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What to Cook in Your Staub Pots & Pans (+ Tips for Care!)

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If you love to cook—or you just like to look like you love to cook—chances are you've gotten yourself a Staub pot. The classic French cookware line is a favorite at the Food52 Shop and no wonder: Staub's products are gorgeous, timeless, and top-notch kitchen performers.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

Staub's cookware is so versatile that, if you're a new Staub owner, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the choices of what to actually make with your pot or pan. The good news is, you really can't go wrong—honestly, what can a French oven not do?—but to get you started (or re-inspired, if you're a longtime Staub owner), here are a few suggestions for what to make in all our favorite Staub designs, along with some tips for cleaning and caring for your pots.

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Cleaning & Caring for Your Staub

Once you've removed the labels and ribbon from your new pot, rinse it in warm water and dry thoroughly. Brush a small amount of vegetable oil around the inside of the pan (like you would if you were seasoning a cast iron skillet), which will optimize the nonstick features. Heat the pan over a low flame until most of the moisture has steamed out, and once it's cooled, wipe excess with a towel. Now you're good to go!

Seasoning Your Cast Iron Pan Is Easier Than You Think
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Seasoning Your Cast Iron Pan Is Easier Than You Think

An enameled coating on the cast iron of every Staub pan make them a breeze to clean—and Staub recommends that you hand-wash them, rather than running them through the dishwasher, to preserve the patina and brightness. After drying, you can brush the inside with a little vegetable oil to maintain the black matte finish.

Unlike unfinished cast iron—which must be seasoned and carefully care for—enameled cast iron can handle anything you throw at it, from acidic ingredients to dish soap.

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What to Cook in Your Staub

Now the fun part! These are some of our favorite recipes to go with our Staub designs.

If you have an Essential French Oven...

Staub Essential French Oven, 3.75QT
$149
Staub Essential French Oven, 3.75QT

Make braises! Give any hunks of meat you're cooking a good sear, add aromatics, then cover in a delicious liquid and let it bubble away in the oven. Stews do well in it, too.

Tuscan Ribollita

Tuscan Ribollita by Sonali aka the Foodie Physi...

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples by Cristina Sciarra

Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine and Vanilla

Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine and Vanilla by Phyllis Grant

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, and Israeli Couscous

Chicken with Caramelized Sumac Onions, Preserved Lemon, a... by em-i-lis

If you have a Cast Iron Square Grill Pan and Press...

Staub Large Cast Iron Square Grill Pan and Press
From $189
Staub Large Cast Iron Square Grill Pan and Press

If you're backyard-challenged, get your grilled chicken and burger fix with this cast iron grill pan. But don't stop at meat: Consider grilled flatbread, pizza, paninis, and fruit.

Tamarind Chicken

Tamarind Chicken by Summer of Eggplant

Grilled Brie Sandwiches with Honey, Pistachio, and Kale Pesto

Grilled Brie Sandwiches with Honey, Pistachio, and Kale P... by Taylor

Grilled Flatbread

Grilled Flatbread by Erin McDowell

Grilled Bananas with Buttered Maple Sauce and English Almond Toffee

Grilled Bananas with Buttered Maple Sauce and English Alm... by thirschfeld

If you have a Cast Iron Wok...

Staub Cast Iron Wok, 6QT
$249
Staub Cast Iron Wok, 6QT

Raise your hand if you've ever made pasta in a wok. (Just me?) With this wok, you don't have to be ashamed—it's designed to do everything. Of course, it can turn out a beautiful stir-fry, but it can also braise fish, slide into a 500° F oven, and, yes, boil pasta water.

Minced Chicken and Cashew with Thai Basil

Minced Chicken and Cashew with Thai Basil by MummysLittleHelper

Grace Young's Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce

Grace Young's Stir-Fried Iceberg Lettuce by Genius Recipes

Weeknight Soy Sauce-y, Peanut-y Tofu

Weeknight Soy Sauce-y, Peanut-y Tofu by Nicholas Day

Braised Barramundi in Broad Bean Chile Sauce with Pickled Chiles and Ginger

Braised Barramundi in Broad Bean Chile Sauce with Pickled... by Jenny Huang | Hello My Dump...

More: Thinking about upgrading that old rusty wok? Don't toss it—make a lamp!

If you have an Oval Roasting Dish...

Staub Medium Cast Iron Oval Roasting Dishes
From $129
Staub Medium Cast Iron Oval Roasting Dishes

You can soon be in Gratin Heaven, a world in which lovely bubbling gratins are cooked in perfectly-sized pans that go straight from oven to table. See also: lasagnes, baked pastas, layered vegetables, and braise-roasted chicken.

Cauliflower Gratin with Mornay Sauce

Cauliflower Gratin with Mornay Sauce by Vicky | Things I Made Today

Sweet Potato Bake

Sweet Potato Bake by Ali Slagle

White Lasagna with Swiss Chard, Leeks, and Gruyère

White Lasagna with Swiss Chard, Leeks, and Gruyère by lagougerie

Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella

Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella by Josh Cohen

If you have a Fry Pan...

Staub Fry Pan, Grenadine
From $149
Staub Fry Pan, Grenadine

The rough cooking surface of this fry pan results in perfect browning, improving everything from pancakes to crab cakes to latkes. But if all you want to do is make the perfect fried egg sandwich, we won't blame you in the slightest.

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich by HalfPint

Brigit Binns' Crab Cakes

Brigit Binns' Crab Cakes by Genius Recipes

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre by Cristina Sciarra

How to Make a French Omelette

How to Make a French Omelette by Camille Becerra

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If you have an Oval Cocotte...

Staub Oval Cocotte, Grenadine, 7QT
Staub Oval Cocotte, Grenadine, 7QT

Just as functional as a French Oven, but with an oval shape that accommodates oblong fish, vegetables, and meat, this is another perfect pot to embrace the braise.

Thanksgiving Osso Buco

Thanksgiving Osso Buco by QueenSashy

Livorno-Style Red Mullet (Triglie alla Livornese)

Livorno-Style Red Mullet (Triglie alla Livornese) by Emiko

Licorice Root and Malt Beer Beef Stew

Licorice Root and Malt Beer Beef Stew by Mettch

Patricia Wells' Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves

Patricia Wells' Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and... by Genius Recipes

If you have a Petite French Oven Rice Cooker...

Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker
From $99
Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker

Beloved by the Food52 team, the most charming-looking Staub pot is actually one of the most useful. It perfectly cooks not only rice (of course), but grains of all sorts—we even use it to boil eggs!

Shimeji Rice

Shimeji Rice by ivan orkin

Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing

Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing by Asha Loupy

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cilantro

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cila... by gingerroot

Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice

Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion ... by Gena Hamshaw

If you have a Cast Iron Crêpe Pan...

Staub Cast Iron Crêpe Pan, 11", with Spreader & Spatula
$139
Staub Cast Iron Crêpe Pan, 11", with Spreader & Spatula

This pan is the answer to all your crêpe curses (hard to spread, even harder to flip, hole-ridden by the time the cooking ordeal is through). Crêpe-making will become such a breeze, you may find yourself wanting to venture out from the classic breakfast variety: Stack them into a Nutella cake, enrich them with buckwheat, and fill with ricotta, brie, and vegetables.

Nutella Crêpe Cake

Nutella Crêpe Cake by Phyllis Grant

Savory Vegan Chickpea Crêpes with Spring Vegetable Ragout

Savory Vegan Chickpea Crêpes with Spring Vegetable Ragout by Gena Hamshaw

Buckwheat Crepes with Brie + Honey Sauteed Swiss Chard

Buckwheat Crepes with Brie + Honey Sauteed Swiss Chard by CarolineWright

Apostle's Fingers (lemon and ricotta filled crepes)

Apostle's Fingers (lemon and ricotta filled crepes) by Emiko

If you have a Mini Chocolate Fondue Set...

Staub Mini Chocolate Fondue Set
$89
Staub Mini Chocolate Fondue Set

...then I am jealous. You get to host a fondue party! Because this party needs little more than cheese and chocolate (okay, wine), you're pretty much set. Below, some interesting takes on the classic recipes.

Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue

Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue by hardlikearmour

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue by darksideofthespoon

Traditional Fondue Fribourgeois - Legendary and Original

Traditional Fondue Fribourgeois - Legendary and Original by rabino

Fondue Español

Fondue Español by hardlikearmour

What do you cook in your Staub pots and pans? Inspire us in the comments!

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