Using Ceramic Electric Range Top with Cast Iron Skillets
Comment from Alan Florence (10/04/06):
I use my cast iron skillet on my glass top without any difficulty. Just be sure to lift the pan instead of scooting!
I have an electric stove (ceramic top); will a cast iron skillet heat evenly on it? – O. Foster (11/13/05)
It will not heat evenly, but it could damage your stove top. You can buy heat diffusers at your kitchen store that will help heating evenly and maybe also protect for stove top.
I am renting and the stove is an electric glass top stove. I had an antique cast iron skillet that belonged to my grandmother and after using it on the glass top stove, it developed a crack. I threw it out and I felt it could not be repaired. I have some smaller cast iron skillets that I have from my grandmother but I am afraid to use them on the stove for fear of the same damage happening. I also have two Dutch ovens. Is there anything that I can use to diffuse the heat of the stove when using the cast iron skillets. Say something to put between the glass top and the skillet?
You can buy small heat diffusers that sit on the burner under the pan at kitchen stores.
I’ve been told by my mother to not use my cast iron cookware on my new flat-top stove. She says it won’t conduct heat right and will scar up the surface of the stove. I can’t find any warnings anywhere to support this claim and would hate to have to stop using my cast iron cookware. What do you think? – Dan Doughty (2/04/04)
Can cast iron pans be used on a glass top stove? Are there any specific remedies or cautions. Thank you, Cecile (9/13/95)
Your mother is basically right! If using cast iron on a smooth glass top, be careful. If there is any uneven or spur like (even cooked on seasoning on the outside) it could scratch the top of your stove if dragged.
As for grill pan with bottom ridges, I was told it is a no no. Use only flat bottom pans. If the bottom of your cookware is not flat, it will cook poorly on glass. And glass can be damaged by high heat. You can buy “heat diffusers” at your kitchen store that will help heating evenly and maybe also protect for stove top. Smooth top stove are not my first choice in stove tops.