Cast iron cookware is a staple in many kitchens and glass top stoves are becoming a common fixture in new kitchens as well as kitchen renovations. If common sense were to prevail you would assume that the two materials should not be used together. In fact, some people say that it’s possible, while others say there are safety risks and cast iron should be used on a gas stove. So can you use cast iron on a glass top stove?
Yes, you can use cast iron pans and cookware on a glass-top stove. The bottom of the pan should have a smooth base and flat bottoms enameled cast iron is best. Heavy cookware should not be dragged, scraped, or dropped onto the cooktop. To avoid thermal shock heat the electric range and cast iron up simultaneously.
Read this blog post to learn more about how to safely use a cast-iron skillet and cast-iron pans on your glass top stove!
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Glass and Ceramic Top Stoves
What is the difference between a glass stove top and a ceramic cooktop?
A glass cooktop surface is a ceramic-glass blend cooktop that is 50%-95% crystalline and made of a glass-ceramic mix, not just all of one or the other. Although they may be called by different brand names, all flat-top cookstoves are made of a glass-ceramic blend rather than being all ceramic or all glass. The trademarked name for each brand is different and they may be called by various names as well!
What is the right kind of cookware to use on a glass or ceramic stovetop?
Stainless steel cookware is the best kind to use with a glass stovetop because it will not scratch or break through the surface and stainless steel offers just enough weight so that nothing slides around when you’re cooking.
The heating elements of glass stove tops can have a reduced lifespan if excessive heat is pushed down from an oversized or overheated cooking pot. This element may be replaced but it costs money and it should be considered before using any pot or hot pan.
Cast Iron Cookware (Seasoned)
When most people think of cast iron cookware I am certain they are imagining seasoned cast iron Dutch ovens, skillets, griddles, fry pans, and the many other shapes that are heavy, sturdy, and rugged cookware we use on a campfire, BBQ, or gas cooktop.
Depending upon the manufacturer seasoned cast iron can have bases that are not smooth even slightly warped basically rough around the edges, so to speak… This type of pot or pan will usually be on the cheaper end of the price scale and is absolutely not suitable for a glass stovetop as it will scratch the stovetop and if warped will not sit straight.
Never fear if you want to cook with seasoned cast iron cookware on your glass top stove there are brands of cookware, that probably cost more, out there that offer a smooth base for cooking. Before buying run your hands over the base of the piece…
Cast Iron Cookware (Enameled)
When I think of cooking with cast iron on a glass stovetop, images of gorgeous brightly colored cast-iron cookware coated in smooth porcelain enamel. Much like the ones you would be able to purchase from Staub, Le Creuset, Lodge, Bruntmor even Crock-Pot.
Cast iron enamel cookware although similar to its brother seasoned cast iron cookware is specially designed for use in a kitchen. The pieces are smoother, lighter, and more manageable than seasoned cast iron so the coating offers an extra layer of protection for your glass or ceramic.
Cast Iron Cookware Manufacturers vs Stove Manufacturers
Simply laid out for you below is a table of what manufacturers advise when combining cast iron with glass. Cast iron producers obviously want their cookware to be used on all cooking surfaces with care. Most glass cooktop manufacturers warn against using cast iron on their surfaces even if carefully.
Caveat: The glass cooktop manufacturers issue warnings when using cookware from any cookware material “even smooth ceramic”. Aluminum can leave metal marks on the cooktop, and porcelain enamel “must be smooth”…
|Cookware Manufacturers||Kitchen Stove Top Manufacturers|
|Le Creuset||Can be used with lifting not scraping (see Le Creuset’s manufacturer instructions)|
|Lodge Cast Iron||Use with care lift don’t slide, always remove from hob after cooking (see Lodge’s manufactures instructions)|
|Staub||Yes “Staub exterior is coated with enamel protecting sensitive stovetops” (see Staub’s manufacturer instructions)|
|Marquette Castings||Yes on all stovetops including glass. Marquette Castings|
|Bruntmor||Do not slide but lift with care to avoid scratching (see Bruntmors manufacturer instructions)|
|Field Company||Yes on all stovetops including glass (see Field Company manufacturer’s instructions)|
|Frigidaire||If cast iron is not covered with porcelain enamel it should be avoided on glass top stoves (see GE Appliances manufacturer’s instructions)|
|GE Appliances||If cast iron is not covered with porcelain enamel it should be avoided on glass top stoves (see GE Appliances manufacturer’s instructions)||If cast iron is not covered with porcelain enamel it should be avoided on glass top stoves (see GE Appliances manufacturer’s instructions)|
|Miele||Is a firm NO due to scratching risks (see Miele manufactures instructions)|
|Beko||Can be used but not moved around the cooktop without lifting (see KitchenAid manufacturer’s instructions)|
|KitchenAid||Can be used but not moved around the cooktop without lifting (see KitchenAid manufacturers instructions)|
With my vast experience with the use of cast iron and glass cooktops, I would say home cooks use both together but use extreme care to protect the cooktop’s glass surface.
Using a Glass Stovetops with Cast Iron Pans
One of the great perks of a glass top stove is its smooth surface which makes it easy for you to clean up. A paper towel, warm water, and a glass stovetop cleaner, like glass cleaner or white vinegar, will remove excess oils from glass-top ranges. The flat surface means there are no spaces between coils or gas hobs where food can spill, making cleanup even easier!
The downside of glass stovetops is the obvious extra care that needs to be taken to keep the glass or ceramic stovetop from damage and looking new. For this reason, it is recommended that the best choice of cookware for glass stovetops is heavy-bottomed pans that are made out of stainless steel, copper, or aluminum. Make no mistake any cookware will damage your glass top stove if you do not take care.
Always consult manufacturers’ instructions before cleaning any cooktop.
How to Cook with Cast Iron on an Electric Glass Top Stove
The simplest way to stop damage when cooking with cast iron on your electric cooktop stove is to avoid a rough surface on the base of a pan. Replacing a pan with rough spots and rough edges with a smooth bottom pan will protect the surface of the glass stove from tiny scratches and uneven heating of the pan.
Choosing the best cookware for a glass top stove is easy when you know what to look for. Regardless of seasoned or enamel cast iron, apply the following list to both choices.
You don’t want to drop a cast iron pot on a glass top stove so the weight of the pan should be considered. If you can’t transport cast easily why not consider carbon steel this material is a great way to reap the benefits of cast iron without the weight. It is a durable metal with similar heating properties to cast iron and can also be used on induction glass.
2. Bottom of the Pot
A flat base absorbs the high heat correctly, helps avoid hot spots, and will stop the pot from moving around the glass surface. A base with a smooth surface without roughness or sharp edges also helps with heat retention and does not damage the glass.
Before using any pan on a glass top stove run your hand over the bottom of your pan.
3. Dual Handles
Regardless of whether it is a pot, skillet or pan ensure that it has a handle on either side. This allows you to place and lift hot pans directly up off the surface and not pull or drag them across the new glass.
Always use thick oven mitts and have a heat-proof cutting board or metal trivet on hand for placing your hot cooking pan on.
4. Best Cookware Size and Shape
Choose the correct size cookware to maintain the best heat distribution. Your pot or pan should be no more than 1 inch in diameter larger than the burner. If pots are too large for the burner the cooking time will be longer, and this could also damage the element. Most burners are round, so stick to round cookware to achieve optimum results.
5. Clean Cookware and Glass Top Stove
Before cooking commences always ensure sure that your cookware (seasoned cast iron) is clean and free of food particles and oil. Cast iron and oil work together to form a nonstick protective barrier, which is great for its intended use. But when using an oily cast iron base on the glass, you are asking for burning and stains on the surface of the glass cooker.
The same goes with the glass top stove it should always be cleaned of debris before heating it up for use. The best way to keep it clean is to attend to it following the manufacturer’s instructions as soon as it has cooled after use.
Check out our article about how to clean cast iron cookware.
6. Heating Cookware
Heating your glass stovetop and cast iron cookware, avoid placing a cool skillet on the extreme heat of a stovetop. Heat them together.
I know it is ironic when we are talking about tough heavy cast iron pots and taking great care not to damage your glass stovetop. But did you know that in certain instances the very makeup of seasoned cast iron and enameled cast iron needs to be treated like glass?
This is because the stove surface is susceptible to a phenomenon called “Thermal Shock” which is the fancy name for when a very hot surface meets a cold one and one is damaged.
Just like when an icy cold glass meets hot water, there is a good chance it will crack. Well, the same goes for cast iron the exact same cracking or fracturing can happen if hot cast iron meets a cold surface or cold cast iron meets a hot surface.
How can you avoid Thermal Shock? Heat your stovetop element and the cast iron pan up together, just like on induction stoves. Don’t place a hot cast iron pan on a cold glass top stove…
Related read How hot can cast iron get before it’s dangerous
7. Cooking Times
Cast iron is known to heat up slowly due to the density of the iron, on electric stovetops and gas stovetops, in conventional ovens, or over campfires. But when it is hot, it is hot. You also should remember that where the heating element directly touches the iron, it will be hotter. You should also amend your recipe cooking times to suit this extra time to heat the pot.
8. Should I Use a Heat Diffuser?
Yes, you can it will make the cast iron more compatible with glass top stoves and less chance of damaging your cooking surface when you set a heavy pot on it.
The heat diffuser is used between any two cookware/glass top stove surfaces to prevent direct contact between them so as not to cause damage through scratching or by leaving metal marks, which can be seen after cooking on your glass tops for lengthy periods (usually 20 minutes or more).
The heat diffuser will almost look like an extra layer on top of both pans. However, that’s its purpose: to allow condensation from the bottom pan not to drip onto the glass directly above too rapidly, causing spotting and possible cracking, which could lead to thermal shock.
High-end cooking appliances: The manufacturers may include a heat diffuser. To protect the surface of the stove from minor scratches and other adverse effects of a rough exterior on the bottom surface of a pot on a new stove.
All stovetops differ, so you will have to research heat diffusers to suit your model – you can start with these heat diffusers I found for glass top stoves.
Do Cast Iron Skillets Work on Induction Cooktops?
Cookware containing black metal, including cast iron and iron cookware, will work on induction, as induction cooking uses magnetic induction. Although induction is made to work with metal, its surface should be treated with the same amount of care as you would when using a glass-top stove.
How Much Weight Can You Put on a Glass Top Stove?
This will vary from stovetop model to model and brand to brand. GE Appliances’ range of radiant, gas-on glass and induction are safe for up to 50 pounds. Check the manufacturer’s specifications before placing items on a glass-top cooking surface.
Can You Use Cast Iron With a Heat Ring on a Glass Top Stove?
Yes, you can use a cast iron pan with a heating ring on its base on glass top stoves as well as induction. A pot with a heating ring will take longer to heat up, so allow for this when cooking with these pans.
Can You Use Cast Iron on Electric Glass Top Stoves
With extreme care, you can use cast iron on an electric glass-top stove. Ensure the base is not pitted or rough to not scratch the stove. Enamel cast iron is better than regular seasoned cast iron.
Learn more about using cast iron on electric glass top stoves.
Can You Use a Cast Iron Dutch Oven on a Glass Top Stove
Yes, Le Creuset says you can use your Dutch oven on a glass-top stove with care. Lifting, not scraping, and be careful of the weight of the iron when placing it on the stove.
This article gives tips and tricks on using a Dutch oven on a top stove.
What Type of Cookware Should be Used on a Glass Top Stove?
Although any cookware with a smooth surface can be used on a glass stove, manufacturers of these cooking appliances prefer stainless steel cookware. It is smooth with a flat base, light enough to lift easily but heavy enough not to move around the surface and scratch it.
Can You Use Cast Iron on a Glass Top Stove?
Enameled cast iron is the preferred choice over regular seasoned cast iron as it has a smoother
Best Cast Iron Dutch Oven For Glass Top Stove
Le Creuset pots are made to be durable and last a lifetime. Their shock-resistant enamel prevents breaking, coloring the exteriors in bright colors such as red or blue while keeping their sand-colored interiors smooth so food can caramelize without sticking!
With a dome-shaped lid that locks flavor efficiently by promoting continuous circulation of heat and moisture when cooking at high temperatures, on all stovetops, and in the oven. A great feature is its wide loop handles, which provide a safe grip for even large hands — an extensive range of Le Creuset colors for you to peruse.
Check out our deep dive into the gorgeous Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 5.5-Quart
Best Cast Iron Cocotte For Glass Top Stove
Staub cast iron is made in France. Their heavy tight-fitting lid retains moisture, and the spikes on the lid drip back into the pot, effectively self-basting. The oven is safe up to 900F/482C without using the lid. Lids have nickel steel knobs and are oven safe up to 500F/260C.
Smooth enamel bottoms work on all stovetops, including gas, electric, glass, ceramic induction, and halogen. Lux interior matte enamel texture assists in browning. Dishwasher safe, BUT hand wash is recommended.
I love the Staub color Grenadine pictured above, but not to your taste. Check out the latest Staub colors I found for you.
Best Cast Iron Skillet For Glass Top Stove
Lodge’s smoothly finished porcelain enamel cast iron skillet is the perfect cooking surface for any dish, and it won’t react to ingredients. The skillet’s core has a durable and heavy cast iron construction which ensures that it retains heat well, evenly spreads out warmth across the entire pan base, and cooks fast without sticking or scorching anything.
It can be used on both electric ranges as well as gas cooktops while also safely handling extremely high temperatures if you’re using your oven’s broil function up to 500° F. It has two big handles that are easy to grab onto both sides of this 11″ frying pan for safe transport.
Best Cast Iron Griddle For Glass Top Stove
Le Creuset grill pans are constructed with high-quality enamel resistant to chipping and cracking. The interior surface, which has been specially formulated for higher temperatures, promotes the development of a patina in order to enhance cooking performance.
With signature side handles providing balance, Le Creuset pans boast deep walls that are designed to contain splatter from hot oil while still allowing you ample room to turn your dishes as they cook evenly over time without sticking – even when using very little heat!
Best Cast Iron Pan For Glass Top Stove
Bruntmor has mastered the art of cooking with cast iron, bringing you an original multi-cooker that is deep and durable. The smooth enamel coating means it can be used on your glass top stove if handled with care during use. Generous handles on both sides of the cookware are 100% nonstick, so cleaning up after a delicious meal will be as easy as pie!
Check out our in-depth article about Bruntomor’s Cast Iron Cookware
How to Protect Glass Top Stove from Cast Iron
What should you not use on glass cooktops? Glass, stoneware, unglazed ceramic, and seasoned cast iron (enamel coated only). Abrasive cleaners and scraping the surface of the stovetop should also be avoided.
Using any type of cookware around glass or ceramic stovetops is challenging, but as you have learned, the challenge increases with heavy iron cookware.
I use a wooden stove top cover to help protect my cooking surface. There are many available materials, including wood, bamboo, and tempered glass. Ensure when you choose one, it has the appropriate feet to protect the cooking appliances’ surface.
Here are three of my favorites.
Tempered Glass Cutting Board
Can You Use Cast Iron on a Glass Top Stove?
You’ve learned that you can use cast iron on a glass stovetop with extreme care and using the steps outlined above. Also, how to choose the best type of cookware, including the appropriate cast iron cookware, whether it is seasoned or enameled. I’ve also given some examples of the best choice of enameled cast iron cookware that takes extra care to ensure their surfaces are smooth and ready to use on delicate stovetops.
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