Short answer: it depends.
Induction stovetops have become extremely popular in recent years as an alternative to gas and electric. These can do everything their counterparts can do, except be compatible with all types of cookware—due to the thermomagnetic nature of these stovetops, cookware (including your Dutch Oven) needs to be magnetic to cook.
Luckily, our Dutch Oven is induction compatible. Before you start cooking, here are some things you need to know to ensure you have a great cooking experience and to avoid unnecessary risks in the kitchen.
Due to their magnetic cast iron core Dutch Ovens are compatible with an induction stove, and offer a superior cooking experience for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. So no matter what your recipe calls for, you’re all set with your Dutch Oven and induction stove.
An induction stove transfers heat generated by magnetic energy. The heat is instant, uses half the power of a regular stove, and the food cooks quickly, making it an ideal choice for home chefs.
The cast iron core of high-quality Dutch Ovens is magnetic, even when covered with an enameled coating. This is what allows it to be compatible with induction stovetops—even though it may be a bit weighty.
There are multiple reasons we love using our Dutch Oven on an induction stovetop. The food cooks much faster than a traditional stovetop and provides more precise heat control, so you can be sure your food is cooking thoroughly. The heat source is also eliminated once the Dutch Oven is removed from the cooktop, so you don’t have to worry about starting a fire or burning your hand.
If you are not sure if your Dutch Oven (or any cookware) is compatible with your induction stovetop, you can perform an easy test to see if it is. Simply place a magnet on the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet sticks, this means the cookware is compatible with your induction stovetop.
A rule of thumb in determining whether your Dutch Oven is a good choice for induction cooking is the material it is made from. A stainless steel Dutch oven is compatible if the steel has magnetic properties, and a cast iron Dutch Oven will always work due to the ferromagnetic properties of the iron it is made from.
If you’re ready to get cooking with your induction stovetop, our Dutch Oven can handle any task you throw at it. Get started with this Fennel and Tomato Dal from Chef Anita Jaisinghani—it comes together in less than 2 hours and lets your Dutch Oven do most of the work.