Why Le Creuset's Bi-Material Spoon is One of My Go-To Kitchen Tools

This plastic spoon does a great job scooping, scraping and stirring.

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Le Creuset Bi-Material Spoon

Straight to the Point

The Le Creuset Revolution Bi-Material Saute Spoon is well-designed and features an ergonomic handle, a deep bowl for scooping, and a flat edge for scraping. We think it's well worth having one around.

That's up until now. For the first time in my life, I've found a plastic cooking spoon that I'm not only happy with, but that I actually find myself reaching for instead of my silicone spatula or my wooden spoon from time to time. That's saying something.

It's the Le Creuset Revolution Bi-Material Saute Spoon, and it's a keeper.

Le Creuset Revolution Bi-Material Saute Spoon

Le Creuset Bi-Material Saute Spoon

Le Creuset

The bi-material scraper spoon has an exceptionally well-designed shape from top to bottom with the same elliptical ergonomic handle design and a business end that has a wide, deep bowl for scooping and a flattened end for scraping up fond. The glass-reinforced nylon that it's made out of is about as heavy-duty as nylon utensils get with a nice heft and a very stiff feel.

But the real kicker is that the very tip is made of stiff silicone. It's essentially two tools in one, performing both the function of a good cooking spoon and of a silicone scraper-style spatula.

Le Creuset silicone spoon
Two tools in one.

Normally when you try and roll the functions of two specialized tools into one general tool, you end up with a tool that does neither one particularly well. I was afraid that was going to be the case with this guy, but in test after test, it passed with flying colors. As a spoon, it was strong enough to stir a 1 1/2 gallon pot of the thick ground meat and vegetable stew that I cook up for my dogs. It was stiff enough to scrape up a skillet full of browned fond and roasted chilis in the sweet potato and hominy chili I made the other day.

Not only that, but it does it better than any other wooden spoon in my arsenal. That flexible tip allows you to push it deep into the corners of your pan for full scrapage across all surfaces.

Le Creuset silicone spoon scraping corners of a pot
Get in those corners!.

It also does a great job as a regular spatula, scraping even uneven surfaces completely clean. Neat, right?

Le Creuset silicone spoon scraping Mayonnaise in a bowl
Scraping mayo.

I'm not gonna lie: It's not all bunnies and flowers in silicone/nylon land. The spoon does have a few disadvantages. First off, anyone who's ever tried to stir a pot of tomato sauce with a white silicone spatula will know that silicone is porous and it stains. This doesn't affect the way it operates, but it does make a difference cosmetically (the Le Creuset's deep red color should help hide any staining).

Secondly and more importantly, unlike wood or metal, silicone can't be used for the highest heat applications in your kitchen. I wouldn't reach for this spoon to toss a stir-fry or to scrape the bottom of a raging hot cast iron skillet, for instance. Then again, I wouldn't use a wooden spoon for those tasks either, so no big loss.

Finally, silicone and nylon can melt which means if that if you, like me, are the kind of person who occasionally accidentally leaves their wooden spoon lying across the edge of a pan or near a hot burner, there's a good chance that it will deform or bend. I'll just have to start being extra careful to remove the spoon from the pan when I'm not using it. It's a small price to pay for the convenience of such an awesome tool.


What is a scraping spoon used for?

A scraping spoon (be it wooden or silicone) is great for stirring stews, chilis, and also for scraping up fond during cooking. The Le Creuset scraping spoon is also particularly great for scraping the last bit of things from bowls (think whipped cream or frosting).

What's the best way to clean a wooden scraping spoon?

It's best to hand wash a wooden scraping spoon. A dishwasher is just too hot, wet, and soapy, and can cause warping and splintering.

What makes a good wooden spoon?

A good wooden spoon should have a wide head, flat scraping edges, and a thick and sturdy construction. Read more about what we like in a wooden spoon in our review.