Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inch

Last updated: November 17, 2021

This cast iron cookware model is a workhorse and the best overall cast iron cookware tool to have in the kitchen. The main handle is large enough to get a solid grip while not being too long when you need to place it in the oven. The secondary handle allows the user to comfortably lift the pan with both hands as well, but be sure to use oven mitts! This skillet is deep enough to sautée or scramble a dinner for a whole family, while shallow enough to allow a spatula in for flipping delicate things, like fried eggs.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inch

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Key Takeaway: This cast iron cookware can handle any kitchen need, no matter how big.

In our analysis of 115 expert reviews, the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inch placed 10th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.25-inch Skillet is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Fry up a mess of catfish, roast a chicken, or bake an apple crisp in this generous 10.25-inch pan that features two handles for heavy lifting and two subtle side lips for pouring. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. Care-wash with mild soapy water and dry and oil immediately. However consider that cookware is 400 degree fahrenheit in 4 minutes on medium heat and is sterile at 212 degree fahrenheit so soap is not always necessary. Dishwashers, strong detergents and metal scouring pads are not recommended as they remove seasoning

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Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The handles are just right. The main is short, so it easily fits in the oven or on the grill. The helper handle on the other side makes it easy to lift your skillet. And there are two spots to hang the skillet, if need be.
Durable – This pan will take any kind of abuse form you without needing to be replaced. It is well-made and solid and you won’t need to throw it away after a year or two like you would with a nonstick pan. Some buyers have mentioned that they have been using the Lodge skillet for a number of years and it is still their favorite pan.
The helper handle affects how easily you can maneuver the skillet and actually carry it from, say, the oven to the table.
They’re cheap, rough to the touch and you don’t need to treat them preciously.
This skillet comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. That means you don't have to worry about the preparation and seasoning process, which can take up precious hours of your day.
One of the most important considerations for cast iron is its weight. The Lodge 10.25-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet comes in at 5 pounds, while many comparably sized pans are 6 pounds, sometimes more.
This is a lovely, useful skillet that worked out fine. It has a regular and a small side handle, which comes in handy.
It is good at retaining heat.
Sturdy handle with hole for hanging when not in use, complemented by helper handle.
From cornbread to omelettes, this skillet will serve you well for virtually any occasion. This skillet can be used to sautée, sear, fry, bake, braise, roast, and stir-fry a wide range of different dishes, from omelettes to fillets of fish.
This Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet is 100% seasoned with vegetable oil and the advantage is that it does not have synthetic coatings or any chemical coating on it and hence is safe for health.
Integral handle actually makes maneuvering easier
Comes with two handles for easy handling. This will be needed for the bigger pans.
We found this to be the best skillet size (not too small but not too large) for camping. A great overall camping skillet.
Reviewers are very impressed with the durability, and once seasoned, reviewers claim it performs well.
It has a superior heat retention to experience an even cooking.
This Lodge 10 ¼” cast iron skillet offers a helper handle as well as a standard handle fitted with a hole for easy hanging.

What reviewers didn't like

Handle too short – A few buyers have complained that the handle for the pan is too short. This makes it a little difficult to get a good grip when cooking.
It took four rounds of seasoning for the surface to achieve the same level of nonstick as the Victoria.
We just wouldn’t cook eggs, fish or anything too delicate before you have a serious base of seasoning.
Only moderately nonstick after seasoning
First of all, I must say that I imagined it a bit bigger. I would definitely recommend buying one size up.
Requires handwashing.
You might have to redo the seasoning as sometimes they don’t have the greatest seasoning when bought
This model has a rough surface that may take a bit more work to season properly. While the larger size of this skillet makes it heavy and difficult to move, the assistance handle helps to ease this concern.
It can be a bit heavy to carry or move around.
Many users report problems with pre-seasoning, noting that the pan needs attention before being used for the first time.
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