Cast iron frypans
Cast iron frying pans are a great choice for searing, browning, and frying as cast iron is incredibly heat retentive, meaning it reaches and maintains a hot temperature while you cook. Shop cast iron frying pans and skillets from popular brands including Lodge, Le Creuset, Chasseur and more.
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Finding the best cast iron pans and grill pans
From cast iron pots to cast iron pans, cast iron cookware is no longer the domain of professional chefs - plenty of home cooks are embracing the beauty and benefits of cooking with cast iron, too. Whether you've got your heart set on one cast iron pan or an entire cookware set, consider these factors before buying to ensure you choose one that is right for your cooking needs:
Type. Do you need a cast iron skillet, a griddle, grill pan, wok, crepe pan or something else?
Size. Cast iron pans come in many sizes, from small 10cm ones for cooking a single egg to large 35cm ones for cooking a hearty family breakfast.
Handle. Are you more comfortable holding a long handle or a short one? Most cast iron pans will have helper handles to assist with lifting and carrying them safely.
Finish. You can either buy enamelled cast iron that doesn't need seasoning or classic cast iron that will need to be seasoned after each wash.
Difference between an iron pan and cast iron pan
Basically, iron is pure metal while cast iron is an alloy of iron and contains more than 1.5% carbon. This makes it stronger and more durable than iron and able to provide excellent heat diffusion and retention for cooking.
Benefits of using a cast iron frying pan and cast iron cookware
There are plenty of benefits to choosing cast iron over another material, such as stainless steel or glass:
Cast iron provides a very even heat and, once heated, retains it exceptionally well
It's oven-safe for baking dishes and heavy-duty cooking that require a high heat
It can be used on any heat source, including electric, gas, ceramic and induction cooktops, as well as the grill and an open campfire
Cast iron releases iron into your food to boost your daily intake
It's naturally non-stick once it's been seasoned
It comes in different shapes, sizes and forms for every type of cooking, from a round skillet to make eggs and pancakes to square-shaped grill pans for sausages and burgers
Tips when using your new cast iron pan
If you're new to using cast iron skillets, check out these tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your new cookware:
Wash it with soap when it is brand new. Soap is not generally recommended when washing cast iron, however, you should use it before cooking with it the first time.
Raw cast iron skillets will need to be seasoned properly before you can use it, unless they come pre-seasoned or are enamelled.
Unless using enamelled cast iron, avoid cooking with acidic food, such as tomatoes, until your pan has built up a proper seasoning layer.
Cast iron is porous, so never let it soak in water.
Heat your pan up slowly on a moderate heat setting to avoid hot spots.
Food and meals you can cook on a cast iron pan
Whether you're cooking with a cast iron skillet, a cast iron griddle or bringing the BBQ flavours inside with a cast iron grill pan, the options are endless when it comes to creating delicious food. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Stir-fry with veggies
Porterhouse steak and mushrooms
Why cast iron skillets have spouts
Most cast iron round pans will have a pour spout which makes it easier to pour liquids out of the pan while cooking. This is particularly useful if you are cooking meat that has released plenty of hot fat and you want to remove it without making a mess.
Seasoning your cast iron pan before you use
If your cast iron pan comes pre-seasoned, it's ready to use right out of the box. You will still need to oil it after each wash. If you have purchased an enamelled cast iron pan, you don't need to season it at all as the enamel coating provides a non-stick surface. However, if your pan is raw cast iron, it will need to be seasoned prior to cooking with it.
You can do this by first scrubbing it in hot water. Dry it well. Use some paper towels to rub a small amount of vegetable oil over the entire pan and buff it in well. Turn the oven on to 180-200° Celsius and bake the pan for 1hr, before allowing it to dry completely before using. The non-stick layer will continue to build each time you cook with oil and after each wash.
How to clean and take care of your new pan
Your cast iron pan needs to be cleaned after each use. Use a stiff brush and some hot water to scrub it well. Rinse and dry it thoroughly. Then, apply a thin layer of oil over the entire skillet and remove the excess. Heat the oven to between 180-200° Celsius and place the pan inside to bake for around 1hr. Take it out and let it cool completely before storing it away in a dry area.
Accessories and other kitchen utensils to consider when buying a new cast iron pan
Check out our other cookware and kitchen gadgets to help you try new dishes and new cooking techniques:
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What are the benefits of a cast iron pan? Cast iron skillets, woks, grill pans and more offer a unique set of benefits that you won't find when using other materials. A cast iron pan provides incredibly even heat distribution and excellent heat retention, it's durable and long-lasting, it can be used on any stovetop, as well as ovens, grills and campfires, it's toxin-free and has a natural non-stick coating that builds up each time you use it and makes cooking with it an absolute delight!
Are cast iron pans healthy to cook in? Yes. Cast iron cookware can impart iron into your food which is a great way to boost your daily intake if you're iron-deficient. It's also non-toxic and has a natural non-stick coating that is achieved through seasoning which can help you cut back on the amount of oil you use during cooking. Cast iron pans are great for healthier cooking methods too, such as poaching and steaming.