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7 Best Cast Iron Frying Pans

The one type of cookware in a kitchen that can be used for virtually everything is cast iron. Because cast iron pans are comprised of an extraordinarily durable combination of steel and carbon, they heat and cook evenly and withstand nicks, dents, and scratches better than other types of pans. Cast iron can maintain a constant temperature for deep frying, do a fantastic job of searing a steak, and bake your favorite cornbread recipe.

  1. Stargazer 10.5-inch Cast Iron Skillet

why we like

  • good looking
  • light
  • Simple-pour edge
  • very nonstick and clean-up-friendly

why we don’t like

  • The more expensive end

This is a USA-made, very smooth pan that makes a terrific, trustworthy addition to your kitchen for practically anything you’ll want to whip up. It is durable in addition to being gorgeous. Even though cast iron is a heavy material overall, the Stargazer is very lightweight when compared to other cookware. Almost everything browns evenly because of good heat retention. When used to sear meat, it excels, giving steaks a fantastic crust while scarcely smoking at all.

The Stargazer is the only pan in which no egg white residue adheres and is also the easiest to clean. High-sloping sides and a flared lip on the pan stop hot grease from splattering out and making a mess.

2. Lodge Blacklock Triple-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

why we like

  • light
  • extreme nonstick
  • Heats up quickly
  • Handle loop keeps cool

why we don’t like

  • Several pour spout spills

A part of Lodge’s line of pans designed to resemble vintage cast iron is the multifunctional Blacklock Triple Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet. Despite being available in diameters of 7, 10, 25, 12, and 14.5 inches, it is one of the best on the market and is only topped by the Stargazer.

It is quite lightweight in comparison to its competitors, making it simple to move on and off the cooktop.

The higher arch of the looped handle is ergonomic and keeps it cooler while taking it into and out of a hot oven.

3. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

why we like

  • cost-effective
  • well-maintains heat
  • It’s pleasant to grasp the silicone handle cover.
  • simple to clean

why we don’t like

  • Some egg-related stickiness
  • a bit too hot to use

This sturdy, American-made pan heats slowly but quickly maintains the temperature, making it perfect for producing a nice sear on steaks and other meals that require browning. It is built of thicker cast iron than the Blacklock. It is a little bit too hot compared to competitors once heated; if it goes on for a minute too long, steaks will quickly burn. However, this is not a deal-breaker.

The Lodge, on the other hand, excels in terms of nonstick characteristics. In comparison to baking cornbread in the pan, there is a little bit more sticking when frying an egg. It also features a silicone handle cover that makes taking it out of the oven and setting it on the stove quite easy. It’s a superb pan in every way at an unbelievable cost.

4. Smithey Ironware Company No.10-Cast Iron Skillet

why we like

  • Stunning, top-notch design
  • Low sides reduce splatter
  • Easy pouring with two spouts
  • Interior with a smooth, clean surface

why we don’t like

  • pricey
  • only a little bit of nonstick

The most popular product under the Smithey Ironware brand and the company’s first skillet was the 10-inch pan from South Carolina. The skillet’s interior is polished and smooth, and it is constructed of thick cast iron, which makes cleaning and maintaining it easier.

It has holes in both handles that allow it to be hung for storage and two pouring spouts that make it simple to transfer liquids to serving or storage containers. Although the 10-inch model works best for skillet cornbread, it is also available in 8-inch and 12-inch sizes so you may change the size as needed.

5. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Signature Iron Handle Skillet

why we like

  • Stunning, top-notch design
  • heats uniformly
  • Durable
  • simple to clean

why we don’t like

  • pricey
  • Small splatter is produced by shallower sides.

The renowned high-end enameled cast iron Dutch ovens by Le Creuset are made with the same meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail as this 11.75-inch skillet. It features a black enameled inside that is stain- and dull-resistant and mimics bare cast iron, but you can cook anything in it and put it in the dishwasher. It also resembles bare cast iron and is dishwasher safe.

Thanks to homogeneous heating, which creates very little smoke and is effortless to clean up, searing in the pan may produce a perfect deep brown steak crust. Since it is shallower than other pans, there is a bit more oil spray, but the cornbread and egg come out with little to no sticking. Given the exceptional quality and strength of the design, the price is generally justified.

6. Lodge Pro-Grid Reversible Grill/Griddle

why we like

  • cost-friendly
  • Simple to clean and store
  • Reversible
  • outstanding heat retention

why we don’t like

  • Adjusting the heat depends on the stove
  • weighty

This multipurpose griddle features a smooth surface for flipping pancakes and a side with ribs for grilling steaks with lovely sear marks. Its 20 by 10.5-inch size can fit a family (it will cover two stovetop burners), but because it is just a little thicker than an inch, storing is simple. Given that it essentially functions as two pans in one, the small space it does require is more than justified.

Like most cast iron cookware, this grill/griddle combo warms up slowly, but once it’s hot, it holds heat exceptionally well. It is quite affordable and preseasoned for easy cleaning and cooking. Ultimately, this pan’s versatility earned it an almost perfect grade.

7. Cuisinart chef’s classic 9.25-inch square grill pan

why we like

  • produces recognizable grill markings
  • robust and lasting
  • Safe in an oven and a broiler at 500 degrees
  • cost-friendly

why we don’t like

  • weighty
  • difficult to manually clean

A grill pan may be used to produce the char marks of outdoor cooking at a fair price, but it lacks the versatility of a traditional cast iron skillet (you won’t want to pour batter into this guy!). This 9.25-inch square choice is of exceptional quality, and because it is enameled, seasoning is not an issue.

This pan takes a bit longer to heat up due to its size, but once it does, it stays hot for a very long period. The pan was easy to hold and had a shiny surface, but the handle got a little too warm and it was a little bit slippery.

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