The shape makes grilling a bunch of burgers or dogs a piece of cake, and speaking of cake, griddles are the perfect pan for preparing a batch of pancakes and even crepes. Can you do these things in a round pan? Sure, you can but it will never be as easy as it is in a square pan.
Then there are things like casseroles and lasagnas that you simply cannot do well in a round pan. These absolutely need a square or rectangular pan if you want to do them right. The shape is important both in constructing these dishes and in portioning them when they’re ready to serve.
In this Gotham Steel square pans review, we will take a close look at 6 pans that might just prove to be indispensable in your kitchen.
Gotham Steel Square Pans Review 2021
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Gotham Steel Nonstick 10.5 Pan – Simply Perfect For Breakfast&More
When you first see this pan, its simplicity may make you wonder. Don’t be doubtful. It’s often the simplest of things that can have the greatest impact and this square frying pan certainly has the potential to surprise you.
First, think about breakfast. The non-stick flat surface and shallow sides make this the perfect pan for preparing breakfast or any other food that you need to flip. Throw on a couple of eggs, a few strips of bacon, and maybe a few breakfast sausages on and in one pass, you have a hearty meal that’s ready to plate.
How about lunch or dinner. You can easily prepare all sorts of dishes that are wrapped in flat or pita bread. Or you might use this pan to fry a healthy and flavorful slice of salmon. The size makes it great for reheating things too, like yesterday’s cold pizza.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the remarkable non-stick surface that is the trademark of every Gotham Steel non-stick pot or pan. By using a patented combination of titanium and ceramics, they have produced a surface with exceptional non-stick qualities and one that is 100% toxin-free. Your foods will slip right off without the need for any oils of butter.
The dimensions of this pan are 10.5- inches square with a handle that extends slightly less than 8 inches from the side of the pan. It’s light at 1.45 pounds making it easy to handle and just heavy enough to stay in place as you toss, flip and remove your food from this pan.
The handle is fashioned from stainless steel that is designed to stay cool so you can work with this pan safely without having to depend on towels and gloves that will protect you from an overheated surface. It’s also ergonomically shaped so it comfortable in your hands while you maintain a sure grip.
The pan is easily maintained too. The non-stick surface is designed to clean easily with little more than a quick rinse. If it needs more than that, a soft towel or sponge and a quick wipe should do the trick. If you do want to use soap, make sure it’s gentle. Your typical dish soap should work perfectly.
You can use metal utensils with the pan but don’t if you can avoid it. Using silicone and wooden utensils will eliminate the risk of scratches and nicks that can happen if you get a bit too aggressive with your spatula or if young and inexperienced hands get a bit careless preparing their snacks.
Seasoning is also a good idea. If you don’t know what that is, heating the pan with a thin coating of oil and then leaving a very fine sheen of that oil behind. This creates an additional protective layer on top of the non-stick material that can help extend the life of this pan.
When all is said and done, this simple pan is surprisingly useful. Anything that you would normally prepare in a frying pan today will be easier to do with the shallow griddle that offers easy access to the foods you’re preparing.
Add to that the non-stick surface, even heating, and ergonomic handle design, and this could well become your go-to pan for a wide range of simple meals.
Gotham Steel Graphite Deep Square 9.5 Pan Review – A Pan With A Split Personality
The next pan in the square collection of Gotham Steel pans it this multipurpose pan that serves three great purposes. It’s a deep fryer with a fry basket, a steamer with an insert tray that your steamed food with sit on, and it’s a small stockpot that’s great for making soups and stews. In the oven, it’s great for roasting and baking too. All of this and more can be easily accomplished with this lidded square pan.
To start with, the pan is deep and comes with a glass cover that helps hold the heat and reduce splatter. It also has two handles so even the hottest contents can be safely handled. The long handle is also designed to remain cool on the cooktop so the pan can be handled without using towels or heat resistant gloves.
It is perfect both on the cooktop and in the oven so you can also use this for things like bakes macaroni or a cheesy casserole dish that starts on the cooktop and get finished off in the oven.
The exterior of this pan is finished in a smooth matt black while the interior boasts the patented Ti-cerama non-stick coating that combines the strength of titanium with the non-stick qualities of ceramics.
This pan is nearly 10 inches square and deep at 5.79 inches. The core is crafted using solid aluminum for strength and even heating and the base allows you to use this pan on a traditional electric or gas cooktop and modern induction cooking surfaces.
Maintaining this pan is no more complicated than rinsing and wiping it down after each use. You just need to take care to avoid using abrasives and harsh chemicals when cleaning. Also, while you can use metal utensils with some care, you are better off using silicone and wooden utensils that will help maintain the non-stick surface for a much longer time.
Once washed, dry, and store this pan with reasonable care so it doesn’t get banged around in the cupboard. You may also want to season this pan, especially if you intend to use it for roasting often. Seasoning can improve the non-stick performance of the pan while helping to extend its life long into the future.
With so many uses for this pan, it’s hard to imagine a good reason for not adding it to your kitchen set. Add to that the craftsmanship behind making this pan and the extraordinary non-stick coating it employs and there really is no good reason to pass on this pan.
Just e sure to treat it with a reasonable amount of care and you are sure to get great use from this multifaceted piece of cookware.
Gotham Steel Square Skillet 11 Pan – Reimagining The Frying Pan
It might seem odd until you use it, but once you do you may wonder why you ever settled on a round frying pan. This square shape gives you much more useful space at the base of the pan where all the serious cooking happens and by more, we mean 25% more space.
You can easily prepare a whole breakfast in one pass or use this to prepare your favorite grilled cheese sandwiches in batches of four, comfortably. It’s deep too so you’ll have no problem frying chicken preparing delicious sauces.
The exterior finish on this pan is a classic matt black while the interior is coated with Gotham Steel’s patented Ti-cerama non-stick coating. This is often referred to as a triple-ply design, with each of the three layers working to create a complete pan that performs exceptionally well.
The pan measures 10” x 10” by 4” with a heat resistant handle made from stainless steel. It is both oven and dishwasher safe and you can use most any type of kitchen utensils without a worry.
Cleaning is as simple as rinsing. If needed you can wipe as well with a soft sponge or cloth. When washing the pan use gentle dish soap. Avoid anything caustic or abrasive as these things will damage the non-stick surface of this pan.
When compared to a normal round frying pan, there are some great advantages to this square shape. Most importantly, it gives you a larger effective cooking surface so you can get more done, faster.
The non-stick surface also allows you to prepare healthier dishes that have less oil and butterfat. You can still use these if you want the flavor they add, but they are unnecessary to prevent sticking.
Gotham Steel Grill Square 10.5 Pan Review – Indoor Grilling Made Simple
There are all sorts of good reasons for grilling but you can’t always fire up the barbeque to get it done. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and at other times, there just isn’t that much to prepare.
This pan offers the perfect alternative with a grilling design built into a non-stick pan the works beautifully on your cooktop.
You can sear beautifully as well so those tell-tale stripes you get on a grill and still there and looking great with this grill pan.
This pan is a 10.5-inch square, with a depth of 1.5 inches. The ribs stand proud from the bottom by about an 8th of an inch so just enough to allow the fat to drain away without creating problems with things like burgers falling apart before they’ve had the chance to cook.
This pan is constructed from solid aluminum so it heats quickly and evenly. This material also offers strength so the pan easily retains its shape even after heavy use. The handle is long, ergonomically designed, fashioned from stainless steel, and remains cool to the touch so you can work with this pan comfortably without ever needing to reach for a tower or oven glove.
Take care when cleaning to use soft sponges or cloths and always use gentle dish soaps. You can use metal utensils too but it would be safer to use silicone and wood that will help avoid accidents that will damage the non-stick surface.
There is little doubt that this pan will make a great addition to your kitchen, especially if you love to grill meats, fish, and vegetables. It is large too so you can do a lot at once and that saves time and energy.
The non-stick surface is exceptionally durable with just some basic care and the aluminum construction helps guarantee a long life for this pan.
It may not get used every day but when it does come out of the cupboard great food is sure to happen.
Gotham Steel Nonstick Grill 10.5 Pan – Different But Still Great
This is the only pan in the Gotham Steel line of cookware that doesn’t have their trademark copper color, non-stick surface, but don’t let that fool you. Specially designed for perfect grilling, this pan is crafted from cast iron and quadruple coated and then reinforced with diamond flakes that make this surface every bit as non-stick as their patented Ti-cerama pans.
The reason for this change has to do with what grilling is all about. While you can effectively grill on other surfaces, there is something special about food that grilled on a super-hot cast-iron surface that is hard to beat. That tends to be especially true for properly prepared steaks where the goal is to create a nicely seared exterior that seals in the juices to create a deliciously red interior.
Cast iron also work well with fatty fish like salmon and marlin. These fish need to cook quickly so they don’t get dry and the high heat of a true cast iron pan does that very well.
This cast iron grill also works well on any type of cooktop, including gas, electric, glass. Plus, the pan can easily transition into the over without a problem. It’s also dishwasher safe.
It does share the cool handle design that is found on most other Gotham Steel pans, and in keeping with the Gotham Steel copper design aesthetic, the exterior of this pan shows off with a bright copper finish.
You will care for this pan the same way you care for any cast iron cookware. That means seasoning often and never using soaps or other chemicals on the surfaces. Take these simple precautions and you’ll have a great grill that will last for years.
The only real drawback is that cast iron requires greater care but with the non-stick coating on this pan, even that is minimized.
This won’t be an everyday pan but when you do need it, you are going to love what it can do for you.
Gotham Steel Shallow 11 Fry Pan Review – Your Every-Day Workhorse
The moment you unbox this pan and use it to prepare your first meal, you are likely to find a new favorite among all of your pans. This frying pan is big, it’s exceptionally non-stick and, it has a cover and that means there is almost nothing you can use this pan to prepare.
Start with frying chicken or fries or maybe a load of bacon. The fast and even heating brings the oil to the right temperate quickly, making it a much quicker process. Use the cover and you’ll have less mess on the stovetop to deal with as well.
Cover your sauces, curries, and stews so they can simmer or leave to cover in the cupboard and make a fantastic batch of pancakes or maybe some French toast.
The non-stick surface makes it especially easy to make delicate crepes just as easily as a hearty quesadilla.
The riveted handle is crafted from stainless steel and is designed to stay cool to the touch, even when being heavily used for long periods.
Care is as simple as giving this pan a quick rinse and wipe with a soft cloth or sponge. You can use gentle soap as well if needed but there is a very good chance you will not have to.
This pan is oven safe and works well on any gas or electric cooking surface, including glass cooktops. It is not designed for use on induction surfaces.
If you are looking for a great everyday day that will do just about anything, this is the pan for you. It’s big, deep and with the glass cover, it is extremely versatile. Add to this the fact that’s it oven safe and this is very likely to become your next favorite pan for a very long time to come.
We can recommend this and the 12.5-inch version of this pan with complete confidence.
Technology and Materials
Gotham Steel Square Pans – FAQ’s
Is this a genuine copper pan?
No. The interior surface is a special patented non-stick surface with a copper-colored finish blended into the material. The exterior is finished in highly polished stainless steel.
Is this pan free of PFOA’s and PTFE?
It is. The non-stick surface where these toxins most often exist is a problem for other pans. Gotham Steel pans use a combination of Titanium steel and ceramics that are free of these toxins.
Can this pan be used on an induction cooktop?
Yes, it can and it will perform just as well as it will one a traditional gas or electric cooktop.
Are the handles designed for hanging?
They are and they look great hung up in the kitchen. There is a hole at the end of the handle to accommodate a hook.
Do these pans stack for storage?
They do. There are 3 different sizes in this Gotham Steel line of cookware and each is designed to next into the next largest size without doing any harm to the pan above and below it.
Is this pan light-weight?
The answer is yes and no. At 4 pounds it is light for its size. A similar cast iron pan would easily weigh 3 times as much. In terms of strength and durability, this is a heavy-duty pan with very strong materials. So yes, it is and isn’t lightweight.