This post was most recently updated on February 17th, 2020
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 at low degrees of heat.
First up, if it is totally cast iron or 100 percent ceramic cookware, you have no worries with whether or not you can use the pan in the oven, at any temperature. If you are wanting a cast iron pan, see my buying guide on cast iron skillets. For the 100 percent ceramic cookware, see my review of the Xtrema pure ceramic range.
Can You Put A Pot In The Oven?
Can you put a pan in the oven? You can put all pans in the oven with limitations. Look for oven-safe limits in the instructions or check out the materials in the handles, knobs, and surfaces of your cookware as these will determine the temperature limits.
How to you know if a pan is oven proof? First off, the easiest thing to look for is a symbol indicating it is oven-proof. The marking may be on the base or in the instructions that came with the product.
There are fairly standard symbols to show that products are oven-safe.
How Do You Know If A Pan Is Oven Proof?
There are a few tell-tale signs.
When it comes to what pans can go in the oven or knowing “is my skillet oven safe?” we can start with whether or not it is a nonstick type.
Nonstick Pots and Pans
The nonstick type cookware is generally not suitable for high heat.
At high heat, the non stick coating will start to deteriorate. And the gas emitted from PFTE types is potentially harmful – see my article on what to know about Teflon vs ceramic here.
So, best not to use nonstick cookware in the oven. My advice is to stick to using it 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; Bakelite) are safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 °C) unless other features (e.g. surface coating) restrict this.
Another frequently asked question is “can I put a pan with a rubber handle in the oven?” By rubber, I take it to mean ‘silicone’, at least that is how many people regard it. (Not sure if there are actual rubber handles on cookware. Let me know if I am wrong.)
Silicone handles are good for heat up to 400°F (204°C).
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 temperatures
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 potholders as they will be very hot to handle.
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 the comparison table).
Is My Crock Pot Oven Safe?
You might also wonder, 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 slow cooker’s 5.5 qt ceramic pot in the oven 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, see the selection in my buying guide on baking pans and dishes.
Materials Determining Safe Oven Cooking Temperatures
|Pan Material||Oven Max Limit|
|Stainless Steel (uncoated)||500||260|
|Enameled cast iron||500||260|
|Ceramic/Pottery||> 500||> 260|
|Cast Iron||> 500||> 260|
How To Tell If A Frying Pan Is Oven Proof?
My table helps. It matches the oven safe temperatures against the various materials of 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.
Living the Nourished Life has a great chocolate chip cookie recipe for baking in a cast iron pan.
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 depend a lot on the material used in the handles and features.