The short answer to this question is yes, you can use cast iron on a gas stove. Cast iron pans are extremely versatile. They can be used on gas and electric stove tops, in ovens, and even on an open flame.
The long answer is that there are some things you need to know before you can safely and effectively use your cast iron cookware on a gas stove top.
Cast iron, like all metals, expands when it heats up. This means that a cold pan left in contact with heat will warp as it warms, and eventually may even crack as the metal expands beyond its ability to flex.
How to properly use cast iron on a gas stove top?
In order to properly use cast iron on a gas stove top, you must follow these steps:
- Preheat your cast iron pan on the stove top. This allows the metal to gradually expand along with the other components of the pan.
- When cooking with cast iron on a gas stove top, use medium to high heat. Since the pan takes longer to heat up than traditional pots and pans, it is best suited for recipes that require a longer cook time. The cast iron will distribute heat evenly throughout the pan, making it a great choice for any recipe.
- Use high heat only when absolutely necessary (for example, searing meat). Otherwise, keep the temperature at medium or low heat to prevent warping or cracking.
- Remove your pan from the burner immediately after using it for cooking.
- You may want to get a grill pan or skillet with ridges in order to use less oil when cooking meat. This will help prevent flare ups from occurring when there’s too much fat dripping off the meat onto the burner below. This is especially important with older models of gas stoves which have less ventilation than newer ones do.,
Some cast iron cooking advantages
A cast iron pan will give you great results and also has many other advantages:
- Cast iron cookware is one of the most durable utensils available. It can last for generations if properly cared for.
- Cast iron cookware heats evenly and retains heat well, which makes it ideal for certain recipes.
- It’s naturally non-stick and doesn’t require the use of harmful chemicals like Teflon pans do.
- A cast iron pan allows you to cook a steak for example, at a higher temperature than a non-stick pan (only when you heat it up). Therefore with a cast iron pan you can achieve a nicely seared and crispy outside and soft succulent inside. So the cast iron gives it a better flavour and texture.