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Dec 9, 2012 05:15 AM

Induction friendly

Lookin for non-stick frying pans small enough for 1-2 eggs to come out round and English muffin or bagel size. Must be induction friendly. Please help

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  1. The 10-inch Swiss Diamond Induction frying pan would work:

    How round and compact eggs are has more to do with their freshness than with the pan in which they're cooked (older=more likely to flatten and spread out).

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    1. re: ellabee

      Ten inches is too large for one or two eggs. The pan I use is seven inches at the top and only five at the bottom, and it's perfect for two eggs.

    2. There are many pans which sort of fit your request -- assuming I read your post correctly. For example, All Clad has nonstick frying pan which works on induction stoves:

      T-fal has also an induction nonstick fry pan:



      As for pan getting egg come out round, I think that has to do with cooking technique than the cookware.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        No, a suitably small pan will make a nice, round pair of fried eggs. If the object is to serve them on a slice of toast, which is how I usually eat them, it's convenient to constrain them to approximately the size of the toast.

        1. re: GH1618

          <No, a suitably small pan will make a nice, round pair of fried eggs>

          I can understand a very tiny pan can force a single egg to be round like this.

          I can also understand that a small pan can make two eggs come out round as a single merged piece, maybe that is what you and the original poster meant.

          What I don't think is possible is that a smaller pan will be easier to make two individual round egg.

      2. There don't seem to be any nonstick induction-capable seven-inch frying pans in the brands best known to amateurs, but here's one from Vollrath:

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        1. re: GH1618

          Of course, there are also the Choc Induction from DeBuyer:

          There are actually many induction ready nonstick pans. It is just that many of them are not advertized as such. Any steel based nonstick pans are induction ready, so in fact many of the cheap crappy steel pans from HomeGoods are ready to go

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            A plain steel pan (without coating) such as a crêpe pan could also be considered "nonstick" when properly seasoned. These might work well for eggs, although I haven't trued using my crêpe pan that way. De Buyer makes a 4.5 inch blini pan which looks like it would produce a perfectly round fried egg. Not the ideal shape for flipping, however.

        2. Lodge makes a 5-inch cast iron mini-skillet. If you season it and reserve it for eggs, it should be completely non-stick. Since it's cast iron, it should work fine on induction.

          PS. You could also use an egg ring on any nonstick pan or griddle. They even come in round or square, for serving on English muffins or toast.

          1. It is easy to find induction ready nonstick aluminum skillets (cast with a steel insert in base) in the 8" size - for example as TJMaxx. But sounds like you want something smaller. I've seen a few skillets sized for an egg or two, but they always look like toys to me. Plus they might be too small for the burner. Some burners have a minimum pan diameter.

            When looking at 8" skillets, make sure the interior is very flat. Mine have a slight inward bowing, possibly due to the induction insert. This makes the eggs slide toward the rim, spoiling the nice shape.

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            1. re: paulj

              Maybe just easier to get a large egg ring and put it on a pan.


              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Yes, rings are a better choice than a smaller pan.

                Another thought - microwave the egg in a dish. Not quite the same as frying, but works if the egg is used in a sandwich. I usually roughly beat the egg. If I leave the yolk whole, I gently prick it to prevent bursting.

              2. re: paulj

                If the pan is too small, buy an extra one and use them both at the same time, or put another induction compatible something on the same burner next to the toy pan. Put water into the helper pan to avoid dry roasting. Breakfast and tea done at the same time! :-)

                (Based on my experience with an ebelskiver pan)