Pancakes with no oil from the Cuisinart Green Gourmet fry pan
So, I've thrown everything I've got at this pan. Eggplant with no oil, fresh tofu, pancakes and everything was a non-stick success. You can see from the picture of the pancakes above how evenly the pan heats too. Those pancakes filled the pan, so it's not like there was part of the pan that was unused that might be a hot-spot.
When it comes to cooking without oil, I highly recommend this pan. It's also pretty affordable at $45. You probably spend that much on extra virgin olive oil each year.
A few other things to note about this pan. The handle has a v-shape where it connects to the pan. This great little bit of ingenuity keeps the handle from getting hot while cooking. Just an added bonus...
There is, of course, the issue of longevity. How long does the non-stick surface really remain non-stick? I will report back on this over time as I continue to use the pan. Supposedly, in time, the non-stick properties tend to fade but the pan can then be seasoned or oiled much like a cast-iron pan.
I have submitted requests to two other "eco-friendly" non-stick cookware producers, Earthpan and Safepan. They have no yet responded to my request. I hope they will. I would love to see how they stack up against Green Gourmet.