Highest oven temp that's safe for cast iron skillet?
- ipsedixit Jan 17, 2009 10:11 PM
What's the highest oven temp that a cast iron skillet can be used at without damage?
I read somewhere that the max oven temp is 350 F. That just doesn't seem right to me as I know I've used my skillet in oven temps exceeding 400 F with no problems.
Anyone with a definitive answer?
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Over 450F and you'll start to burn off your cure. But the iron itself is good up to about 2000F. After that, you're on your own.
Using a technique I learned for broiling fish fillets in "Fish Without a Doubt," I preheat my cast iron skillet under the broiler for 15 minutes before putting the fillets in the pan. Done this a few times, and it hasn't even burned off the seasoning.
concur with the other posters, they're practically indestructible in home ovens (though if you make a habit of subjecting it to extremely high heat it will need to be re-seasoned).
the warning/max temp you read may have been referring to enamel-coated cast iron pans, which aren't supposed to be used at temps above 400.