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Best Utensils For Nonstick Cookware – Once Bitten, Twice Shy ?

Cooking and Kitchen

Generally speaking, nylon, silicone or wood are the best cooking utensils for nonstick cookware.

This is due the the sensitive nature of the nonstick coating and these utensils will help prevent scratching or damage to the nonstick surface.

Below are some useful tips on cooking utensils for nonstick cookware that will hopefully help you prolong their lifespan and avoid damage without compromising on the quality of the cooking.

Nylon cooking utensils for nonstick cookware
silicone cooking utensils for nonstick cookware
wooden cooking utensils for nonstick cookware


cutting foods while in a nonstick pan

You could harm a nonstick finish on the pans if you cut foods that are still in this type of pan.

wooden cooking utensils for non stick cookware

For stirring in nonstick cookware, use a nonstick or wooden spoon to avoid damaging the nonstick surface.

nylon cooking utensils

With frying pans you can also use nylon cooking utensils to avoid scratching the surface.

nonstick surface saute pan
  • As a general rule, a saute pan without a nonstick surface browns food better than a pan with a nonstick surface.
  • To help keep the food from sticking on a sauté pan that does not have a nonstick coating you could preheat the pan with a thin coating of fat before adding the food.
pancake turner

A nylon turner can help avoid scratching the surface in a nonstick cookware, A pancake turner can come in handy here.


  1. Don't preheat nonstick cookware at high temperatures or heat.
  2. Empty pans are capable of reaching high temperatures quickly.
  3. Try heating at the lowest temperature possible to cook the food safely.
  4. It can be dangerous and damaging to put a nonstick cookware in an oven that is heated to beyond 400 degrees F.
  5. Avoid putting them in a hot oven at all.
  6. Using an exhaust fan over the stove can prove useful.
  7. With nonstick avoid using the self cleaning function of your oven.
  8. This is due to the high temperatures this function generates leading to toxic fumes from the nonstick.
  9. Avoid using a cooking spray on nonstick cookware.
  10. These sprays can create a sticky build-up on the cookware that does not burn off during cooking.
  11. This is especially observed around the sides of the pan and scrubbing off this sticky film is time consuming.
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