Cooking with Enameled Cast Iron

Cooking with Enameled Cast Iron

Best Practices

Follow these rules to make the most of your cookware:

  1. Do not preheat an empty piece of enameled cast iron. Always preheat with oil or fat added first. High heat is not recommended; medium is best.
  2. Never use metal utensils; they could scratch the cooking surface. I find that this occurs more with some brands than others, but your rule-of-thumb should be to always use silicon or wooden utensils.
  3. Be gentle. Enameled cast iron is durable, but the surface is fragile. Lift; do not slide. Be careful not to bang it against hard surfaces— it can chip.


With so many beautiful colors available in just about every size and shape imaginable, and with it now being so affordable, it would be worth your while to give enameled cast iron a shot. I love mine just as much as my regular cast iron, and I wouldn’t be caught in my kitchen without them.


  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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