Best Pancake Pan: Guide to choosing The One

Pancakes are easy to make and wonderful to eat. The batter is quick to whip up. If your ingredients are fresh and the batter is well mixed your pancakes will be delicious. They can be cooked in any frying pan but some pans are better for making pancakes than others. Using the right pan will make it easier to cook them.

Best Pancake Pans

  1. Cuisinart 10-inch Chef’s Classic Nonstick Pan
  2. Nordic Ware Scandinavian Silver Dollar Pancake Pan
  3. Lodge 10,5-inch Cast Iron Griddle

Cuisinart 10-inch Chef’s Classic Nonstick Pan

This hard-anodized pan is harder than stainless steel. It is durable and strong, while being very light. The aluminum heats up quickly and is a good heat conductor. It spreads heat well, eliminating hot spots. The even heating is great for cooking pancakes. The nonstick interior coating is reinforced with titanium. It works effectively in releasing food and is a good nonstick surface. It needs very little fat for cooking and cleans up easily.  The Cool Grip handle stays cool on the stovetop. It is double-riveted to the pan so it stays firmly in place. Cheaper pans often use a single screw to attach the handle and it soon comes loose. 

This is a thin pan that works well on medium heat. Overheating this pan may cause it to warp and damage the nonstick coating. Heat it up on medium and then turn it down a little once you begin making your pancakes. Wipe it out with a paper towel when you are finished making pancakes and let it cool. If you need to wash this pan then only wash by hand in warm water with very little soap. 

This is a smaller pan that will make 3 or 4 medium-size pancakes at a time. If you are cooking for a large family or group then a bigger pan would be better.

Nordic Ware Scandinavian Silver Dollar Pancake Pan

Nordic Ware has a delightful range of dollar-sized pancake pans. They make 3-inch, perfectly round pancakes. Adding holiday theme, smiley face or animal imprints to your pancakes is great fun.

The silver dollar pancake pan makes 7 pancakes the size of a silver dollar. The pan is made of cast aluminum that distributes heat evenly. It heats up quickly, cooks fast and browns evenly. Thanks to the mold your pancakes will all be exactly the same size and shape. Do not overfill the molds. One tablespoon of pancake batter is enough to make each pancake. It will spread and rise and fill the mold. 

The premium nonstick surface works well. Pancakes do not stick to this pan and are easy to turn over. Cleaning is also easy and effortless. The pan should be hand washed in warm water with a little soap. 

This pan is lightweight and easy to work with. It is best for gas or electric stovetops. Flipping the pancakes is easy to do. You will know that the pancake is ready to flip when the batter on top is not liquid anymore. Using a spatula and a fork to flip them works well. A butter knife can also be used but it may damage your nonstick coating.

Lodge 10,5-inch Cast Iron Griddle

This cast iron griddle loves a campfire, an oven and the stovetop. It is strong and robust and is the kind of heirloom your children and grandchildren will be using for generations. The best thing is that it is not covered in any harmful nonstick coatings and releases traces of nutritional iron into your food. This is a healthy and long-term choice.

This griddle comes pre-seasoned but it is a good idea to season it again yourself before you use it. The seasoning will improve over time and offer a natural coating that is almost nonstick.

Like all cast iron pans, this griddle will take a while to heat up. When it does, it will retain that heat for a long time. This griddle heats evenly and distributes heat all the way up the sidewalls. If you are using it on the stovetop, turn the heat down when you start cooking your pancakes so they don’t burn. The wide cooking surface and low sidewalls are ideal flipping pancakes. This pan is heavier than aluminum nonstick pans but is not uncomfortable to work with. It will deliver heavy-duty performance and last much longer than any nonstick pan on the market. 

How to choose a pancake pan

A pancake pan should have a perfectly flat, smooth surface. This will enable the pancakes to cook evenly and develop a crispy outer edge. 

A pancake pan should have low outer walls. This makes it easier to get your spatula under the pancakes to flip them. It also means you can use every inch of the pan’s cooking space.

Because most burners are round in shape, a round pan often works best. The whole pan is evenly heated and all of the pancakes will cook at the same time. Some square pans may have corner spots that don’t get as hot as the center. If you choose a square pan make sure it heats evenly throughout and does not have hot spots.

Good Materials for a pancake pan

Pancake pans are made from different metals. Choosing the best pan may be hard. The choice you make depends on your cooking experience, how often you will make pancakes and how long you expect the pan to last.

Nonstick 

Nonstick pans make cooking pancakes so easy. With little to no fat, the pancakes literally slide out of the pan when done. If you choose to use a nonstick pan look for a coating that does not contain cadmium, lead, PFAS or PFOA. The pan will only last as long as the nonstick layer. Choose a pan with a strong, multi-layer nonstick coating. The Cook N Home 10.25-inch pancake pan is a fantastic nonstick pan. It heats evenly, has a comfortable handle and is lightweight for flipping and swirling.

Preheat your nonstick pan on low to medium heat in preparation for use. Add a tiny amount of butter to the pan. If it smokes the pan is too hot. Let the pan cool a little off the heat and try again. If the butter melts and bubbles slightly the pan is ready. Pour your batter into the pan and cook your pancakes. You can usually fit 3-4 pancakes in a pan at a time. Wait for bubbles to form on the top of your pancake before turning it. This will result in a golden, crispy bottom. 

Cast iron

Cast iron pancake pans last a lifetime. They develop a natural nonstick layer over time because of seasoning. Don’t give up if they are not brilliant when you first use the pan. The better the seasoning becomes the easier your pancakes will slide out of the pan. Cast iron is easy to clean. It must be well cared for to avoid oxidation. If the pan is washed it must be thoroughly dried and then rubbed with a little oil.  The 10.5-inch Victoria cast iron griddle is a good choice. It heats well, makes great pancakes and will last for decades. It has a longer handle than most cast iron pans. This makes it very comfortable to work with.  

Heat your pan on medium heat. Cast iron pans take longer to heat and keep their heat for a long time. To test if it is ready to use flick some water on the pan. If the water bubbles slightly and then evaporates it is ready for use. If the water steams immediately it is too hot. Wait for the pan to cool slightly before testing again. When the pan is ready to use, turn it down slightly otherwise your pancakes will begin to burn. Test the pan by making just one pancake. Add a little butter and then some batter. If it cooks well and you are happy with the heat of the pan, continue with the rest of the batch. When you are finished, clean your pan with a paper towel while it is still warm. When it’s cold it can be stored.

Many who struggle to control the heat of the pan use a heat diffuser. The diffuser sits between the pan and heat source on gas and electric stovetops. It distributes heat evenly and also removes hotspots.

Electric griddles

Electric griddles are the easiest to use. They have nonstick surfaces and are simple to function. They come in different sizes. Some are small, like an average pan. Others are large and can make huge quantities of pancakes at the same time. The benefit of using an electric griddle is that the temperature is generally constant. 

Turn the griddle on to heat up on its highest setting. Give it a few minutes to get warm. When it is hot, turn it down to medium heat to cook your pancakes. Electric griddles are also very easy to clean. Wipe the surface clean with a paper towel and store. The griddle seldom needs to be washed after making pancakes. Our review of best griddles gives a helpful guide to choosing the electric griddle that will best suit your needs.