Enameled Cast Iron Pros and Cons

What’s the Difference?

Enameled cast iron has both benefits and drawbacks as compared to “naked” black cast iron cookware.  It’s the basic black dressed up with enamel paint, and looks prettier!


  • it’s easier to maintain – the enamel coating doesn’t require the process of seasoning
  • it gets hot and stays hot just like plain cast iron, though the enamel coating may take longer to heat the pot thoroughly
  • the coating prevents any iron from the pan itself from being absorbed into food, and therefore can be used with more acid ingredients like tomatoes and wine.  They won’t cause any pitting of the iron, and the food will not pick up a metallic taste
  • They are almost as long lasting and can be a heirloom like regular cast iron
  • it won’t rust
  • there are quite a few manufacturer’s, and it can come in great colors!


  • Iron is iron – and it’s all heavy
  • the enamel coating lining the interior can chip, and then the smooth surface is marred.  I  don’t use any metal spoons or turners in it.  And the outside enamel paint may chip, though I find the interior is more likely to.
  • it’s usually a lot more costly to buy
  • the interior surface doesn’t obtain the nonstick qualities that a plain well seasoned cast iron piece can

That said, I have several Le Creuset dutch ovens in various sizes, and I favor the original Flame orange color.  Enameled cast iron  now comes in blues, and greens, and reds and yellows, with new colors coming out every year.

Staub also makes a variety of sizes  of Dutch ovens  like this one as well as grill pans and fry pans .

Lodge, who makes much of the traditional black cast iron today, has also gotten into the enameled field with items like this blue casserole pan.

Any number of other players are in the field like TremontinaPioneer WomanHeuckZelancio , Lava , and other less known brands, as well as lots of celebrity chef s who have their own lines.



2 thoughts on “Enameled Cast Iron Pros and Cons

  1. noharminfarmin says:

    Maria has the enameled dutch oven that looks just like yours. She absolutely loves it. The rest of her irons are non enameled and they really aren’t bad to keep seasoned.

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