Founded in 1925, Le Creuset is one of the premier names in French-Belgian cookware. The cast-iron, enamelled casserole dish, or 'cocotte', is perhaps the most iconic product in their range and it's a worthwhile investment for any home cook as it's designed to last for decades!
A Le Creuset signature casserole dish with a lid can be used for a range of recipes, from stews and soups on the hob to one-pot meals and Dutch oven bread. In this article, we'll go over the various shapes and sizes available, including round, shallow and oval options. Then, we'll share our ranking of the 10 best products for sale in the UK at Amazon and John Lewis.
The shape of your Le Creuset dish will have an impact on what you can prepare and how the food will be cooked. While the traditional round casserole dish is the most versatile choice, you may find that an oval or shallow product is better suited to specific recipes.
Le Creuset casserole dishes are available in a range of sizes to suit a variety of needs. While some shoppers may wish to invest in a full set, if you're only after one dish then you'll need to check that the dimensions are suitable for your recipes, kitchen storage space and the number of mouths you intend to feed.
The brand's signature round casserole dish starts at 18 cm, or 1.8 litres, which is suitable for 1-2 servings and ideal for soups, sauces or pot pie. The most versatile option is the 26 cm round dish, which holds 5.3 litres and can feed 6-8 people. Not only does it allow you to prepare a wider range of recipes, but it's perfect for families, dinner parties and batch cooking.
If you're planning to buy an oval-shaped dish from Le Creuset, you'll have the option of five sizes ranging from 27-40 cm, whereas the shallow dish is only available in sizes 26, 30 and 32 cm.
Le Creuset is best known for cast iron cookware, but did you know that their signature casserole range comes in a range of materials? Stainless steel, stoneware or aluminium may actually be a better choice, depending on what you plan to prepare.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of Le Creuset casserole dishes available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole
Signature Cast Iron Oval Casserole Dish
Cast Iron Heart-Shaped Casserole Dish
Stoneware Petite Round Casserole
Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole
Signature Cast Iron Shallow Casserole
Signature 3-Ply Shallow Casserole
Essentials Round Casserole Soup Pot
Toughened Non-Stick Deep Casserole
A Versatile Casserole for Everyday Use
An Oval Option for Slow Cooking and Sunday Roasts
Heart-Shaped Mini Cocotte for Special Occasions
Stoneware That's Brilliant for Baking and Pies
A Great First Casserole Dish With a Timeless Design
Shallow Cast Iron That's Ideal for Simmering, Sauces and Paella
An Autumnal Pumpkin Pot for Warming, Home-Cooked Recipes
Stainless Steel Casserole That’s Suitable for Induction Hobs
A Large Pot Designed for Soups and Stews
Features a Glass Lid for Easy Viewing
|Size||24 cm||29 cm||18 cm||10 cm||26 cm||30 cm||22 cm||30 cm||26 cm||24 cm|
|Volume||4.2 L||4.7 L||1.8 L||0.25 L||5.3 L||3.5 L||2 L||4.8 L||4.1 L||6 L|
|Material||Cast iron||Cast iron||Cast iron||Stoneware||Cast iron||Cast iron||Cast iron||Stainless steel||Cast iron||Aluminium|
|Best For||Families, batch cooking, versatility||Large cuts of meat, slow cooking, roasting||Single servings, entertaining, tableware collectors||Baking, browning, pies, slow cooking||Dinner parties, entertaining, daily use||Paella, sauces, simmering, browning||1-2 servings, seasonal meals, soup||Induction hobs, shallow frying, sautéing||Soup||Healthier cooking, one-pot meals|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Best For||Families, batch cooking, versatility|
|Best For||Large cuts of meat, slow cooking, roasting|
|Best For||Single servings, entertaining, tableware collectors|
|Best For||Baking, browning, pies, slow cooking|
|Best For||Dinner parties, entertaining, daily use|
|Best For||Paella, sauces, simmering, browning|
|Best For||1-2 servings, seasonal meals, soup|
|Best For||Induction hobs, shallow frying, sautéing|
|Best For||Healthier cooking, one-pot meals|
Written and researched by Wren Mann
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