Your Guide To Le Creuset Cookware

Your Guide To Le Creuset Cookware

Posted by Philip Morris and Son on 29th Mar 2023

Renowned for its outstanding quality, Le Creuset cookware will last a lifetime, provided it's used and cleaned correctly. This guide will show you how to get the best out of your Le Creuset cookware and keep them going for years.

Can You Use Le Creuset on Induction Hobs?

It depends on the product. The Le Creuset Signature Stainless Steel and Enamelled Cast Iron pans are suitable for all hobs, including induction. Make sure you match your pan size to the correct size hob to avoid damage and ensure even cooking temperatures.

The "boost" function on induction hobs should only be used for boiling water. Do not use the boost feature for longer than needed, as it can damage the pan.

Le Creuset Stoneware should never be used on any stovetop or a direct heat source, such as a BBQ. This range was designed for oven use only. Using Le Creuset Stoneware on a stovetop will cause cracking or shattering, which could be dangerous. This is a blanket rule for all Le Creuset Stoneware!

Can You Use Le Creuset on a Gas Hob?

Yes, we recommended using medium to low heat even when frying or searing. High heat can cause your food to stick or burn, causing permanent damage to the pan.For recipes where high heat is required, we recommend using high heat for short periods and reducing it once the required heat is met.

For the Signature Stainless Steel, 3-Ply Stainless Steel and Toughened Non-Stick (TNS) ranges, it's recommended that you heat the pan dry and then add your oil or fat.

Add your oil or fat first with Enamelled Cast Iron casserole dishes and allow them to heat together. Do not heat them dry. However, with Le Creuset Cast Iron Pans, such as Grillits and Skillets, you can heat these dry.

As a general rule of thumb, if the inside of your cast iron is satin black, heat it dry. If the inside enamel is a sand colour, heat it with oil.

Can Le Creuset go in the oven?

Le Creuset Stoneware, Signature Stainless Steel, 3-ply Stainless Steel, TNS and Enamelled Cast Iron are all safe to use in the oven up to 260°. However, there are a few exceptions.

  • Only Le Creuset Stoneware is suitable for microwave ovens. Do not use Stainless Steel, 3ply Stainless Steel, TNS or Cast Iron in a microwave oven, as these all contain metal.
  • If you use a pan with a TNS Heat Resistant Lid, 220°C/Gas Mark 7 is the maximum recommended temperature.
  • Enamelled Cast Iron Pans with wooden or silicone handles or knobs should not be used in the oven.
  • Enamelled Cast Iron Casserole Dishes with black phenolic lid knobs are only heat resistant up to 200°C. However, cast iron with stainless steel knobs can be used in conventional ovens up to 260°.

Browse the Le Creuset video on the  Cast Iron Shallow Casserole page. We recommend using a Le Creuset Silicone Cooling Tool to protect your work surfaces. Take extra caution when handling hot pans; please remember to use oven gloves!

Is Le Creuset Dishwasher Safe? 

It all depends on the type of Le Creuset product you are using. Handwashing with hot soapy water is always recommended over dishwasher use. If you prefer to use a dishwasher, here are some tips to remember.

  • Dishwasher use can cause enamelled cast iron to look dull and reduce the patina's development.
  • Pans that have a wooden handle should not be placed in the dishwasher.
  • Avoid using lemon-based or acid dishwasher detergents.
  • Only use domestic appliances.

How To Clean Le Creuset Cookware

Cleaning your Le Creuset correctly is vital to preserving the life and quality of your cookware. We recommended the following;

  • Always allow your pan to cool before washing.
  • Do not add cold/cool water to the pan while hot (this can damage the pan).
  • Is any food residue left? Fill with hot soapy water and soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive pads when cleaning (this can scratch and ultimately damage the pan).
  • Hand washing is always recommended, but you can put it in the dishwasher to sterilise once clean.

Finally, any light marks on your enamelled cast iron cookware caused by tools can be removed with  Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware Cleaner. Cleaning your cast iron pans correctly will leave your pans looking refreshed and new! 

Looking for some easy recipes to make with your Le Creuset Cookware? Check out our  Perfect Omelette Recipe or the Le Creuset Chicken Orecchiette Alfredo.