Because frying pans are so frequently used and do a lot of hard work in the kitchen, it’s important to find an option that you really enjoy using. For many of us, that means that these pans are sturdy, easy to clean and even oven-safe. We know you don’t have time to test out pan after pan to find your favorite—but our Test Kitchen does! Our team of pro cooks tested the most popular nonstick frying pans on the market to find amazing options for home cooks.
How We Found the Best Frying Pan
Finding the best nonstick frying pan is a tall order! You definitely want to know if the nonstick surface is really nonstick (not the sort of surface that requires extra scrubbing), if the surface heats evenly, if the handle gets too hot and much more. For this test, our kitchen pros put each pan through its paces cooking recipe after recipe, all the while keeping these criteria in mind.
Cooking capabilities: How was the pan’s nonstick performance? How well does the pan perform cooking common dishes like eggs and chicken? Is the pan oven-safe? What kind of utensils can you use (or not use) with the pan?
Cleanup: How easy is the pan to clean? Can it go in the dishwasher?
Additional features: Does the pan come with a lid? Is it oven-safe? Any unique features or noteworthy qualities?
Price: Was the pan worth the price for the performance?
Our Test Kitchen-Preferred Nonstick Frying Pan Options
After cracking a few dozen eggs, our Test Kitchen found the best nonstick frying pan brands for home cooks.
Best Overall Nonstick Frying Pan: OXO Good Grips Nonstick Pro Hard-Anodized Skillet
OXO’s frying pan was a dream to work with. For $60, you get a pan that produced terrific skillet meals, eggs that didn’t stick and a host of perfectly browned proteins. And you can pop it in the oven—perfect for recipes like skillet cornbread. If you skip the metal utensils, this sturdy pan should last for years and years (you might even want to buy it in multiple sizes—it comes in 8-, 10- and 12-inch sizes).
This pan was also exceptionally easy to clean. The nonstick surface didn’t leave any stuck-on bits in the pan, and unlike other skillet options we tested, it’s dishwasher-safe. Is there anything better than a top-performing pan that’s incredibly simple to clean? (Not in our Test Kitchen there’s not!)
Looking for an alternative to traditional nonstick coatings and hard-anodized cookware? Give ceramic cookware, like the GreenPan Valencia Skillet, a try. Coated with a ceramic finish, this midweight aluminum pan was a joy to use.
Fried eggs didn’t stick a bit in this pan—they slid right out onto breakfast plates. And while it took a few minutes to get some good color, chicken breasts cooked up with a pretty brown sear in about 10 minutes. After all the cooking was done, there was no need to scrub this pan. Any residual bits in the pan wiped right out. And while GreenPan encourages handwashing, you can pop this pan in the dishwasher if you’re in a pinch.
Besides the easy cleanup and cooking performance, our Test Kitchen appreciated how this coated pan works with metal utensils (that’s unusual for ceramic). Also, this pan can go from stovetop to oven so you can start searing pork chops on the stove and finish it off in the oven while you work on the rest of your meal.
You already know that one of the best ways to treat yourself in the kitchen is with Le Creuset. This kitchenware brand is known for its gorgeous Dutch ovens and enamelware, but it also produces a dynamite frying pan. The Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Fry Pan, like all Le Creuset cookware, was sturdy, beautiful and a top performer in our Test Kitchen.
This nonstick pan earned high marks from our pros for balancing the easy-to-clean nonstick finish we all desire when it comes time to do the dishes along with a durable surface that creates fond (that’s the fancy name for the tasty brown bits left in the pan) that gives food flavor.
Our pros found that chicken, eggs and more all cooked up beautifully in the pan. If you wanted you could even pop this skillet into the oven to finish making a frittata. Overall, oven-safe skillets were the big winners in our test for their versatility—particularly this Le Creuset model that’s broiler-safe.
This lightweight aluminum pan heats up quickly and has a feature that lets you know when the pan is nice and hot. The T-fal logo turns red when the pan is hot and ready for pancake batter (or eggs or bacon or whatever else you want to cook). This is a feature our Test Kitchen crew hadn’t seen before but really enjoyed.
Our testing team liked this pan because it gave the chicken breast a nice sear and left a bit of fond behind. That being said, it wasn’t the most nonstick of the nonstick options, though it did clean up easily.
Be aware that hand washing is preferred, though you can toss it in the dishwasher on occasion. Also, use metal utensils with caution according to the directions. You may want to stick with silicone or nylon tools to be safe.
This is the best shepherd's pie recipe I've ever tasted. It's very quick to make, and I usually have most—if not all—of the ingredients already on hand. It's one of my favorite one-skillet meals! —Tirzah Sandt, San Diego, California
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My mother always made this one-dish meal while we were growing up. Now I make it for my own husband and kids. I use the small-size biscuits because they brown up so nicely on top. I also add mushrooms to this recipe sometimes because my family loves 'em. —Keri Boffeli, Monticello, Iowa
I made this simple pierogies and sausage recipe one night when I hadn’t planned anything for dinner. It’s convenient because it uses items I usually have on hand. Plus, there’s hardly any cleanup! —Susan Held, Cooksville, Maryland
I love sneaking extra veggies into my kids’ dinners, especially with this skillet spinach pie recipe. With a flaky crust and extra cheese, the kids never know they’re eating a vitamin-rich dish and I’m not hovering over an oven for hours. Put the spinach and phyllo sheets in the refrigerator the night before or early in the morning for thawing. —Kristyne McDougle, Lorain, Ohio
Farro is a type of wheat that was popular in ancient Rome. A good source of fiber, it includes more protein than most grains, making it a smart choice for meatless meals like this vegetarian farro skillet dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Even my 3-year-old loves this family-favorite beef barley skillet. It's very filling, inexpensive and packed with veggies. It's also really good spiced up with chili powder, cayenne or a dash of Tabasco. —Kit Tunstall, Boise, Idaho
When my niece was attending West Point, she was sent to Morocco for five months. I threw her a going-away party complete with Moroccan decorations, costumes and cuisine, including this saucy shrimp dish. Whenever I make it now, I think of her and smile. —Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennsylvania
This recipe was given to me 25 years ago and remains a family favorite. It's a tasty twist on traditional spaghetti, and making a one-skillet pasta saves time on prep and cleanup, too. —Susan Spence, Lawrenceville, Virginia
This is an old recipe that has been passed down in our family through my sister-in-law. When I was a child, she did most of the cooking in our house, and this was my favorite meal. The variety of vegetables makes this an attractive dish, and the cooking time is minimal. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
It's been 20 years now since I adapted this from a recipe for beef stew. We like it so much that, in all that time, I have never changed any ingredients or amounts - unless it was to double them! Our home's on a river, and my husband, our three boys and I enjoy camping and boating. — Valerie Jordan, Kingmont, West Virginia
This tortellini dish is a one-skillet-wonder the family craves. From browning beef to cooking the pasta and melting the cheese, everything happens in one pan. You can add basil or chives for a touch of freshness. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia
Like most farmers, my husband loves a good hearty chili. With all the vegetables, cheese and meat in it, this dish makes a super supper—and it comes together in one skillet on top of the stove. I serve it frequently in fall and winter. —Katherine Brown, Fredericktown, Ohio
We love Mexican night at our house, and I love to re-create dishes from our favorite restaurants. This burrito-inspired dish is ready for the table in almost no time! —Krista Marshall, Fort Wayne, Indiana
I prepare this supper frequently throughout the year, substituting whatever vegetables are in season. No matter how often I make it, I'm always asked for the recipe. —Lisbeth Whitehead, Watertown, South Dakota
This fast and healthy alternative to traditional tacos has a delicious southwestern flair. The fact that is comes together in just 30 minutes makes it even more irresistible. —Maria Gobel, Greenfield, Wisconsin
I threw this sausage recipe together one night to use up produce before going out of town. Who knew it was going to be such a hit! Now it’s a recipe I turn to whenever time is tight. —Elizabeth Kelley, Chicago, Illinois
You can have this quick, easy fajita pasta on the table in no time. We love the kicked-up Southwestern flavor, and I like being able to make the whole meal in my cast-iron skillet. I sometimes garnish it with crushed corn chips. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Maple syrup adds sweetness to this yummy stir-fry. I sometimes add a little broccoli, too, for a change of pace. Add a green salad and a crusty loaf of bread for a complete meal in minutes. —Dottie Tarlton, Malvern, Arkansas
There’s plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make the dish your own by using your favorite amber beer or flavorful broth. —Mark Oppe, North Pole, Alaska
When the weather starts turning cooler, I start to hear requests for this dish. The light soy, onion and garlic flavors blend nicely with fresh carrots and potatoes in this budget-minded recipe. —Pat Jensen, Cottonwood, Minnesota
I like using boxed rice and pasta mixes to jump-start quick meals. This colorful dish is simple to cook on the stovetop using fried rice mix, tender turkey and convenient frozen vegetables. —Betty Kleberger, Florissant, Missouri
I lived on the Oregon coast for 20 years and had plenty of guests dropping by.
I often turned to this quick and easy dish, serving it up with skillet cornbread
or garlic bread. Judging by the requests for the recipe, everyone loved it! —LaBelle Doster, Vancouver, Washington
My husband and I tried a dish similar to this on our honeymoon in Greece. I re-created the flavors in this recipe when we got home. When I make it now, it brings back wonderful memories. —Sonali Ruder, New York, New York
I love making breakfast recipes with eggs for dinner, especially this combo with potatoes and cheese that's started in a skillet on the stovetop and then popped into the oven to bake. —Nadine Merheb, Tucson, Arizona
I'm a new mom, and my schedule is very dependent upon our young son, so I like meals that can be ready in as little time as possible. This all-in-one chicken stir fry recipe with a hint of sweetness from honey is a big time-saver. —Caroline Sperry, Allentown, Michigan
This zesty pasta dish is ideal for busy weeknights. It contains just a few ingredients, is easy to prep, and tastes so comforting when the weather turns cool. A salad on the side makes this healthy pasta recipe a meal. —Stacey Brown, Spring, Texas
This hamburger casserole recipe is such a hit it's traveled all over the country! My mother originated the recipe in Pennsylvania, I brought it to Texas when I married, I'm still making it in California, and my daughter treats her friends to this oldie in Colorado. It's hearty, yet simple to prepare. —Helen Carmichall, Santee, California
There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it's easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.