The Complete Cast Iron Cooking Guide

Updated: Dec. 22, 2023

Here's everything you need for iron-clad success, including our favorite cast iron recipes, the best cooking techniques and the top gear you need in your kitchen.

For most people, a cast iron obsession starts with a single skillet. After just a few meals, they’re shopping for Dutch ovens, griddles and beyond. And it’s no wonder: With its impressive versatility, breezy cleanup and solid construction, cast iron cookware has been the kitchen workhorse for generations. (See how they’re made!)

This guide reveals all the best cast iron recipes, care tips and cooking gadgets our Test Kitchen stands behind. Follow along, and before you know it, you’ll be a cast iron master just like Grandma.

What to Make with Your Cast-Iron Cookware

From breakfast to dinner to dessert, you can make just about anything in cast iron. First, learn how to cook Grandma’s recipes in your cast-iron skillet, then tackle more amazing dishes.

Our Favorite Cast Iron Cooking Secrets

Get the most out of that trusty pan. Our Test Kitchen pros are here to show you what to do (and what not to) with a cast-iron skillet.

How to Care for Your Cast-Iron Skillet

Even your favorite heavy-duty pan needs a refresh once in a while. Learn how to clean cast iron after everyday use, extra-messy recipes and even years of neglect. Wondering how to season it? We’ll tell you that, too.

The Best Cast-Iron Products You Can Buy

You can find all the things we love about cast iron—durability, naturally nonstick coating and easy cleanup—in lots of handy styles (and fun ones, too!). Vintage cast iron is in a league of its own. These are the new cast-iron products and accessories we recommend.

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