to choose from, like the eco-friendly bamboo cooking utensils you can get at AmazonSee details.

Storing Ceramic Pots And Pans

Avoid damaging your pots and pans when storing by not stacking them.

You can achieve this by placing paper napkins, towels, or pan protectors between cookware when not in use. Or, if you have space, lay the pans out on the shelf.

Otherwise, you can buy pan protectors pretty cheaply, like the Ecoware’s set of six you can get at Amazon — See details.

Final Thoughts

Ceramic cookware is considered dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning, but I recommend hand washing for long-term care of your cookware.

Most important! Use utensils that won’t harm the surface and don’t stack your pans without protection.

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