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The best cookware is often unconventional.
90% of my cooking is done with is a frying pan. Use the best pasta maker to make a stir fry, or a mean chicken Alfredo. The remainder is split somewhere between the microwave (oatmeal in the morning – TJ’s Oats) and the toaster oven. The latter of those two involves a frying pan. However, until recently, sticking a non-stick pan in the oven was a non-starter. Until now. Enter the Radical Pan and with that my Radical Pan review. Could it be the best non stick pan?
The Radical Pan is aptly named. And if you haven’t figured it out – I’m sure you have – it’s because of the extra high wall (2.5″ to be exact) furthest from the pan’s handle. That’s not just for show. It’s so you can easily flip the pan’s ingredients like a pro, making it easy to evenly cook food, be it chicken, pasta or really anything your sauteeing.
Measuring a diameter of 8.5″ at $79.99 (there is also a 10″ and 12″ as well, each $10 more than the other) the Radical Pan in this size is perhaps the sweet spot when it comes to frying pan sizes. Not too big and cumbersome to store, and not so small there is crowding when cooking a meal for two, which has been my primary testing ground.
Related: If you’re looking for a great cookware set and not just an all-purpose pan, then take a look at our Rachael Ray 16333 Cucina review.
Weight is a mere 1.5lbs, but don’t let that deceive. Though as I noted in my Cons section above, it took some getting used to as I often use a copper centered aluminum pan from All Clad. That said, the Radical pan has a 3.5 ml aluminum core to help keep heat distribution even. They’ve also finished the outside of the pan with something called 35U hard anodized to keep it looking new and devoid of dings.
Beyond that, the Radical Pan has a wide variety of certifications that should lend some trust points, completing tests and certifications with the FDA, SGS, and NSF (apparently this is the first pan EVER to achieve this).
I should also note that the Radical Pan is safe in the oven up to 500 F degrees and it works with Gas, Electric and Induction. It’s also dishwasher safe in the event you don’t have the patience to scrub another pan, ever again.
Well first off, that high 2.5″ wall as they call it, is actually useful for one-handed, no spoon or spatula involved flipping. The pan also very lightweight which makes it easier to maneuver ingredients, unlike my heavier pans.
See also: Don’t miss our T-Fal C515SC Professional Non-Stick 12-Piece Cookware Set review for a simple yet sophisticated cookware set.
I tested my Radical Pan by cooking chicken breast and thigh meat, steak, scrambled and fried eggs, broccoli and Brussel sprouts – forgive me; my meals aren’t that complex.
Chicken, with a touch of Grapeseed oil (I switched from Olive Oil 2 years ago due to health concerns) achieved a beautiful brown crust by salting it just right. Scrambled eggs cooked evenly, and with ease, up to 6 at a time. Fried eggs worked great, especially since you can stick the Radical Pan in the toaster oven, which is the perfect place to make an over-easy egg without flipping it. But thanks to the non-stick material you won’t need to resort to my methods, though that’s one of my pro tips. You’re welcome.
Brussels and broccoli followed suit, cooking without sticking, plus they both earned high flavor marks from my dinner companion, achieving the right brown crispy finish where intended.
So is there anything the Radical Pan can’t do? The major difference I saw between my copper centered pans and the Radical Pan was the heat up time. My copper centered pans require about 3-5 minutes of less heating time if I so desire a crispy crust on my foods. But that would be expected of any pan that lacks that center.
The Radical Pan is perhaps the best non-stick pan you can buy. It’s perhaps the safest and is also perhaps the most durable. I only say “perhaps” because it makes a damn strong case to be as such. However, I haven’t tested every pan on the market.
I do know that until the Radical Pan came along I had zero plans to use a non-stick pan ever again due to the health concerns. But alas, here I am cooking every meal with it and I have no plans to stop. Moreover, I can stick it in the oven, slam it in the dishwasher for cleaning, and do it all over again.