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Can you use cast iron on induction cooktops?

Yes, cast iron is one of many types of cookware that work on induction cooktops and stoves. Magnetic cookware, like cast iron pans, turns electromagnetic energy from the induction surface into heat. So you can prepare your family’s favorite dishes, like pork chops or veggie hash, and get them to the table fast.

Does cast iron work on induction surfaces?

Cast iron pots and pans work well with induction cooktops and stoves and are ideal for frying, slow cooking or browning. The versatility and durability of cast iron also make it ideal for cooking meals that move from the cooktop to the oven.

Like all glass cooktops, you should take proper care when using your cast iron cookware on an induction stovetop.

Will cast iron scratch on induction surfaces?

When handled with care, you can avoid scratching your induction cooktop with a cast iron pan or other induction-compatible cookware. Due to the rough bottom and hefty weight of cast iron pans, make sure to lift, rather than slide them when moving. Always gently place cookware on the cooktop’s glass surface, rather than dropping it.

How to protect your induction cooktop from cast iron

Help protect your induction cooktop by handling your cookware with care and avoid sliding it across the induction surface. Regularly cleaning the surface can also help protect the cooktop from scratches and stains. Here are some steps you can take to help protect your induction cooktop from scratches:

  • Before using your cast iron, make sure it is clean and dry.

  • Avoid sliding pots and pans on the cooktop surface and place cookware gently when moving it on and off burners.

  • Use an enameled cast iron pan, which covers the rough cast iron with smooth enamel.

  • Frequently clean the induction surface and any pots and pans you use.

Does enamel cast iron work on induction?

Yes, enamel cast iron works on induction cooktops. Enamel cast iron has a reduced chance of scratching your cooktop’s surface when you slide the pots and pans compared to regular cast iron.

How do you season cast iron on an induction stove?

To season your cast iron cookware, take these steps:

  1. Clean the cast iron surface.

  2. When dry, heat the pot or pan over a high heat.

  3. Spread a small amount of vegetable oil over the entire surface.

  4. Remove the cookware when the oil is smoking and switch off the heat.

  5. Carefully dispose of excess oil.

  6. Wash and dry the pot or pan.

You may need to repeat the first five steps several times. Seasoning cast iron pots and pans is a simple way to help your cast iron cookware stay nonstick and rust resistant. Be sure your cast iron cookware is completely dry before storing it to help maintain its seasoning and prevent rust.

Explore Whirlpool® Induction Cooktops

If you’re looking for a cooktop with reliable performance, Whirlpool® Induction Cooktops may be just right for you. With a variety of styles and features on selected models like Assisted Boil and Assisted Pan Frying—which helps make cooking spaghetti or stir fry easy—Whirlpool brand has the ideal induction cooktop for your home. Shop all Whirlpool® Cooktops.

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