Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch

Last updated date: August 6, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 117 expert reviews, the Lodge Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cast Iron Cookware for a detailed review of all the top cast iron cookware.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
3,700 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Lodge has created a high-quality skillet that offers you outstanding heat retention, even heating, and an easy-release finish so whatever you want to cook, this cast iron skillet makes cooking your culinary creations so easy.
- Morning Chores
Easy care: hand wash, dry, rub with cooking oil.
- Booms Beat
The first thing you’ll notice is that the pan has a silicone handle which is so convenient and comfortable to use. That feature may add to the price, but it’s worthy. It protects you from the hot iron, and it’s so soft and comfortable. I love it!
- Kitchen Byte
Thanks to its specially designed silicon handle holder, it helps keep the hands protected from high temperatures that can go up to 450 degrees F.
- Noble Rate
Lodge offers cooks silicone handles that come in different colors and designs to protect hands and add an extra layer of kitchen style. These silicone holders protect hands against heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook Taste Eat
Because of its tough and rugged construction, this skillet works well on open fires such as induction cooktops, stoves, and campfires, and closed ones such as oven without sacrificing functionality.
- Buy The Best 10
The skillet also has an incredibly heat retention capacity which enables it to maintain the warmth of the food even after the stove has been turned off.
- Best Seekers
It is also easy to use this pan and it can be hand washed and dried, before it is rubbed with oil.
- All Top Guide
It is easy to maintain. You simply need to hand wash after using it.
- Top Best Spec
Looking at its price, the Lodge L10SK3ASHH41B is considered an inexpensive skillet compared to other brands.
- Bestalyze
At around 8½ pounds, this classic Lodge skillet weighs about 2 pounds more than the Lodge Chef Collection pan. That extra weight could be a real asset when it comes to cooking a thick cut of meat, since it can help the pan retain more heat.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Its heat retaining capacity is remarkable, which enables it to eliminate hot spots and cook food with the same level of deliciousness throughout the pan.
- Top 5 Reviews
This pan doesn’t cost that much.
- Century Life
Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet L10SK3ASHH41B has two handles for heavy lifting and two subtle side lips for pouring.
- Pans Reviews
May 20, 2016 | Full review
The handle of this particular skillet comes with a silicon covering that allows you to position and move the pan without being burned.
- Chew The World
It is easy to clean and is an easy care: hand wash, rinse, dry, and place cooking oil.
- Cooky Mommy
Easy to use and easy to maintain.
- Kitchen Gear Reviews
Comes with two handles for easy handling. This will be needed for the bigger pans.
- Two Kitchen Junkies
What experts didn't like
The skillet cannot be put into the dishwasher so you have to wash it in warm soapy water and you need to keep it seasoned to maintain its high cooking ability and keep it dry to stop it from rusting.
- Morning Chores
This skillet is a bit heavier than the others, so you should be careful when using it. Sometimes, those silicone handles can be so slippery!
- Kitchen Byte
Must be reseasoned regularly.
- Cook Taste Eat
Lodge doesn’t have a formal written guarantee or warranty.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Cast iron is heavy, doesn’t heat evenly, takes more time and effort to clean and keep rust-free than stainless-lined pans.
- Century Life
The pan being pretreated leaves you at the mercy of the flavors added before you cook. This will disappear as you cook more with your own flavors.
- Chew The World
Its black coating may chip and rust after a long time of using.
- Cooky Mommy
There is nothing really not to like about this, maybe as with most pre-seasoned cast iron the initial seasoning is not great.
- Two Kitchen Junkies

From The Manufacturer

The Lodge Cast Iron 12-inch Skillet and Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder 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 12-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. Note the black patina given to the cookware by the factory seasoning process is, in fact, vegetable oil that has been baked into a piece of cookware that has emerged from an individual sand mold. This coating of oil is a functional application and not a cosmetic application. The cookware is hanging as it rides through the electrostatic sprayer and commercial conveyer ovens at very high temperatures. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the pores of the iron which creates an easy release finish. As a result of this process, you may see a blister or bubble of oil at the rim, southern-most point or at the end of the handle of the cookware piece. If visible, it will rub or flake off with your finger, leaving a brown spot. Don’t worry, it’s not rust but a seasoned spot that is brown, indicative of the varnish stage of seasoning. As a matter of fact, this is the color of home seasoned iron until it has been used several times. The brown spot will turn black with use

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An Overview On Cast Iron Cookware

When you find yourself needing a new pot or pan to step up your cooking game, the cookware options in your favorite store will offer quite a number of potential solutions. There are white ceramic pans or thin pans that heat up instantly and claim to dissipate your heat perfectly for your needs. But keep browsing this pan selection and you’ll end up staring at a section of heavy-duty black pots and pans that you swear you’ve seen at your grandparent’s house before. Cast iron cookware is one of the most loved and longest-standing nonstick cooking options that exist. There are numerous reasons why they are regarded so highly, so we will break down some of the key points for you and help guide you towards the best style for your needs.

“There’s a good reason that these pans have been around so long — they work beautifully,” says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff, member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, dining editor of Better magazine and food journalist. “They are heavy enough to heat evenly and retain heat, they’re reasonably priced, and they are virtually indestructible.”

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The construction of cast iron cookware is very sturdy as it is made as one solid piece of the metal and generally has no other material bolted onto it. Pick one up, and you’ll notice it’s heavier than most other pans due to this thick iron makeup. The thickness of the iron captures the heat coming from the flame or stovetop and slowly passes it on o the other side where the food is. If you were to place your 10.25 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet on the stove, crank the heat up to high and place a couple of eggs into the pan, the pan would slowly heat up and start firming the egg whites — but without burning them, as would likely happen in a thinner pan. That’s because the cast iron makeup is much more efficient with using and retaining heat.

If that 10.25 inch Lodge skillet is too shallow for the big pot of chili you might be making for an autumn tailgate, try using something with more depth, like the 5 quart Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven. This comes with a lid that helps keep the heat and steam in while the food simmers so all the flavors get to know each other in the pot.

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But what about scorching and having food get stuck to the pan? As mentioned above, cast iron really is a non-stick cooking surface — once it is seasoned.

“Look for pre-seasoned pans as a timesaver, because the seasoning process can take a while,” Chernoff says.

All Lodge brand cast iron cookware comes with a coating of 100% vegetable oil on them. This oil is referred to as “seasoning” for cast iron. The oil creates a barrier between your food and the iron and creates a non-stick atmosphere while you’re cooking. The seasoning is a crucial part of getting the best results out of your cast iron cookware.

Cast iron cookware will last for many generations and often gets passed down as a rite of passage to the new cooks in the family. The stories that surround this cookware throughout its lifetime are surely some of the biggest selling points on using cast iron, and it’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself to fully understand. But you still have a big decision to make when you see that there are multiple sizes and shapes of cast iron cookware.

One category is a skillet that is used mainly as a frying pan. It has a deep enough profile to hold a healthy portion of vegetables, rice, pasta or meats that you want to sautee while still being shallow enough to let you get the spatula in for a clean flip on your over-easy eggs. It boasts a multifunctional size and shape that becomes a daily workhorse in most kitchens.

If you’re working on large stews or even roasting whole chickens, the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven 5 Qt holds the largest volume of anything in their lineup. When filled up with delicious ingredients, it can be the perfect size for feeding large families or meal prepping on Sunday to make the week a little easier for those of us on the go.

As you’re shopping for cast iron cookware, definitely consider the handles.

“Cast iron is heavy, so the handles are especially important, especially in the larger skillets,” Chernoff explains. “One long handle will be unwieldy. Having the ‘helper handle’ opposite the long handle allows the weight to be evenly distributed when carried.”

Cast iron cookware is not dishwasher-safe, so if that is important to you, you’ll want to consider other options. Also, these pots and pans should not air dry, as they may rust. Do not use metal scouring pads on them; once they are cleaned, they should be dried and oiled immediately. Although you must be careful of these elements, cast iron is great for home cooks.

“These pans really are incredibly versatile, from pancakes to deep frying and everything in between, and can easily go from stovetop to oven, as they are safe at almost any temperature,” Chernoff points out. “And unlike non-stick cookware, you can use metal utensils on the surface, as they will not damage it.”

Simply take care of your cast iron cookware, and it’ll perform for you!

DWYM Fun Fact

Cast iron dates back all the way to the 5th century BC when it was used by the ancient Chinese to make pots for cooking. They were able to figure out that the iron-carbon alloy was quite easy to make when melting copper and using iron ore as a flux. Interestingly enough, we still see it used today just as it was originally used all those years ago!

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Cookware isn’t all that cast iron is used for though. You’ll find cast iron plumbing in a lot of old houses or in canons built for war during the 15th century. Cast iron is brittle though, so you won’t find much of it used for applications like sharp weaponry or high tension environments. The impressive compressive strength and natural resistance to rusting allow it to be a very handy and easily produced material for cookware uses.

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The Cast Iron Cookware Buying Guide

  • Clean your cast iron cookware with warm water and a fairly rough sponge or brush. There’s no need to use soap when cleaning your pots and pans, and it’s recommended that you do not.
  • After you clean all the residue from your cast iron cookware, dry it off and drizzle a little bit of vegetable oil into it before storing it. For convenience, use a paper towel to wipe the vegetable oil all over the surface of the pot or pan to form a light and even coat.
  • You now have a properly cleaned and seasoned cast iron pan. Keep up with these two simple tasks each time you use the cookware and you’ll be able to use this non-stick cookware for life.
  • Cast iron cookware can be used on more than cooktops. Campfires around the country are a place where delicious meals can be made and eaten under the open sky. Cast iron cookware can be placed directly into an open fire, set on a cooking-rack above the heat and even hung from a tripod so it dangles over the flame. Either way, the heat of the direct flames is tempered down by the thickness of the iron. It allows the camp chef to make meals equally as good as they would in their home.
  • Ovens and cast iron also work beautifully together. Make a homemade pizza, and bake it in your cast iron skillet for a deep-dish style pan pizza. Fill your cast iron dutch oven with a good recipe, where anything from pasta dishes to whole chickens can be oven roasted.
  • Lastly, you might find yourself in love with how beautiful this cast iron cookware can be. Share that beauty with your guests by hanging them up in your kitchen for all to see. This can add a rustic farmhouse feel while still being a functional part of your kitchen.