Frying Pan With Domed Shaped Center

About two months ago, I purchased a large, 12 in. fry pan with glass cover. The problem is, that the fry pan has a dome shape right in the center of the pan. When using it, all the cooking oil runs to the sides leaving the largest part of the pan with no shortening for frying. Any suggestions? Thank you.


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Well, I think that's on purpose. My guess is saute around the edges and when cooked enough, pull to center with a spatula so oil can drain.

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Check onlind for reviews about the pan to see if anyone else has this problem. Either return the pan to the retailer or call the company who made it and find out if it can be replaced.It's worth a try. I have had several skillets and frying pans and none had a domed center.

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Ok Bill here's what you do, take a hammer and beat on the center of the pan and flatten it out. I have one of those pans, mine is heavy aluminum and cooks great. This will not harm the surface unless it's teflon, which I hate because the teflon comes off. I hope this works, it worked for me, now I have a nice flat pan! Marian

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Use a hammer if it is teflon, place a small piece of wood on it before you use the hammer.

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To avoid a pan from warping, which is what happened with your fry pan, never put a hot pan in cold water. Wait until it cools down before washing it.


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I agree with Pikka above. Are you sure you didn't buy a wok? That's what it sounds like to me.

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There is a pan on the market that had a vented dome in the center and is made for cooking without fat of any kind. Apparently you just use a little water or other liquid to cook in the pan. Good for low fat diets etc.

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I have a skillet that came with a set that is this way. If I try to cook anything in it even on low temps anything in the center burns.

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This has happened to me before and I find it easier to bang it out with a hammer if the pan is a bit hot. Wear oven mitts.

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I am wondering if you have the dome lid for a piece of waterless cookware.

A lot of ebay vendors say that they can be used for cooking, too, but the fact remains that they really can't, unless you are reheating liquids. And even so, the metal is so thin that it really doesn't lend itself to cooking as the base unit.

go to and in the search, put waterless cookware dome and see if yours looks anything like these (the handles may be different).

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