It’s pancake day on March 1, but you don’t need any excuses to whip up a perfect stack. Here are the best pans to do it in
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Whether you like thin pancakes drizzled with lemon juice and sugar, or a stack of fat, fluffy American pancakes drenched in syrup with sliced bacon on the side, there’s no denying it: pancakes are one of the best breakfasts around. .
They aren’t hard to hit either. You just need a great recipe (you’ll probably have your own favorite) and a good quality skillet.
Of course, you don’t need to buy a specific pan for pancakes. Any general-purpose pan that is genuinely nonstick will work for pancakes.
However, if you want an easy walk, a shallow, flat pan, with a small rim, makes it easier to flip a pancake.
Plus, the heat distribution will help you get a perfect fluffy tower or wafer-thin crepes. This is why pancake pans are thinner than regular pans – they heat up faster and have fewer ‘hot spots’, allowing you to cook your pancakes quickly and evenly.
If you’re looking for a pancake pan designed for a purpose, we’ve found the best ones available. The selected ones work with both American-style batters and thin crepes, as both types of batter require a pan that heats well and evenly, and is easy to handle.
We recommend choosing a rubber handle whenever possible, not a cast iron one, as pancake pans get very hot. A rubber handle won’t conduct this heat, meaning you can flip to your heart’s content without having to use an oven mitt.
Pancake pans are also useful for general cooking. Their nonstick nature makes them good for anyone who wants to cook with a minimum of oil (we sauté vegetables in ours). They are also ideal for cooking tortillas and frying fish.
We have included some cast iron pans, which will require a bit of buttering before cooking, but most of the pans below are non-stick and will serve you well in the kitchen for cooking other forms of dishes that benefit from shallow frying. .
Staub Crepe Maker 28cm
Staub now occupies the same place in people’s estimations as Le Creuset as the Coveted cookware: high-performing and stylish.
This elegant pan will create the pancakes of your dreams. With even heat conduction, you can use it on any stove. The wooden handle looks great and is easy to hold.
If you have a T-shaped spreader, like the pros, this wide pan will allow you to spread your batter with aplomb. And that thin lip is ideal for the all-important clip.
It’s cast iron, not non-stick, so you’ll need a bit of butter, but that makes the pancakes tastier.
Prestige Eco Frying Pan 24cm Nonstick
The green credentials of this pan are truly impressive: made from recycled materials, fully recyclable, PFOA and palm oil free; oh, and for every pan sold, they plant a tree.
All of this would be debatable if it wasn’t a good pan, but luckily it is. Although, like a regular pan, it has a wide rim, it’s so impressively non-stick that it was born for battering. We’ve cooked fluffy American-style pancakes in this one and thin crepes—the silky texture of the pan surface made both types a doddle to flip, and the even heat led to perfectly crisp cakes.
Added bonus: this is a dishwasher safe pan and great for sautéing vegetables. A very solid investment for both your pancakes and your regular food cooking needs.
Lakeland Forged Aluminum Crepe Maker 25cm
If you’re a master of tossing, you’ll love this crepe pan. The non-stick surface is shiny – you won’t need a lick of oil. It’s lighter than it looks, and the handle is soft to the touch and stays cool, so you can flip it over with abandon.
Thin and wide lipped, this really is ideal for fulfilling somersault fantasies. It can also be put in the oven (up to 170 degrees C), so you can keep the stack warm. An excellent and economical option.
Tefal Non-Stick Frying Pan 25cm
If you are a dog lover or live with a child, this pan will please you.
Once heated (as indicated by the Tefal heat point), simply draw around the outline on the bottom of the pan in the batter, wait about thirty seconds for it to brown, and then fill in the gaps.
You’ll end up with a perfect dog-shaped pancake. The rubber handle is easy to use, the surface is really non-stick, and it’s lightweight, which all adds up to an easy pan to flip.
It comes complete with a squeeze bottle for precise dough drawing. Very cool.
Le Creuset Hardened Non-Stick Crepe Pan 24cm
If you’re a chef who simply has to have the best, hang the cost, this is the pancake pan of your dreams. Its non-stick surface is reinforced with three layers – this is a silky-smooth pan, no oil required here.
Although it has a stainless steel handle, it’s curved and hollow so it won’t get hot, but it does mean you can put this pan in the oven up to 260 degrees C – handy if you want to finish thicker dishes. like a Dutch baby or an okonomiyaki.
Cleanup is also wonderfully quick: just wipe the surface and you’re good to go.
It’s a beautiful pan and will serve you well for a lifetime (it also comes with a lifetime guarantee, so Le Creuset is ready to back us up).
Lakeland Mini Electric Crêpe Maker Silver
We’re usually reluctant to recommend additional appliances (our kitchen is bursting at the seams, anything that’s not multipurpose literally has no place here), but this device performs very well.
Compact and non-stick, there is no need to turn it over, just pour in the batter and wait. You will be rewarded with fluffy American-style pancakes. A surefire tool if you like your stacks tall and covered in maple syrup.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.