20 Must-Have Cast Iron Accessories

Updated: Aug. 03, 2023

Upgrade your beloved cast iron cookware with corresponding accessories that make your cast iron easier to use, clean, and maintain.

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Here at Taste of Home, we consider cast iron recipes a home cook’s right of passage. While our favorite brands offer exceptional performance—we’re looking at you, Lodge cast iron skillets—stocking up on the best cast iron accessories is a surefire way to level up your cooking game.

Below are all of our favorite cast iron accessories. From scrapers that make short work of burnt-on food to tools that circumvent the most common cast iron cooking mistakes, these finds are must-haves for cast iron connoisseurs.

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Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Care Kit
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The Best Cast Iron Accessories

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Care Kit

With Lodge’s seasoned cast iron care kit, cooing with cast iron has never been easier. The kit arrives with everything necessary to care for heirloom cast iron, including a seasoning spray, scrub brush and silicone handle cover. It’s the perfect companion for cast-iron newbies with dreams of creating delicious cast iron pies.

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Magnetic Trivet

You never want to set your cast iron directly on the table because the heat can damage the surface. This Staub magnetic wooden trivet protects your countertops. Bonus: The magnets ensure that your skillet won’t shift as you set it down, so our popular cast iron recipes won’t burn the table.

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The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner

We’ve come across a huge number of cast iron cleaning tools here at Taste of Home, but few stand up to the tried-and-true Ringer scrubber. Boasting an impressive 20,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this chainmail square is tough on grime while remaining gentle on seasoned pans. Snag this dishwasher-safe scrubber and say goodbye to stuck-on messes for good.

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Scrub Daddy

Here at Taste of Home, we’re obsessed with Scrub Daddy sponges. Whether cleaning up cast iron or scrubbing the tub, Scrub Daddy products produce just the right amount of power without stripping seasoning or scratching porcelain. With over 61,000 positive ratings on Amazon, it’s hard to resist these smiling sponges!

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Universal Tool Bundle

Treat your Dutch ovens with care and they’ll last a lifetime. This universal tool bundle from Smithey offers all the core essentials for cooking with (and caring for) cast iron. Each set arrives with a Smithey fish spatula, full-grain leather potholder and chainmail scrubber for easy cleanup after cooking.

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Cleaning and Care Kit

Cast iron cookware makes an amazing gift thanks to its durability and versatility in the kitchen. Toss in a cleaning and care kit from Smithey to ensure your giftee has everything they need to start whipping up crispy chicken. The set includes a gentle chainmail scrubber, soft bristle brush and a tin of their famous seasoning blend.

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Leather Skillet Sleeve
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Leather Skillet Sleeve

Smithey cast iron is one of the best splurge-worthy cast iron brands—just read our Senior Editor’s glowing review of the No. 12 cast iron pan! Because Smithey skillets feature cast iron handles, it’s imperative to use a skillet sleeve to prevent burns. This leather skillet sleeve from the brand offers an attractive oil-tanned surface that stays cool to the touch. Plus, like their cast iron skillets, Smithey’s leather sleeves only get better with age.

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Silicone Hot Handle Holder
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Silicone Hot Handle Holder

Available in numerous shades that fit a range of skillet sizes, the Lodge silicone hot handle holder is as inexpensive as it is handy. Simply slide it on the handle to transfer cast iron skillets from the cooktop to the oven or table while avoiding burns. Buy it during a Lodge cast iron sale to snag serious savings and stock up ahead of the holidays!

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Grill Press

Make the best burgers with this durable grill press. Not only do these cast iron accessories help you achieve those picture-perfect grill marks, but grill presses create a nice, even patty. We love it for paninis, too. Sandwich eggs, bacon and cheese between two pieces of brioche bread for a quick cast iron breakfast that rivals the deli counter!

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Smithey Glass Lid

While some cast iron Dutch ovens come with their own lids, investing in a Smithey glass lid is the best way to stop cast iron skillet suppers from burning. See-through tempered glass and a cast stainless steel knob and rim offer exceptional heat retention while protecting the stovetop from splatters in three sizes for 10-inch, 12-inch and 14-inch skillets.

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Lodge Glass Lid

A less pricey lid option is the glass lid from Lodge. Built to fit 12-inch skillets, this lid is oven safe up to 400°F and fits a wide range of cast iron cookware types

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Fry Basket

Did you know you can deep-fry in a cast-iron Dutch oven? It’s much easier to fish out your fried foods if you do it with a Lodge fry basket. The handle even folds down for easy storage.

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Egg and Pancake Ring

If you take good care of your cast iron, its surface will be just as nonstick as a Teflon pan. Pick up a few of these egg and pancake rings and use them to make perfectly formed over-easy eggs, omelets or pancakes in a pinch.

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Maximum Heat Oven Mitts
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Maximum Heat Oven Mitts

These maximum heat oven mitts are especially handy if you use your cast iron in the oven. (I know I always use mine to make cornbread.) These cast iron accessories are heat-resistant to up to 450°F and have a comfortable, quilted cotton lining to keep your hands nice and cozy.

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Pan Scrapers

Pan scrapers aren’t just for cast iron pans—these flexible plastic squares offer stiff edges that help scoop out burnt-on food from nearly any cookware type. Rounded corners make it easy to scrape cheese and sauce from the edges without damaging the pan’s surface. Plus, these pan scrapers are handy for removing stickers, chopping soft foods and cleaning off cookie sheets.

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Pot And Pan Protectors
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Pot and Pan Protectors

Scared of scratching your expensive cast iron in storage? Scoop up a pack of these handy pot and pan protectors. They slide into almost any cookware, adding a separator between pans and preventing scratches. Use them as intended, or repurpose as trivets to prevent Thanksgiving cast iron dishes from burning surfaces.

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Cast Iron Brush And Scraper
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Cast Iron Brush and Scraper

Clean up easily between summer cast iron dishes with this simple brush and scraper. Tough nylon bristles loosen up baked-on food without scratching the pan’s surface and disrupting existing seasoning. The bamboo handle resists bacteria and offers an ergonomic grip for easy scrubbing.

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Rust Eraser
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Rust Eraser

Even the most dedicated cast iron fans experience the occasional rust spot. Use this handy rust eraser by Lodge to restore pans and other cast iron products to pristine condition. The rubber surface glides easily along surfaces, turning flea market finds into family heirlooms in seconds. 

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Seasoning Oil
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Seasoning Oil

As outlined in our cast iron cooking guide, the best thing about cast iron cookware is that it only gets better with age. The secret? More use means more seasoning, which makes the cookware resistant to sticking.

However, using cast iron regularly sometimes also damages the seasoning. That’s why a container of seasoning oil is an essential tool to store in the kitchen. Smithey’s seasoning oil is formulated for long-term cast iron care. Oils protect the surface of the cookware, while beeswax helps build up a naturally nonstick surface.

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Cast Iron Cleaning And Restoring Scrub
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Cast Iron Cleaning and Restoring Scrub

When it comes to cleaning Dutch ovens, cast iron can be a headache—especially when sticky sauces and stubborn stains are involved. This cast iron cleaning scrub uses refined coconut oil to slash dish time in half while keeping surfaces sparkling. Remove rust and grime from cast iron without harsh scrubbing and enjoy sparkling fresh surfaces for summer skillet meals.

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FAQ

How to clean a cast iron skillet?

Seasoning is a coating of oil that bakes onto the pan’s surface with each use. Over time, it creates a nearly nonstick surface. There are lots of nuances to scrubbing cast iron without losing any of the pan’s precious seasoning. Luckily, Taste of Home editors wrote a handy guide to cleaning cast iron in a way that doesn’t damage this essential buildup.

While tips and tricks (like a little bit of dish soap and kosher salt) help, there are also special products for cleaning cast iron. These items ensure that cast iron pans get clean while still protecting their seasoning. Keeping cast iron clean is key to helping it last for years to come.

How to season a cast iron skillet?

Using a cast iron pan on the regular is the secret to crispy deep-dish pizzas and delicious Dutch babies. But even the most high-end cast iron pans don’t perform as intended without a little seasoning. While seasoning naturally happens over time and creates a natural nonstick surface, there are ways to speed up the seasoning process if you notice things sticking more than usual.