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.
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.
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 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'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's 3-inch-deep pan is marvelous for pan roasts.
Recipe Match: Za'atar-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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
The first rule of nonstick pans: Pick plastic or wooden tools, never metal.
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.
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.