The term „granite pan“ is usually associated with frying pans that have a granite-like coating. This granite look of the interior comes either from the granite/stone particles or from other materials and colors that are not derived from stone. Cookware manufacturers often produce pans with granite designs because the granite-style interior has an attractive/rustic look and feel.
Frying Pans with Natural Stone/Granite-Derived Non-Stick Coating
Manufacturers of granite frying pans utilize a stone-derived coating that offers good non-stick performances while remaining free of controversial chemicals. The natural mineral surface is non-stick, scratch-resistant, and durable. Granite pans generally provide the same or less-satisfactory non-stick performances when compared to Teflon pans. However, granite pans have a more durable and scratch-resistant finish. A granite finish doesn’t wear off easily, remaining non-stick for longer than Teflon. Granite pans also don’t emit toxic fumes when overheated.
The interior base of granite pans is made out of pressed aluminum, providing quick heating and even heat distribution. Such an inner construction makes those pans lightweight and energy-efficient.
The oven usability of granite pans depends on the handle and other heat-sensitive parts. Metal handles are oven-safe up to 600° F and can improve the versatility of the pan. A silicone handle is oven-safe up 450° F to 500 ° F, while bakelite and wooden handles don’t tolerate high oven heats.
1) Vesuvio Ceramic Coated Nonstick Frying Pan
This professional-grade skillet has a triple-layered aluminum construction and interior coating made from natural volcanic minerals. This type of coating eliminates food sticking and requires less oil for cooking. The non-porous, ceramic surface is durable and highly scratch-resistant, keeping the pan looking new for many years.
This pan is well-constructed and visually appealing. The thick aluminum base provides even heat distribution, making sure the food cooks evenly. The pan is sturdy but light enough for easy maneuvering.
A cool-touch silicone handle provides a good grip and allows for safe handling while you are cooking on the stove. The high walls are great for easy flipping. The pan is suitable for frying, stirring, and sauteing.
This pan is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can transfer it from stovetop to oven and finish your meal.
Be sure to cook on medium to low heat, using wooden or silicone utensils instead of metal tools, as these will prolong the life of the pan.
Although it can be run through the dishwasher, hand-washing can increase the longevity of your pan. Wait
2) Ballarini 75001-643 Parma Forged Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan
Ballarini 75001-643 is a truly non-stick pan made in Italy. This pan has appealing aesthetics and a durable coating that is reinforced with ceramic particles. The non-scratch surface is suitable for all types of utensils. The non-stick coating offers nice browning and easily releases various foods. The aluminum core ensures excellent heat conductivity.
There is a temperature indicator near the handle that turns red when the pan is ready for use and goes back to green when the pan cools off. This way you can know when it is proper time to add the food, preventing unnecessary overheating. The green light indicates when the pan is cool enough to wash.
It is great for frying, searing, and browning. Foods come out evenly cooked.
This pan is listed as dishwasher safe, yet it’s very easy to clean by hand. Let it cool down before cleaning, wipe with paper towels, and clean with warm soapy water.
It is recommended that you use it on medium heat. Never use a spray oil, as it tends to build up over time.
The pan is oven safe up to 300 degrees and is not induction compatible.
3) Graniterock Non-stick, No-warp, Mineral-enforced Frying Pans PFOA-Free As Seen On TV
This pan has a triple-layered granite coating for a highly durable finish and non-stick cooking experience.
The inner core is constructed from pressed aluminum for exceptional heat conductivity and even heat distribution.
If you need a pan to bake with in addition to cooking on the stovetop, this Graniterock pan is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The handle doesn’t get hot when you are cooking on the stove but you need to use heat protective tools when taking the pan out of the hot oven.
It works well for frying, baking, sauteing, searing, and browning. When frying eggs, use the spatula for the initial lift in order to avoid sticking.
This pan is dishwasher-safe but it is easy to wash by hand too. Wipe it down with a paper towel, then use dish soap and hot water to wash it. Let it cool prior to washing and never immerse a hot pan in cold water.
Use low to moderate heat and add a tiny bit of olive oil or butter. Never use cooking spray to avoid forming a build-up over time.
Although the nonstick surface is scratch-resistant, avoid scraping it with metal utensils that have sharp edges.