A Truly Nonstick Pan Worth Bragging About

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Photo by Ashley Munro

Product reviewed: GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick 2-piece Open Frypan Set

A good pan is a kitchen staple. As a dietitian and chef, I have been asked numerous times what kind of pan I use when cooking. Do I use nonstick, cast iron or something else? I respond that I’ve always used some type of nonstick pans, but some people then comment that toxicants from some nonstick coatings are not healthy. This is true, so buying high-quality pans with non-toxic coatings is important.

I was excited to try GreenPan’s Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick 2-piece Open Frypan Set because of its ceramic coating and nonstick, non-toxic reputation. Plus, I was curious if it actually is “green.” These environment-friendly features had me ready to throw out all my nonstick pans.

The GreenPan set of frypans has a sand-like coating that does not release toxicants and is earth-friendly. Plus, these frying pans are stunning, heavy-duty and easy to clean. The handles are oven-safe for times when you want to start a dish on the stove but finish in the oven. Think of all the frittatas you could make! The nonstick coating also allows for using less oil. While testing the pans, I used enough oil for flavor and texture, or for the overall satisfaction that fat brings to a dish, but it wasn’t necessary for the food not to stick to the pan.

These pans heat evenly, and all the food I made cooked well at the same rate, for the most part. I have used the pans almost daily, making everything from French toast, egg dishes, chicken and vegetables in a simmer sauce, and stir-fry.

GreenPan recommends hand-washing these pans. The company also advises against using metal utensils when cooking. I am used to this and like using silicone utensils, but it might not work for everyone. I also will note that ceramic pans are not supposed to be overheated. Because they heat evenly and quickly, you don’t need such a high flame. As someone who usually cooks with high heat, I was mindful to not turn the gas up too high. This is a possible con, in that it requires some extra thought; however, making a stir-fry dish that typically needs higher heat worked just fine with medium heat.

For me, the true test of a pan is making a dish that contains eggs, so I tested my family’s favorite: migas (recipe below).

Overall, the GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick 2-piece Open Frypan Set is a great investment and a cook’s dream kitchen tool. I really did throw out my old pans, and I’m very excited to have these as my go-to pans.

Migas (Fried Corn Tortillas & Eggs)

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 5 corn tortillas, cut into half-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Optional toppings:

  • Green onions
  • Avocado
  • Salsa

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk eggs and milk and set aside.
  2. In a medium pan, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Add corn tortillas pieces and cook until browned.
  4. Remove tortillas from the pan and set aside.
  5. To the pan, add bell pepper and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add tortillas back into pan, then add eggs, folding and moving around the pan to cook but not overly brown eggs.
  7. When eggs are mostly set, add cheese and fold into eggs (optional).
  8. When cheese has melted and eggs are set, remove and serve immediately.
  9. Garnish with cilantro and optional toppings such as green onions, avocado and salsa.
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Ashley Munro, RD, CDE, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, is based in Tucson, AZ, and owner of Ashley Munro Nutrition. She blogs at ashleymunrord.com. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.