After moving into our new home, the kitchen grabbed my attention fast and foremost.
No, it doesn’t have any unique interior, but the stove was a unique one for me. It was a glass top stove, and it simply blew me away.
However, I realized the struggle when I put my most trusted cast-iron skillet to make some juiciest steak for a few Texan friends.
The steaks came out awesome, but my bf was not that much satisfied after seeing the scratches and burns on the glass top of the stove.
If you have faced the same issue with a glass top stove, let me share some of the personal experiences on How to Use Cast Iron on glass Top Stove without any Scratch.
How to Use Cast Iron on Glass Top Stove (And what to avoid)
As cast iron is comparatively heavy, it is recommended to lift the pan instead of sliding to save the glass top from scratch. Also, it is suggested to use protective cooking pads for glass top stoves that have a flat bottom.
But, let me say this straight…….
These all tips are actually from my personal experience. But one thing is for sure- These personal encounters and experiences will surely make your cast iron cooking on any glass top stove like a breeze.
How do you use cast iron on a glass cooktop? Let’s dive in………
Don’t Slide the Pan, Lift it
Cast iron cookware is heavy. And you have to keep in mind throughout the cooking process. Otherwise, the first thing you will find on the glass surface is either scratches or cracks. Believe me, you won’t love the outcome.
Can you use a cast iron skillet on a glass cooktop?
The best way to use cast iron cookware is to lift them from the oven to the stovetop. If you need to bake the steak or veggies, simply grab the handle and lift it to the oven. I am sure you will appreciate this extra work out for the forearms.
Wash the Cast Iron Before Use
Any leftover or spills on the bottom of the cast iron skillet will turn into odorous gunk. And it will become toughest task to remove the stain both from the stovetop and cookware’s bottom.
So, if you want to continue cooking with convenience, clean the cast iron cookware before each use. Yes, it will be an extra hassle, but I can guarantee a great taste and gorgeous looking stove after each cooking.
Clean the Glass Top
Yes, you got it right. Sometimes, spills can be left behind on the glass top too. And the result will be equally irritating and odorous. So, it is better to clean the glass top of the stove before each use.
If you ask my opinion, I would recommend cleaning the top after each cooking session. It will save you from any heavy cleaning before cooking. it’s easy, just wipe the countertop with a wet cloth before the cooking session, and you are all set to go.
Use a Heat Diffuser
I have an old, rough-bottom skillet that is miserable for any glass top. But you won’t be able to forget the taste of the stake made on it. So, I was in a dilemma whether to keep it or threw it away. But my friend Chris came up with a unique solution for me, and it’s called a heat diffuser.
This durable metal piece distributes the heat evenly on the cast iron while protecting the glass top from rough and uneven bottom. Moreover, the diffuser redistributes the weight of the cast iron cookware to avoid any unwanted cracks or dents.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Cast Iron for Glass Top Stove
Ok, I guess you already get the idea of how to use cast iron griddle on glass top stove. But that’s not enough. Allow me to tell you the facts you need to follow before putting cast iron griddle on the glass top stove.
Weight of the Cast Iron Cookware
As I said before, cast iron cookware is heavy. It’s an awesome feature, especially when you are cooking on a conventional stove or open fire. The density of the material evenly distributes the heat and makes the cooking smooth and easy.
However, the scenario is different in the case of a glass top stove. Too much weight can damage the glass or scratch the surface for good. Therefore, it is better to check the capacity of the glass surface before you get a new cast iron skillet or pan.
If you already have a heavy-weight pan or skillet, I would recommend not to use it on the glass top unless the weight is compatible with the glass. Even if the weight is compatible, it will be best to use a heat diffuser to add an extra cushion.
Size of the Cast Iron
The size of cast iron pots are directly related to its weight. In a nutshell, bigger pots come with heavier weight. It is ok to use an average e size cast iron pan on the glass top burner to cook a juicy steak.
But if you are planning to cook a big batch of gravy for the whole weekend family group in a massive-sized pot, you better reconsider it.
While you are choosing the size, check the weight of the pan and try to find whether it is compatible with your glass stove or not. And let me share a cooking secret that I have learned from my grandma-bigger cast iron pans works best on the open flame. You know what I mean!
The pattern on the Bottom
Typically, cast iron cookware comes with a smooth bottom. So, it should not be an issue for the glass top burner. But we are more concerned about those rounded-shaped pots that have an uneven bottom. If you use them on the glass top, both the weight and heat distribution can damage the glass top.
Therefore, I would recommend getting smooth and flat-bottomed cookware, irrespective of the material, for the glass top stove. These will maintain even distribution of heat, and the outcome will be tasty and delicious.
Texture of the Cast Iron Cookware
When you are cooking using any cookware, the overall texture plays an important role. Like the bottom, top, and sides of the cookware need to be smooth for balanced heat distribution. Moreover, this smooth texture ensures the safety of the stove.
What is the best cookware to use on a glass cooktop?
When you are using cookware with uneven texture, it can damage the glass top anytime by creating a crack or dent. Besides, the texture will also impact the food as well as the utensils you are using to cook.
What should you not use on a glass top stove?
In a plain word- Do not put Hot Cookware on the Glass Top
It is recommended not to use the glass top burner to cool down any food. We have a tendency to put the hot pot on the stovetop directly from the oven. But this tendency can seriously weaken and damage the glass top.
The golden rules of cooking on glassstove…….Don’t rush- Be Slow and Steady.
Why is this so?
Glass tops are sensitive. So, you need to be extra cautious while moving the cookware and utensils. Instead of dragging the cookware, it’s better to lift and move the pot no matter if it is made with cast iron or any other metal.
How to protect glass top stove from cast iron?
Use flat bottom pans.
Because they are smooth. So, they won’t make any scratches on the glass surface. Moreover, any uneven part will disrupt the weight distribution and make cracks on the surface.
Take Care of the Spills Immediately
Spills are the worst enemy of both glass top stove and cast-iron pots. Thus, do not wait for any longer after the cooking is done. Immediately clean the spills using a wet cloth. If required, use a soft detergent solution for extra cleanliness.
How to Clean Glass Top Before Putting a Cast Iron
Follow the User Manual
Glass top stoves are unique, and each of the models requires different maintenance. So, it is better to read the instruction manual before any maintenance. If the manual said to use only wet clothes, it is better to go for it.
Use Mild Cleaners
What is the best way to clean a glass top stove?
Strong detergents or surface cleaners will give you a shiny surface instantly, but eventually the glass top will weaken. And pretty soon, you will end up with either a broken or smoky top. If you want to avoid this, use a mild cleaner that goes along with the glass top.
Use Soft Cleaning Clothes
Rough scrubbers or metal sponges are the worst enemies of any delicate surface. Glass top is not different from them. If you are thinking of getting rid of the spills quickly using any scrubber, please don’t. They will only ruin the surface with numerous scratches and cracks.
Get a soft microfiber cloth for cleaning. These clothes are perfect for delicate surfaces. For extra and quick cleanliness, dip the cloth into a mild soap solution.
Be Cautious about Burnt Food
Leaving the spills unattended will ruin your kitchen. Wondering how? Firstly, they will create almost impossible to remove stains and stinky odor. Secondly, all the pots will get that stain on the bottom. At the end of the day, all you will get is a kitchen full of burnt smells and pots.
Take care of the spoils immediately after the cooking is done. Don’t let them stay on the surface for long. Use soft wet cloth to clean them immediately. You can use vinegar solution for more stubborn stains.
I still make awesome steak on my favorite glass top stove oven without raising my bf’s eyebrows.
I am sure you already get the secrets. Yes, I simply stick to these basic tips on how to use cast iron skillet on glass top stove.
I can assure you one thing that if you follow all of these tricks, your kitchen will be a glittering one with the smell of delicious foods cooked on cast iron pots.