Last updated: August 11, 2021

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Welcome to our large braising pan test 2021. Here we present all the braising pans that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best braising pan for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a braising pan.




Summary

  • Braising pans can be recognised above all by their high rim. This has the advantage that more vegetables can be steamed and turned. But meat can also be prepared in them. The juices can be used to make delicious sauces.
  • You can find braising pans in different materials, each with its own advantages.
  • Many braising pans can also be used for cooking in the oven.

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What is a braising pan?

Braising pans are special pans that are particularly suitable for braising food. They have a higher rim than normal pans.

Advantages
  • energy-saving
  • versatile
  • good results when steaming and braising
  • different materials
Disadvantages
  • different weight depending on material
  • not always dishwasher-safe
  • sensitive coating

Braising pans are basically intended for slow-cooking food, such as rice dishes. This is only successful if the pans have good heat distribution. However, normal pan dishes can also be prepared in them.

Coating of the braising pan

Since you don't want anything to burn in the braising pan, it must have a good non-stick coating. Cooking times are sometimes a little longer, so a good coating is practically a must. There are different types of coatings:

Pans with Teflon coating

This is a so-called thermoplastic coating. Therefore, aluminium-titanium mixed oxide is often added. Teflon pans can be used on almost any cooker.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Low-fat cooking
  • Non-stick effect very good
Disadvantages
  • Low durability
  • Susceptible to scratches
  • Unsuitable for high temperatures

Pans with enamel coating

The silicon compound has a particularly positive effect on frying behaviour and the amount of care required.

Advantages
  • Can be used up to 400 degrees
  • Suitable for oven
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Odourless and tasteless
Disadvantages
  • Not impact-resistant
  • Low non-stick effect
  • Does not tolerate temperature shocks

Pans with ceramic coating

Ceramic-coated pans are not always white; they also come in grey and black.

Advantages
  • Heat-resistant up to 450 degrees
  • oven-safe
  • scratch-resistant
  • odourless and tasteless
Disadvantages
  • not shock-resistant
  • the white of the ceramic coating can discolour
  • non-stick effect wears off over time

What material are braising pans made of?

Traditionally, braising pans are made of cast iron. Stainless steel or aluminium are also popular materials for braising pans.

Stainless steel is not necessarily the best choice, especially for allergy sufferers, as it can release small amounts of nickel during cooking. Although this amount is usually very small, it is still a great disadvantage for sensitive people. We recommend that allergy sufferers prefer cast iron cookware.

Advantages
  • light weight (aluminium pans)
  • suitable for fish
  • also available with ceramic coatings
Disadvantages
  • Less heat-resistant with Teflon

The lightest pans are made of cast aluminium. They usually have a good non-stick coating. Therefore, food can be fried and stewed with them with little fat. Aluminium pans are also very light.

What types of braising pans are there?

There are 2 types of braising pans: Pan look and pot look.

Pan optics

Advantages
  • practical handle for lifting and turning with one hand
  • some pans have a removable handle
Disadvantages
  • needs a lot of space

Pot look

Advantages
  • 2 side handles
  • little space needed
Disadvantages
  • 2 hands needed to operate
  • sometimes handles get hot

What accessories are available for braising pans?

The lid

Braising pans have a lid so that dishes can be cooked slowly and gently. Most braising pans are relatively durable.

So you hardly need to worry about the pan itself. It is more likely that the lid will be damaged. Therefore, you should make sure that you buy the lid separately.

The cutlery

If you use the wrong cutlery when cooking in a braising pan, it is easy to ruin the coating. Therefore, make sure you use the right material, at least for ceramic-coated pans.

Here, for example, stainless steel cutlery would be the wrong choice. Copper pans do not have such a problem.

What can I use a braising pan for?

Vegetables should not be braised at high heat, as they usually burn very quickly. In this case, the non-stick coating is an advantage. It is best to prepare vegetables at medium heat, because if the heat is too high, the vegetables lose liquid, nutrients and flavour, among other things.

During the braising process itself, the so-called stock develops, which gives the dish a special flavour. You can also improve the stock by adding more herbs etc.

In this way, you can create all kinds of delicious dishes with your braising pan.

How do I clean my braising pan properly?

Stainless steel braising pans are the easiest to clean. They can be cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher. You should be more careful with pans with a special coating.

Clean them only by hand and with a soft sponge.

Decision: What types of braising pans are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of braising pans:

  • Cast iron braising pans
  • Cast aluminium braising pans
  • Stainless steel braising pans
  • Cast iron braising pans
  • Iron braising pans
  • Copper braising pans

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the best braising pan for you.

Cast iron braising pans

For a long time, cast iron was the most popular material for braising pans. One of the main advantages of this material is the even distribution of heat to the inside of the pan.

Advantages
  • robust and durable
  • heat-resistant
  • suitable for oven
  • good heat storage
Disadvantages
  • very heavy
  • some experience necessary
  • sensitive to food acids
  • expensive

Cast iron pans usually retain heat for a very long time. A slight disadvantage is that these pans do take a little longer to reach a good heat, as they are very heavy and somewhat thicker than other pans.

Cast iron is somewhat sensitive to liquids, so they should be dried well immediately after washing.

Cast aluminium braising pans

In addition to cast iron, cast aluminium has also developed very well as a material.

Cookware made of cast aluminium again has the advantage that they are very light and the possibility of applying non-stick compounds is also given.

Advantages
  • Light weight
  • Good heat conductivity
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for hot frying

Stainless steel braising pans

Stainless steel braising pans are available both uncoated and coated. In general, stainless steel braising pans offer the following:

Advantages
  • Good heat retention
  • oven-safe
  • scratch-resistant and durable
  • dishwasher-safe with matching handle
Disadvantages
  • Some experience needed
  • unsuitable for nickel allergy sufferers
  • takes a while to reach good heat
Coated stainless steel pans
Advantages
  • very good for steaks
  • hot searing possible
Disadvantages
  • Use of fats and oils is mandatory

The coating makes these pans very easy to clean. Pointed objects should not be used, as this can damage the coating.

Uncoated stainless steel pans
Advantages
  • very good non-stick connection
  • universal use
Disadvantages
  • sharp objects are harmful to the coating

Iron braising pans

As the production of iron pans is not too costly, they are comparatively cheap. Iron braising pans can be used on any cooker. Steaks or roast potatoes are very well suited to these pans.

Advantages
  • extremely heat-resistant
  • inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • experience necessary
  • can be deformed afterwards
  • susceptible to rust and high-maintenance
  • sensitive to food acids

Copper braising pans

Copper pans simply look good. If they are cared for properly, they will last a lifetime.

Advantages
  • good heat conductor
  • looks good
  • long-lasting
Disadvantages
  • high-maintenance
  • coated copper does not tolerate food acids
  • can be deformed afterwards

Copper pans can be used for cooking, steaming, sautéing or frying. They are ideal for gas cookers, but should not be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate braising pans

In the following, we show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate braising pans. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective appliance.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Cooker
  • Oven use
  • Food
  • Pan size
  • Care
  • Extras
  • Price
  • Customer reviews

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase an appliance based on the criteria or not.

Cooker

In order to buy the most suitable braising pan for your home, you should know beforehand what type of cooker you have at home. If you have an induction cooker, you should only use pans with a magnetised base.

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Braising pans come in different sizes and materials. When buying a pan, make sure that it is suitable for your cooker. (Image source: 123rf.com / 60986410)

Nowadays, however, almost all materials are available with induction-compatible models. Gas cookers are compatible with all materials.

Usability in the oven

If you want to use your braising pan for preparing dishes in the oven, you should make sure that the braising pan is equipped with a (removable) handle when you buy it. This makes it easy to put in the oven and take out.

Food

Depending on what you like to prepare, not all materials are suitable for all dishes.

Pan material Suitable for
Non-stick pans Omelettes, egg dishes
Pans made of cast iron, stainless steel or copper Steaks, chops
Non-stick pans with rim, sauté pan or wok Sautéed meat, pasta dishes
Pans made of ceramic, iron or cast iron Fried potatoes
Pans made of stainless steel or enamel Goulash, ragout

Pan size

The more people you cook for, the larger the pan should be. The rim should also be correspondingly high.

Most pans have a diameter of about 18, 24 or 28 centimetres.

Care

Pans made of the materials already mentioned require different amounts of care. Stainless steel pans or coated pans are very easy to care for. Pans made of cast iron or copper, on the other hand, are more difficult to care for.

Extras

Countless extras are also possible with pans, such as domed lids, integrated temperature gauges, removable handles or all-round pouring rims. Depending on the extra, the pans naturally cost more.

Price

The cheapest pans are iron pans or coated pans made of cast aluminium. However, these do not last forever.

Stainless steel or cast-iron pans are more robust, but cost correspondingly more. The most expensive pans are made of copper.

In general, you can assume a price variance between around 30 euros and 100 euros.

Customer reviews

Reviews from customers or experts on various portals are also useful for orientation. We recommend not taking every review too literally, but rather looking at the average opinion.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about the subject of braising pans

Sautéing

Sautéing means 'to jump'. The term can indeed be understood in this way, as the cooking material bounces in the pan at high temperatures. The food remains juicy. Optimal uses are, for example:

  • Poultry and game
  • Asparagus, courgettes, cabbage
  • Fish
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes

Side dishes such as nuts give the dishes a spicy flavour. If you want to cook more vegetables but also a little meat together, we recommend using a wok, as its base is extremely thick.

But not every fat should be used for sautéing. The most suitable fats are clarified butter or vegetable oil, as these can withstand a little heat.

Different pans for every type of cook

It's the same with cars. Not everyone can drive a BMW or a Ferrari, and not everyone is suitable for every type of car. It's the same with braising pans, or pans in general.

The occasional cook

For people who cook on an irregular basis, we recommend a pan with a good non-stick coating. With this, most dishes can be prepared well. Alternatively, you can consider a raw cast iron pan or iron skillet.

The average cook

Again, we recommend a pan with a good non-stick coating. In addition, a pan without a coating would be possible, as these can withstand slightly higher temperatures. In this case, we recommend coated stainless steel pans for preparing vegetables. These are also easy to clean.

The passionate cook

For the experimental cook, we recommend several pans of different types. Cast iron or steel are excellent for cooking once they are well baked.

For cooking vegetables or fish dishes, we recommend stainless steel pans, as no iron is transferred to the dish here, as is the case with pans made of iron or cast iron.

How do I dispose of my damaged braising pan?

It is, as suspected, not so easy to dispose of the pans correctly. Depending on the material the pans were made of, they have to be disposed of in different ways.

If possible, they can be disposed of in material bins. If there are material bins in the vicinity, the pans can also be disposed of there. Iron or cast iron pans in particular are also accepted at scrap dealers.

Re-coating the pans

Age or mishandling can cause damage to the pan coating. The process of recoating involves removing the old coating from the pan and applying a new one.

This is a practical way to extend the life of the actual pan. Of course, this also comes at a cost, but the price is in many cases only a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.

The structure of a non-stick coating

As can be assumed, there are different coatings. The simplest is made of polytetrafluoroethylene, which can withstand up to 260 degrees, but is more sensitive to manual damage.

On the other hand, coatings made of silicon dioxide are more heat-resistant and also scratch-resistant. These are usually only a few microns thick and can withstand heat up to 400 degrees. Other good non-stick coatings contain diamond-like DLC that can withstand up to 300 degrees.

Are non-stick coatings harmful to health?

Basically, they are less harmful to health. Provided they are used correctly, there is no danger. Overheating can indeed produce toxic gases, but only at temperatures above 360 degrees. However, such high temperatures are normally never reached during cooking, unless the cookware is left empty on the cooker for several minutes.

Scratched Teflon, for example, enters the body but is not broken down, but is excreted normally.

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