Top 4 Best Cast Iron Skillet for Steaks – Reviews and Buying Guides

Are you looking for the best cast iron skillet? In this article we’ll break down the top 4 best cast iron skillet for steaks.


1. Lodge 10.25” Cast Iron Skillet

Starting off at number 1 we have the Lodge 10.25” Cast Iron Skillet. This 10¼” skillet is pre-seasoned and has a sturdy, albeit short handle. Both the long handle and the helper handle have holes for hanging if desired.

If you have a single cast iron skillet, it should be this one. And, given the price, you probably don’t need to make a decision between this one and another one. There are a lot of sizes available, but the 10¼ inch is a fabulous size.

The handle is big enough without being bulky… and the skillet is pre-seasoned. That’s a bonus (once again, given the price). But, you might want to think about another coating. All in, this is incredible and you know you want it. And, if value-for-money doesn’t move you, consider the timelessness and sentiment behind these skillets.

This missive from Jan Barker, a writer for Atlanta Magazine, demonstrates the power a Lodge skillet can have in anyone’s life. (At the very least, its an incredible read.) All-American company, Lodge, has been around since 1896 – and their tagline demonstrates their intention to make memories in the kitchen, We don’t just make iron; we make heirlooms that bring people together for generations.

They’re serious about all things good, including the environment. They have an Energy Star partnership and developed an environmentally melting system. 

So here’s some questions you might have. 

1. Whats the shape, size, and weight? 

This round skillet is 10¼ inches. And, it’s not the worst cast iron skillet to handle at all of 5 pounds. 

2. Is it enameled or pre-seasoned? 

It’s not enameled, but it is pre-seasoned. That said, some users report issues with the condition of the pre-seasoning. You may want to give it a try. It’s a flat bottom so it’s not terribly tricky. 

3. Is it suitable for all cooking surfaces? 

You can use this in just about any way you want – including induction stove tops and over the camp fire. It’s also useful in the oven; you will have a difficult time finding an occasion when you don’t reach for this pan. 

4. What about pour corners and handles? 

It has a short handle which makes it difficult to flip food without putting excess pressure on your wrist, but that makes it perfect for smaller ovens. There’s also a helper handle because you have to add 5 pounds to whatever you’ve put in the skillet. There are also pour corners on both sides. 

5. What are the range options? 

It’s Lodge. If you’ve not heard about this company, then you really should take a moment to read up on the entire range.


2. Le Creuset Signature 11.75” Skillet

At number 2 we have the Le Creuset Signature 11.75” Skillet. The large loop helping handle makes it easy to lift this skillet and it’s dishwasher safe (though read the full review for notes on that).

This skillet comes pre-seasoned and in a range of colors. If you want superior cookware, ideal for searing, frying, and more, you’ll want to take a close look at this French brand. It’s that good – even though the price will scare you. 

This is quality that you pay for, but you can easily recognize as soon as you work with it. It’s gorgeous and you’ll want to show it off. While not as old as Lodge, Le Creuset is an iconic brand that’s committed to the idea that the moments we share together in the kitchen and at the table are still the ones we treasure most.

We need to make a note on the cleaning and pre-seasoning, though. The manufacturers suggest it is fine to tuck into the dishwasher and it is. But, you will need to occasionally re-season the pan if you do so. That’s just the nature of the cast iron beast. However, it does take awhile to get to this point and we’ve found that the easier cleaning of the dishwasher is a real bonus in real households. 

So here’s some questions you might have. 

1. Whats the shape, size, and weight? 

This 11¾“ skillet is round and it weighs 6.8 pounds. It will feel heavy in your hand, but it’s not the worst out there. 

2. Is it enameled or pre-seasoned?

The outer edges of this pan, including the handles are coated with an enameled color of your choice (and really, there are some beautiful options). The interior, flat cooking surface is bare, but well seasoned. 

3. Is it suitable for all cooking surfaces? 

As with most enameled cookware, you don’t necessarily want to use it across every cook surface you have. You can put it in the oven and on the stove (any stove), but you will want to think twice before putting it on a campfire or the outdoor grill. Sorry. 

4. What about pour corners and handles? 

This is where Le Creuset really shines over other brands of cast iron cookware. The handle is substantial and has a hanging hole. No shock there. But, the helper handle is larger than standard. That makes it much easier to grip even when using oven mitts. And, the large pour corners are designed for slop-free draining of whatever you’re cooking. We love that. A lot. 

5. Whats the range options? 

The options are endless and designed to fit into just about any kitchen. Take, for example, the choices of blue between Caribbean and Marseille and you’ll get an idea of color. There are also Dutch ovens, griddle pans, and more. Truly, you could stock your entire kitchen with this brand if you can afford it.

3. Utopia Kitchen 12.5 inch Cast Iron Skillet

At number 3 we have the Utopia Kitchen 12.5 inch Cast Iron Skillet. This skillet can be used with every cooking method and is a solid all-rounder on price, size, weight, and more. We know you’re inching away from this pan because you want to compare it to the products you can get from Lodge.

After all, they are so similar. And then there’s the strange description on Amazon that will leave you scratching your head. But wait… despite the fact that we recommend you season this yourself (we don’t believe the majority of pans leave the factory properly done), we want you to consider the terrific prices on all the cast iron cookware offered by this brand. And, people that get this skillet do fall in love with it quickly.


So here’s some questions you might have. 

1. Whats the shape, size, and weight? 

It’s a round 10½“ skillet with a decent weight of 8 pounds. The cooking surface is a bit rough when it arrives (and that has to do with the pre-seasoning). 

2. Is it enameled or pre-seasoned? 

We understand this may cause a little unease, but hear us out before turning the other way. The manufacturers claim this is a pre-seasoned pan – and it certainly appears as if they’ve begun the process, but not completed it. You could use it as is if you really wanted to, but we strongly recommend seasoning it yourself beforehand. Once you do that, you will find yourself falling in love. 

3. Is it suitable for all cooking surfaces? 

Yes, yes, and yes. You can take it with you to the campfire and toss it in the oven. It’s remarkably versatile. 

4. What about pour corners and handles? 

There’s a decently-sized handle with a side bud that works as a second, helping handle. There is a hole in both (á la Lodge) and excellent pour corners. 

5. What the range options? 

Utopia Kitchen does have a wide range, from skillets to griddle pans and Dutch ovens. They also offer enameled cookware as well. And everything is reasonably priced. That’s one of the reasons we truly appreciate this line. You can get this skillet as the starting point for your collection of value-for-money cast iron cookware

4. Lodge Cast-Iron 13.25” Skillet

And for our final pick at number 4 we have the Lodge Cast-Iron 13.25” Skillet. This cast iron skillet is pre-seasoned and comes with a silicone hot handle holder (albeit only in red).

It can be used with just about every cooking method (though perhaps not with that handle). If you have a lot of people to feed (every night or just around the campfire), this is the skillet you want. It’s huge and yet it cooks so evenly.

That already should tempt you in its direction. But, then there is the pre-seasoning which has been done just right. And, you get a bonus silicone hot handle holder to help with the cooking process. Also, while the price is on the higher end, it’s not priced out of the competition. In fact, given the size, we still think this is one of the best deals on the market.


So here’s some questions you might have. 

1. Whats the shape, size, and weight? 

It’s a round skillet measuring 13¼“ and has a flat-bottom cooking surface. It is a weighty 12.1 pounds though, so you can expect big muscles after working with this pan. 

2. Is it enameled or pre-seasoned? 

It’s a bare pan (there’s no enamel) and it does come pre-seasoned. The reports of inadequate seasonings are rare, so you can rest assured knowing its seriously good quality. 

3. Is it suitable for all cooking surfaces? 

Yes. You can use it everywhere – even on the backyard grill. Though we would recommend you take the silicone handle cover off before putting it in the oven especially a hot one.

4. What about pour corners and handles? 

There’s one handle, which is much needed given the weight and size of this skillet. It’s not the longest handle out there, but it’s generous enough to handle the pan. The silicone hot handle cover is very useful, and covers the whole handle. There’s also a helping handle with a hole for hanging and two pour corners on either side of the pan (though you may have difficulty lifting this without holding both handles.)

5. What are the range options? 

This particular range of skillets has a couple of sizes available, all the way down to 8”. You don’t get any options on the color of the handle cover; it comes in red and that’s what you get.

So that sums up our top best cast iron skillet for steaks. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a comment. Until next time have a great day.

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