Is a Cast Iron Casserole a Dutch Oven?


Although both casserole dishes and Dutch ovens are deep pots with lids, the two are not the same. Some companies market cast-iron baking pots as kitchen Dutch ovens, but generally these lack the distinctive features of the traditional Dutch oven. Dutch ovens are designed for outdoor use with a fire or charcoal as the heat source.

Casserole Design

  • A casserole dish is a pot, usually with a rounded lid. Casseroles may be made of cast iron, Pyrex, earthenware or ceramic materials.

Casserole Uses

  • A casserole is primarily used for baking in a kitchen oven. It is not designed for outdoor use or for cooking over an open flame.

Dutch Ovens

  • Dutch ovens are cast iron or earthenware. They have a lid with a raised lip to hold charcoal and three legs allowing them to sit over a fire or charcoal.

Dutch Oven Uses

  • Dutch ovens are typically used for cooking stews and baking. For baking, a Dutch oven is placed above charcoal and more charcoal is placed in the lid.


  • Dutch ovens were used for camp cooking during the Revolutionary War. Settlers used Dutch ovens for cooking in fireplaces throughout most of the 1800s.

Dutch Ovens Today

  • The design of the Dutch oven has changed very little over the years. Dutch ovens continue to be popular as camping cookware today due to their versatility and utility.

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