Cast Iron Cookware



Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron pans are the top chef and home cook’s choice for outstanding cookware that will last a lifetime. Cast iron pans are incredibly versatile and can be used to cook almost anything, from perfectly seared steaks to fried eggs, pancakes and even cornbread.

Why choose a cast iron pan?

  • Fantastic heat retention
  • Another great benefit of cast iron cookware is its durability. The best cast iron cookware can be used time and time again, with many products having decade-long guarantees. The heavy-duty bases are almost impossible to ruin
  • Even heat distribution.
  • Oven safe, so you can even use them to bake bread and cakes. Read more on our guide to cooking with cast iron pans.

Which cast iron pan should you choose?

Sous Chef stocks many different brands of cast iron pan, from different parts of the world. Choosing between brands there are two main things to think about:

  • The cookware design and whether you like the look of it – different producers make different designs
  • The price. As cast iron gets more expensive, it will have been seasoned more times during production. In the first year of use, this helps the pan develop non-stick properties more quickly.

Our range of cast iron cookware includes classic cast iron frying pans, casserole dishes and dutch ovens, as well as more specialist Skeppshult cast iron products such as spice grinders, waffle irons and dumpling pans.

When not to choose a cast iron pan?

There are three reasons not to choose a cast iron pan:

  • Weight – they are heavy, so you need to be comfortable lifting a heavy pan
  • If you want to put it in a dishwasher – never ever put a cast iron pan in the dishwasher. It’s a great way to ruin your pan.
  • If you’re cooking a lot of tomato sauces– the acid in the tomatoes can degrade the non-stick patina that builds up over time.

Every kitchen should have at least one cast iron pan. And if you care for it well it will last a lifetime.

To learn more about cast iron pans, read our buyer's guide to cast iron pans. Or if you just want to know how to keep your cast iron in top condition for the years ahead, read our guides to how to clean and season your cast iron pans, how to remove rust on your cast iron cookware, & how to care for your cast iron pans.

Recipes to Try

  • The Buyer’s Guide to Cast Iron Pans

    The Buyer’s Guide to Cast Iron Pans

  • How to look after and season cast iron kitchen pans

    How To Season Cast Iron Pans

  • Swedish Waffles with Whipped Cream and Cloudberry Jam