Cooking with Enameled Cast Iron

Cooking with Enameled Cast Iron

Cleaning Tips

  1. Don’t be lazy—clean your cookware adequately every time. Saying that you’ll clean that stain the next time you use the piece will lead to an interior cooking surface that is dull and brown.
  2. I use soap, water, and a green non-scratch Scotchbrite scouring pad to keep my cookware clean. These scouring pads are fantastic on enameled cast iron because they clean buildup that often gets overlooked.

  3. If you burn something in your enameled cast iron, don’t fret; boiling water in a piece can be very effective in removing burnt food. Adding dishwashing liquid while boiling also works wonders (you should NEVER do this with a regular cast iron skillet, by the way). Boiling water and then adding baking soda is also effective. Use a Lodge polycarbonate pan scraper to help remove stubborn bits of food.

  4. For light staining that occurs over time, I have found that soaking the cooking surface in peroxide mixed with baking soda, followed by a scrub with soap and water with a scouring pad is highly effective. If you have heavier stains, fill the pan halfway full with water, add half a cup of peroxide, one-third cup of baking soda, and gently simmer for 2 hours, being careful to maintain your water level. 



  1. Wow. I appreciate the tip regarding temperature when cooking with enameled cast iron. I’ve always cranked up the heat and couldn’t figure out how not to burn the food. That’s why I am reading this website. Thank you!

  2. What and how oven or top of stove for cooking with cast iron Dutch oven what temp to use , does it take longer or shorter cooking times ?

    • We suggest using medium heat when cooking with Dutch ovens. They work great on the stove top for making soups and jams, and are also wonderful for braising roasts and other meats in the oven!

  3. This info really helped me..I’ve used cast iron pans all my life. But now that I have health problems, keeping them seasoned is a my enamel pans..

    • Hi Katherine! We’re glad that we could help and that you love enamel as much as we do. Let us know if you ever need any other tips or tricks.

  4. What a wonderful informative post! I have used a French enameled dutch oven for years with great success – but the results with my new enameled skillet were a bit disappointing. Thanks to your great tips and comments I now know where I made mistakes. Your information should accompany all enameled cookware.
    Thank you!


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