Cast iron cookware is ideal for frying, boiling and other methods of cooking over high heat. It distributes heat evenly and holds it well. You don’t have to worry about the handle melting off the pot or food burning in it like you do with some other types of cookware. It’s also very durable and easy to clean.
Cast iron is a great cooking surface for electric cooktops. Not only does it provide even heating, but it can be transferred from the stove to the oven without difficulty.
What is an Electric Cooktop?
A cooktop is a surface for cooking that can be either built-in or a portable appliance. An electric cooktop provides heat by using electricity to heat up its various elements.
Electric cooktops have only been around for about 100 years. They have become increasingly popular due to advances in technology and their convenience and safety features. Electric cooktops are easy to clean and most come with safety features that turn off automatically if a burner is left on too long or if there is no pot on the burner.
Can You Use Cast Iron on Electric Cooktops?
Cast iron is designed to work on any heat source, including induction, gas, electric and ceramic cooktops. As a matter of fact, cast iron is considered an ideal cooking surface for electric cooktops because it heats evenly and holds heat well.
The electromagnetic field generated by an electric coil produces heat in the bottom of your cast iron pan, which raises its temperature. This makes cast iron ideal for cooking with an electric stove because the heat is evenly distributed throughout the pan and doesn’t cool down when you add food to it.
The long answer is that it depends on the quality and thickness of your skillet, how even the heat distribution is in your skillet, how well you take care of your cooktop, and if you’re careful or not.
In general, most skillets should be fine to use on an electric cooktop. The only ones we wouldn’t recommend are thin cast iron pans with poor heat distribution. If they are too thin and/or have a rough bottom they will scratch up the glass on the cooktop. Anything else should be fine as long as you are careful not to bang them down hard on the cooktop while cooking or while washing them.
The Benefit of Cast Iron on an Electric Cooktop
There are many different reasons why people would choose to use this type of material for their cooking needs. Some like the way the heat distributes evenly across all of the food being cooked, while others simply enjoy how easy and convenient it is to clean up after using it. Either way, there are plenty of benefits for both parties when using this type of cookware on an electric cooktop.
Cast iron allows you to control heating with precision while also providing a nonstick surface that’s easy to clean. The benefit of cast iron on an electric cooktop is that it delivers even heat distribution, allowing you to maintain steady temperatures as you cook your food. This makes it useful for searing meats and vegetables and preparing casseroles, sauces and stews. In addition to evenly heating your food, cast iron retains the heat after the burner is turned off, which allows you to keep your food warm long.
How to cook with cast iron on an electric cooktop?
On an electric cooktop, you want the temperature of your cast iron pan to be lower than when cooking over a fire. This will help prevent scorching.
As a general rule, use medium-low heat for most cooking. When searing meat or breading foods, use medium-high heat to get the pan hot enough for browning but not so hot that you burn the food.