12 Types of Cast-Iron Cookware You Should Know About
You can find all the things we love about cast iron—its durability, naturally nonstick coating, and easy cleanup, just to name a few—in lots of handy styles beyond a skillet. Here are our gotta-have items.
This pan with triangular cutouts is perfect for crispy cornbread (this recipe is our favorite!), quick breads, biscuits, scones, and even little frittatas. For best results, fill each wedge no more than three-quarters of the way.
Ah, yes, the trusty cast-iron skillet. It’s one of the most common and versatile cast-iron items. From breads to cakes to Southern fried chicken, this pan has you covered. Make sure you know the best thing you can do for your cast-iron skillet.
Intended to imitate your outdoor barbecue, a cast-iron grill pan is complete with grill ribs that leave those unmistakable sear marks and collect drippings. Prep anything you’d typically make outside with this bad boy—like one of our top 10 burgers.
Almost all Dutch ovens, heavy cooking pots with a tight domed lid, are cast iron. Put your pot to work braising meats, simmering stews, and deep-frying treats. It’s safe in the oven or on the stovetop. Get inspiration from these foods you should always cook on cast iron.
Traditionally used for Chinese cooking, this bowl-shaped frying pan is actually multipurpose. Make stir-fry, sure, but also sauté veggies, cook paella, steam fish, and scramble eggs—though you’ll want to avoid these things you should never cook in a cast-iron pan.
The name says it all. This tool is best used for muffins (like these crumble-topped treats) and cornbread, but much like its non-cast-iron counterparts, it’s also great for baking mini lasagnas, quiches, meat loaves, sliders, and more.
Despite being called a baking pan, this 14-inch round is especially perfect for homemade pizzas. Start with this Perfect Pizza Crust and pile it high with pepperoni and cheese. Or, if you’d prefer, pop it on the grill or stovetop for grilled meat or fried eggs. Just watch out for these 13 mistakes you’ve been making with your cast-iron pan.