Every camping cookware supply list should include a good, strong and durable camping cast iron cooking skillet and the utensils to use it. From frying bacon and eggs to making a potato hash, perhaps to other pot or pan used for cooking is as versatile as a skillet. Choosing and buying the best camping skillet for your upcoming camping trip will assure that you can give yourself, family and friends, the best meal a camping cook can deliver. We have reviewed and ranked what we consider to be the 5 best camping cast iron cooking skillets below;
Presented below are the detailed reviews of the 5 best and most highly ranked camping cast iron cooking skillets. Included in our reviews are an easy to read and understand ONE to FIVE STAR RATING system. When reading and studying the reviews, be sure and note the skillets weight, if it’s pre-seasoned or not and how much volume it holds.
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Best Camping Cast Iron Cooking Skillets – Reviews & Rankings
The Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Mini Silicone Hot Handle Holder is one of the smaller skillets we reviewed. It weighs in at 3.4 pounds, which is lighter than most other cast-iron skillets due to its size. It comes with a red silicone handle. The handle is removable (with some effort) and if flame resistant to 400. The handle should be ok over a campfire (and quite useful) though we wouldn’t expose it to a direct flame. The skillet is pre-seasoned and ready to go out of the box. It is made by the Lodge company in the USA. We love the size, the silicone handle and the made in the USA. We give the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Mini Silicone Hot Handle Holder, 8-inch our highest FIVE STAR rating!
This Home-Complete Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan 12 Inch is a good standard size camping skillet. It weighs a hefty 7.4 pounds. It has a long handle on one side and a holding handle on the other. Two handles on each side is a good thing – especially for uneven camping surfaces and campfire situations. There are also pour notches on each side to keep the liquids being poured even. The cooking skillet is pre-seasoned and comes with a 10 year limited manufacturer’s warranty. A good all-around cooking skillet. We give the Home-Complete Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan 12 Inch a rating of FOUR STARS.
The Fresh Australian Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 12.5 Inch is unique to our selection of the 5 best cooking skillets. It is our heaviest and largest skillet at 12.5 inches and a hefty 7. 7 pounds. The handle is also somewhat unique in that it is a bit shorter than most other 12 inch skillets. It’s made from cast-iron and comes pre-seasoned out of the box. The manufacturer gives it a lifetime guarantee. A very good option for a camping skillet. We give the Fresh Australian Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 12.5 Inch a FOUR STAR rating.
The Utopia Kitchen Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25 inch is a great compromise between a larger standard 12 inch and 8 inch cast-iron skillet. A great size to take on your next camping journey. It has two handles, one ling and one short, as well as two spill notches. It weighs in at 4.8 pounds. A good all-around choice.
We rate the Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25 inch – Utopia Kitchen THREE STARs!
The Lodge 10.25 Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is our second Lodge product in our top 5 best camping skillet list. This camping skillet weighs in at an even 5 pounds. It also has two handles, one long and one short with two spill notches. It comes out of the box ready to use as it is pre-seasoned. The Lodge 10.25 inch skillet is made in the USA by the Lodge company and is guaranteed by the manufacturer. We found this to be the best skillet size (not too small but not too large) for camping. A great overall camping skillet. The Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet gets our highest ranking and rating of FIVE STARS.
Though these camping skillets may look generally the same, they are not. They are different sizes, weights and have different manufacturers. When buying a camping cooking skillets, not the size you may need. A general rule is that one standard size egg, cracked into a skillet is about 4-5 inches across. Therefore, to cook 4 eggs at once, an 8 inch skillet is probably too small – but a 12 inch is perfect. So when reading the reviews, be sure and purchase the correct skill-set for your needs.
How Do You Clean a Cast-Iron Skillet?
Many people may not buy cast-iron skillets because they think they might rust. And, in fact, if they are not properly cared for, they will rust. Here are the easy steps to cleaning a cast-iron camping cooking skillet;
- Remove as much food from the pan as possible
- Clean with a mild soap and water
- If needed, scrub off baked on food with salt
- Dry with towel
- Do not use SOS pads or metal scrubbers
- Do not place in a dishwasher
Cast-iron cooking is unique in the fact that the non-stick surface on the skillet is actually baked on grease and fat. Using a metal scratch pad may scratch into this coating, either harming it or worse, remove the coating. Additionally, dishwashers may damage a cast-iron skillet by high heat and by the use of harsh dishwasher detergents.
What Are The Standard Sizes of a Cast Iron Skillet?
Most pots and pans come in what are called, standard sizes. And camping skillets are no exception. The standard sizes for cast-iron skillets are;
- 8 Inches
- 10 Inches
- 12 Inches
The measurement is from end of the pan to the other, not including the handle(s). There are smaller and larger cast iron skillet sizes, but these are 90% of what is sold. In terms of depth, most are 2-3 inches deep.
What Can You Cook in a Cast Iron Skillet?
A camping cast-iron skillet at a campsite can be a real life-saver. How? By all of the things one cook with a cast-iron cooking skillet;
- Fried foods (eggs, bacon, chicken, etc.)
- Sauteed foods (onions, garlic, meats, herbs, etc.)
- Stews and soups
- Pancakes, fritters, hashbrowns
- Cornbread, cakes, biscuits
A true camper should not go camping without a cast-iron skillet! And having one will open up the many uses not mentioned above.
So when we think or dream of camping, with the campfire burning, also think of a cast-iron skillet sitting on the fire next to that hot pot of coffee. Now that’s camping at its best.