The 7 Best Au Gratin Pans
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Although these au gratin pans are, of course, ideal for preparing traditional oven-baked dishes with crisp, golden-brown crusts, they are actually a lot more versatile than that. You can also use them for making casseroles, calzones, pot pies, fish, and baked pasta dishes (like mac and cheese). Our list includes stainless steel, ceramic, and copper options at prices to fit any budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 30, 2019:
Like casserole dishes, au gratin pans come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, and they can be used for baking anything from entrees to sides to desserts. Some also double as attractive serving dishes, so they work well from the oven straight to the table.
Joining the selection in today’s update is the Anolon 46064, which is available from a decades-old maker of gourmet kitchenware. This dish is available in either a striking Paprika Red or a brilliant Cobalt Blue, and features a modern design with tapered walls and curved handles. It’s easy to carry from the oven straight to the table and boasts a generous, 2-quart capacity, so you can use it for anything from a main course to a side dish to a dessert. It’s easy to clean, as well as safe for use in the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer. It’s also oven safe up to 500 degrees, so you can use it for just about any recipe.
Retaining its Number One spot is the Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware, which comes in an impressive selection of colors and sizes, so you’re sure to find just the one to meet your needs and preference. It’s hard to go wrong with this sturdy choice that stands up well to utensils, and also resists odors, staining, chipping, and cracking. Its scalloped handles provide you with a secure grip during transport. It maintains even temperatures during baking and prevents scorching. If you already have a collection of pieces from this line of Le Creuset stoneware (such as the rectangular or square dishes or the covered casserole), this versatile piece would make a nice addition.
Williams Sonoma Stainless-Steel Au Gratin This shallow, oval-shaped pan will help you to achieve bubbling potatoes, delicious casseroles, cheesy baked pasta, and more – and to deliver them straight to the table for your family or guests. It’s made of attractive stainless steel with a polished finish, as well as a heat-responsive aluminum core. In addition to the oven, it’s made for use on any type of cooktop, including induction. It’s conveniently dishwasher safe and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. williams-sonoma.com