How to Remove Burnt Food From Non Stick Pan

Many of us use non-stick pans at home for cooking, however, every once in a while, food can get burnt and become stuck to our non-stick pans. Removing the burnt bits from the non-stick pan can be quite a task. If not done properly, the pan might even get damaged permanently. For those who have faced the same issue at home at some point, here are some easy pointers on how to remove burnt food from non stick pan right away!

How to remove burnt residue from non-stick pan using baking soda

Baking soda can be a very effective agent to remove the burnt bits off of your non-stick pan. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Add 2 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of cold water. Stir these two ingredients well to mix them completely.
  2. Set your burner to medium heat and pour this mixture on to the pan, placing it on the medium heat.
  3. Let this simmer for about 15 minutes, and then take the pan off the heat.
  4. Pour out the baking soda and water mixture. You will find most of the burnt food bits naturally falling off from the surface of the non-stick pan.

Best products for removing burnt food from non-stick pan

Removing the burnt food and residue from a non-stick pan using homemade solutions often don’t yield the proper results. Sometimes, bits of burnt residue still remains stuck to the pan. In this case, I have found a few great commercial products which have helped me tackle this issue properly:

#01. Long Handle Non-Stick Pan Cleaner


An easy to grip, long handle cleaner which makes cleaning non-stick pans a breeze. The long handle ensures that you don’t hurt your fingers on the harsh bristles of the product. The most economical non-stick pan cleaner that you can opt for!


  • 1 handle with 7 pieces of pot brush
  • Easy to grip handle for ease of use
  • Stainless steel brush; stiff bristles to remove all burnt residue
  • Long lasting and durable
  • Eco-friendly

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#02. Natural Non-Stick Pan Cleaner


A product which is not just aesthetically pleasing, but is easy to use environment-friendly, and works like a charm. The natural non-stick pan cleaner can be your best friend when it comes to removing burnt food from your non-stick pan in a gentle, non-abrasive manner. The best product you can find which is gentle yet effective.


  • A convenient hole with a grasping and hanging thread
  • Natural wood and lacquer finish product
  • All natural, plant-made bristles; no plastic
  • Soft and gentle, yet effective
  • Round head for ideal scrubbing

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#03. Bar Keepers Friend Kit


A heavy duty scrubbing kit which scrubs away at all kinds of stains and burnt stains with utmost ease; Bar Keepers Friend works great on burned food stains. The kit consists of Soft Cleanser Liquid + Non-Scratch Heavy Duty Scouring Cloth. This is the best kit for scrubbing away absolutely any kind of stain and residue I have ever used.


  • Strong and durable cloth
  • Does not leave a harsh smell
  • Non-abrasive solution
  • Removes absolutely any stain
  • Safe for all surfaces

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How to remove burnt food from non-stick pans using vinegar

White vinegar can be a great homemade solution for removing burnt food bits off your non-stick pan.

  1. Allow the pan to cool before you begin this step.
  2. Fill up about half of the pan with water and add ½ cup white vinegar into the pan.
  3. Place the non-stick pan on a stove and allow the water and vinegar mixture to come to a boil. This could take about 10 minutes.
  4. As the vinegar starts to work, the burnt bits will start to loosen up, and it will get easier for you to remove them from the surface of the pan.
  5. Throw out the water and vinegar solution and using a soft dishcloth, scrub off the burnt bits from the pan.

How to remove burnt residue from non-stick pan using soap

Warm, soapy water can help in removing the burnt residue of food from the surface of your non-stick pan. Here is how you can do it at home:

  1. Fill the pan up with warm water and squirt a few drops of dishwashing liquid into the pan.
  2. Allow this to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Take a gentle scrubber, put on your protective gloves, and start to scrub away gently at the burnt bits.
  4. You can add some more soap if you wish to. Move the scrubber in gentle, circular motions to loosen up the particles and remove them.
  5. Wash the pan and place it in the dishwasher.
  6. Remove and dry.

How to prevent burnt food from sticking to your non-stick pan

Non-stick pans, as is suggested by the name, are usually made to prevent foods from sticking to the surface of the pan. However, every once in a while you will find your non-stick pan also having food items stuck to it. The worst part of it all is when the food inside gets burnt and sticks to the surface of the pan.

While these homemade solutions and commercial products should help in effectively removing the burnt food from your non-stick pan, there must be some method to prevent this from happening?

Well, there is one thing you could try. You can add a bit of oil to the surface of dry foods before you place it into the non-stick pan. Another thing you could alternatively try is to add some hot oil to the surface of your non-stick pan before you start cooking. This should get the surface slightly lubricated and prevent foods from sticking to it, and thus, burning and sticking to the pan.

Also read: How to clean discolored stainless steel pots.

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