The Gotham Steel pan features a ceramic non-stick coating reinforced with titanium.
Not only does it provide a durable non-stick base, but you can use your regular metal utensils with Gotham.
In this Gotham Steel pan review we will cover specifications and answer questions you might have to help you make a more informed buying decision.
Features & Specifications
Weight & Pan Material
Because Gotham Steel cookware is built with quality aluminum, the pieces are much lighter even than steel or copper.
While many fans of ceramic non-stick bought cookware with rubberized plastic in the handles and the lids, that material won't tolerate more than 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 177 degrees Celsius. The Gotham Steel frying pan is a much more versatile in that respect.
However, aluminum transfers heat extremely well. This can be a real bonus when you're trying to whip up a quick breakfast, but the steel handle will get very warm as you warm the body of the skillet. Remember to wear protective gloves or use a pot holder.
No Induction Capability
If you have an induction cooktop, this pan will not work at your house.
As stated before, aluminum does a great job of transferring heat, though it will lose heat as you add cold food to the pan, then come back up to temperature.
The Gotham Steel frying pan has an extremely high heat tolerance. In fact, this pan will tolerate up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit / 260 degrees Celsius in the oven.
Fans of seared red meat or tuna steaks can take heart; simply place this pan in your oven, raise the temperature, and throw your oiled cut of meat directly onto the titanium coating. You can enjoy a fast sear and an easy clean-up once the pan cools.
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Ceramic Titanium Non-Stick Coating
It should be noted that Gotham "steel" is actually an aluminum pan with a ceramic and titanium non-stick seal. Luckily, aluminum actually transfers and disperses heat better than steel, so you get to enjoy lightweight cookware with great energy transference.
Because of the metal in the non-stick coating, this cookware will not work on an induction stovetop or in any magnetized cooking tool. However, your Gotham Steel skillet will move easily from traditional cooktop to oven.
Is Gotham Steel pan safe?
This pan has remarkable heat tolerance, should not outgas when the non-stick is heated within recommendations, and is easy to clean up.
While Teflon can release the toxin PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid)when overheated, ceramic non-stick does not outgas. For households with pet birds, this is especially critical. This gas can also impact children and small pets.
Per the American Cancer Society, exposure to high levels of PFOA has been linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer, kidney, thyroid, prostate, bladder and ovarian cancer, though research is on-going.
Is Gotham Steel pan safe to use with no oil?
Yes, per the manufacturer, you can cook completely oil free in this pan. Just no cooking spray since it creates residue and will damage the pan over time!
You can cook without extra fat. For many of us, this can be a challenge. Not only are our taste buds ready for a bit of fat, but our ears are too.
As you move into low-fat and non-fat cooking, be aware that you won't hear and popping of oil as you cook, so you'll really need to keep an eye on things!
How to season Gotham Steel pan?
No seasoning necessary! Wash the pan according to the instructions, avoid banging or stacking that will put the finish at risk, and have fun!
If you've gotten accustomed to applying a layer of cooking spray, move that spray to the opposite end of the kitchen when you use your Gotham pan.
While many cooks like a bit of olive oil in their pans, cooking spray is strongly frowned upon by the manufacturer.
Food Sticking In Gotham Steel Frying Pan
While many cooks rave about how easy it is to clean up a Gotham pan, other struggle with everything sticking.
Because the bonding process of getting the ceramic and teflon to stick to the aluminum pan can be challenging, perhaps Gotham is struggling with QC issues? Sticking seems to happen in batches.
No Gotham Steel pan review would be complete without mentioning the rapid fail rate for some home cooks. While everyone's cooking style is different, it's worrisome to note that many cooks with many different needs are experiencing failures of the non-stick coating on some of these pans.
Gotham Steel Pro's and Con's
- Lightweight pan
- Fully metal handle.
- Heats up quickly.
- You can cook without extra fat.
- No out-gassing.
- 1) The handle gets hot.
- 2) No cooking spray allowed!
- 3) No induction cooking.
- 4) Sometimes sticks.
- 5) Non-stick capabilities work great in the beginning but fade quickly.
Like many new product lines, Gotham Steel cookware gained a lot of attention and was extremely popular amongst those hoping to replace their Teflon pans.
Some users will have great luck and some will find the product useless.
As with any product, time will tell. If Gotham can get past their bad batches and get great quality pans into the hands of unhappy customers, hopefully this product line will thrive.