How to Restore a Ceramic Coated Frying Pan

Wren’s Little Nest
by Wren’s Little Nest
3 Materials
10 Minutes

If you’ve ever owned a ceramic coated frying pan you know just how wonderful they are to cook with. I absolutely love mine and use it all of the time, however once in a while I get a little carried away with the heat and I end up with a stained and burnt pan. No amount of soap or scrubbing will be able to clean the burnt pot to remove the burnt-on that has been left behind.

Not only does the pan look bad, the burnt on coating no longer makes the pan non-stick, leaving a bigger mess every time I cook something.

At this point it’s tempting to give up and replace the pan altogether…. Until now!

Read below to find out the best and easiest way to restore a ceramic coated frying pan, and save yourself a lot of money!

Here is what the pan looks like after I tried scrubbing it with a sponge and dish soap. You want to start with as clean of a pan as possible, and make sure it is thoroughly dried.

Sprinkle on a good amount of coarse salt. I only had Himalayan Pink salt but it worked just fine.

Then using a slightly damp paper towel and the teeniest drop of dish soap start scrubbing in circular motions. Depending how badly your pan is stained or burnt this might take a few minutes, but you should start seeing results almost instantly.

Once you have removed all of that cooked on crud, wash your pan as usual and it’s good as new!

These pans aren’t cheap, so finding such an effective and simple solution that won’t damage the pans ceramic coating is definitely worth sharing!

I am amazed at these results every time!

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  • Kate Kate on Jan 28, 2022

    Why paper towels? I gave them up decades ago and am happy I did. Cleaning cloths from Costco. Look with the automotive things.

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  • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Mar 21, 2022

    Once the Teflon coating is gone I don’t see any chance of restoring it, though! Salt will just remove the cooked on food residue.

    • MaryAnn MaryAnn on Jan 06, 2023

      She is using this method to clean a ceramic coated pan. The finish doesn’t scratch or wear off because it’s a glass like surface that doesn’t peel or wear off. They are wonderful pans, I wish I could afford one myself. But alas, my budget too, also says Teflon. For Teflon you could use half a pan of water with a drop of dish liquid and heat the pan until it boils, after a few minutes, shut it off. Let it cool some, then empty the pan and try to clean it. It does help lift the grease. We used to scour cast iron with salt, but no dish liquid. It would clean the pan without destroying the seasoning, very successfully. I’ve also had good lucky soaking Teflon pans as soon as they cool down from the stove with hot water, sometimes changing the soaking liquid a couple of times to get rid of the cool greasy water, and replace it with hot water and fresh soap. It works but takes time. I often apply Soft Scrub liberally over tough spots and let it sit for an hour or so. (Plenty of other stuff always needs doing too). When I come back the Soft Scrub has broken down the burnt on grease or burnt on food and they come clean with less scrubbing usually. The most important thing is baby your pots and pans, watch the cooking temperature, soak the pan immediately after use, don’t even let it sit through the meal, then wash as quickly as possible. Store dry and use protectors if you have to stack them, so they won’t scratch. But I’m certain you already know that.

  • Ach73985151 Ach73985151 on Jan 06, 2023

    never ever use soap for cleaning. a pan.