I accidentally left a Teflon pan on high heat to the point where oil was smoking a lot. Is the Teflon pan still good to use? I'm afraid I destroyed the protective coating. I visually inspected the coating and it seems to be intact and in good shape.

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    What does the surface of the pan look like now? Damaged teflon won't be smooth any more
    – Joe
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 21:43
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    Hi, health related questions are off topic here. I had to remove that part. We can only answer the aspect of the pan being difficult to cook with or not.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 7:28

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Smoking oil generally isn't hot enough to damage teflon. Generally, Teflon gets damaged at 260C/500F, which is above the smoke point of most cooking oils (though not all of them). So as long as you didn't let it go to the point where you burned most of the oil off, it should be OK.

  • Hm.. thanks for the link. I was actually using avocado oil which your reference says burns at 271 °C.
    – burnt1ce
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 15:06
  • Um ... no? The linked article says that avocado oil burns at 205C.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 18:08
  • "there are at least two cooking oils (refined safflower oil at 265 °C (509 °F) and avocado oil at 271 °C (520 °F)) that have a higher smoke point."
    – burnt1ce
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 15:42
  • Ah, interesting, that's not in the chart. So were you using refined or virgin avocado oil? Of course, a visual inspection of the surface is probably your best bet now.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 16:56

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