A little over a year ago, I started cooking with cast iron. As a result, I learned how to use cast iron on an electric stove.
A little over a year ago, I started cooking with cast iron on an electric stove. The ease of cast iron, along with the flavor that comes with using a cast iron pan, intrigued me. I dove into cast iron research, learned how to prepare the pans and season them properly, and never looked back.
One of the main reasons that drove me to use cast iron was that it was a healthy way of cooking food. I was looking for a way to move away from my non-stick pans and cast iron seemed like exactly what I was looking for. The only issue was that I had an electric stove and not a gas stove.
Today, I’m going to share how to use cast iron on a smooth top since there is some fear of cast iron damaging electric smooth tops because of the rough nature of cast Iron. This was a concern of mine as well, but after using it for over a year those fears have completely dissipated.
Let me share a few tips for how to use cast iron on a smooth top stove.
The simplest way to use this type of skillet on an electric stove without scratching the smooth top is to it when moving it and not to drag it. I don’t shake the cast iron on my stove or scooch it across the surface. I pick it up and have had no issues with a scratched cook top.
Don’t Drop the Cast Iron
This goes along with the first tip, but don’t drop the cast iron on the electric cook top. The cast iron is heavy, so make sure you have a good grip when you’re moving it from place to place.
Do allow the stove time to heat the Cast Iron
Electric stoves heat slower than gas stoves, so it will take time for the glass-top to heat the cast iron. You want a fully heated cast iron before putting food in it, so make sure you give the stove time to get it nice and hot.
What’s stopping you from using cast iron?
Cooking with cast iron has been one of the best changes I’ve made in my kitchen. I pushed past all of my fears and concerns and now I have the best tasting food ever. Cooking with cast iron on an electric stove really isn’t as scary as some people make it out to be. Follow those few tips and you should have no problems.