How To Know If That Pan Is Oven Proof

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Wondering…can you put that pan in the oven? For starters, the type of handle (and then the lid) will determine whether a pot, pan, or skillet can be used in the oven for roasting or baking, i.e., at high oven temperatures, or only with low degrees of heat.

Check cookware for hot oven use

Can You Put A Pot In The Oven?

Look for oven-safe materials in the handles, knobs, and surfaces of your cookware.

NonStick Pots and Pans

The nonstick type cookware is generally not suitable for the oven at high heat. Even with taking the handles and the lids off, it is unlikely to be ovenproof at high temperatures.

At high heat, the non stick coating tends to deteriorate. And the gas emitted from PFTE types can be harmful – see my article on what to know about Teflon vs ceramic here.

NonStick cookware is best used on medium heat on the hob for low fat cooking. I wrote about the health benefits of using the ceramic nonstick type here.

Pots and Pans With Plastic Handles

Is it safe to put a pot with plastic handles in the oven? Pots with plastic handles (or phenolic resin) are safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 °C), unless other features (e.g. surface coating) restrict this.

So for the question, can pots go in the oven? The answer is yes, but only to a safe temperature. Apart from restrictions such as a nonstick coating, the oven-safe temperatures for cookware depends a lot on the material used in the handles and features.

About Materials And Oven Cooking Temperatures

Oven Max Limit
(°F)(°C)
Phenolic Resin350175
Silicone Parts400204
Toughened Glass450230
Aluminum (uncoated)*450230
Stainless Steel (uncoated)500260
Copper500230
Enameled cast iron500260
Ceramic/PotteryVery High HeatVery High Heat
Cast IronVery High HeatVery High Heat
* an approximate guide

To be on the safe side, I recommend checking the user instructions that come with the cookware and look for the oven safe pan symbol. But, mostly you’ll find manufacturers state the following for cookware with these features:

  • Stainless steel handles are oven safe to 500°F (260°C)
  • Phenolic resin (Bakelite) parts to 350°F (175°C)
  • Silicone parts to 400°F (204°C)
  • 100% ceramic and cast iron will suit very high oven temperature.

Safety tip: Always use pot holders when taking items from the oven.

Steel Pans and Oven Safe Ceramic Cookware

Can you put a frying pan in the oven? If they are 100 percent ceramic cookware or pure cast iron pans you have no worries at all. These certainly can be used for baking and roasting in the oven since their handles are part of the mold.

Just make sure to use pot holders as they will be very hot to handle.

For info on choosing cast iron skillets or pans, see my buying guide on cast iron skillets. For more benefits about 100 percent ceramic cookware, see my review of the Xtrema pure ceramic range.

Is a Le Creuset pot oven safe? Yes, to any oven temperature, according to the care instructions for this enameled cast iron pot (see the link in the reference section below).

Whether you can use a steel pan in the oven or not will depend on the type of handle (refer to above table).

Is My Crock Pot Oven Safe?

Is my slow cooker pot oven safe? Yes, if it is a traditional type. You can use it on very high heat in the oven because it is a ceramic pot.

I used my 5.5 qt recently when I found I had no other bakeware in the size for the dish I was preparing. It was a life saver and worked perfectly.

For that perfect bakeware, I reviewed as selection in this buying guide on baking pans and dishes.

How To Tell If A Frying Pan Is Oven Proof

The above table helps. It matches the oven safe temperatures against the various materials that feature with typical cookware.

Another way is to look for an oven safe mark. Look for this in the manufacturer’s user instructions. It may have an oven safe pan symbol or at least the oven safe temperature. Otherwise, check if there is a mark stamped on the underside indicating whether it is an ovenproof pan.

Recipes

Living the Nourished Life has a great chocolate chip cookie recipe for baking in a cast iron pan.

Information and Further Reading

T-Fal User Instructions

Le Creuset enameled cast iron instructions

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cookware User Instructions