Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12-Inch

Last updated date: July 28, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12-Inch

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Overall Take

When you opt to use this cast iron skillet to cook your meals, you'll enjoy a 20% increase in your iron levels. The pan remains nonstick when seasoned and is excellent at retaining heat. The skillet's deep sides also make this pan a great choice for cooking one-pot meals. In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Utopia Kitchen Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12-Inch placed 2nd when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.4
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
4,899 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Popular & Affordable
- Reviewed
It is reasonably heavy, but the handles make it manageable. The skillet is pre-seasoned. It handles high heat, making it excellent at searing and frying.
- Think Cook
This cookware can easily be used in the oven or over a stove or campfire.
- Pans Reviews
This beefy 12.5-inch cast iron skillet can hold a hell of a lot of food, and it’ll develop a nice layer of non-stick patina over time if you season it up consistently.
- Men's Health
What experts didn't like
In other words, it’s a fine skillet—but chances are there wouldn’t be nearly as much buzz about it online if Utopia Kitchen weren’t giving it away for free in exchange for reviews.
- Reviewed
The Utopia Kitchen skillet is an obvious Lodge knockoff, except that the seasoning on the Utopia is ineffective against sticking, and the pour spouts dribbled a lot of oil on our countertops.
- The New York Times
It needs daily seasoning to retain its non-stick property. Some customers think it is a tad rough inside.
- Think Cook

From The Manufacturer

To provide you with a ready to use cast-iron skillet, all our cast-iron cookware pass through factory pre-seasoning stage in which soy-based oil is used on these high head allowing the polymers to create an initial layer of seasoning. This one factory seasoned layer is equivalent 10-15 rounds of normal home seasoning. The normal cast iron seasoning we create at home is attained when the fats and oils used in cooking collect on the cast iron.This makes our cast iron cookware completely ready to be used straight out of the box. No initial seasoning is required. However; in order to maintain the factory-seasoned cast iron layer you need to season it from time to time. Factory seasoning is just a kick-start to your cookware’s seasoning life. Not to forget that seasoning is an on-going course. If you want your cast iron to maintain a perfect black, non-stick patina, then get started with the cooking. Regular use and proper maintenance is the key to a coveted black non-stick surface. With our Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron cookware now cook all you can; whether it be steaks, paninis, vegetables or anything you like your tummies to be fed. The perfectly sized wide diameter allows an ample cooking space, making it compatible with oven, stove, grill or over a campfire. This skillet can be used on various heat sources including gas, electric, induction and ceramic-glass top stoves, and ovens. Pay attention while using it on a glass stove top as slight sliding might cause a scratch to the surface. The comforatble grip Silicone Handle makes hot skillet handling convenient on the stove top and protects hands up to 450° F. Prepare delicious dishes and indulge into the best cooking experience at home with this cookware. Whether it is searing, sautéing, simmering, braising, baking, roasting, or frying, this has it all.

Overall Product Rankings

Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12-Inch
2. Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
Matfer Bourgeat Steel Fry Pan Skillet, 11-Inch
13. Matfer Bourgeat Steel Fry Pan Skillet, 11-Inch
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Skillets

If your kitchen were a chessboard, the skillet would be your queen. A nice, deep skillet can do just about anything: sauté, stir-fry, braising, roasting. If it’s made of cast iron or similar materials, you can even add oven-roasting and baking to that list.

While any good skillet will be versatile, the material it’s made with is going to determine its specialties. Take the classic cast iron skillet. Everybody’s grandparents have one in their kitchen, for good reason. These weighty workhorses cook steak like nothing else, and — with a little TLC — are durable enough to handle thousands of meals on the stove or in the oven before getting passed on to the kids.

At the other end of the cooking spectrum, you have the nonstick pan. Lightweight and handy, these are typically made of quick-heating aluminum coated with a nonstick polymer that makes it a breeze to clean. They’re best for a nice plate of eggs or fish filet — soft foods that won’t abrade the surface.

In the sweet spot between the two is your stainless steel skillet. Steel is a great metal for retaining heat and distributing it evenly, making it the go-to choice for sauces, stir-fry, chicken, rice and a host of other everyday dishes. It’s also got natural nonstick properties, making it relatively easy to clean. In many cases, you’ll find skillets that are layered with an interior core of aluminum are ideal. The idea here is that aluminum heats up quicker, and then transfers that heat to the sturdier outer layer of steel.

In a nutshell, the meals you make are going to determine the skillet you need. That’s why most households have at least two options:  a nonstick for quick morning omelets and a cast iron or stainless steel pan for meats, veggies and other dinner staples.

DWYM Fun Fact

While it’s hard to trace the origins of the frying pan or skillet, the earliest examples of the cookware could be found in old Mesopotamia. Most early versions of pans were made from copper — a capable enough conductor of heat if you don’t mind the low-level copper poisoning that came with it. While that was probably not the biggest problem on the mind of a 3rd-century chef, today’s copper cookware comes with a protective coating that takes that worry away.

The Skillet Buying Guide

  • Using your skillet properly will not only result in better food in the short term, but a longer-lasting piece of cookware. Cast iron skillets can stand up to just about anything temperature-wise, but you’ll need to season it to get the most out of it. That involves coating it with a super-thin layer of oil and letting it bake in at high heat, a process that not only protects against rust but imparts a stick-resistant coating. Some cast-iron skillets come pre-seasoned, but a touch-up dab of oil every once in a while will help keep it protected.
  • Nonstick skillets require a lot less care, and that’s half the point. Just make sure you don’t put it through more than it was designed for. Most nonstick options aren’t safe for oven use, and even those that are have a max temperature that you’ll want to make sure not to exceed.
  • Cleaning your skillet also requires a little adjustment, depending on the material. Soap will actually wear away the seasoning on cast iron, but a decent one will actually clean off easier than you’d think with hot water and a brush. Just don’t put it in the dishwasher, or let it soak in water. Most nonstick skillets are dishwasher safe, but be sure to use a plastic brush that won’t abrade the polymer coating when washing by hand.
  • The weight of a skillet is something to consider long-term. Cast iron sounds heavy, and it usually is — especially with a pan full of steak. Older cooks might find it unwieldy enough to consider a stainless steel model instead.
  • The material of the handle is just as important as the base. Most skillets have a handle that’s made from a separate piece attached to the pan — ideally with rivets, which will hold longer than screws or bolts. A silicone-coated or wood handle will keep the coolest, no matter what’s cooking.
  • Check the base, especially if you’re cooking on an induction stovetop. Induction coils use an electromagnetic field that won’t work on sufficiently ferrous pans. Any pan with a metal base will do, and most will indicate if they’re induction-compatible.
  • Will you be whipping up a lot of sauces? Look for a skillet with a rolled lip that makes it easier to pour out the contents. Shaking up some stir-fry? Straight-edged lips are best at holding in the ingredients.