Ceramic pots have been around for many years and are a great tool to have in the kitchen if you know how to use them properly. Knowing what type of pots are safe to use on a stovetop can be a challenge. Especially if the back of the pot isn’t labeled ‘stovetop safe’, you might be wondering ‘can a ceramic pot go on the stove?’.
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Can a ceramic pot go on the stove?
There are at least three situations where a ceramic pot shouldn’t go on the stove. One is a ceramic pot labeled as bakeware only. Two is where a recipe requires high heat and you have a nonstick ceramic pot that specifies low to medium heat only. Three is a fully ceramic cookware pot made with natural heat resistant materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures… but you have an induction stove and its no way compatible.
When cooking with ceramic pots, there are essential things to consider and proper ways to use and clean your pot to get the best use out of it. Read on to find out more about ceramic pots and how to best use them on a stove.
What to know about ceramic cookware on an electric stove
You won’t damage a 100% ceramic pot by using it on an electric stove. They are durable with extreme heat resistant qualities. You’re more likely to damage your stovetop…
Some electric stovetops, namely the glass (AKA ceramic) types, are susceptible to scratches if you are not careful enough with the cookware you are using. To prevent a ceramic pot (or other sturdy pot) from scratching or marking your glass top stove, avoid sliding it while it is on the stovetop. Always lift and place.
It’s not the ceramic pot’s fault, as most will have a smooth bottom. The problem is with any granules or residues left on the stove, such as sugar or salt, as these may mark the glass when a weighty pot is placed on top. So it’s best spending a few minutes to clear residue away and you’ll keep the surface of your glass cooktop looking like new.
Glass top vs ceramic top stove
They are the same! Some refer to ‘ceramic’ and others ‘glass’, but it is neither all-ceramic nor all-glass. These are flat cooktops made of a glass-ceramic blend.
What to know about ceramic cookware when using a gas stove
A ceramic pot works well and compares to other robust types of pots or pan when used on a gas stove. The advantage of a gas stove is that it heats pots and pans faster than a lot of electric stoves because it provides direct heating from a flame.
Top-quality pure ceramic pots, like Xtrema, are designed to withstand extremely high temperatures and handle the direct flame contact from a gas stove.
Unlike these, the ceramic pots with a nonstick ceramic coating have exterior finishes, which, in some at least, can discolor or even deteriorate when used with a high gas flame. The same applies to cookware with plastic handles. As well, with the nonstick type, the interior ceramic coating is typically less durable than the pot base when it comes to very high heat settings. So keep those flames low when using your nonstick ceramic cookware.
What materials are ceramic pots made of to make them heat resistant?
Ceramic cookware involves two different types that are often confused.
- One is pure ceramic, made from clay and minerals that are fired in a kiln then finished with a ceramic lead-free glaze. These pure ceramics then become extremely heat resistant and durable. I explain more in my article covering the Xtrema skillet range of 100 percent ceramic cookware.
- The other type of ceramic pot is metal cookware with ceramic coating. This coating provides the pots with non-stick characteristics; however, a coating is not as durable as solid ceramic, and the coating eventually wears with use over time.
Is ceramic cookware the best to use when cooking on a stove?
Is a ceramic pot good for cooking on a stove? It’s one of the three most popular cookware people use in a home kitchen, namely Teflon, ceramic, and stainless steel.
Are ceramic pots better than the other two options to use on a stove?
Let’s look at these in terms of durability, toxins, non-stick finish, heat resistance, skill level, cleaning, and length of life.
|Durability||Teflon: Somewhat durable||Ceramic: Very durable||Stainless Steel: Extremely durable|
|Toxins||Teflon is known to emit toxins when it reaches certain temperatures.||Ceramic is made of clay – a non-toxic material at any temperature.||Stainless Steel that contains certain metals, such as nickel, can emit toxins when being used.|
|Non-stick Finish||Teflon cookware’s non-stick finish can flake or peel off over time.||Ceramic hardened glaze resists wear unless scraped or damaged by intense friction.||Metal utensils will not damage stainless steel as it does not have a non-stick coating that can be scraped off.|
|Heat Resistance||Teflon is heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Not as good at retaining heat well.||Ceramic cookware can be heated to very heat. Retains heat well.||Stainless steel can endure high heat cooking. Retains heat well.|
|Skill Levels||Teflon: Foundation||Ceramic: Typical home cook||Stainless steel: Typical home cook|
|Cleaning||Teflon: Easy to clean||Ceramic: Easy to clean||Stainless steel: semi-easy to clean|
|Length of Life||Teflon: Short life span||Ceramic: Longer lasting||Stainless steel: Longer lasting|
Can you cook anything in a ceramic pot?
In a 100% ceramic pot, like the Xtrema design I reviewed, you can basically cook anything, from the perfect eggs to a hearty casserole to a homely dessert. You’ll find examples in my article on cooking with these.
The thing about ceramic is that it is nonreactive and this makes it good for cooking tomato sauces and other acidic foods. Whereas, with metal cookware, acidic foods can react with the metal in a chemical reaction that taints the food and you end up with a metallic flavor and discolored food.
In using nonstick ceramic pots on the stove, look for foods to prepare over low to medium heat or at least no higher than that recommended by the manufacturer. Going hotter could harm the nonstick surface.
On the brighter side, the ceramic coating that covers the pot is exceptionally safe for cooking any type of food. It contains no added chemicals that will end up in your meal if you choose to cook with such a ceramic pot. Because of their nonstick characteristics, ceramic pots often require less oil than other pots, which can help you cook foods with a crisp finish but without the added calories. You can see a range of these in my main article covering nonstick ceramic cookware.
How to properly use ceramic pots
The 100% ceramic pots are heavy duty and extremely durable. This allows them to be used on both gas and electric stovetops for cooking, as well as in the oven, microwave, grill, or refrigerator. However, because they contain no metal, they will not work on an induction stovetop.
In all circumstances, follow the instructions on how to use your ceramic pot. Here are some common guidelines.
- Don’t overheat your pot. Ceramic pots distribute heat well, allowing the ingredients in the pan to heat evenly. As you begin cooking with your ceramic pot on the stove, start with a lower heat setting than you typically would with a metal pot. Overheating can quickly burn food and very rarely crack your pot.
Once your cookware reaches the proper temperature, reduce the heat to a lower setting because pure ceramic will retain heat longer than other materials.Xtrema Pure Ceramic Cookware “How to Use”
- Avoid extreme cold when your pot is hot. Ceramic pots can be used to safely store food in the refrigerator; however, do not place a hot pot directly in the refrigerator or on a cold surface. Dramatic temperature changes can cause cracking. To avoid damaging your pot:
- After cooking, use hot pads to set your pot on rather than a cold counter or stovetop.
- Do not fill a hot ceramic pot with cold water.
- Avoid adding frozen food to a hot ceramic pot.
- Let the pot completely cool down before putting it in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Keep your ceramic pots clean. To properly clean your ceramic pots:
- Before you begin, make sure the cookware has completely cooled.
- Scrubbing your pot with hot soapy water is the best cleaning method for ceramics.
- If food is stuck to the pot, soak the pot in water for at least a half-hour before cleaning.
If the pan has any stains, sprinkle on some baking soda and let the pan sit with this for about 20 minutes before scrubbing.
- Use the proper utensils with your pot. Certain utensils are better for cooking with nonstick ceramics, such as nylon, wood, or plastic. A metal utensil will not damage a pure ceramic pot, but it can leave gray marks on your pot and become dull itself (if it is a sharp knife, for example). You also don’t want fine flakes or filings of metal entering your food.
How to take care of ceramic cookware
Ceramic pots, just like other cookware, can deteriorate if they are treated improperly. When using ceramic pots, handle them with care, so they don’t become chipped or damaged and store them separately on the shelf, or if you have to stack them, use pan protectors between the pieces.
After cooking with them, place them on hot pads to keep counters and other surfaces protected and avoid temperature shock cracking your pot as well.
Are ceramic pots dishwasher safe?
The durability of a ceramic pot will allow it to withstand the dishwasher’s washing cycles. Hand washing is the preferred method for ceramic pots. Especially with the nonstick type, the dishwasher can add wear and tear to the ceramic coating. Damage to this coating leaves the finish weaker and slowly wears out the non-stick finish.
How long will a ceramic pot last?
Solid ceramic pots, when used with care, will last a very long time – a lifetime even. The coated ceramic design is different. It typically can last 3 to 5 years before needing to be replaced. To lengthen the life of both types of pots, take care to protect the finish by reducing friction from rough surfaces, and avoid rapid changes in temperature and knocks that may crack or chip the pot.
–> Check out my full guide on using, caring, and storing nonstick cookware to ensure you get the longest time out of your investment.
In a nutshell: what will damage a ceramic pot?
As durable as ceramic pots are, they can become damaged and broken. Here are a few reminders on how to protect your pot from damage:
- Avoid dropping your pot as it could chip or crack.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes in or around the pot.
- Store pots on the shelf separately, or otherwise with pan protectors to avoid damage while stored.
- Hand-wash your pots rather than use the dishwasher.
- Avoid metal contact with ceramic pots.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific pot.
- Avoid cooking on high heat when using a nonstick ceramic pot.
Not only can pure ceramic pots be used on both electric and gas stovetops, but they can also be used with other kitchen appliances as well, such as microwaves, ovens, grills, and more. When using a nonstick ceramic pot, make sure to properly cook with, care for, and clean it to get the most life out of your pot.
Three occasions when no way can a ceramic pot go on a stove and work as you want it to.
- When it’s not induction ready and you have an induction stove
- When it is labeled ‘bakeware‘ only
- When it’s a nonstick ceramic pot and your recipe needs temperatures higher than specified for your cookware.