WHAT IT DOES
Ceramic titanium pans are light, strong, and conduct heat incredibly well. There are a lot of third-rate “bargain” pans sold on late night television, but ScanPan out of Denmark still is the leader in making the best cookware that will last you for a long, long time.
For my school of less-is-more, lower temp cooking, nothing beats the ScanPan. This 8″ fry pan is my five-star pan for making omelettes and scrambles, as featured in my Cooking Perfect Eggs, the Jazz Chef’s “Vic” Scramble, and the Jazz Chef Perfect Omelette.
The IQ Pro line represents the best in the state-of-the-art in pans, but why is that worth $84 of your money? If you have an induction range, it offers a level of subtle control that you may not find with cheaper ceramics or other types of pans, much closer to gas in your ability to make minor heat adjustments and have the pan turn on a dime.
Heating pans up is what everyone worries about, but often cooling them back down quickly without adding cooler liquids is equally important. If you bring the pan up, and need it to come down again with equal speed, the Scanpan IQ Pro behaves like a foodie’s Ferrari.
Easy to clean, they say you can use metal utensils, but they do tend to scratch a bit, so I stick with silicone and ‘soft’ metal like whisks and whips.
Oven safe, you can do a Spanish tortilla in it that rivals cast-iron ceramics and tends to cook faster.
THE COOK’S TOUR
- Squeeze-cast recycled aluminum for more than 50 years;
- Suitable for induction and all other cook tops
- PFOA-free Green Tek certified ceramic-titanium nonstick finish is safe for metal utensils, but we would recommend against using them.
- Pan can be used with high heat for frying and is oven safe to 500-degrees
- Dishwasher safe, but harsh American detergents do seem to affect performance, and don’t clean the metal surface. Hand-washing is easy and still your best bet.
The Scanpan IQ line is the Rolls Royce of ceramic pans. There are a lot of cheap ceramic-titanium pans out there, and you can make up a laundry list of their flaws. Too thin. Cheaper core materials and only a little of the good stuff. You want to bring more a game to all of your stovetop and stove-to-oven dishes, then have the smarts to buy IQ. The 8″ is a nice size for a lot of applications, and it gets my Jazz Chef Choicestuff Five Diamond nod.