Many people are hesitant to purchase a cast iron skillet. ‘Are cast iron skillets oven safe?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the internet.
For a variety of reasons, a person may decide to purchase new cooking equipment. They’re doing it because the current utensils are either outdated or ineffective.
Before purchasing any cooking equipment, I consider a number of factors. Cast iron skillets appeal to me because of their adaptability, durability, and functionality.
Because of their versatility, durability, and functionality, cast iron skillets are ideal for preparing main dishes, appetizers, bread, and desserts.
It can be used to make fried chicken, Dutch baby pancakes, pan pizza, Spanish tortillas, lasagna, and other dishes.
CAN YOU PUT A LODGE CAST IRON SKILLET IN THE OVEN?
Yes, Lodge cast iron skillets can be used in the oven with confidence because they are made of molten iron and steel, which makes them durable enough to withstand oven temperatures.
ARE ALL CAST IRON SKILLETS OVEN SAFE?
Yes, all cast iron skillets are oven-safe. However, make sure you buy a high-quality cast iron skillet with a handle that isn’t made of plastic or wood, as this will melt in the oven at high temperatures.
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ARE CAST IRON SKILLETS OVEN SAFE?
Yes, cast iron skillets and pans are oven safe because the material composition can withstand oven heat and temperature.
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HOW TO SEASON A CAST IRON SKILLET
To begin, there are several methods for seasoning a cast iron skillet. I must emphasize that seasoning is a process that you will have to develop for yourself that works for you.
When it comes to seasoning cast iron pans or skillets, here are a few different types of oils you can use:
The oil of coconut
Oil from Soybeans
However, it is important to note that the smoke point temperature of the seasoning oils listed above varies.
Allow me to demonstrate the two primary methods for seasoning your cast iron skillet. Let’s begin with Method 1: seasoning the inside of the cast iron skillet. Please follow the steps outlined below;
1) Rub your preferred oil inside the cast iron.
2) Heat the cast iron on the stove.
3) Place a lid on the cast iron skillet and heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until a light coat of seasoning appears on the cast iron skillet.
Method two entails applying any oil of your choice to the cast iron skillet’s body (exterior and button/base);
1) After applying your preferred oil to the cast iron skillet’s exterior, place it in the oven upside down.
2) Arrange a large baking sheet or aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven.
3) Bake the cast iron skillet for about an hour at 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Set aside to cool.
NOTE: When seasoning your cast iron, always apply a thin layer of oil to the pan because too much oil will cause it to become too sticky!
Second, always heat your pan to the smoke point of the oil you’re using. When the oil reaches the smoke point, a chemical reaction known as polymerization occurs, bonding the oil to the pan and forming a layer of natural seasoning.
CAST IRON SKILLET OVEN-SAFE TEMPERATURE
Seeing as cast iron is made of iron, it has a melting point of over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which explains why it can withstand high temperatures, particularly in ovens.
However, when using cast iron, we recommend that you adjust the heat gradually and carefully, and if you are wondering about the oven-safe temperature for silicone handles for cast iron, we recommend that you look up the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Depending on the quality of the silicone handle, some I’ve used have temperature ranges ranging from 450 degrees Fahrenheit to around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
HOW LONG CAN A CAST IRON SKILLET GO IN THE OVEN?
A cast iron skillet can be in the oven for as long as the recipe calls for. It is impossible to bake or cook your favorite recipe all day; some recipes may only take 25 to 30 minutes or more.
For example, when baking a cake, insert a toothpick into the center to check for doneness before removing it from the oven. As a result, shorter bake times with a cast iron skillet can be up to 25 minutes.
BEST USES FOR CAST IRON SKILLET
Cast iron skillets or cookware are ideal for professional chefs, home cooks, and even beginners who want to prepare their favorite recipes quickly and easily.
Consumers prefer cast iron cookware because it is inexpensive, easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store, durable, versatile, and can be used on a variety of stovetops such as gas, oven, induction, glass, electric, grill, and even open campfire.
Another distinguishing feature of cast iron cookware is its naturally nonstick finish, which prevents food from sticking the first time you cook with it.
The following are some of the best uses for cast iron skillets:
Searing juicy steaks and pork chop
Baking Blueberry Pie
Frying eggs and Bacon
Making grill steaks
Bake bread and gooey skillet cookie
Finally, we recommend a cast iron skillet for frying eggs, bacon, meats, cornbread, pies, skillet cookies, and dips.
HOW TO USE A CAST-IRON SKILLET FOR THE FIRST TIME
When purchasing a new cast iron, you have two options. To begin, if the cast iron skillet is not already seasoned, it is recommended that you season it.
Seasoning entails baking oil onto the cast iron pan. Seasoning your cast iron skillet gives it that classic black patina look.
Seasoning your new cast iron skillet allows it to easily release food, particularly on the surface, and prevents rusting of your cast iron skillet, pan, or cookware.
Finally, seasoning your cast iron skillet will ensure that it will last for generations. I’ve gone over how to season your cast iron skillet in great detail above.
Second, if you purchased a seasoned cast iron skillet, such as the Lodge cast iron that is made in the USA, it is ready to use right out of the box.
Simply give it a quick rinse, hand dry, and begin cooking.
Furthermore, to ensure even heating, pre-heat the cast iron skillet on a similar-sized burner gradually, because cast iron retains heat, it is not necessary to use a higher heat setting.
These steps aid in the prevention of food sticking. Remember to use a hot handle mitt!
Once your pan is preheated, add a small amount of oil or fat. Then just add your food! (Note: if using butter, start with oil and then add butter right before adding your food.)
STEAK IN CAST IRON SKILLET IN OVEN
A cast iron skillet can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is to cook steak. The steak is seared in cast iron before being finished in the oven.
When you cook steak in the oven, it becomes crusty on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Most people are perplexed as to why we require an oven for steak. This is due to the fact that using a stovetop can frequently result in the steak’s crust becoming overcooked before it reaches the proper internal temperature.
The ingredients and equipment needed to prepare steak in a cast iron skillet are listed below.
Cast Iron Skillet.
Find below how to prepare steak with cast iron skillet and oven;
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Allow the steak to rest for 20-30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature.
- Season the steak with salt and pepper after patting it dry.
- In a cast iron skillet, heat 1–2 tablespoons of cooking oil over high heat.
- Make a sear on both sides of the steak.
- Put the steak in a hot cast iron skillet pan. Because it can get a little smokey, we recommend turning on a fan, vent, or opening a door or window.
- Mix in your garlic and rosemary.
- Please keep in mind that using high-temperature cooking oil will result in less smoke.
- Allow 2 minutes for the steak to cook.
- Flip the steak over and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Pour in your butter.
- Top the steak with melted butter. If you want to sear the sides, cook them for about 30 seconds on each side before holding the steak up with tongs.
- Place the cast-iron skillet or pan in the oven and bake for 4 – 5 minutes, or until the center is reddish-pink.
- If you want your steak medium-rare or rare, cook it for 2 to 4 minutes.
- We recommend that you keep smaller, leaner steaks in the oven for no more than 2 minutes, even less if you want to achieve medium-rare.
- While 4 – 6 minutes should suffice for larger, fattier steak cuts, we recommend 4 – 6 minutes for smaller, leaner cuts.
- If you are unsure, use a thermometer to bring the internal temperature to the desired doneness.
- Place the steaks on a cutting board after removing the pan from the oven.
- Allow it to rest for 7–10 minutes before cutting into it.
- The steak is ready to eat after resting for a few minutes.
CAST IRON SKILLET IN OVEN RECIPES
Let’s look at another recipe that uses a cast iron skillet and an oven, the Spatchcock chicken with roasted vegetables.
Below are the following ingredients needed to prepare this recipe;
• 1 5–7 pound whole chicken
• 2 tbsp. sea salt
• 1 tablespoon salt-free vegetable pepper seasoning blend
• 2 sprigs rosemary, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
• 2 sprigs sage, removed from stems and roughly chopped
• 2 oregano sprigs, leaves removed from stem and roughly chopped
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 2 pounds sweet potatoes, skin on, large diced
• ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, cut in half from the stem end
• 1 large sweet onion, medium diced
• 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
To make the Spatchcock chicken with roasted vegetable recipe, follow the steps below;
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Olive oil a 10- to 12-inch cast iron skillet.
2. Wash and dry the entire chicken, inside and out. Place the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board, with the neck area facing away from you.
3. Cut from the tail to the neck on one side of the backbone with a sharp and strong pair of kitchen shears, then repeat on the other side until the backbone is easily removed.
4. Lay the chicken out flat and generously rub the salt and vegetable-pepper seasoning blend on the inside, then scatter half of the rosemary, sage, and oregano over the inside.
5. Turn the chicken over, breast side up, and rub the skin with 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Finish with the rest of the salt, pepper, and herbs.
6. Toss the sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, onion, and garlic with the remaining coconut oil in a large mixing bowl.
7. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer in the cast iron skillet, then evenly distribute the flattened chicken on top of the vegetables.
8. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes, or until the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F and the vegetables are fork-tender. Before serving, remove the pan from the oven and allow the juices to redistribute.