Can you use olive oil in ceramic pans?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you use olive oil in ceramic pans?”, and how to protect your ceramic cookware?

Can you use olive oil in ceramic pans?

Yes, you can use olive oil in ceramic pans. The smoke point of olive oil is 410°F (210°C). As long as the cooking temperature is below the smoke point of the olive oil, you don’t need to worry about anything.

If you heat the olive oil at temperatures above its tolerance limit, it will form a carbonized layer on the ceramic pan and dull its efficiency. If you cannot lower the temperature for a specific recipe, you can use avocado oil instead, which has a high smoke point of 520°F (270°C).

How to protect your ceramic cookware?

Ceramic pans can break if subjected to dry heat. There must be water or any other liquid in the pan before you start to heat it over high temperatures. The same applies when the pan is empty. Heating an empty ceramic pan will lead to cracks or breakage.

If yous tricky adhere to these low-heat guidelines, you can keep the ceramic pan from damaging, increase the longevity of your pan, prevent the food from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan, and make the cleanup easier.

Since the ceramic pan is non-stick, you do not need to use any grease or oil. If the recipe emphasizes the addition of butter, do it on a low heat in the ceramic pan because butter tends to scorch at high heat.

Extra virgin olive oil cannot tolerate high temperatures and it leaves a carbonized layer on the surface of the ceramic pan. This carbonized layer wears out the non-stick ability of the ceramic pan over time. Therefore, stick to using other vegetable oils.

How to clean ceramic cookware?

  1. Never put a piping hot ceramic pan into the water. The pan is designed to tolerate high temperatures but it cannot withstand such extreme temperature fluctuations. 
  1. Use a sponge or clean dishcloth to wash the ceramic pan in warm soapy water.
  1. Wipe both the exterior and interior surface of the ceramic pan. Pay special attention to the nooks and corners where the handle attaches to the ceramic pan. This is where the food residues tend to accumulate the most.
  1. Use clean water to thoroughly rinse the pan. Before drying the pan, make sure there aren’t any stuck food particles left on the pan.

What to do with burnt-on and stuck-on food remnants?

If you are faced with stubborn stuck-on food on your ceramic pan, soak the pan in warm water before you force it to come off. The soaking will soften the food and loosen its grip on the pan. 

Then use a spatula to scrape the loosened food bits or residues. Soak the pan longer if there are still some stuck-on food spots left on the pan.

If the food bits are a bit too stubborn, you can try heating the pan after filling it with water and baking soda. 

Alternatively, pour a solution of water and baking soda into the pan. Let the pan sit for some time in the baking soda solution before you attempt to scrape the stuck-on food.

You can take help from a gentle scrub and powdered cleaners, such as Comet, Ajax, and Bon Ami to get rid of the burn-on food.

Dealing with stains on ceramic cookware 

Stained ceramic pans do not look pretty at all and before you discard the pan, you can try your luck with a few de-staining tricks that work. Baking soda is a very handy and effective cleaning and de-staining product. 

Make a paste of baking soda in water and use it to gently scrub the stained area. You can also use a brush for this purpose. Then rinse it off with warm water. 

If your ceramic pan is scratch-resistant, you can speed things up by using steel wool. You can also use a vinegar solution to get rid of light stains. If the baking soda or the steel wool fails to lift the stain from your ceramic pan, try using powdered cleaners.

Storage tips to make the ceramic pans last longer

Correctly storing the ceramic pans increases their longevity. First, you need to let the pan dry completely before you put it away. 

Do not pile any dishes or pans over the ceramic pans. The friction between their contact points can damage the ceramic pan.

Most ceramic pans have rough bottom surfaces that damage the glass stovetops or kitchen countertops. 

If you are short on space, you can stack the ceramic pan by separating them with polyester pot protectors, a cloth napkin, or a kitchen towel. Make sure the ceramic pans sit upright on a flat surface so they do not fall off.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you use olive oil in ceramic pans?”, and how to protect your ceramic cookware?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.