If your non-stick frying pan has seen better days, you may be wondering whether you can bring it back to life.
While you cannot technically replace the non-stick coating at home, there are a few things that you can do to make it non-stick once more.
Applying a non-stick coating to a pan is an industrial process. We’d love to say there’s a magical spray you can use to recoat a pan, but there currently isn’t anything like that available.
Still, as we said, there are ways to bring back a non-stick coating, let’s find out how, shall we?
How to Make a Pan Non-Stick Again
1. Non-stick spray
The first way to make a pan non-stick again is to use a non-stick spray. These are designed for use during baking and grilling, for example. Still, they do work great for frying as well.
These sprays are not a one-time solution to your problem. You’ll have to use the spray every time you use the pan.
We’ll give you some recommendations on the non-stick sprays to use in just a moment. However, do stay clear of spray lubricants like Teflon sprays. These are designed for use in the automotive industry and should never be used to cooking with.
Here are a few non-stick sprays that you can use for cooking.
Weber Non-stick Spray
This is a go-to non-stick spray for a lot of people. Weber designed this spray to work amazingly well on grills and BBQs. However, it does work on frying pans as well.
The bottle is designed to spray at any angle, and you really don’t need a lot to enjoy non-stick cooking. You will need to use this spray every time you cook, though.
This non-stick spray isn’t cheap, but it lasts a while and makes cooking and cleaning a lot easier.
Pam Original Cooking Spray
This cooking spray is made with canola oil. It is an aerosol spray that is totally natural. In fact, the only ingredient is canola oil.
Spray this in your pan and enjoy a hassle-free non-stick coating each time you cook. Again, you’ll have to use this spray every time you cook with the pan, but it does work really well. Pam also offers olive oil spray that works just as well too.
2. Seasoning a Non-Stick Frying Pan
You can also season a non-stick frying pan. This very simple method can bring a pan back to life and make food glide off the surface like it was new.
We have covered seasoning ceramic pans in another article, and this seasoning method does work well for any type of non-stick coating.
You may notice there are a few discolouration marks when seasoning a pan that already has a non-stick coating. This is normal. The discolouration is where the coating has already failed.
Once the pan has been seasoned properly, the whole surface will be black.
Which Method Is Best for Rejuvenating Non-Stick Pans?
If it were our pan, we would choose a natural seasoning method. Non-stick sprays can work well, but they contain PTFE and other harsh chemicals that most manufacturers are now steering clear of.
We hope this article about recoating a non-stick frying pan has been helpful.
Is it time to buy a new non-stick frying pan? Well, take a look at our lists of the best non-stick frying pans in the UK.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.