The Underrated Le Creuset Braiser That Made our Kitchn Essentials List Is on Major Sale for Amazon Prime Day

published Oct 11, 2022
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A braised lamb shank sits in a circular plate surrounded by a napkin, plates of garnish, and utensils.
Credit: Photo: Brittany Connerly

Well, we’re in the full swings of fall now, and with winter on the horizon, there’s undoubtedly all sorts of cold-weather cooking goodness. From slow-braised meats and chili that simmers the day away to all sorts of hearty casseroles that capitalize on the season’s freshest bounty, there’s just something about these hearty recipes that we can’t get enough of.

If you’ve been wanting to invest in a beautiful, durable piece of cookware to carry you through fall (and the rest of the year), the perfect Amazon Prime deal just dropped: Le Creuset’s Toughened Nonstick Casserole/Braiser (with a glass lid!) is now 38 percent off. A similar version made our Kitchn Essentials list, so you know we mean it when we say this braiser is the real deal. Made from hard-anodized aluminum, the 2.5-quart pan has a textured interior that’s ideal for browning pork chops, searing steaks, or baking your favorite casseroles. The two stay-cool handles are ergonomically designed, so the pan will feel secure in your hands when you need to remove it from the heat. As a bonus, the included glass lid lets you check on progress without having to lift the lid to peek. This Prime Day — which Amazon is calling the Prime Early Access Sale — only runs from October 11 through October 12. This deal won’t last long, so get your hands on it while you can. Heads up: Like Prime Day, the Early Access Sale is only available to Prime members (you can sign up for a free 30-day trial if you’re not already a member).

The piece is incredibly versatile — it’s compatible with all cooktops and is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it well-suited to any number of recipes. Plus, it’s handsome enough to take from the stovetop or oven directly to your tabletop for serving. Because it doesn’t have a long handle like many cookware pieces, you also can use the 9-inch-diameter pan (roughly 14-inches with handles) in small countertop convection ovens. The shallow depth means you can space foods out in a single layer for more even cooking. It’s honestly the perfect piece for sautéing everything from your favorite summer vegetables to whipping up a cassoulet on a snowy evening.

Use it with or without oil, and wipe it clean when you’re done — you can also pop it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. You won’t have to worry about scratching it like some other nonstick surfaces because it’s safe for use with metal utensils. Simply put, this Le Creuset piece is a great foundational item for your own kitchen or as a gift ahead of the holiday season. Either way, now is the time to snag it!