It may have surprised you to learn that not all cookware is compatible with induction if you switched from a gas or electric range to an induction cooktop without knowing this. Cookware must have a ferromagnetic base in order to be induction-friendly; this base interacts with the electromagnetic coil of an induction burner, which is located under the cooktop’s surface and creates a magnetic field when it is turned on. But that doesn’t make anything hot by itself. The only time this field causes an electrical current to pass through ferromagnetic cookware and produce heat is when it is put on an induction burner. Cookware that isn’t induction compatible will simply not heat up…at all.
Grab a magnet if you want to find out whether or not a piece of cookware you currently own is compatible with induction. It is suitable if the magnet clings to the bottom of the cookware.
- Lodge cast iron skillet
Lodge 10.25-inch pre-seasoned cast iron skillet
Any cast iron cookware, even enameled cast iron, is induction compatible, which is fantastic given how many different things a nice cast iron skillet can be used for. A lodge cast iron skillet is very functional and incomparable in price. We suggest this version of the Lodge cast iron skillet if you want something portable.
2.Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven
No of the type of cooktop you have, a large, enameled cast iron is a need for braising, stovetop cooking, boiling, deep frying, bread baking, and more. We advise using this Staub Dutch oven. We prefer this Cuisinart model as a cost-effective alternative.
3. Cuisinart Nonstick Skillet
Cuisinart multi clad Pro Nonstick 10″open skillet
Cooking delicate foods or foods that may otherwise cling badly, such as omelets, scrambled eggs, or fish piccata, benefits greatly from having a nice nonstick pan on hand. One of the most beloved skillets is this one from Cuisinart. It is affordable and naturally induction-friendly.
4.All-Clad Stainless Steel Saute Pan
All-Clad 3-Quart Stainless Steel Saute Pan With Lid
I advise having a sauté pan with tall sides and a tight-fitting lid all around for searing, wilting plenty of greens, shallow frying, and braising. Although this All-Clad model is excellent (and obviously induction compatible), I also suggest this affordable Tramontina variant.
5.Cuisinart Stainless Steel Stockpot
Cuisinart 12-Quart Multi-clad pro stainless stock pot with cover
This stockpot is another good selection from Cuisinart. It is well-made, has broad, ergonomic handles, and excels in many types of cooking. Should you need a little larger capacity for creating stock or boiling lobsters, your favorite 16-quart stockpot from Tramontina is also induction suitable.
6. Made in stainless steel skillet
Made in 12-inch Stainless Steel Skillet
I adore the Made In Stainless Steel Skillets in both 10- and 12-inch sizes, and I believe it is wise to carry both of them. (Fact: They have an advantage over All-Clad and Le Creuset because to their more affordable pricing points.) I suggest this $50 Tramontina skillet if you want a stainless steel pan that is affordable.
7.De Buyer Carbon Steel Pan
De Buyer 10.2-inch Carbon Steel Pan
If you enjoy cast iron, you ought to be familiar with carbon steel as well. They’ve been referred to as “skillet siblings,” and it’s true that they have a lot in common. They are both ideal for searing and browning since they are both inductions compatible and retain heat well. However, compared to a cast iron skillet, a well-seasoned carbon steel skillet may be more non-stick. Additionally, a carbon steel skillet works better for sautéing due to its slanted edges (cast iron still takes the cake shallow-frying, cornbread, and pan pizza). As a result, you should have both! This De Buyer model will appeal to you.
8.Made in Saucier
Made in Stainless Clad Saucier
over a pot, saucier. Why? A saucier, however, has rounded sides that make stirring and whisking in it a breeze. It performs all the functions of a saucepan. I suggest a 3-quart size since it is adaptable without being excessively enormous. My favorite Made In model is this one.
9.The wok shop and Yosukata woks
The Wok shop Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Hollow Metal Handle
Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
The two flat-bottomed carbon steel works are suitable for induction. Both of these are excellent choices, however, keep in mind that The Wok Shop is a tiny company and sometimes encounters major delivery delays.
Can you use induction cookware on a gas stove?
Yep! You very certainly can. The cookware we’ve recommended above can be used on both gas and induction stovetops.
Where do you buy induction cookware?
While it is possible to purchase induction-compatible cookware from a store, make sure to carry a magnet with you. If the magnet attaches to the bottom of the cookware, it is induction-compatible. Generally speaking, buying cookware sets is not advised because they sometimes include pots or pans that you won’t actually use.
Can induction cookware be used in an oven?
This is dependent on the particular cookware! Certain things, such as cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, and stainless steel skillets, may be used in an oven without any issues. Some items, like nonstick skillets, could be safe in the oven, but only at low temperatures. Checking the manufacturer’s care instructions is usually a good idea.