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