Q: I'd like to replace my tired old nonstick skillet and grill pan with a cast iron version of each. My range is a ceramic top and the manual recommends using only enameled cast iron, which doesn't seem like it would be up to task for high heat searing. The only solution I could think of was a cast iron pan that has an enameled bottom but a non-enameled cooking surface.
But I can't seem to find any information on such a thing. Do you know of any such pans? Any suggestion at all would be appreciated!
Sent by Marta
Editor: Marta, this is actually an easy question! Take a look at Le Creuset, Staub, Lodge, and other brands of enameled cookware. Their grill pans and skillets are almost always enameled on the outside, but great for grilling and searing inside. Even if they are "raw" cast iron, their black surfaces are generally very good for any kitchen task. I personally have a Staub Dutch oven with a black enameled interior, and it's brilliant at searing meat. See the grill pan pictured above:
• Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill, $89.95 at Amazon
But if you definitely want raw cast iron, Lodge makes enameled cast iron too!
• Lodge Color Enamel Skillet, $59.95 at Lodge
• Lodge Color Enamel 10" Square Grill Pan, $66.95 at Lodge
Readers, any more suggestions for Marta?
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