At its most basic, a kitchen does not need fancy appliances and shelves full of gadgets. In fact, there are only a few dozen essential pieces of equipment you need to cook great food at home. Follow along in our new series, Kitchen Toolbox, to find out what tools you should own and grab recommendations for our chef’s favorite brands, when applicable. And, watch our chef go through the whole toolbox in this video

A great nonstick pan will spare you frustration in the kitchen. For certain foods that are prone to sticking, like fresh fish and fried eggs, a nonstick pan will make all the difference between transferring your seared flounder filet to your plate in one piece and leaving too many scraps stuck to the pan. Although a good pour of olive oil and a pan that’s been pre-heated will also help reduce sticking, you can’t underestimate the power of a good nonstick for stick-less cooking.

We use our non-stick pan for searing flounder, cooking up up glazed tofu for ramen,  and frying okonomiyaki.

We like this 12-inch Scanpan if you’re looking to pick one up for yourself.