The Best Dutch Oven

Set it and forget it


October 18, 2021
Person with soup in a bowl in front of a dutch oven.
Hearty homemade soups are a snap with a dutch oven. Unsplash/Becca Tapert

A Dutch oven is extremely versatile and can be used on the stovetop, on an outdoor grill, or in the oven. Often constructed of durable cast iron and sometimes coated with a porcelain enamel, with the right care, a Dutch oven is an investment you’ll have for years to come.

Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven, 6 Qt, Sandalwood

Editors’ Pick

Available in a rainbow of colors. Lodge

Lodge has been a trusted brand by home cooks for more than 120 years. Known for their commitment and quality to cast iron cooking products, their version of a Dutch oven knocks it out of the park. Coated with porcelain enamel, this pot is non-stick and can handle temperatures up to 500 degrees. Available in six sizes ranging from 1.5 quarts up to 7.5 quarts—do yourself a favor and go for the largest size here. You’ll be whipping up culinary creations with ease in this vessel.

Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Pre-Seasoned Pot with Lid and Dual Loop Handle

Keep It Natural

Homemade breads turn out especially fabulous in this cooker. Lodge

With all eyes on the Lodge brand yet again, this classic Dutch oven delivers pure cast iron. It comes pre-seasoned to help food avoid sticking and there are no synthetic coatings in its construction. Available in four sizes ranging from 5 quart to 7 quart—bring this along on your next camping trip to really get into some country cooking.

AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Red

For New Cooks

Have you made your own soup yet? Give it a try in this option. AmazonBasics

If you are someone that doesn’t cook all that much, consider this economical option. While it may look similar to the enamel-coated Lodge, it is made of cast iron and can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees (100 degrees less than the Lodge). Though coated, it is not completely non-stick, so you may want to slightly oil the base before starting your recipe.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 7.25 qt., Cerise

For the Advanced Home Chef

Braising a whole chicken has never been easier. Le Creuset

A household name since 1925, this French brand hardly needs an introduction. The Le Creuset Dutch oven is made of lightweight cast-iron and is oven-safe up to 500 degrees. The enamel surface is chip-resistant and impermeable, making it ideal for acidic recipes such as red wine marinated beef roasts or tomato-based chili

Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat..


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