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Jan 17, 2009 10:11 PM

Highest oven temp that's safe for cast iron skillet?

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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    1. 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.

      1. Cast iron will survive far higher temperatures
        than ever reached in a home oven.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Enameled cast iron can also withstand very high temperatures, but you have to replace the plastic knobs with steel.

              1. re: alanbarnes

                You can also wrap the plastic knobs with tinfoil. Do this all the time with my Le Crueset.