Can Stainless Steel Go in the Oven?

Find out why having an oven-safe Stainless Steel Pan can change your cooking.

By Emily Borst
Jul 22, 2022
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Having an oven-safe pan can take your meals and your Cookware from good to great. With the ability to oven-finish dishes, you no longer need to feel confined to only your stovetop when cooking with Stainless Clad.

Since Stainless Steel Cookware is one of the most popular choices for home and professional chefs, it’s worth wondering whether or not Stainless Steel can go in the oven—and the answer is yes. But not all Stainless Steel pans are the same, so it is important to know more information about your cookware before exposing it to the high heat of the oven.

Is Stainless Steel Oven Friendly?

Due to the elements it contains, Stainless Steel is considered an alloy and has a high melting point, making it oven-safe. If you plan to use your Stainless Steel pans in the oven, it is important to purchase high quality cladded Stainless cookware. This is because lower-quality Stainless Steel is often not oven-safe.

When shopping for oven-safe, high quality Stainless Steel pans, choose cookware made from 18/10 Stainless Steel and 304 or 400 grade Stainless Steel for best oven use.

Be sure to avoid pans with aluminum bases, as they are not able to withstand the high heat in the oven. Also, be sure to stay away from Stainless Steel cookware with plastic or wooden handles, as those are not oven safe—even if the pan is 304 grade or 400 grade Stainless Steel.

Advantages of Oven-Safe Pans

Professional chefs as well as experienced home cooks know how important it is to have high quality cookware that is as versatile as it is durable. The ability to cook with Stainless Pans in the oven is one of the many perks of having high quality cookware, along with many others.

  • Oven Finish: Many recipes suggest that you start a dish on the stove and finish in the oven. Oven-safe Stainless cookware is the perfect solution.

  • Even Baking: Evenly distributed heat is crucial when oven baking.  Stainless Steel pans not only absorb heat quickly, but also ensures totally even heat distribution.

  • Long Lasting: Since Stainless Steel is highly corrosion-resistant, temperature-resistant, and scratch-resistant, your high quality Stainless Steel pans will last as much as a decade or longer if well maintained.

  • Easy to Clean: Quick, easy clean up and maintenance is another thing we all love about high quality pots and pans like our Stainless Clad—even burnt on messes clean up with ease.

How to Safely Use Stainless Steel in the Oven

When it comes to using your favorite Stainless Steel pans in the oven, it’s always important to be safe. Since our Stainless Clad Cookware can withstand temperatures up to 800F, it’s crucial to take these precautions.

  • Always use good quality oven mitts that are made to withstand high temperatures when handling Stainless Steel pans in and out of the oven.

  • Make sure the handles are oven-safe before using Stainless Steel pans at high temperatures when baking—wooden or plastic handles are not oven-safe, even if the body of the pan is.

  • Although a high quality Stainless Steel pan like ours can endure high heats in the oven, it is best to avoid temps above 500F to ensure the even distribution of heat while cooking.

Our selection of high quality Stainless Steel cookware makes picking the right pan easy.  When you want your food to look and taste good straight from the oven, choose our high quality performance Stainless Steel cookware.