No kitchen is complete without a cast iron pan. The cast iron is unmatched in terms of versatility, durability, and functionality. Furthermore, it is absolutely essential for the at home sous vide cook. When it comes to sous vide, getting a good sear is absolutely vital. We tested a number of skillets, and today we are going to give you our favorite picks for the best cast iron pan for sous vide.
There are many reasons why you need a cast iron. For one thing, they are generally very inexpensive and a very solid value. You don’t have to spend more than $40 to get started with cast iron cooking. Additionally, they are built to last and virtually indestructible. Not to mention, the durable material improves over time, and you will build a natural delicious coating of seasoning.
Cast Iron pans are also extremely versatile and can be used not only to sear sous vide foods, but also sautéing, pan-frying, baking, braising, broiling, roasting, and more!
Cast Iron cooking is quickly becoming one of the most popular way to cook food. Hopefully our review helps you find the best option for your needs.
Below you will find a table summarizing our top picks, and below that are more in-depth reviews.
Lodge 12 Inch Seasoned Cast Iron
Best Overall Value
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet
Best High End Skillet
Home- Complete Cast Iron Skillet
Best Budget Option
Best Skillet Overall Value: Lodge Pre-Seasoned 12″ Cast Iron Skillet
The Lodge is actually the cast iron that gets the most use in my kitchen. It comes in at a great price and with all the features you need to get started. I love the 12” version, as the extra real estate helps with searing large roasts such as tri-tip or prime rib. It heats up nicely and is extremely durable. Additionally, it comes pre-seasoned which is always nice since it is ready to go right out of the box.
Lodge has put a lot of attention to detail from simple things like the hanging hook, to the handle which also functions as a way to stack things. The lodge maintains even heat from edge to edge.
Lodge is one of the most well-known brands in the space, and carries a stellar reputation. They have been producing these pans since the late 1800s.
- Assist handle for better control
- Comes with silicon hand holder
- Pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil
- Great size for searing food at 12 inches
- Not the easiest to clean – but check out some tips here
Best High-End Cast-Iron Skillet: Le Creuset Signature Skillet
For those looking for the Cadillac of cast irons, I think you will be happy with the Le Creuset. Le Creuset cookware might seem pricey, but it is beautiful and its cast iron and stoneware pieces can last for years, if not decades. They are also easier to clean than the others.
Le Creuset is a premium French cookware manufacturer best known for its colorfully-enameled cast-iron cookware. In my opinion they make the most beautiful pots and pans on the market.
- Easy to clean – dishwasher safe
- Maintains heat well
- Heavyweight fry pan requires very little oil, making it an excellent choice for low-fat cooking
- Beautiful color and design
- Heavier option
Best Budget Pick: Home-Complete Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
Hard to beat the Home-Complete for the price. At under $25 you are still getting a solid option. While it might not have the features of the pricier skillets, it will definitely get the job done as evident by its great reviews.
- Great price for the beginner sous vide cooks
- May not hold heat as well as the others
Hope you enjoyed our reviews. To check out our favorite sous vide machines go here! – 21 Best Sous Vide Machines (Reviews Updated 2021)