Sometimes the simplest steps can make a big difference. It's time to clear the air on a confusing topic that EVERYONE is talking about right now: when to put oil in the pan.
It's best to heat the pan first, then add oil or butter. You add oil after the pan is hot to prevent the oil from breaking down prematurely. It can make a huge difference because broken down oil becomes sticky. And sticky oil can ruin your culinary creation - not good.
For the non-stick pan people of the world, completely different rules apply. Use a minimum amount of oil to preserve the life of the pan. Second and most importantly, add the oil when the pan is cold.
"Wait whaaaaat? You just said to add oil when the pan is hot to prevent the oil from breaking down early."
You're smart. We did say that. We guess you'll just have to decide between a potential premature oil breakdown or a damaged pan. Pick your poison.