Effective ceramic nonstick finish
Free of PTFE and PFOA
Compatible with induction cooktops
Too small for certain recipes
Lid sold separately
We purchased the Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Bringing eco-friendly products into your home is an easy way to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and the 10-inch Green Earth Fry Pan by Ozeri combines green technology and nonstick functionality, making it an appealing option to use in your kitchen. However, we wanted to know if its ceramic coating is as effective as traditional nonstick cookware, so we put it to the test. Here’s what we found.
Design: Great for small dishes
The Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan is the perfect size to make scrambled eggs or other breakfast items. We were even able to cook a full dozen eggs in it.
If we had made any more, we would have needed a bigger pan, so if you do a lot of large-batch cooking or use your frying pan for single-skillet meals, you’ll probably find the Ozeri Pan to be too small. However, the good news is that it comes in a 12-inch size, as well.
Material: Good for you and the environment
The lining on traditional nonstick pans is made with chemicals that can potentially leach into your food or cause harm, especially when you’re cooking at high temperatures.
Nonstick pans made before 2015 often contain perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a chemical that can cause a variety of serious health conditions. While PFOA has been phased out of use, today’s nonstick pans are still made with polytetrafluoroethylene, also called PTFE or Teflon, which can make you sick if heated higher than 500 degrees. This is where Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan stands apart.
If you do a lot of large-batch cooking or use your frying pan for single-skillet meals, you’ll probably find the Ozeri Pan to be too small.
This pan is made up of five layers, including an aluminum core and two layers of ceramic on top. The ceramic is used in place of PTFE to create a nonstick surface, and we liked that we didn’t need to worry about harmful chemicals getting into our food. We used the pan to cook on a gas stove and found that it heated evenly. It even has a magnetized bottom, so it can be used on induction cooktops, too.
We also liked the pan’s Bakelight handle. It stayed cool while we used the frying pan, making it easy to move it off the stove when our food was finished cooking.
Just like with other nonstick pans, you’ll want to avoid using metal utensils in the Green Earth Frying Pan, as they can scrape the finish. This applies while cooking and if you put the pan in the sink with other items. We found that it was best to wash and dry the pan once it had cooled to make sure that the ceramic layers stayed in great shape, and when we stored the pan, we used the included green pan protector over it to prevent any scratches.
Heating Capacity: Best for low or medium heat
The user’s manual cautions against using this pan on high heat, which can make the nonstick layers break down faster—something we wanted to avoid, even if they are free of harmful chemicals. Ozeri says that the pan heats faster than traditional nonstick cookware, but we didn’t notice a significant difference in cooking times or heat.
Ozeri notes that the pan heats faster than traditional nonstick pans, but we didn’t notice a significant difference in cooking times or heat.
You can use the Green Earth Pan in the oven, but only between 160 and 320 degrees. However, we don’t recommend it, especially since the handle may break down faster if exposed to these temperatures.
Cleaning: Easy and efficient
We washed the frying pan with water and dish soap before using it for the first time, as recommended by Ozeri, and we also seasoned it with coconut oil to create a thin film on the cooking surface. The user’s manual explains that this is an important step to keeping the nonstick surface working as intended. The brand says you can also use peanut oil or butter for this step, and when we were done, we used a paper towel to wipe away extra oil.
Cleaning the pan was easy using our regular dish soap and hot water. This is especially important to us, since we most often use this type of pan to make breakfast. We cleaned scrambled eggs off the pan with almost no effort, which made our normally rushed morning routine much easier.
The frying pan is dishwasher friendly, but you should be careful of mineral build up if you have hard water. If you do start to see a film build up on the pan, Ozeri recommends cleaning the surface with lemon juice or vinegar. We didn’t experience this, but those with hard water might over time.
Price: Not bad
The Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan is cheaper than other eco-friendly nonstick pans, retailing for around $24. However, if you want a lid, you’ll need to purchase it separately, and the Ozeri 10-inch Lid typically costs an additional $15 or so.
If you plan to use your frying pan with a lid, there are other traditional nonstick options for less, but we prefer knowing that our pan is free of PTFE and PFOA. We tend to use closed pans for larger dishes, which the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan isn’t suited for anyway, so it wasn’t really a problem that we didn’t have a lid when using this pan.
Keep in mind that this is a single pan, not a set. If you’re looking for a complete set of pots and pans, the brand also offers sauce pans and woks, but the cost will quickly add up if you want to buy the entire Green Earth by Ozeri line.
Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan vs. Bialetti Aeternum Red 7192 Fry Pan
The Bialetti Aeternum Fry Pan, which is 10-1/4 inches, is another nonstick, eco-friendly option that performs similarly to the Green Earth Frying Pan. They both cook evenly and are free of PTFE and PFOA, and they can both be purchased for less than $35. However, the Green Earth Pan feels much sturdier and can be used on an induction cooktop and in the oven, which the Bialetti cannot.
A safer nonstick alternative.
The Ozeri 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan worked perfectly for cooking for smaller recipes and side dishes, and we felt good knowing that our food and the environment were free of any harmful effects of PFOA and PTFE.
- Product Name 10-Inch Green Earth Frying Pan
- Product Brand Ozeri Kitchen
- Price $24
- Weight 2.55 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 11 x 2 x 18 in.
- Color Green
- Model Number ZP2-26
- Material Heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with ceramic coating
- Warranty Lifetime warranty for material and workmanship defects