Cast Iron Cooking Recipes Important Tips to Remember

Always preheat your cast-iron pan or Dutch Oven before adding the food you want to cook.

The first most common mistake of why people do not like cast iron is that they say everything sticks. If food sticks to your cast-iron pan, your pan is NOT seasoned right and you need to re-season it. Cast iron is a natural non-stick surface and if your pan is seasoned correctly it WILL NOT stick!

Seasoning Your Cookware

Seasoning should typically be performed only once to cast iron dutch ovens. Seasoning creates a non-stick coating to the surface of the pot, and helps to prevent rusting. This process can be performed over a gas barbecue, your household oven or in a fireplace.

With a new Dutch Oven I recommend heating the Oven and scrubbing the inside to remove any wax, debris, or oils from the manufacturer. Some Dutch Ovens come "pre-seasoned" so please refer to the manufacturer recommendations when dealing with a pre-seasoned dutch oven.

After the pot is pre-heated and cleaned, oil or shortening should be added to the pot. Typically this is accomplished by wiping the interior of the Dutch Oven coating all interior surfaces with the shortening or oil. Then the oil or shortening should be baked onto the Dutch oven. It is recommended to perform this two or three times to get a solid coating that will prevent food from sticking. The seasoning procedure should only be repeated when the coating is damaged or when rust appears on the pot.

Following the pot's seasoning, foods that are high in sugar (i.e. cobbler) or acid (i.e. beans) should not be cooked in the pot, during the first few cooking sessions.



Favorite Recipe Sites

Here are a Couple of Great Sites with Cast Iron Cooking recipes that we enjoy. Whether you are looking for simple fare or more challenging recipes, these sites can point you in the right direction!


What's Cooking AmericaA variety of Challenging Cast Iron Recipes

Many of these recipes are meant for in home use but can easily be adapted for campfire cooking.


Cooking in Cast Iron

Cooking in Cast IronSeveral Cast Iron Recipes for delicious dishes

Many of these recipes are complex dishes that may take some time and experience to perfect


Cooking in Cast Iron

USFS Nine Mile Training CenterTraining Courses Offered Periodically

Did you know that the USFS offers training courses in Outdoor Disciplines, including Cast Iron Cooking and Campfire Cooking. Recommend that you check periodically or inquire directly for scheduled training events.


International Dutch Oven Society Forum

Interational Dutch Oven Society ForumA great forum for Cast Iron Dutch Oven Cooks

This site offers a great number of tips, tricks, recipes and ideas for the beginner or for the advanced outdoor cook.