Pancakes being flipped over an induction cooktop

Induction cookware: Finding the right pots and pans

Induction cooktops offer fast, highly effective cooking by using electromagnetic energy to transfer heat directly to compatible magnetic cookware. Read on to learn more about how finding the right induction pots and pans for your induction cooktop can help you get meals on the table fast.

Chocolate melting in a pan and solid on an induction cooktop surface Chocolate melting in a pan and solid on an induction cooktop surface

What makes induction cooking different from other methods?

Induction cooking heats compatible cookware through interaction with electromagnetic energy, which is created by a copper coil located under the cooktop. Consequently, heat is generated directly in the pan and not under the glass, allowing for quick cool-down of the surface after the pan is removed. Learn more about how induction cooking works.

A pan on an induction cooktop A pan on an induction cooktop

Do I need induction compatible pots and pans for my induction cooktop?

Yes, it is essential to use only ferromagnetic pots and pans for induction cooking. Ferromagnetic cookware is made entirely of or contains a layer of magnetic materials that make it attracted to magnets. If non-ferromagnetic cookware is used on an induction cooktop it will fail to be detected by the burner and won’t interact with the electromagnetic energy generated.

Compatible induction cookware materials

  • Enameled steel
  • Cast iron
  • Stainless steel designed for induction cooking

Non-compatible induction cookware materials

  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Some copper or aluminum pans

Cookware tip: For the best heat conduction, choose cookware with a flat bottom that is about the same size as the surface area of the burner you are using. This allows for direct contact with the cooktop. If the pan is too small for the element, the burner may not be able to sense the pan and won’t activate to generate heat or cook your food. If the pan is too large, it will result in uneven heating, as heat only generates where the burner makes direct contact with the pan.

A magnet stuck to the bottom of induction compatible cookware A magnet stuck to the bottom of induction compatible cookware

How to test if your cookware is induction compatible

All you need to test your pots and pans is a magnet. Flip the pan over, hold a magnet to the bottom, and see whether it sticks. If the magnet sticks to the bottom, the pan is ferromagnetic and can be used for induction cooking. You can also use this method to test if stainless steel appliances are magnetic.

Induction compatible cookware symbol

You can also check the bottom of your cookware for a stamped coiled spring symbol that indicates induction compatibility. Learn about other common cookware symbols.

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