Kitchen

The 9 best pots for slow-cooking goodness

You’ll be basking in the belly-filling delights of tasty, tender meals made in a cast-iron pot.
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One of the biggest pros of cast-iron cookware is that it’s ideal for low, slow cooking. There’s no better culinary feeling than taking a round, hefty cast-iron pot off the stovetop or out of the oven, lifting the lid and seeing the bubbling goodness inside after a few hours of cooking away. It’s the pull-apart deliciousness of the meat plus the steamy and aromatic smells that waft out that really bear repeating as often as humanly possible.

green cast iron pot on stove top with brass pot filler
(Photography: Brigid Arnott)

We love that a heavy-set cast iron pot can be loaded with basic ingredients, and all it takes is a little heat and a decent amount of time to provide unbelievably delicious results. It’s the best on cooler nights or just when you’ve got a group of empty bellies to fill. We rounded up our picks of the best pots (cast iron and lighter alternatives) that are high on durability, with tight-fitting lids to keep the heat in and sturdy handles for easy lifting. They’re all absolutely gorgeous, too. Some are tweaked for modern convenience and others stay true to their cast-iron cookware roots, but there’s sure to be one that screams your name.

White kitchen with pale blue upholstered stools
(Photography: Mindi Cooke)

01

Le Creuset cast iron oval casserole dish in Meringue Cream

$690, David Jones

Best for: Long cuts of meat

Large enough to roast a whole lamb of leg, this cast iron pot will serve you well over the years. It’s roomy enough for any roast, casserole or stew. It has an enamel finish, making it durable and easy to clean. Large handles make lifting the pot safe and simple.

Sizes: 4.7L

Colours: Meringue Cream, Cerise Red, Sage Green, Coastal Blue

Materials: Cast iron, stainless steel knob

Key features:

  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • Ergonomic stainless steel knob
  • Made in France

02

Le Creuset 4.2L signature round cast iron casserole dish in Red

$610, Myer

Best for: Timeless design

A really beautiful classic cast-iron pot, this is sure to make plenty of crowd-pleasing meals. In classic red, it’ll become a family heirloom that’s ripe with foodie memories. It’s ample in size, too, making it suitable for browning foods on the stovetop before simmering and braising.

Sizes: 4.2L

Colours: Red

Materials: Enamelled cast iron

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • Stain-resistant enamel interior
  • Round shape

03

Baccarat Le Connoisseur cast iron round French oven in Teal

$339.99, MyHouse

Best for: Solid construction

Juicy, succulent meals are ahead in this heavyweight French oven. The thick body keeps all the precious heat in, while the generously-sized handles make it easier to heave from oven to bench to table. With that teal shade, it’s a definite centrepiece at any feast. 

Sizes: 29cm/6.3L

Colours: Teal, Purple, Moss, Red, White, Black

Materials: Cast iron, double-layer enamel surface

Key features:

  • Self-basting lid
  • Round shape
  • Easy-to-clean enamel interior

04

4.3L round cast iron Dutch oven

$179, Temple & Webster

Best for: Long-lasting quality

If you’re into slow cooking, this cast iron pot will be your new best friend. It’s built to last and distributes heat evenly for food that’s tender and full of flavour. A winner in the oven, but also on the stovetop, it’s a solid buy that’ll serve you well whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Sizes: 4.3L

Colours: White, Blue, Sage, Black

Materials: High-quality cast iron, enamel coating, brass-coated knob

Key features:

  • Traditional Dutch design
  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • Premium brass-coated knob
  • Round shape

05

Made In round enameled cast iron Dutch oven in Harbour Blue

$405 (usually $500), Made In

Best for: Multitasking

A reliable cast iron pot with a sturdy design that’s made to last. It’s sleek and simple with an extra-tall knob on top for swift and easy lifting. It works well with any type of cooktop, including induction, and is totally oven-proof. Made in France, it gets the chef’s tick of approval.

Sizes: 24cm, 5.2L

Colours: Harbour Blue, Made In Red, Antique White, Ruby Red, Willow Green

Materials: Enameled cast iron, stainless steel knob

Key features:

  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • Non-stick enamel interior coating
  • Loop handles

06

24cm pre-seasoned non-stick cast iron Dutch oven

$59.95, MyDeal

Best for: Classic style

Just like the ones from the ‘good old days’, but with the added conveniences of being pre-seasoned and having a braiser lid. It’s designed for heat retention and even distribution for deliciously succulent results.

Sizes: 30cm x 24cm x 17cm

Colours: Black

Materials: Cast iron

Key features:

  • Pre-seasoned
  • Designed for optimum heat retention
  • Sturdy handles

07

The Cooks Collective ID Pastels 5.9L cast iron casserole dish with lid in Mint

$79 (usually $169.95), Myer

Best for: Versatility

This traditional take on the casserole dish is as versatile as they come. It’s oven-safe, dishwasher-safe, super durable and suitable for all cooktops. With its easy-to-clean premium enamel coating, it’s no surprise that it’s a bestseller.

Sizes: 28cm/5.9L

Colours: Mint, Pink, Sky Blue

Materials: Enamel-coated cast iron

Key features:

  • Designed in Australia
  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • The Cooks Collective is exclusive to Myer
  • Round shape

08

Lodge Blacklock 5.2L cast iron casserole dish

$498.95, David Jones

Best for: Large meals

Triple seasoned, this classic cast iron pot has a natural non-stick finish. As far as Dutch ovens go, this one is considerably lightweight, thanks to slim-line walls. The raised high-heat aluminium knob is easy to lift.

Sizes: 5.2L

Colours: Black

Materials: Cast iron, aluminium knob

Key features:

  • Triple seasoned for natural non-stick
  • Generous cooking capacity
  • Basting rings to recirculate moisture

09

Greenpan ‘Featherweights’ casserole dish with lid in Smokey Sky Blue

$149.98 (usually $299.95), GreenPan

Best for: Easy lifting

While it has all of the style and structure of a cast iron Dutch oven, this is made from cast aluminium which is significantly lighter. The handles have removable silicone covers to make them easy to hold when hot. It maintains excellent heat retention and has a self-basting lid.

Sizes: 28cm/6.6L

Colours: Smokey Sky Blue

Materials: Cast aluminium, stainless steel handle, silicone handle covers

Key features:

  • Suitable for stovetop and oven use
  • Silicone handle covers included
  • Stainless steel handle

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