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COPPER CHEF Electric Skillet CM-813 Manual

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Owner’s Manual

12″ x 12″ Skillet | MODEL: CM-813
Warranty Information Inside

Do not use the Copper Chef Electric Skillet™ until you have read this manual thoroughly.
Save These Instructions – For Household Use Only

Copper Chef Electric Skillet™

Use As A Skillet, A Buffet Server, For Steaming, Sautéing or Frying.

Before you Begin

It is very important that you read this entire manual making certain that you are totally familiar with its operation and precautions.

Copper Chef Electric Skillet

Your new Copper Chef Electric Skillet™ will become your favorite mealtime appliance. It will help you prepare all your family favorites in a cooking environment that maintains the perfect temperature for best results.
The Copper Chef Electric Skillet will steam, sauté, and fry meats, fish, seafood, vegetables, and casseroles without the need for oils or butter thanks to the exclusive Cerami-Tech non-stick cooking surface. Nothing sticks so clean ups are a breeze.
The secret to this Unit’s perfect performance is a result of the Temperature Control Thermostat that maintains a precise temperature from 120°F to 425°F. The lower setting is perfect for keeping your food warm in a buffet setting.

The Unit’s 12″ x 12″ capacity gives the Copper Chef Electric Skillet 25% more cooking surface than other units.


When using the appliance, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including the following:

  • READ AND FOLLOW all instructions carefully.
  • MAKE SURE the appliance is plugged into a wall socket.
  • This appliance is NOT INTENDED for use by persons with reduced physical, sensory, or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they are under the supervision of a responsible person or have been given proper instruction in using the appliance. This appliance is NOT INTENDED for use by children.
  • DO NOT use this unit if the plug, the power cord, or the appliance itself is damaged in any way.
  • If the power cord is DAMAGED, you must have it replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent, or a similarly qualified person in order to avoid hazard.
  • AVOID electric shock, never immerse the unit, the temperature control thermostat, cord or plug in water or other liquids.
  • KEEP the appliance and its power cord out of the reach of children when it is in operation or in the “cooling down” process.
  • KEEP the power cord away from hot surfaces. DO NOT plug in the power cord or operate the unit controls with wet hands.
  • NEVER connect this appliance to an external timer switch or separate remote-control system.
  • NEVER use this appliance with an extension cord of any kind.
  • The use of accessory attachments NOT RECOMMENDED by the appliance manufacturer may cause injuries.
  • NEVER attempt home repair, consult with an authorized service technician for examination, repair or electrical or mechanical adjustment.
  • DO NOT operate the appliance on or near combustible materials such as tablecloths and curtains.
  • ALWAYS use extreme caution when moving this appliance if it contains hot oil or any other hot liquid.
  • DO NOT use this appliance for any purpose other than described in this manual.
  • NEVER leave the appliance unattended.
  • ALWAYS attach the temperature control thermostat to the appliance first, then plug into the wall outlet. To disconnect, switch off, remove plug from the wall outlet, then remove the temperature control thermostat from the appliance.
  • The unit’s outer surfaces may BECOME HOT during use. Use handles or knobs on unit and wear oven mitts when handling hot components or touching hot surfaces.


  • USE silicone or plastic tongs when removing or handling hot food.
  • ALLOW time for unit to cool before cleaning or storing.
  • To AVOID damage to countertops, operate this unit only on a level heat resistant surface.

This product can expose you to Bisphenol A, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

  • Always operate the appliance on a horizontal surface that is level, stable, and noncombustible.
  • This appliance is intended for normal household use only. It is not intended for use in commercial or retail environments.
  • This appliance is not intended for deep frying foods.
  • If the Copper Chef Electric Skillet is used improperly or for professional or semi-professional purposes or if it is not used according to the instructions in the user manual, the warranty becomes invalid and the manufacturer will not be held liable for damages.
  • Always unplug the appliance after use.
  • Let the appliance cool down for approximately 30 mins before handling, cleaning, or storing.
  • A short power-supply cord (or detachable power-supply cord) is provided to reduce the risk resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.

Electric Power
If the electrical circuit is overloaded with other appliances, the Unit may not operate properly. It should be operated on a dedicated electrical circuit.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
This appliance complies with all standards regarding electromagnetic fields (EMF). If handled properly and according to the instructions in this user manual, the appliance is safe to use based on scientific evidence available today.



Parts and Accessories

1. Glass Serving Lid                       5. Temperature Control Thermostat
2. Steam Release Vent                    6. Temperature Control Dial
3. 12″ x 12″ Electric Skillet Base    7. On/Off Arrow Indicator
4. Cool Grip Handles

Important: Please make sure that your Copper Chef Electric Skillet has been shipped as per your order. Check everything carefully before use. If any part is missing or damaged, do not use this product. Contact shipper using the customer service number located in the back of the owner’s manual.

Never immerse the Unit, the Temperature Control Thermostat, cord or plug in water or other liquids. Water will short out the electrical components and cause possible severe electrical shock.

Important: Do not use metal utensils with your Copper Chef Electric Skillet.
They may damage the non-stick coating. Use non-stick friendly utensils suitable for use on hot surfaces.


Before First Use: Wash and rinse Glass Serving Lid and cooking surface with warm water and a mild soapy detergent. Never use abrasive cleaners or metal scrubbers on this Unit. Never immerse the Unit, the Temperature Control Thermostat, cord or plug in water or other liquids.

Control Thermostat

Important: This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit into a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to modify the plug in any way.

  1. Insert the Temperature Control Thermostat with the Temperature Control Dial facing up, into the accessory jack located on the side of the unit below the handle. Push in all the way to be sure it is making full contact.
  2. Plug AC cord into electric outlet.
  3. Set cooking temperature by aligning the Temperature Control Dial with the On/Off Arrow Indicator on the Temperature Control Thermostat (page 5, #5). Arrow will light when temperature is selected (page 5, #7). Light will go on and off during the cooking process when at set temperature.
  4. Following your recipe, place ingredients in the Skillet. The oversize cooking surface will hold enough ingredients for a family sized “one pot” meal. Make sure the Unit is on a stable, level heat resistant surface located near a dedicated electrical outlet.
  5. Add the Glass Serving Lid to seal in flavor and juices if desired. Monitor the cooking process according to the cooking time of your recipe. Do not leave the Unit unattended while cooking.
  6. When cooking is complete, you can turn the Temperature Control Dial to “0”, cutting off all heat or you may keep the dial set on the warm setting between 120°F – 200°F to keep the food warm.


Hamburger (½-inch thick) – Rare 375° F / 190°C 4 – 8 min.
Hamburger (½-inch thick) – Well Done 375° F / 190°C 9 – 12 min.
Bacon 350° F / 175°C 5 – 8 min.
Pancakes 375° F / 190°C 1 – 3 min.
Fried Eggs 300° F / 150°C 3 – 5 min.
Scrambled Eggs 325° F / 162°C 2 – 3 min.
Home Fried Potatoes 350° F / 175°C 10 – 12 min.
Sausage Links/Patties 340° F / 170°C 12 – 15 min.
Fish/Seafood 375° F / 190°C 5 – 8 min.
Pork Chops (Breaded) 375° F / 190°C 10 – 15 min.
Pork Chops (Browned) 225° F / 110°C 30 – 40 min.
French Toast 325° F / 162°C 4 – 6 min.
Thin Steak (Philly Style) 400° F / 205°C 2 – 4 min.
Crispy Chicken 400° F / 200°C 12 – 18 min.

NOTE: The temperatures and times shown below are estimated guidelines. You may adjust them to suit your individual taste as you become more familiar with the unit


Beef & Veal Ground
Steaks, roasts-medium
Steaks, roasts-rare
160° F
160° F
145° F
Chicken & Turkey Breasts
Ground, stuffed
Whole bird, legs, thighs, wings
165° F
165° F
165° F
Fish & Shellfish Any type 145° F
Lamb Ground
Steaks, roasts-medium
Steaks, roasts-rare
160° F
160° F
145° F
Pork Chops, ground, ribs, roasts
Fully cooked ham
160° F
140° F

The chart above should be used to check internal temperature for cooked meats. USDA Food Safety Standards.


Before Cleaning

  • Allow Unit to cool thoroughly before handling (up to 30 minutes).
  • With Temperature Control Dial set to “0”, remove plug from wall outlet.
  • Grasp the Temperature Control Thermostat and remove it from the Unit.
  • NEVER immerse the Unit, the Temperature Control Thermostat, cord or plug in water or other liquids.

  • Carefully wipe the Temperature Control Thermostat with a damp cloth to remove any food residue or grease, especially from the metal probe.
  • The Glass Serving Lid may be placed in dishwasher or cleaned in the sink with warm water and a mild detergent. Never use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on non-stick surfaces.
  • The Electric Skillet Base cannot be placed in the dishwasher. Hand wash only without submerging.
  • When using the dishwasher, the Glass Serving Lid should be on the top shelf and never upside down.
  • When cleaning is completed, dry Electric Skillet Base thoroughly, giving special care to the housing that contains the electrical pins.
  • *Store the Unit in a cool dry place. Place the Temperature Control Thermostat in the Electric Skillet Base and cover with the Glass Serving Lid.

Failure to follow these instructions could cause immediate damage or at a later date, which may result in personal injury or property damage.

Unit Specifications

Cerami-Tech™ Non-Stick Coating 1200 watts 120°F – 425°F 4 liters 12″ x 12″


If your unit is not working properly:

  • Make sure Plug is in electrical socket.
  • Make sure Temperature Control Thermostat is properly connected to Electric Skillet Base.
  • Make sure you have set the temperature to a setting higher than 120°F.
  • The Unit may not be able to draw enough operating power from the outlet. Try switching outlets to one with no other appliances attached.
  • If food is under cooked or over cooked – change temperature and cooking time accordingly.

60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

If you decide that you don’t love this product, your order is covered by our 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. You have 60 days from the day you receive your product to request a replacement product or refund of the purchase price minus processing and handling fees.
To receive a refund or replacement, you must return the product to us at your expense. To return the product, call customer service at 1-973-2875129 and request a return merchandise authorization number. Pack the product carefully and include in the package a note with (1) your name, (2) mailing address, (3) phone number, (4) email address, (5) reason for return, and (6) proof of purchase or order number, and (7) specify on the note whether you are requesting a refund or replacement. Write the return merchandise authorization number on the outside of the package.

Send the product to the following return address:

Copper Chef Electric Skillet
Tristar Products
500 Returns Road
Wallingford, CT 06495

We are very proud of the design and quality of our Copper Chef Electric Skillet™.


This product has been manufactured to the highest standards. Should you have any problem, our friendly customer service staff is here to help you.

Distributed by:
Tristar Products, Inc.
Fairfield, NJ 07004
© 2018 Tristar Products Inc.
Made in China


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