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 12″ fry pan is my five-star pan for delivering the perfect heat to all kinds of bases like sautéed onions, making Spanish tortillas, African shakshuka, or just reheating a nice sauce. Use less heat, get more quality cooks.
The IQ Pro line represents the best in the state-of-the-art in pans, but why is that worth $159 of your money? Yes. Good equipment lasts longer. You may replace a $40-70 pan many times, or keep and care for a good one that will last most of your time cooking at home. You’ll make up most of the cost on the power savings over the years!
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
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
- Precious little of the good stuff, titanium, the super metal.
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 12″ is a go-to for a lot of applications. It gets my Jazz Chef Choicestuff Five Diamond nod, for best in class, in a ceramic pan.
* Graphics pictured on pan are NOT on pan.