Monday, January 16, 2012

Article: Can I Cook with Cast Iron on a Glass Top Stove?

A cast iron skillet sits atop a glass top range

Short answer: Yes!

I get asked this question with some frequency, so I thought I'd create a post on the issue. I've been cooking with cast iron on an electric glass top stove for 8 years.

My particular make and model of stove is a Frigidaire brand Gallery. Quite frankly, I hate it. But the reason I hate my stove has nothing to do with cast iron cookware. Glass top stoves/ranges are slow to respond to changes in burner heat. This is particularly true when you need to lower the heat quickly. I'd much prefer gas.

More often than not, I have to remove the pan from the heat for a few minutes while the burner cools down. Sometimes I place a cool cast iron skillet on the burner to "soak up" the extra heat before I replace the pan that I'm cooking with.

One of the many benefits of cast iron cookware is that it holds and radiates heat very well. If you're cooking on a glass top stove, this means you'll probably need to allow a few extra minutes for your cast iron skillet to heat up. Resist the temptation to turn the burner heat higher than it should be.

So go ahead... toss out your teflon and start cooking with cast iron... even if you cook on a glass top stove.

5 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more! I've been using cast iron on mine for years with no problems.

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  2. I've been doing it for almost 7 years w/o a problem.

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  3. Thanks J.P. and Carl for chiming in... Happy glass-top cast iron cooking to you!

    -Derek

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  4. I've moved from an electric stove with traditional elements to a house with the glass top (infrared?) stove. yeah, looks great, but dang is it s l o w to change heat. ah well, like you, getting used to it.

    I'm not big on gas, especially since we're an all-electric house. Sure would love to change to an induction stove top, but we'll probably be moving in a year or two, not worth it.

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  5. Hey Zyzzyx,

    It would be a pain to introduce gas to an all-electric house... especially if you expect to move. To deal with the slow response issue, I found that keeping a pot full of cold water nearby helped... if I turned the burner down, I'd put the cold water on it to "soak up" the heat, and then a minute or two later could move my food back onto that burner at the right heat. Silly, but it worked. Good luck!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    -Derek

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