How to Cook With Stainless Steel: With No Sticking

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Sometimes food sticks to your stainless steel pan, right? You might want to cook without the sticking, especially with eggs — It’s tricky. While, the first thing that might come to mind is the amount of lubricant in the pan – oil or fat – it may not be the case. Here I cover cooking with stainless steel and tips on remedying the sticking…

how to cook with stainless steel without the sticking
Cooking eggs in stainless steel pan successfully

Type of cooktop Matters

Modern induction-compatible designs work on all cooktops, including induction. Others work on all, apart from induction stovetops.

Be aware that you’ll get different results with different cooktops (when using stainless steel just like any other type). It’s can be a matter of how fast the source heats up and then how intense it cooks. Open flames of gas for example can heat the cookware much faster and with more intensity than electric cooktops. And there’s even differences within each type of cooktop. My advice is to get to know and have a feel for how your cooktop settings work with your stainless steel cookware and try adjusting them as a first off remedy. But it’s not always the heat.

Mueller DuraClad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 8-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Extra Strong Cookware, 3-layer Bottom, Ergonomic and EverCool Stainless Steel Handle

Cooking with stainless steel on all cooktops

You’ll find stainless steel cookware robust and versatile. I use my large stainless steel pot for boiling pasta and potatoes, the most. The smaller pots I use with an insert for steaming vegetables. The large stainless steel frying pan I use for crisping food, searing meats, and making gravy by deglazing with water.

You can use stainless steel cookware for a variety of cooking styles:

  • For sautéing, browning, deep-frying, stewing, braising, and boiling.
  • For mains, e.g., cooking steaks and gravies.
  • For higher temperature methods than nonstick pans. Searing or browning proteins adds the perfect crisp texture to the outside of your meats and other proteins. This cooking method requires high heat and the food to adhere to the pan. Something you are not going to get with most non stick frying pans.

Stainless steel doesn’t demand the seasoning regime of cast iron. But rather, it’s a type that needs the cooking surface lubricated with oil or fat each time you cook with it (except when using liquids).

Cooking styles with stainless steel

  • Cooking with high temperatures
  • Searing 
  • Deglazing 
  • Browning 
  • Crisping 
  • Steaming
  • Boiling

How to cook with stainless steel without food sticking: Remedies

Elements of cooking to avoid food sticking:

  1. Always start with a clean pan.
  2. Pre-heat the pan before adding the food.
  3. Test to see if it is ready.
  4. Allow cold food to reach room temperature before adding.
  5. Moist foods may stick and some food will always stick.

Why do eggs stick to stainless steel pan?

Why do eggs stick? Eggs can stick if you have the heat too high. You need to warm the pan to a level much lower than what you’d use when cooking meat or bacon. Also, try to use eggs that are at room temperature.

Another cause could be that the pan was not completely clean; it had some remaining residue from the last time it was used.

Experiment with these tips and see what works for you.

Why would you do eggs in a stainless steel pan? For one, it may be the only type of cookware on hand and some people just love using stainless steel cookware.

Bottom line

Here are my tips on cookware in general:

  • Think of your lifestyle as well as your cooking style
  • Match the cookware with how you cook and eat

Try the tips above to see what results you can achieve with your stainless steel cookware. Otherwise, you could complement your cooking set with a nonstick skillet as an option for fat-reduced nonstick cooking.

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