How to Choose Cookware for Cooking on Gas Stove

There was a discussion recently, on Facebook, as to the comparative popularity of gas vs. electric vs. induction cook tops. When we bought this house it didn’t have a kitchen.

Really – no kitchen.

There was a small sink in what I now use as a pantry, a big fireplace with hooks in it, and an old wood-burning cook-stove that was on its side just off the bank where I have my potager.

There were snakes living in it.

I digress….

I had a blank slate, so to speak, as to what kind of kitchen I wanted.  I seriously looked into induction as I had friends who loved theirs.

I crossed that off my list when I realized none of my existing cookware would work.

Next was gas. I found a range I loved with 5 gas burners and an electric oven. It seemed the best of all worlds…. until we realized that we would have to haul gas bottles.

I ended up with a 5 burner electric ceramic cook top.

Maybe, next house, I’ll be able to get a gas range. I really like the idea of having instant heat as well as burners that react quickly. I would have to make adjustments. Now I tend to use light-weight cookware (it heats faster) and I know I can put it on the burner to heat while I clean and chop the onions.

I’ll have to rethink that for gas.

Which means I’ll have to rethink my cookware.

If you have a gas stove – or are thinking about it, is a great resource for checking out different types of pans specifically for a gas.

But what is best? Stainless steel? Cast iron? Copper? Teflon? Ceramic? Glass? Aluminum? Tin? (tin?!?)

Because a gas cooktop heats differently than electric (or induction) one should use pans that work best.

Fortunately, one does not have to have a matched set of one type of cookware. Pick and choose what works best for cooking style and stove type.

Gas is very flexible when it comes to cookware choices. A heavy cast iron pan will heat more quickly on a gas flame and retain its heat a long time – plus it can go in the oven. I wouldn’t use cast iron on my ceramic top as it would likely scratch it.

And who wouldn’t like a nice set of copper saucepans? If one could afford them….. And be willing to take care of them.

I have 3 that were left by the previous (French) owners of our house. They hang on the wall.

At the moment I have a mix of stainless steel, cast aluminum, and a couple of cheap non-stick skillets that get replaced every few years.

My favorite, is this big, heavy non-stick cast aluminum skillet that I use regularly for quick dinners like this Spicy Sausage Hash:

Spicy Sausage Hash

This would work well on a gas stove.


6 thoughts on “How to Choose Cookware for Cooking on Gas Stove”

  1. I use a variety of pans on my gas stove. I’ll never cook with anything but gas and that was a priority here when we were looking for a home in this area. Getting just another half mile or so north of us requires propane. I worked in the ER years ago when a family was brought through after a propane explosion at their home…no propane if there’s any way to avoid it. But I digress…

    Gas is much more forgiving than a flat electric cooktop. Doesn’t matter the material, if it’s a flat top, you need to use pans with no warpage and that have an actual flat bottom. Even the rounded edges will affect how your food cooks in them. I also don’t like that electric takes longer to heat up and cool down. When I turn down or off the heat on my stovetop, that’s it. Turning down or off the heat on an electric top means you have to wait for the heat to drop and if you’re doing something delicate, you need to move it off the heat. And you also have to wait for the heat to come up to temp. I’ll stick with gas.

    After my comment about propane, do they not have propane storage tanks there? I’m sure you remember them here. You call, order your propane (or are on a subscription) and they come fill the big tank. I don’t blame you for not wanting to carry smaller tanks! That would be…ugh!

    • I would have preferred gas – but not the bottles and I have never seen a tank. In the cities (Barcelona, Paris) you will see trucks hauling gas bottles down the streets, honking periodically, for people to run down and swap out their bottles. People who use them have a kitchen cabinet next to the stove to hold it.
      Our friend in Spain, in the mountains used to keep 6 – 8 or them on hand over the winter.

    • I just couldn’t deal with that. One of the gites we stayed in used the bottles and they always ran out in the middle of cooking dinner !

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