Find out once and for all if you can use your T-Fal pan in the oven, with tips and tricks for getting the most out of your pan along the way.
We’ve all been there, using our trusty Tefal / T-Fal frying pans to cook up a delicious meal on the stove, only to wonder if we can take it to the next level by popping it in the oven.
Before you asked, what’s with the two names and the forward slash? To make a long story short, it’s a regional thing. If you’re reading this from Europe, it’s called Tefal. But if you’re in the United States, it’s T-Fal.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s go back to whether or not you can use these pans in the oven. The answer isn’t quite as simple as a straightforward yes or no. And in this post, I’ll be filling you in on the details and giving you everything you need to know about using your Tefal / T-Fal pans in the oven.
Keep on reading to get the full scoop.
Are Tefal / T-Fal Pans Oven-Safe?
It all comes down to one thing, and that one thing is the pan’s handle.
According to this usage guide, Tefal / T-Fal frying pans are generally safe to use in the oven up to a temperature of 482°F / 250°C / Gas Mark 9, as long as the handles are made of stainless steel without any bakelite or silicone or wrap.
This means that if your Tefal / T-Fal frying pan has a steel-only handle, you can confidently use it to finish off those one-pan meals in the oven, and even to roast and bake your favorite dishes. Just don’t go over the maximum operating temperature, or you can cause damage to the non-stick coating.
Even so, if your frying pan has a lid — most do — that lid will be made from a different material than the pan and therefore might not be suitable for use at the same temperature in the oven. For example, tempered glass lids are only oven-safe up to 350°F / 175°C / Gas Mark 4.
So if you’re planning on using your Tefal / T-Fal pan with the lid in the oven, double-check the owner’s manual and make sure it can handle the heat. You don’t want to damage your trusty pan now, do you?
If Your Frying Pan Has a Bakelite- or Silicone-Coated Handle
Okay, but what if your Tefal / T-Fal pan doesn’t have a steel-only handle, and the handle is coated with bakelite or silicone instead?
Well, in that case, the bakelite and silicone can be damaged by high heat, so it’s probably not a good idea to use your Tefal / T-Fal pan with a bakelite or silicone-coated handle in the oven. Stick to stovetop cooking with these non-stick pans to keep them in tip-top shape.
Suppose you’re a die-hard Tefal / T-Fal fan and they’re the only frying pans you have in your kitchen. Check the owner’s manual before popping them in the oven. Some pans with bakelite or silicone-coated handles can be used in the oven up to a certain temperature for a specific cooking time — but it’s impossible to give a rule of thumb because the exact recommendations will vary with the specific model.
Before you take your meal to the next level with some oven-cooking action, check the material of the handle and the type of lid (if the frying pan has one) to know if you’re good to go.
When in doubt, consult with the owner’s manual. And if it says nothing about oven cooking, stick to the stovetop.