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Can You Use Cast Iron on a Glass-Top Stove or Glass Cooktop?

Cast iron cookware is safe to use on ceramic-glass stoves and cooktops and shouldn’t cause damage to the pan or cooking surface when you follow the right tips. Because cast iron is heavy, always place it gently on the cooktop and pick up, rather than slide, when you need to move it around.

With this guide, you can discover the do’s and don’ts of cooking with cast iron pans or Dutch ovens on glass stoves. Read on for tips to ensure you use the right cookware for your hardworking appliance.

How to Use Cast Iron on Glass Cooking Surfaces

Cast iron heats slowly and retains heat for long periods of time, making it a great tool for browning, frying and slow cooking on your glass cooktop. The material of this cookware is much heavier than alternatives like ceramic and aluminum, so be cautious when using cast iron on glass cooking surfaces.

Cast Iron on Glass Cooktops: Do’s

  • Prep the cast iron cookware: Make sure your cookware is clean and dry before placing it on your glass cooktop, as leftover food and debris can lead to burnt on messes.

  • Anticipate proper cooking temperatures: Since cast iron pans can take longer to heat up and cool down compared to other cookware, factor in slightly longer cooking times. Reducing cooking temperatures, such as going from a boil to a simmer, may also take longer.

  • Lift cookware when it needs to be moved: Because cast iron is a heavy material, always place cast iron cookware gently on your cooking surface to avoid damage. To adjust cookware on the stove, carefully lift and place the cast iron down, rather than sliding or dragging.

  • Remove cookware promptly: When you’ve finished cooking, swiftly remove the cast iron from the glass surface and place it on a cooling rack or trivet to avoid scorch marks.

Cast Iron on Glass Cooktops: Don’ts

  • Drag or shake cookware on the stove: When cooking with cast iron on a glass cooktop, avoid shaking and dragging the pan as you cook as it can cause scratches on both the cookware and the stovetop. Instead, move food around the pan with a utensil.

  • Leave cast iron on the stove to cool: When you leave your cast iron cookware on a glass cooking surface to cool after use, you run the risk of developing scorch marks on the pan and the stove.
  • Drop cookware on the stovetop: Cast iron cookware is made from a very heavy and durable material. This extra weight may cause damage to glass cooktops when it is not handled with proper care. Always gently place your cast iron cookware on the stovetop, never drop it down.

Learn more with this guide on how to clean a glass cooktop.

FAQs about Cooking with Cast Iron on Glass-Top Stoves & Ranges

Explore these frequently asked questions about cooking with cast iron on glass stoves to better understand how to do it properly.

How can I avoid thermal shock when cooking with cast iron on glass?

You can prevent thermal shock to your cast iron pan by gradually heating it either in a preheating oven or on the stove top on low heat. Gradually increasing the temperature when cooking with cast iron allows the material to slowly expand as it heats and can prevent damage to your cookware.

Can I use a Dutch oven on a glass stove?

Yes, dutch ovens can be used on glass stovetops. Like cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens are heavy pieces of cookware that require gentle handling on glass cooking surfaces to avoid scratches and cracks.

Do I need a flat bottom cast iron PAN to use on a glass-top stove?

It is recommended to use cast iron cookware with a flat bottom on glass stoves as it helps to evenly distribute heat to the surface of the pan.

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