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The Best Carbon Steel Pan That You Absolutely Need In Your Kitchen Today

Best Carbon Steel Pan are known to be durable cookware that can last for many years. They are also very versatile and can be used to prepare many types of dishes.

When you buy the best carbon steel pan, you wouldn’t need to buy another pan for the rest of your life if you will really take care of it.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Matfer Bourgeat Black Carbon Steel Fry Pan (11 7/8)
  • AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN TOP-RATED CARBON STEEL FRY PAN: The pan that "has it all." Brings top-notch heat distribution and temperature control, preserving the vitamins and nutrients in your foods, making it excellent for searing meats, browning omelets, grilling fish, and cooking a wide range of dishes, even desserts
  • NATURAL NON-STICK MATERIAL: Made of of black carbon steel, a natural mineral material promoting healthy cooking making this pan free of any harsh chemicals or coatings, PTFE and PFOA free , and once seasoned, becomes exceedingly non-stick
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: The steel handle is welded to pan's body for extra strength and security, is free of rivets, ensuring sanitary use and its angled design makes it ideal for easily sauteing, stirring, and mixing your dishes
  • HIGHLY COMPATIBLE & VERSATILE: This steel pan can also withstand and maintain exceedingly high temperatures, as it can be used on all hob and stove types, including induction
  • MADE IN FRANCE: Ensures high standards for durability, performance, and hygiene for both commercial and residential use
SaleBestseller No. 2
Merten & Storck Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel Induction 12" Frying Pan Skillet, Oven Safe, Black
  • Lightweight and quick heating carbon steel delivers cast iron performance without the weight or the wait
  • Pre-seasoned, Merten & Storck Carbon develops a nonstick patina with use: the more you cook the more nonstick it gets
  • Oven safe up to 600°F
  • Metal utensil safe
  • Triple-riveted steel handle provides a sturdy grip
SaleBestseller No. 3
Lodge CRS12 Carbon Steel Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 12-inch
  • 14 GAUGE CARBON STEEL heats quickly and retains heat for even cooking; best for searing and browning
  • Use on gas, electric, induction stovetops, outdoor grills or open fire
  • Seasoned with oil for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use. Its lightweight design and long, comfortable handle makes it easy to maneuver from the stove to the table
  • Easy care: hand wash, dry immediately, rub with cooking oil
  • Made in USA; Approx. 12" diameter rim to rim/9.875" bottom
SaleBestseller No. 4
OXO Obsidian Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel, 10" Frying Pan Skillet with Removable Silicone Handle Holder, Induction, Oven Safe, Black
  • Pre-Seasoned Carbon Steel: Just wash and start cooking—no seasoning required
  • This pan naturally develops a non-stick patina over time
  • Precision engineered for powerful performance from stovetop to grill
  • The lightweight body heats quickly and is built to last
  • Oven safe up to 660˚F/350˚C
Bestseller No. 5
De Buyer MINERAL B Carbon Steel Fry Pan - 8” - Ideal for Searing, Sauteing & Reheating - Naturally Nonstick - Made in France
  • CARBON STEEL FRY PAN - The MINERAL B Fry Pan is perfect for searing meat, sauteing vegetables, reheating leftovers, or cooking eggs. It’s made of carbon steel, which is one of the most natural cooking materials, praised by chefs around the world.
  • NATURALLY NONSTICK - Lighter than cast iron & more heat conductive than stainless steel, this fry pan becomes naturally nonstick after seasoning—without any chemicals or synthetic coating—and gets better the more you use it.
  • HOW TO USE - Follow our instructions on first use to wash off the beeswax & season the pan. Hand wash only & avoid harsh soaps that can strip the seasoning. Can be used on all cooking surfaces, including induction. Oven safe for up to 10 min at 400F.
  • ROOTED IN FRENCH CULINARY TRADITION - We design and manufacture premium kitchen accessories, pastry equipment, and cooking utensils, continuously innovating to meet the needs of catering professionals and home cooks alike.
Bestseller No. 6
Tramontina 12 in Carbon Steel Fry Pan – with Silicone Grip, 80111/002DS
  • Use the large cooking surface for frying or searing multiple pieces potatoes or bacon, as well as meats and stir-frys
  • Unique carbon steel construction makes a ultra-durable pan
  • Nitro Carbonized with Natural Oil Finish finishing
  • Riveted heavy-gauge steel handle with removable silicone sleeve
  • Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic glass & induction cooktops
Bestseller No. 7
BK Pre-Seasoned Black Steel Carbon Steel Induction 8" Frying Pan Skillet, Oven Safe, Black
  • Winner of the 2019 Red Dot Award for design, this pre-seasoned carbon steel pan develops a natural nonstick patina layer over time—the more you use it, the better it gets
  • Lightweight and easy to handle, this pan delivers the same great searing results as cast iron without the extra bulk
  • Stronger and more durable than traditional carbon steel, Black Steel is corrosion-resistant, stain-resistant, and three times denser than aluminum
  • This incredibly heat responsive pan is oven safe up to 600°F and powerful enough for grill and open flame use
  • Metal utensil safe
Bestseller No. 8
BelleVie Heavy-duty Carbon Steel Frying Pans Series (Top Dia. 9 1/2" x Ht. 1 1/2")"
  • Made of polished Carbon Steel. Warp-proof Heavy duty 11-gauge (3 mm) thick. Lifetime warranty.
  • Relatively low sides make it ideal for sautéing, rapid frying and searing. Bottom Dia. 7"
  • Heavy 11-gauge guarantees a uniform heat distribution.
  • Induction-ready and Oven-proof. Not dishwasher-safe and must be kept dry after usage. Read instructions prior to use. First seasoning needed.
  • Initial seasoning creates natural non-stick properties.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Ballarini Professionale Series 3000 9.5-inch Carbon Steel Fry Pan, Made in Italy
  • Durable, thick construction
  • Boasts unparalleled heat retention for perfect browning and frying; achieve the same results as cast iron with this lightweight option
  • Superior flat base stability – pan will not bulge
  • Sloped side walls offer easy tossing and sauteing
  • Angled handles
SaleBestseller No. 10
Lodge Manufacturing Company CRS12HH61 Carbon Steel Skillet, 12", Black/Orange
  • Heavy-duty 12 gauge carbon steel with steel riveted handles
  • Seasoned for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use
  • The right tool to sear, saute, grill, roast, fry; great for induction cooktops
  • Silicone hot handle holder protects Hands from heat up to 500-degrees F; dishwasher safe
Bestseller No. 11
Made In Cookware - 12" Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan - (Like Cast Iron, but Better) - Professional Cookware France - Induction Compatible
  • Total Diameter: 12.5” | Cooking Surface Diameter: 9.25” | Height (with handle): 4.5” | Depth: 2.25” | Length (with handle): 21.5”
  • The Ultimate Hybrid - Combines the heat retention and slick properties of cast iron with the heat control, lightness and cooking speed of Stainless Steel.
  • Incredibly Durable - Can endure decades of use and handle heat up to 1200F
  • Ready for Anything - From stovetop to grill to open flame, this induction compatible pan is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Made In France - Proudly crafted by artisans in France from premium metals to ensure you receive the highest-quality, professional-grade cookware
Bestseller No. 12
Mauviel 1830 M'Steel Black Carbon Natural Nonstick Frying Pan With Iron Handle, 11-in, Suitable For All Cooking Surfaces
  • EXCELLENT CONDUCTION. Made of extra thick black steel /carbon steel with iron handles. Black carbon is a good conductor of heat: it rises in temperature very quickly. It is an ideal material for searing, browning and grilling
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE. Commercial grade durability withstands high temperature allowing for longer preheating and excellent searing capabilities. Rivet in aluminium 18/10 strong section mat press
  • NATURAL NON-STICK. Before first use, season the pan per manufacture recommendations. The pan will build up a natural nonstick property and darken overtime.
  • CAN BE USED ON ALL COOKING SURFACES. Gas, electric, induction, halogen stovetops, and in the oven. Dimension of Pan: 11" Frying Pan. Diameter: 11-in, Height: 5.3-in
  • BEEWAX COATING. It is used to prevent the pan from rusting and to save time when seasoning. Prior to first use, clean the pan with very hot water to remove it from the pan. If at first use there is any wax residue, use paper towel to wipe your hot pan. Seasoning: Cover the bottom of the pan with flavorless oil and heat for 5 mins. Let the pan cool before draining the oil, and wipe it to clean with paper towels. Repeat this process a second time and your pan is ready for use. After this process, the pan will acquire a natural nonstick property
Bestseller No. 13
De Buyer MINERAL B Carbon Steel Country Fry Pan - 9.5” - Ideal for Sauteing, Simmering, Deep Frying & Stir Frying - Naturally Nonstick - Made in France
  • CARBON STEEL COUNTRY FRY PAN - With its high sides, the MINERAL B Country Fry Pan is perfect for sauteing, simmering, deep frying & stir frying. It’s made of carbon steel, which is one of the most natural cooking materials.
  • NATURALLY NONSTICK - Lighter than cast iron & more heat conductive than stainless steel, this fry pan becomes naturally nonstick after seasoning—without any chemicals or synthetic coating—and gets better the more you use it.
  • HOW TO USE - Follow our instructions on first use to wash off the beeswax & season the pan. Hand wash only & avoid harsh soaps that can strip the seasoning. Can be used on all cooking surfaces, including induction. Oven safe for up to 10 min at 400F.
  • ROOTED IN FRENCH CULINARY TRADITION - We design and manufacture premium kitchen accessories, pastry equipment, and cooking utensils, continuously innovating to meet the needs of catering professionals and home cooks alike.
Bestseller No. 14
Todlabe Nonstick Wok, 13-Inch Carbon Steel Wok Pan with Lid Woks & Stir-Fry Pans No Chemical Coated Wok with Spatula Flat Bottom Cookware Chinese Wok for Induction, Electric, Gas, Halogen, All Stoves
  • PRE-SEASONED & NONSTICK: Carbon steel is the best wok material because it has a natural nonstick surface once seasoned. Our carbon steel wok is no chemical coating and is pre-seasoned at high temperatures over 1000F using nitrogen treatment for excellent wear resistance, fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance and high temperature resistance.
  • GENUINE TASTE: Our large wok pan reacts quickly to heat adjustments and is specially designed to lock the juice and flavor inside the ingredients. With its greater curve and higher walls, heat is less concentrated on the flat bottom and better distributed up the walls. The high curvature results in a broader base for maximum area of heat transfer, allowing the burner flames to visibly hug the pow wok.
  • VERSATILITY: Flat-bottomed wok is better suited for home use because it does not require a wok ring to sit well on any stovetop such as electric stoves, induction stoves, gas stoves, and other heat sources. In addition to stir-frying, with the Todlabe cooking wok, you can cook healthy meals using various traditional cooking techniques like pan-frying, braising, and deep-frying.
  • COMFORTABLE HANDLE: The ergonomic design of the wooden handle ensures a comfortable grip and protection against burns. The wok body weighs 3.15 pounds and is 13 inches wide and 3.9 inches deep, and can serve at least 3-6 people food portions, which is ideal for the whole family or small gatherings.
  • VERTICAL LID: The vertical lid design is more suitable for comfortable grip. You can make it “stand up” instead of lying on the countertop. Besides, Our Asian Cookware wok set also contains a stainless steel spatula.
Bestseller No. 16
Carbon Steel Wok Pan - 13” Wok Pan with Lid, Woks & Stir-fry Pans, No Chemical Coated Chinese Wok with 4 Cookware Accessories Flat Bottom Wok for Induction, Electric, Gas, All Stoves
  • [All-In-One Wok Set] The carbon steel wok set has a wok pan with lid, wok spatula, wok ladle, wok brush, wok ring. Perfect size - 13" wide & 3.7 inches deep, can serve at least 3-5 people of food portions, simply the perfect choice for family gatherings. Stir frying wok can meet your various cooking needs, like pan-frying, stir-frying, deep-frying, braising, and steaming etc.
  • [Pre-seasoned & No Chemical Coating] Our wok pan is pre-seasoned at 600F Celsius using modern unique nitriding technology, which develops durable and natural non-stick coating properties. This wok pan is not only non-rusting, corrosion resistant, easy to clean, but also have no chemical coating and rich in iron, so that don't have to worry about the coating falling off and harmful substances, helps you cook original food with less oil.
  • [Premium & Durable Carbon Steel] The wok pan with lid is made of heavy-duty black carbon steel material, upgraded production process, so it superior performance and durability for lifetime using. The wok lightweight and responds to heat changes quickly evenly, saves cooking time which makes your cooking more efficient.
  • [Thoughtful Detail Design] The flat bottom wok are selected with high-grade lids that fit perfectly match the pan, detachable solid handle, not hot and easy to store,also easy to use in the oven. Flat bottom design wok pan, suitable for any stoves, such as induction, gas stoves, electric stoves, and other heat sources. This multifunctional Chinese wok will be the best gift you can give to your family and friends.
  • [Excellent Service & Warranty] We are committed to providing the best wok pan for every cooking enthusiast, making every customer satisfied is our ultimate mission. The carbon steel wok comes with lifetime quality assurance. If you have any problems, we are here for you 24 hours a day. Welcoming to the next generation of cookware.
SaleBestseller No. 17
Carbon Steel Skillet, 10 Inch Black Iron Pan with Detachable Wooden Handle, No Nonstick Coating Frying Omelette Pan - Compatible Induction
  • High abrasion resistance: It is made of carbon steel, and NO COATING. Greater resistance against scratches and abrasions, even with metallic tools
  • Detachable handle: Offering you ultimate versatility and space saving. Place the frying pan on the oven, detach the handle and re-attach it equally easily after cooking
  • Flat Bottom: Works on electric stoves, induction stoves, gas ranges and other heat sources
  • ATTENTION: You need to SEASON the skillet first. Seasoning a pan refers to the formation of a protective layer that can act as a buffer and prevent food from sticking. DO NOT RECOMMEND cooking ACIDIC FOODS with carbon steel omelette pan as the material is relatively reactive, like Curry
  • Suggestion: In order to prevent rusting, towel dry immediately after use and apply a light coat of oil to the cooking surface while pan is still warm. Do not let carbon steel pan air dry
Bestseller No. 18
Uno Casa Carbon Steel Pan 12 Inch - Non-Stick Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan with Universal Lid, Quick Heating Carbon Steel Skillet - Carbon Steel Chef Pan with Removable Silicone Handle
  • 👌 ERGONOMIC & EASY-USE - Compatible with any cooktop, this carbon steel skillet 12 inch base is wide & flat, with concave sidewalls to maximize the cooking surface. Enjoy the long handle for easy maneuvering & protection from the heat with this world cuisine carbon steel.
  • 🍳 NONSTICK & RUST-RESISTANT - Pre-seasoned & ready-to-use, the Uno Casa non-stick high carbon steel pan surface is specially treated - your blue steel pan bonds faster with oil for better performance & rust resistance.
  • 🔥 QUICK-HEAT & BENEFICIAL! - With great heat distribution & retention, this carbon steel skillet heats up quickly on any cooktop, including electric. Increase the iron content of food made in carbon steel frying pan for nutritious meals!
  • 😌 NATURE-FRIENDLY - This carbon steel cookware heats in ⅓ of the time & contains no harmful chemicals. Rest assured your carbon steel fry pan is energy-efficient & better for nature.
  • ➕ ADDED EXTRAS! - The carbon steel pan comes with an added silicone handle protector and a universal lid to trap heat & moisture. Use it with other Uno Casa cookware, so everything you cook will be to-die-for!
Bestseller No. 19
ANEDER Frying Pan with Lid Skillet Nonstick 10 inch Carbon Steel Wok Pan Woks and Stir Fry Pans for Electric,Induction and Gas Stoves
  • 【Healthy & Safe Iron Wok 】Aneder wok is made of carbon steel to make it everlasting. With safe non-stick coating to make sure the wok non-stick&rustproof.Deeper and large capacity than normal pan , great to meet all your needs.
  • 【Multi-purpose & Suitable for All Heat Sources】This 10 inch nonstick frying pan is multifuntional,you can use it to cook delicious stir-fry, steaming, roasting, boiling, baking meals and more.The uniform heat flat bottom allows it to be placed evenly over heat source and suitable for using on all stove such as electric, induction, gas and ceramic stoves etc.
  • 【Detachable & Anti-scalding Wooden Handle】The wood handle is detachable with no tools required, convenient for oven use and easy storage. The hanging ring on handle is designed for hanging storage, easy to dry, saving kitchen space.The wooden handle is in line with the human body, engineered solid wood anti-scalding design keeps cool feeling when cooking at high temperature,safe and comfortable to use.
  • 【With Glass Lid 】The Clear glass cover allows you to keep an eye over the food you are cooking,you don't have to constantly lift the lid to check the cooking progress,seals in the flavor and nutrients for a healthier and better tasting food.The heat resistant temperature is as high as 200 ° C or more,non-toxic, non-polluting and easy to clean.
  • 【100% Satisfaction Service】Aneder Iron Wok enjoys 45 days money back and lifetime technical support. Purchase with worry free! If you have any problem with the product, please contact us freely.
Bestseller No. 20
De Buyer Blue Carbon Steel Crepe & Tortilla Pan - 8” - Ideal for Making & Reheating Crepes, Tortillas & Pancakes - Naturally Nonstick - Made in France
  • BLUE CARBON STEEL PAN - This pan is perfect for making or reheating crepes, tortillas & pancakes. Thanks to its traditional, steel-welded French handle, your hand stays away from the heat while cooking.
  • NATURALLY NONSTICK - Lighter than cast iron & more heat conductive than stainless steel, this fry pan becomes naturally nonstick after seasoning—without any chemicals or synthetic coating—and gets better the more you use it.
  • HOW TO USE - Follow our instructions on first use to wash off the beeswax and season the pan. Hand wash only & avoid harsh soaps and materials that will strip the seasoning. Use on low to medium heat.
  • ROOTED IN FRENCH CULINARY TRADITION - We design and manufacture premium kitchen accessories, pastry equipment, and cooking utensils, continuously innovating to meet the needs of catering professionals and home cooks alike.

Best Carbon Steel Pan On The 2023 Market

Mammafong Authentic Hand Hammered Wok

Mammafong Round Bottom 14-inch Traditional Carbon Steel Wok Pan - Authentic Hand Hammered Woks and Stir Fry Pans - Pow Wok with no chemical coating
  • The workhorse wok - Traditional wok used by professional chefs. This Chinese wok is built to last and stand up to the demands of busy commercial kitchens. With a little TLC, your wok can be just like the one Mamma Fong owned for decades.
  • Authentically hammered wok - 100% hand hammered pow wok, made by our team of master craftsmen in Guangdong, China. Each Chinese wok is uniquely crafted with precision, passion and care.
  • Healthy non-stick - The surface of the wok will become naturally non-stick with use and allows you to use less oil in your cooking. Carbon steel is safe and nontoxic, enabling you to create healthy and low fat meals for your family.
  • Harness the authentic wok hei - Premium carbon steel and heavy gauge body ensures fast heat up and superior heat distribution over the entire cooking surface. That’s the secret to create an intense smoky, seared-and-crunchy stir fry every time.
  • The ultimate gift for a cook - For the chef who swears by carbon steel wok; for the home cook who's discovered the allure of carbon steel wok; for the guy with a penchant for cooking; for the mom who appreciates a quality wok - give them all the gift of a carbon steel Mammafong wok.

The wok is a versatile cooking implement that originated in China and is also used widely in other Asian countries. This wok from Mamafong is made with hand-hammered carbon steel making it durable and is designed to be used in professional kitchens.

In many Chinese homes, their woks last for decades and are handed down from one generation to the next. Because this Mamafong carbon steel wok is made to last, for sure your grandchildren will be cooking with it as long as you take care of it properly.

Unlike most pans today, this wok is not massed produced. It is crafted by hand by master craftsmen from Guangdong, China. So you can be sure that each wok is unique and has been made with care and passion.

With use, this wok will become naturally non-stick. Since carbon steel is a safe and non-toxic material, your and your health is ensured when you this to cook your food.

Like a true Chinese master chef, you can get effortless toss the dish you are cooking with confidence thanks to its long handle with a comfortable grip. It also has a helper handle that makes it easy to lift and store the wok.


  • Hand-hammered for uniqueness and durability
  • Made to last
  • Has a long handle with a comfortable grip
  • Has a helper handle for convenience and easy storage.


  • Not a good pan to use for pancakes or crepes.

Matfer Bourgeat 062003 Black Steel Round Frying Pan

Adcraft Matfer Bourgeat 062003 Black Steel Round Frying Pan, 10 1/4-Inch, Gray
  • Diameter 10 1/4 inches; Heavy duty construction.
  • Height 2 Inch; Fry pans in black steel plate for all hob types, including induction
  • Can be "seasoned" for non stick use and prolonged life
  • High quality, extra strong steel strip handle
  • Please note the Black Steel Pans need to be seasoned before use with medium heat. If the pan is not season correctly the pan will not preform the way the pan needs too.

This carbon steel round frying pan from Matfer Bourgeat is designed for professional use. If it can stand up to the challenges of commercial use, imagine the value it will provide to an ordinary home kitchen.

Because of its size, it is perfect to use for cooking a wide range of dishes. You can cook almost every type of dishes in this pan: meat, fish, and even desserts.

When properly seasoned, the pan becomes more durable, and it turns into a non-stick pan. So after cooking, you just need to slide your dish onto the plate. This is a versatile pan. You can use it on all hob types. You can even use it on an induction cooker.

The extra strong steel strip handle provides comfort, convenience, and safety when cooking. The handle is also securely connected to the pan with a riveted attachment.

Despite its sturdiness, this pan is relatively lightweight and very easy to handle. It weighs just a little over 3 pounds so moving it around will not be a problem.

Because of its durability, this pan is also ideal for professional chefs who always need to lug around their tools. You don’t have to worry about warping or denting this pan.


  • Can be used to cook a wide range of dishes
  • Made to last
  • Has a strong strip steel handle
  • Has a durable construction
  • Surprisingly lightweight.


  • May be too big for some users.

De Buyer Carbon Steel Frying Pan

De Buyer - 5110.22 - 'Carbon Plus' Stove Round Lyonnaise Cup - Tail Feather Riveted - White Steel Sheet-Diameter 22 cm
  • Made in France de Buyer food service products include a 2-year limited manufacturer's warranty
  • White iron construction provides excellent heat diffusion for searing grilling or browning
  • Unbreakable riveted iron French style handle is sturdy and stylish
  • Designed for use on all cooktops, this cookware can be used with induction hobs or tops
  • Robust iron material allows the cookware to be undeformable with maximized longevity

De Buyer is a French company that has been making quality kitchen tools and equipment for almost 200 years already. All of their products are proudly made in France. They care about customer satisfaction, so all of their products come with a limited 2-year warranty.

This pan provides even heat distribution thanks to its Carbone Plus white iron construction. Even heat distribution is required to make perfectly grilled and browned meats. White iron also gives this pan a natural non-stick surface.

The solid French style handle is both sturdy and stylish. It is attached to the pans with unbreakable rivets so you can be sure that it will not become loose even after several years of regular usage.

This is designed for use on all types of stovetops, even on induction hobs. Dropping this pan will not cause it to have a dent because of its made of a robust iron material. It is a 22 cm pan so grilling meats and cooking vegetables will not be a problem.

The white iron allows the pan to reach very high temperatures, which is important for dishes that require caramelization. The high heat also allows the pan to be seasoned well with moisture and flavor.


  • Allows even distribution of heat
  • Resistant to dents
  • Has sturdy riveted French handle
  • Has a large 22 cm surface
  • Allows very high temperature.


  • May be too big for some users.

Winco CSFP French Style Fry Pan

Complete and even cooking is ensured with this French style pan because of its curved side walls and a flat bottom. The side walls also prevent food from accidentally spilling when you are tossing or turning a dish.

Another ingenious design feature of this pan is its sloped side that prevents the accumulation of steam in the pan. Too much steam can make the food soggy.

This is a versatile pan that you can use to fry, sautee, sear, and more. The handles are attached to the pans by rivets and are not welded to ensure longevity and durability. Welded pans tend to break after years of regular use.


  • Has curved side walls that ensure even cooking
  • Has a sloped side to prevent accumulation of steam
  • Versatile
  • Handles are attached to the pans with rivets and welded for durability.


  • A bit hard to store because of extra long handle.

Lodge CRS15 Carbon Steel Skillet

Lodge CRS15 Carbon Steel Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 15-inch
  • Takes high heat for best browning/searing
  • 12 gauge carbon steel heats quickly and retains heat for even cooking
  • Brutally tough for decades of cooking
  • Use on gas, electric, induction stovetops, outdoor grills or open fire. Made in the USA
  • Note: If there seasoning flakes on the pan, then wipe off with a clean cloth before using the product

Lodge is an American brand whose name is synonymous with cast iron cookware. But they also make quality carbon steel pans like this 12 gauge skillet. The thickness of the skillet makes it effective at retaining heat for even cooking.

This is a versatile skillet that you can use on any type of stove including electric, gas, and induction stoves. It can also be used on open fire or outdoor grills when you go camping.

Like all Lodge cookware, this skillet is made to last for decades. Caring for it is easy. All you need to do is wash it by hand, dry it immediately, and then rub cooking oil on it.


  • Made with a 12 gauge carbon steel for even cooking
  • Made to last for decades
  • Can be used on any type of stoves, even on open fire
  • Easy to care for and maintain.


  • A bit on the heavy side.

The Benefits Of Buying The Best Carbon Steel Pan

Are you still having doubts about the benefits of a carbon steel pan? Or maybe you are confused because you’ve heard from some people that cast iron pans are better. Knowing the benefits of a carbon steel pan will help you make a decision.

Best Carbon Steel Pan


The reason why many people choose carbon steel pans over cast iron ones is because the former is lighter. If you’ve used or at least held a cast iron pan then you know that it is like having a workout.

And while cast iron cookware is recommended by many chefs because of their durability, they are just too heavy for regular users. The reason why cast iron cookware is heavy is due to the brittle nature of iron.

To make a pan or skillet, a lot of iron has to be used to make it durable and resistant to cracking.

Carbon, on the other hand, is not as brittle as iron. Carbon steel cookware hits the perfect balance between being too heavy and being flimsy. Still, some carbon steel pans are heavier than others.

There are carbon steel pans that are almost as heavy as cast iron ones. So you need to check the weight of the pan before you purchase one, especially if you are buying online.

A pan that is too heavy is hard to handle and control. Flipping eggs and other dishes would be virtually impossible with a very heavy pan.


Thickness is another important factor you need to consider when buying a carbon steel pan. Again, we’ll make a reference to casting iron cookware. The reason why cast iron pans are so effective is because of their thickness.

The thickness of the pan determines if the heat will be distributed evenly or not. Carbon steel may not be as thick as cast iron but they are decent enough when it comes to heat distribution. 

One advantage of carbon steel – because it is thinner – over cast iron is its ability to heat up faster.

Carbon steel pans are also more responsive to changes in temperature. This makes it easier for cooks to increase or decrease the temperature when needed.

If you are cooking with a cast iron pan and you realize that you need to lower the heat, it will take some time before the iron pan will cool down to your required temperature. Since carbon steel is thinner and therefore has less mass, it is more responsive to shifts in temperature.

Like cast iron pans, steel carbon pans work well with induction stoves that have become popular in recent years.

Best Carbon Steel Pan


Cast iron pans may be effective and durable but admit it they look rather chunky. They seem out of place in a modern kitchen. Carbon steel cookware, on the other hand, looks sleek and very modern. Some even have a smooth and shiny finish.

When you have a brand new carbon steel pan, you will have the urge to show it off to people because of how good it looks.

Sooner though, carbon steel pans will turn black because of the layers of seasoning that it gets. This is why you should not be attached to the smoothness and shininess of a new carbon steel pan.

Like cast iron pans, carbon steel pans also need to be seasoned before the first use. With proper seasoning, both types of pans develop a natural non-stick coating similar to Teflon pans. The only difference is that cast iron and carbon steel pans are said to be safer than Teflon cookware.

Another advantage of carbon steel pans over cast iron ones is that it obtains the right level of seasoning faster. Some would argue though that seasoning in iron lasts longer than that of carbon steel.

Both cast iron pans and carbon steel pans have their share of advantages and disadvantages. When choosing between the two, you need to consider the type of food that you are planning to cook with your new pan.

If you are looking for versatile cookware that is easy to use and control, then your best bet would be a carbon steel wok. You should also choose a carbon steel pan over a cast iron one if you don’t have enough muscle to handle and control cast iron cookware.

It is worth mentioning that you should not use a cast iron or carbon steel pan to cook food that is acidic such as tomato sauce or wine. These foods will react to the metal and will give your food an acidic taste.


The clear winner among the carbon steel pans above is the Mammafong Authentic Hand Hammered Wok. It is versatile but is light enough to be used by even first time cooks.

And because it is hand-hammered, you can be sure that it lasts for many years. Maybe you can even hand it down to your children or grandchildren.

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