Can nonstick pans go in the oven?

Derek Hunziker
  • Can nonstick pans go in the oven? Derek Hunziker

    I have a heavy bottomed sauté pan with a non-stick surface (could be Teflon). The handle is stainless steel and there are no plastic or rubber parts.

    Can this go in the oven? If so, what are safe temperatures for a non-stick surface?

  • Some pans have 'oven safe' labels on the bottom. That may help.

    If not: DuPont studies show that at 446°F Teflon starts offgassing toxic gasses (Multiple sources).

    Generally, I wouldn't put my non-stick pans in: use stainless.

  • Nonstick pans are generally not good in the oven.

    In my experience, the best thing to use is a cast-iron pan, which can go in and out of the oven with no worries. I'm just generally to lazy to use it, because I have to season it again.

  • My Teflon pans say they are safe to 350. Try looking up your pans online to see what the manufacturer recommends.

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