Whether you can use regular pans on a NuWave oven or cooktop is a common question for those considering purchasing one of these countertop appliances. The short answer is yes, you can use most regular pans on a NuWave oven or cooktop, but there are some caveats to keep in mind.
What is a NuWave Oven?
A NuWave oven is a countertop appliance that combines infrared, convection, and conduction heat to cook food. It uses a combination of radio frequency energy, circulating hot air, and conduction from direct contact with the oven surface to cook food quickly and evenly. Some key features of NuWave ovens include:
- Small countertop footprint – NuWave ovens are compact in size, making them a good option for small kitchens.
- Fast preheating – NuWave ovens can preheat in just minutes, allowing you to start cooking sooner.
- Versatile cooking functions – Most NuWave ovens include settings for bake, broil, roast, grill, air fry, dehydrate, and more.
- Adjustable cooking temperatures – NuWave ovens allow you to cook at temperatures ranging from 100°F to 350°F+.
- Multiple cooking racks – Many come with triple cooking racks to prepare entire meals at once.
What Types of Pans Work with NuWave Ovens?
Most standard metal bakeware pans and dishes will work in a NuWave oven. Recommended options include:
- Aluminum pans – Disposable aluminum pans conduct heat well.
- Stainless steel pans – Stainless steel is durable and conducts heat evenly.
- Ceramic or glass bakeware – These pans provide even heating and are safe for roasting and baking.
- Metal casserole dishes – Large and deep dishes work well for roasts and casseroles.
- Metal cake pans – Standard round and square pans are ideal for cakes and quick breads.
- Metal muffin tins – Regular tin and nonstick tin pans bake muffins perfectly.
In most cases, you can use the same pans you would use in a regular oven. Just avoid pans with plastic handles or nonstick coatings that have a maximum temperature rating below the oven’s maximum temperature.
Are There Any Pans That Don’t Work with NuWave?
There are a few types of cookware that may not work as well in a NuWave oven:
- Glass or stoneware – These materials do not conduct heat as well, resulting in uneven cooking.
- Cast iron – While cast iron can be used, it will take longer to preheat and cook food thoroughly.
- Nonstick pans – Most nonstick coatings should not exceed 500°F, which is below NuWave’s max temp.
- Disposable foil pans – Foil is less conductive and more likely to leak or tear at high temps.
- Plastic utensils or pans – Plastics should not be used in the oven due to the risk of melting.
For best results, stick to metal bakeware and avoid glass, stoneware, cast iron, nonstick, foil, and plastic when cooking with a NuWave oven.
What About Pans for NuWave Induction Cooktops?
If you have a NuWave induction cooktop rather than the oven, you can use most stainless steel, cast iron, and enamel-coated pans. The key is to ensure the pans have a ferromagnetic base that allows them to work on an induction cooktop. To test if a pan will work, use a magnet on the bottom – if it sticks, the pan will work on induction.
Avoid copper, aluminum, glass, ceramic, and other non-magnetic cookware with induction cooktops. Even with stainless steel, make sure it has a magnetic base layer compatible with induction.
Tips for Using Regular Pans in a NuWave Oven
When cooking with your existing pans in a NuWave oven, keep these tips in mind:
- Use metal pans without plastic handles since plastics can melt at high temps.
- Allow extra preheat time for cast iron or stoneware pans to heat up.
- Use oven mitts or potholders when removing pans since they get very hot.
- Avoid putting cold glass or stoneware dishes directly into a hot oven to prevent cracking.
- Situate bakeware evenly on the racks for optimal heat circulation.
- Go for metal bakeware over glass dishes for faster, more even cooking results.
In most cases, the metal bakeware and pans you already own can be used safely and effectively in a NuWave oven or on a NuWave induction cooktop. Stainless steel, aluminum, ceramic, and glass dishes are ideal for even heating and great results. Avoid plastics and items not rated for the oven’s max temp like nonstick and foil pans. With proper precautions like preheating pans and using oven mitts, you can successfully cook with your existing cookware.