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Every kitchen needs a casserole dish. Yes, they are good for baking casseroles—as their name implies, but they can also be used to roast chicken breasts, bake brownies, and go straight to the dinner table to serve all of your culinary creations.
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Best Overall: Emile Henry HR Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker
Like Le Creuset, Emile Henry is a highly-regarded cookware brand, with a price tag to match. This ceramic casserole dish is made in France of Emile Henry’s proprietary clay technology. Thanks to that it is safe in the oven up to 520 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be used under the broiler unlike the Le Creuset dish.
The interior glaze resists staining and scratching, and is dishwasher safe—making cleanup a breeze. The sturdy glaze also makes cutting into casseroles and lasagnas with metal utensils no big deal. The angled handles also make it easy to remove this dish from the oven, but make sure you have a good grip on them if you’re wearing oven mitts.
Available in five colors—leaves yellow, rouge red, spring green, sugar white, and twilight blue—it can go from oven to table without any problem. Of course, this one doesn’t have a lid, so it will need a layer of foil if you want to travel with it. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.
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Best Budget: Arcuisine Glass Rectangular 13.75 x 8.65 Inch Roaster Pan
Similar in look to the Pyrex model, this glass baking dish is unbelievably strong. That’s thanks to the fact that it’s made from Borosilicate glass. That means it resistant to “thermal shock” or going from one temperature to another quickly—think going from the freezer to the oven. You can skip the defrosting step safely when using this casserole dish without the worry that it will crack.
Made in France, this 9- by 13-inch pan is also dishwasher-safe and comes with a five-year warranty from the manufacturer. So even if you do happen to reach the limit of its temperature capabilities, you can rest assured knowing you’re covered.
If this size isn’t quite right for your recipes, the same company also offers oval-shaped baking dishes, a larger rectangular size, and a smaller square dish.
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Best Multipurpose: Pyrex Sculpted Casserole with Glass Lid
Looking for a casserole that you’ll use all year long? This round casserole is clear, so it will work with any decor and fit any holiday, while the sculpted design adds visual interest. The lid keeps moisture in during cooking, and keeps the heat in after cooking. It’s also great for storage – no need to fiddle with plastic wrap or foil to cover it.
While it looks delicate, it can be safely placed in a preheated oven, used in the microwave, or stored in the refrigerator or freezer. For easy cleaning, it’s dishwasher safe.
Side handles make this simple to retrieve from a hot oven, and the integrated knob make lid removal safe and easy. The casserole is handy even when you’re not using it for cooking, since it works well as a salad bowl or for serving hot or cold side dishes. It holds two quarts.
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Best Value: Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid
If you’re looking for a basic casserole dish that will look sleek while putting the focus on the yummy food you’re serving up, a glass one is a great choice. And you can’t go wrong with the classic Pyrex brand, a staple in many homes for generations. This dish holds three quarts and measures 9x13 inches. It’s safe for the oven, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. The baking dish has a non-porous surface which means it won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains. And it comes with a red plastic lid which is BPA free, however, keep in mind the lid is not safe for the oven.
Customers love the quality of the product saying it works well with food. They also love the fair price and simplicity of the dish. Some had issues with the lid not fitting well, so if you’re buying it just for that, you might want to consider another product. But if you’re in the market for a classic baking dish that won’t cost a lot of money, this one comes highly recommended.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best Unique Shape: Rachael Ray Covered Casseroval Casserole
This is a casserole dish and more. It’s oven-safe to 500 degrees for your baked mac and cheese, and the glazed interior means that flavors won’t seep into the stoneware and leach into the next thing you cook.
This is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and can be used in the microwave for reheating. For storage, it’s also freezer safe. The 4 1/4 quart size is large enough for family-sized dishes and the lid fits securely for cooking, for storage, and makes this easy to take along to a potluck.
The shape makes it unique and attractive enough for serving, even if you didn’t use it for cooking, and the oval shape means you can use it for a chicken or a roast that wouldn’t work in a round casserole. The large handle holes makes it easy to hold, even with oven mitts.
This is available in several colors to match your décor or add a pop of color to your table. While the shape is unique and stylish, it might be too quirky to fit on a more formal table.
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Best for Stovetop: Neoflam Mystic Valley Stovetop Ceramic Casserole
This casserole dish looks stylish, and it does one thing that standard ceramic or glass casseroles can’t do — you can use this on the stovetop, even on a direct flame. It’s heat resistant to 752 degrees, so you can use it at the highest heat in your home oven, or even in your high-heat pizza oven. It’s also safe on your barbecue grill, halogen cooktop, or in your microwave, so you’ll be reaching for this one over and over for baking braising, searing, sautéing and frying.
This has a zero-crack glaze and is shock resistant and scratch resistant. Cleaning is easy, since it’s dishwasher safe. When cooking is done, you can store this in the refrigerator or freezer.
Neoflam casseroles are available in several different sizes and colors, and in different sizes, so you might want to pick up extras for cooking and serving. This casserole holds 2 quarts.
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Best for Potlucks: Pyrex Portables Double Decker Glass Bakeware Set
Do you need to cook and transport food to potluck or party? This set has you covered with a 3-quart oblong baking dish and two 6-cup dishes, along with lids for all three and a carrier that will securely hold all of the pieces for transportation and storage.
The casseroles are safe for use in a preheated oven and can be used in the microwave, as well. They are refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher safe, while the lids are top-rack dishwasher safe. Side handles make them easy to remove from a hot oven.
The carrier bag is insulated to help keep your food hot or cold, and two hot/cold packs are included. Two sturdy handles make let you carry your filled casseroles securely, whether you’re going across town, or just to the neighbor’s house.
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Best High-End: Le Creuset Stoneware Covered Rectangular Casserole
It should be no surprise that Le Creuset snagged one of the top spots on our list. Known for their enameled Dutch ovens, they are also leaders in baking dishes as well. The stoneware construction of this dish helps it cook evenly and prevents any hot spots from scorching your food. It also makes it useable for most oven temperatures, and safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher as well. Just don’t use it under the broiler or on an open flame.
The glazed interior is virtually nonstick, so even if you decide to hand wash it, it won’t be difficult to clean. And the ridged handles make it easy to grip when removing it from the oven, even when wearing oven mitts.
It comes in eight colors including Caribbean, white, cherry red, flame, hibiscus, Marseille, palm, and soleil, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits the rest of your kitchen’s décor. Plus, the lid makes it ideal for transporting dishes to potlucks or family dinners. Keep in mind that Le Creuset is on the pricey end of the spectrum, so if you’re looking for budget this might not be the best option.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Best Cast Iron: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Covered Casserole
Sure, when you think of a casserole dish, you might think first about ceramic, but cast iron makes a good idea even better. This covered casserole holds 3.6-quarts and has a double-layered porcelain enamel surface that is chip resistant, never needs seasoning, and is easy to clean. The cast iron has superior heat retention, so your au gratins will stay warm all through dinner.
The lid fits tightly, to retain heat and moisture during cooking or for serving. Since it’s made from cast iron, you can use this on the stove or in the oven, then take it straight to the table. It’s also refrigerator and freezer safe and can be used on any cooktop, including induction, but it’s not recommended for use on outdoor grills or open flames. The lid knob is safe to 500 degrees
This is dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended. It is available in red or blue.
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Best Individual: Fiesta 17 oz. Oval Individual Casserole Dish
Sometimes the best casserole is one that you don’t need to share. This oval casserole is perfect for individual servings of side dishes or pot pies, or use it for sauces, dips, or snacks. The casseroles are made from durable ceramic and are oven safe to 500 degrees. They are also microwave safe, so it’s easy to reheat leftovers, and they’re dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
These come in a variety of colors to mix or match with dishes or serving pieces or choose colors to fit a holiday. They hold 17 ounces each, and are sold individually.