There’s not a season that doesn’t go great with pie. Stuffed with apples and cinnamon, made out of pumpkin (or some kind of squash anyway), stacked with berries and peaches, stuffed with game meat and thyme—whatever your fancy, when the need for pie strikes, you’ll need just the right pan for baking and serving.
The best pie dishes make getting golden crumbly crusts and clean slices easier—and look great at serving time, too.
Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Pie Plate
Glass pie dishes that get the job done. Amazon
Pyrex won’t absorb odors or stains, and is safe for microwaves, dishwashers, preheated ovens, and freezers. At 9.5 inches, these pie plates are slightly bigger than a standard pie dish (adjust your recipes accordingly). They come with a scalloped edge for that crimped pie crust—and they’re cute and efficient enough to use for quiches, too.
Norpro Stainless Steel Pie Pan
No-nonsense stainless steel for perfect crusts. Amazon
Not worried about looks too much, and just want a really, really efficient pie pan? Opt for this mirror-finished stainless steel option, which produces beautifully flaky crusts. The glossy finish means you won’t have pie crust stuck to the bottom as you try to lift out slices, and it’s designed for beautifully browned crust bottoms.
USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel Pie Pan
A sturdy aluminum pan for an even bake. Amazon
These sturdy pie pans are a favorite of commercial kitchens. They’re made out of 65 percent recycled heavy-gauge steel, with a corrugated surface to evenly circulate air and distribute heat, as well as a BPA free silicone coating to help release pie crusts. They’re made in the USA and can be used again and again.
Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
Elegance and durability. Amazon
If you’re serious about your dessert and want a pie dish that will last for years, consider splurging on an Emile Henry ceramic pie dish. They’ve got classic French good looks (the company’s been making pie dishes since 1850), and come in muted red, yellow, green, blue, or white. The plates are made out of burgundy clay, which distributes and retains heat evenly. They’re safe for hot ovens up to 520 degrees, broilers, and microwaves, and can withstand extreme temperature changes. They’re also easy-to-use and scratch-resistant, dishwasher safe, and come with a 10-year warranty.