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.
If the handles are wooden, steel, silicone wrapped or labelled plastic, phenolic, or Bakelite, then read on…
How do you know if a pan is oven proof?
To know if a pan is oven-proof, look for an oven-safe symbol on the base of the pan or in the instructions that came with the product.
There are fairly standard symbols to show that products are oven-safe.
Case-by-case, can you put a pot in the oven?
You can put all pots and pans in the oven but only to certain temperatures. 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. My table below will help with this.
Can you put a frying pan in the oven? 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.
Can you put ceramic in the oven?
If it is the 100% ceramic cookware type – yes! These can be used in the very hottest ovens.
Ceramic nonstick pots and pans
Is nonstick that is ceramic oven-safe? Some have an advanced design that allows you to do this. For example, GreenPan’s latest ceramic nonstick cookware designs use advanced technology, making nonstick pots and pans safe for a very hot oven.
I wrote about this in my article on six modern GreenPan ceramic nonstick sets – check it out.
Just be aware that if it is not this advanced design, at high heat, the nonstick coating may start to deteriorate, and that will affect its nonstick performance on the stovetop.
Can you put nonstick pots and pans in the oven
I covered the ceramic nonstick pots and pans above. In terms of PTFE (Teflon) or standard nonstick cookware, in generally, these are not suitable for high heat.
The gas emitted from PFTE types at high heat is potentially harmful – see my article on what to know about Teflon vs ceramic here.
In which case, it’s best to avoid using 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.
What about 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.
Can you put a cast iron pan with wooden handle in the oven?
I have one of these, and yes you can put it in the oven but only at low heat, i.e., warming temperatures. Too high of heat and you’ll find the wood will scorch. I admit my wooden handle has a slight scorch mark from the effects of heat.
So if you are wanting to dry off your cast iron pan to avoid it rusting or intend putting it in the oven for re-seasoning, you are limited to warming temperatures. The alternative is to use the stovetop for these purposes.
The thing with wooden handles is that the timber and the lacquer can emit gases when heated to certain levels. You don’t want these gases affecting your food. This, of course, will vary with the timber and lacquer used, but to be safe, 200ºF is the temperature limit recommended by Tomlinson Industries, according to Hunker.
Steel pans and oven safe ceramic cookware
Can you put a steel or ceramic 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 (see to my comparison table below).
Is my crockpot 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.
Popular recipe for using a frying pan in the oven
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.
In a nutshell: How to tell if a frying pan is oven proof?
My table covers it! 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.