5 best cast iron frying pans 2023: the ultimate skillets built to last, from Le Creuset, Staub, and Lodge
Cast iron frying pans: Cook hob and oven dishes to perfection with a heavyweight pan that’s built to last
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Tired of throwing worn-out or scratched non stick pans away? Take a look at cookware that will stand the test of time and improve the more you cook with it. We think every kitchen should have a cast iron skillet; although often associated with steaks (and they cook a mean sirloin) they’re also great for bubbling bakes, one-pot roasts and crisping veggies and stir fries.
What you need to know about skillets
Skillets take a bit of extra care compared to normal frying pans, however. Because of the materials used, they can be heavy to move around and may scratch if you slide them across a ceramic or induction hobs. All but one of our selection here can be moved into the oven too, so ideal if you want to start something off on the cooker and then bake, grill or slow cook to finish off.
It follows, then, that the whole thing gets incredibly hot and you’ll need to train yourself to remember the burn risk, as it’s easy to grab a hot pan without thinking when busy in the kitchen.
Take your skillet outdoors
Skillets withstand open fires too – you can even use skillets in pizza ovens or on campfires, so take yours into the great outdoors if you get a chance.
Getting better with age: How to take care of your skillet
Cast iron skillets should ideally be washed by hand, using only a small amount of detergent or a handful of salt. Dry them thoroughly, as they can rust if left damp (though they’re easy to revive with some wire wool and a bit of elbow grease.)
As you use your pan more, the patina will build and the non-stick qualities will improve. A chemical-free way to avoid food sticking must be a good thing – just remember those oven gloves!