Ceramic pots have been around for many years. Knowing what type of pots are safe to use or can work on a stovetop can be confusing at times. If the back of the pot isn’t labeled ‘stovetop safe’, you might be wondering whether it can go on a stovetop and especially ‘can you use ceramic cookware on a gas stove?’ or your induction cooktop?
Can a ceramic pot go on the stove?
Yes a ceramic pot can go on the stove, most times, but there are occasions when you can’t or shouldn’t put a ceramic pot on the stove. The following scenarios are examples…
Ceramic on stovetop: ‘What if’ scenarios
- The label says bakeware only. In this case avoid using the ceramic on the stove.
- The recipe requires high heat and you have a nonstick ceramic pot that specifies low to medium heat only. It’s not a good idea to use it on the stove.
- You have a fully ceramic cookware pot made with natural heat resistant materials that can withstand extremely high temperatures. In this case it won’t work if you are putting it on an induction stove as it has no induction-compatible metal base.
When cooking with ceramic pots on the stove, there area few things to know.
using ceramic cookware on an electric stove
Can you use ceramic pot on electric stove? Yes, you can use a ceramic pot on an electric stove. You won’t damage a 100% ceramic pot by using it on an electric stovetop element. 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, especially heavy types like cast iron.
Here’s the thing…To prevent a ceramic pot or similar from scratching or marking your glass top stove, avoid sliding it while it is on the stovetop. Always lift and place. I wrote about the pitfalls and how to compensate in my article looking at cookware for ceramic cooktops.
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 really! 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.
about using ceramic cookware on a gas stove
Can ceramic cookware be used on gas stove? Top-quality pure ceramic pots, like those of the Xtrema 100 ceramic, are designed to withstand extremely high temperatures and handle the direct flame contact from 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.
The nonstick ceramic coating type may have exterior finishes that can discolor or deteriorate when used with a high gas flame. The same applies to cookware with plastic handles. Be careful with the nonstick type, as 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?
The term, ceramic cookware, gets used for two different types, one is made of pure ceramic and the other is a metal pot with ceramic coating on the cooking surface.
- Pure ceramic cookware is 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 metal cookware with ceramic coating is made with a coating made from silica (or sand) mixed with a gel (there’s more on this in my article cover how ceramic cookware is made). 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? Yes, a ceramic pot is very good for cooking on a stove and in fact, is one of the three of the most popular cookware suited to very high heat cooking used in the home kitchen, the others being cast iron and stainless steel.
However, expect a pure ceramic pot to take longer to heat up than your lightweight metal pan. At the same time, it will hold in the heat and is thus great for serving at the table and keeping the food warm for second servings.
Are ceramic pots better than Teflon and stainless steel to use on a stove?
The below is a guide in terms of durability, toxins, non-stick finish, heat resistance, skill level, cleaning, and length of life. My article, where I compare these different cookware types, also covers copper and aluminum in the mix.
Can you cook anything in a ceramic pot?
In a 100% ceramic pot, you can basically cook anything, from the perfect eggs to a hearty casserole to a homely dessert.
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 article covering nonstick ceramic pans.
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?
Ceramic pots are dishwasher safe and the durability of a ceramic pot will allow it to withstand the dishwasher’s washing cycles. However, I recommend hand washing. Especially as harsh detergents used in the dishwasher can add wear and tear to the ceramic glaze. Damage to this coating leaves the finish weaker. Then there’s the potential for the dishwasher arms to damage or weaken the pot if displaced in the compartment.
How long will a ceramic pot last?
Solid ceramic pots, when used with care, will last a very long time – a lifetime even. (This differs to the coated nonstick ceramic design, which typically will last 3 to 5 years before needing replacement). To lengthen the life of pots and pans, take care to protect the finish by reducing friction from abrasive tools, 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 the stove if its electric or gas, but they can also be used in the microwave, oven, and grills. The 100% ceramic like Xtrema are heat resistant but not induction compatible. Exceptions include containers labeled ‘bakeware only’ and the limits of heating with some nonstick ceramic types.