Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inch Review

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Cast Iron Skillet may not be the glossy one, a bulky matt black ugly one in your culinary collection but it is your must need skillet for a couple of reasons.

As you can find a hundreds of cast iron skillet on market, perhaps it is the best choice for you.

After having a couple of research and comparison with other skillet, we choose this product for you. Hope, you will like to have it ASAP (as soon as possible)

At first, I am going to explain, why you need this skillet and then what are the major benefit of this skillet from others.

​Why I need an Iron Skillet?


Take The Heat

​Many of us like to cook on high heat as to cook early or get a smoky flavor. As you know, most cookware set can’t to go over 450/500 degrees​. ​​

Even the stainless cookware can’t take it and no way for nonstick cookware set, it begin to smoke over 550 degree. But on cast iron skillet, forget it. Cook on high heat you can and as fast as you can.


It is a Grill machine

​For the city folks, they don’t have option on arranging a back yard Bar-b-Q party. But they can get a cast iron skillet and effectively use as a grill.

It can take a high heat and distribute heat eventually. On last summer, I cooked this stake on cast iron skillet and it was just as good as cooked on a grill.


Versatile Uses

​You can make verities delicious meals by this single pan, without have to be a pro. A beginning, you can make cookie biscuit French toast etc on oven. Then you can cook brown chicken, steaks, fry fishes, delicious pie in it.



The interesting thing of this cast iron skillet is it is too cheap that some people turn off by cast iron because they think’ it is cheap so must be in low quality.

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But the reality is opposite; it is economical with high performance. If you don’t have to pay less than $40 for this versatile skillet.

As you know, a lot of people sell their cast iron skillets at yard sales. Don’t be skeptical, they sell it because they don’t know how to season them. Without proper seasoning, the ending of their cast iron cook turns into a disaster.

Here comes the best feature of this as it is Pre-Seasoned, you have less or no chance to get burned food.

Best Features of The Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inch



The Skillet is absolute ready-to-use right just out of the box and it is pre-seasoned as it rides through the electrostatic spray.

It allows you to use less oil which is an big advantage of this.

No other iron skillet on market has electrostatic spray finishing. As it creates an easy release food and leaves no residues.


Comfortable size

​It is a relatively small 10.25-inch Skillet, and easy to can sear, saute, fry, stir and bake.


Convenient assist handle

​Handle is made with same cast iron as the cookware. It isn’t riveted to the skillet. It makes comfortable for stirring and heavy lifting.


Cooktop compatibility & oven safety

​It is compatible with any type of cooktop, such as gas induction, electric cooktop etc. And it is absolutely oven safe.

Pros and Cons


  • Pre-Seasoned, multi-functional andready to use
  • Excellent heat retention and even heat cooking
  • Affordable price
  • Made in the USA


  • Slightly heavier than the regular skillet
  • Rustic, as it is a cast iron skillet. You have to dry it properly before store

Cleaning & Care

​It has to be cleaned with a stiff brush and hot water and you can also use soap water. After cleaning, make sure it is completely dry and store. Here you can learn more about Cast Iron Cookware cleaning & Care process.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is the dimension of this skillet?

Answer: It is 10.25 inch at the top and it measures 8.0 inch at bottom.

Q: How to season a cast iron pan?

Answer: It is not so hard to season a cast iron pan, you have to follow 6 step. As it is similar to the stainless steel cookware seasoning, you can check my another article’s segment Tips to Season Your Pans Before Cooking for details. Hope it will help you a lot.  

Also the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet is Pre-Seasoned; it means you have to less worry about seasoning your skillet but seasoning is always the best way to cook in cast iron skillet.

Q: Does this pan come with a lid?

Answer: It doesn’t come with lid, you have to buy it separately.

Q: Can I use cast iron skillet on glass top stove?

Answer: Yes you can but it may scratch the glass top stove. Cast Iron is the Swiss Army knife of cookware.

​Final Words

I can say, a cast iron skillet is the best tools for searing meat, grill steak and bake almost everything, whether its pork chops, or even pizza, this Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet is the way to go.

It is like the Swiss Army knife of cookware for versatile uses. If you take care this skillet and season properly, its cooking surface will become more nonstick like a glossy nonstick pan.