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Best Nonstick Fry Pan & Fried Tomatoes

August 29, 2016

Finally, the best nonstick fry pan we’ve found that’s built to last. It’s a stainless steel nonstick hybrid that produces perfectly fried eggs and tomatoes!

Fried eggs, fried tomatoes and edible flowers.

Gifts From the Garden

There are few things that I love more than tip-toeing through the garden in the early hours of the morning. She provides joy on so many levels and always has a surprise or two in store.

This summer morning her gifts were a handful of edible flowers and tomatoes—lots of tomatoes.

The crop of Roma, Pearly Pink, Black Krim and Kellogg’s Breakfast are ripening on the vine at record pace. With so many tomatoes for the picking, I am leaving them on neighbors’ doorsteps, dehydrating them, simmering up Artichoke Basil Pomodoro and making lots of Chipotle Salsa.

And then there are the flowers.

An English Garden Breakfast

I’ve never walked through the garden picking flowers with the intention of eating them, but this morning I did. I picked a few pansy, squash, nasturtium, chive and red clover flowers and made myself an English Garden Breakfast consisting of fried eggs, fried tomatoes and a floral garnish. It was art on a plate!

The chive blossoms and nasturtium flowers were quite tasty, but it was the tomatoes that really won my taste buds.

The flavors that the right pan and a little oil and salt can coax out of garden-fresh tomatoes is exceptional. I say the “right” pan because the sugar in tomatoes has scorched both my stainless steel and ceramic cookware making clean up a bear. For eggs and tomatoes, nonstick is essential in my opinion.

Perfect fried breakfast tomatoes start with firm ripe tomatoes and are finished off with a drizzle of olive oil, minced rosemary and salt.

The Best Hybrid Nonstick Fry Pan

Until recently I looked at nonstick fry pans as disposable by design, which really was a shame. We’d swap them out at least once a year because no matter how careful we were, scratches happened and food eventually began sticking to the surface.

Then we discovered the Frieling Black Cube Stainless/Nonstick Fry Pan (affiliate link)—the best nonstick fry pan I’ve used to date. It’s unique in that it’s a hybrid pan. A raised stainless steel pattern over a recessed layer of nonstick coating 1) allows for browning on stainless steel without sticking and 2) protects the nonstick coating. When you stir and scrape the pan as you cook, your spoon or spatula rubs against the grid rather than the nonstick finish—helping prolong the life of this PFOA-free nonstick cookware.

The Black Cube™ Fry Pan is perfect for frying eggs and tomatoes.

An 8-Month Test Drive

I wanted to give the Black Cube Fry Pan a rigorous test drive before I reviewed it here on Flo & Grace. We’ve been using the Black Cube nearly every day for 8 months and I am happy to report that there are no scratches on the cooking surface—yep, it’s the best nonstick fry pan I’ve found to date. There is some wear and tear (see image above) around the rim of the pan that is not protected by the stainless steel grid. It doesn’t affect the cooking surface and is proof to me that the grid is doing what it was designed to do—to protect the nonstick surface. I can only imagine what the typical nonstick fry pan I would have bought at T.J.Maxx would look like by now?

I like products that are build to last and the Black Cube seems to be just that. Black Cube fry pans work on all cooktops and are oven safe up to 450° F. I’m thinking we will get some good years out of this pan and many more fried tomatoes!

Tips for Use & Care

Use a Bit of Oil

Because the Black Cube is a hybrid pan, it offers the best of both worlds. While able to achieve some browning with the raised stainless steel surface, you do lose a bit of the “nonstick” of a basic nonstick pan. But use a bit of oil (not spray), and you’re good to go.

Cooking Utensils

Though Frieling designed the Black Cube pans to stand up to metal utensils, I stick with wood spoons and silicon spatulas—old habits die hard.

Avoid Excessive Heat

Most cooking we do in this pan requires low to medium heat. As with any cookware, extreme heat can cause damage and/or discoloration. Avoid heat in excess of 450˚F.

Clean Up

Cleaning is a breeze. All that is required is a sponge. If a bit of food does stick, I soak it for a few minutes then give it a cleaning with a plastic bristle brush. Though dishwasher safe, we use this pan so frequently that we just hand wash it.

Fried eggs, fried tomatoes and edible flowers.

Fried Breakfast Tomatoes

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Fried Breakfast Tomatoes

Fried tomatoes pair perfectly with fried eggs, adding bright sweet and tart flavors to a plate. Garnish with edible flowers from your garden.

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes, firm ripe
  • Avocado oil or other higher smoke point oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh rosemary, minced

Instructions

  1. Coat bottom of a nonstick frying pan with thin layer of avocado oil.
  2. Slice tomatoes into ½-inch rounds and arrange in a single layer in fry pan.
  3. Saute tomatoes over medium-low heat until undersides begin to caramelize but tomatoes are still on the firm side, 2-3 minutes. Use a Splatter Guard
  4. Season with salt and minced rosemary.
  5. Flip tomato slices and saute another minute.
  6. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil
  7. Serve with fried eggs.
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What’s Your Essential Kitchen Tool?

We all have kitchen tools and gadgets we could not live without. For me it’s a nonstick pan for eggs. Do you have one that’s indispensable?

Disclosure: Flo & Grace received a free Black Cube Fry Pan from Frieling in exchange for an honest review on this site. All opinions expressed are our own.

The Black Cube™ Fry Pan is perfect for frying eggs and tomatoes.

 

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Georgianna August 30, 2016 at 7:16 am

This pan sounds amazing! A good pan really does make all the difference. I got a pretty good tri-poly stainless steel non stick set for my wedding 3 years ago that is still going strong.

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Tiffany deSilva August 30, 2016 at 7:23 am

It’s amazing how a frying pan can impact the overall quality of a finished dish. It is so true, though. Getting quality pans (and knives) are a must for me.

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Alexa August 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Totally agree. One nonstick, one le crueset shallow casserole … I use them for EVERYTHING.

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 30, 2016 at 7:26 am

I have fallen so hard for summer tomatoes this year! Beautiful dish to cook up with the pan!

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Cricket Plunkett August 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

I’ve never seen tomatoes cooked like that, but they look amazing!

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Kelly @ TastingPage August 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

My frying pan is right there next to my chef’s knife – both are my right hand!

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Alexa August 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Kelly, same here! One great knife is essential. What kind of knife do you use?

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Gluten Free With Emily August 30, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Hands down my waffle maker! I actually own a couple

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Alexa August 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm

My husband and you think alike. He says we need more than one waffle maker!

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Sandi (@fearless_dining) August 30, 2016 at 4:36 pm

This looks delicious…I love fresh tomatoes and I am sure that pan cooked them to perfection.

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Nutrimom August 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm

What is the pan coated with? Always looking for better options 🙂

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Amanda Kanashiro August 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

I’m gonna have to look this pan up, we are looking for a good nonstick pan! One of my favorite kitchen utensils is microplane.

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Megan August 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

That pan looks super cool–never heard of it–thanks for letting me know.

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keeley mcguire August 31, 2016 at 6:56 am

Having a good fry pan *is* key! I would say the tool I could not live without, however, is my slowcooker. A working mother’s best friend. lol

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Alexa August 31, 2016 at 7:00 am

Definitely a slow cooker. 🙂

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Wendy August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

Those tomatoes look absolutely amazing! I need to check out that pan.

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Elle @ Only Taste Matters August 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm

I have become obsessed with finding a quality non-stick frying pan. Thank you for introducing me to this one!

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Alisa Fleming September 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Wow, that pan looks and sounds amazing! I love the design of it and really do need a better quality pan.

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Alexa September 12, 2016 at 11:14 am

I think it’s pretty fancy, too. It’s durable, too. Use it every day!

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