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Best New Nonstick Pans

A terrific nonstick pan is a non-negotiable for healthy cooking. F&W's Test Kitchen road-tested the newest nonstick pans to find the six best, then created recipes to match.
All-Clad Nonstick Pan
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1. All-Clad

This square All-Clad nonstick pan is perfect for cooking fish fillets.

Recipe Match: Triple-Mustard Salmon

The 11-inch d5 pan cooks both delicate and meaty fish nicely; the square shape fits fillets well. Tip: Brush fish with a little oil rather than adding oil to the skillet. $150; williams-sonoma.com.


Fissler Solea Nonstick Pan
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2. Fissler

The bumpy surface on Fissler's pan helps crisp food.

The Solea pan's textured surface, rather than a nonstick coating, keeps food from clinging. Tiny ridges help create a crust. From $155 for a 9.5-inch pan; fisslerstore.com.


Lodge Cast Iron Nonstick Pan
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3. Lodge

Lodge recently introduced glass lids for its skillets.

Recipe Match: Spinach-Arugula Frittata

Its pre-seasoned cast-iron is naturally nonstick and good for everything from baking corn bread to searing meat. From $23 for a 10 1/4-inch pan; lodgemfg.com.


Demeyere ControlInduc Nonstick Pan
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4. Demeyere

Demeyere's heavy nonstick pan distributes heat evenly.

Designed for induction cooking (but good on any stovetop), the ControlInduc pan resists overheating. From $240 for an 8-inch skillet; surlatable.com.


Anolon Nouvelle Copper Nonstick Pan
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5. Anolon

Anolon's 3-inch-deep pan is marvelous for pan roasts.

Recipe Match: Za'atar-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

The oven-safe Nouvelle Copper 3-quart sauté pan is deep enough to prevent splatters when browning a pork tenderloin on the stove. A copper core helps distribute heat. $130; anolon.com.


Calphalon Unison Nonstick Pan
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6. Calphalon

An extra handle makes this big Calphalon nonstick pan easy to carry.

Recipe Match: Gingered Stir-Fry with Shrimp and Snow Peas

The Unison 4-quart sauté pan has high sides and lots of surface area—great for stir-fries. Super-versatile, it can also give steak a good sear or cook eggs gently. $225; calphalon.com.



Nonstick Pan Do's & Don'ts

Use Plastic

The first rule of nonstick pans: Pick plastic or wooden tools, never metal.

Season Pans

Periodically rub oil on cool pans to maintain the nonstick coating.

Go For Heft

Heavy nonstick pans are less likely to overheat than flimsy ones.

Shun Scratches

Eating flakes of coating can be harmful: Toss out scratched skillets.

Avoid High Heat

High heat (from the broiler, for example) can damage coatings.

Pay For Quality

Great nonstick pans can last for years—they're a smart investment.

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Published March 2011
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