Cast iron has been a cooking pan that has been touted for generations, and for good reason. The flavors and sear that you get with this type of pan can’t be rivaled.

One of the best qualities of cast iron is that you can use them over an open fire, on a gas stove, and on an electric stove. The important point is to know how the pans work and what kind of heat you need to cook with them properly while not damaging your smooth top stove.

Is it okay to use Cast Iron on an Electric Stove?

You must heat your cast iron fully before putting food in it, so as to keep food from sticking, so you must give the electric stove time to heat the pan. Starting out with a lower temperature and gently increasing it will give both the stove and pan time to heat in a safe way.

How to cook with Cast Iron on a Glass Top Stove

1. Don't drag the skillet to avoid scratching the stovetop. 2. Don't drop the pan to avoid cracking. 3. Allow the pan to heat slowly. 4. Start with a clean pan.

Tips for using Cast Iron Skillets on Smooth Top Stoves

Cast Iron Cooking Tips

- Preheat your cast iron without anything in it - Add your fat - Add your food

Tips for Cleaning Cast Iron

- Clean right away - Use hot water - Do not leave water on/in the pan - Prep pan for next use

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.

Cooking with Cast Iron