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.
While not all casserole dishes are created equal—they come in different materials and have varying sizes or features, they are all suitable for most tasks. That means you can make your selection more on aesthetics and price point than based on what you... might be baking in the future.
With that in mind, here are the top casserole dishes available on the market now.
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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.
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A glass baking dish is one of the most standard items to have in your kitchen. No it might not win any design awards or elicit any praise when you use it as a serving dish, but it puts the focus back on the food where it belongs. Pyrex is a leader in glass bakeware thanks to its durability and low price.
The three-quart baking dish is the most common choice for most kitchens as it measures 9 by 13 inches, which is standard for boxed cakes and brownies, as well as casserole recipes. The non-porous... glass is safe for the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. But make sure you avoid extreme changes in temperature which can cause the glass to crack in some instances. That means defrosting time is key.
The glass will also resist staining or absorbing odors so you can use it for all your baking tasks no matter how messy they are.
This style of dish is also available in a two-quart size and with a lid if you prefer. Just keep in mind that the plastic lids are not oven safe.
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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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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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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If you want a versatile dish that will hold a bit more than some of our other contenders, and isn’t the standard 9- by 13-inch rectangle, this oval casserole with a domed lid from CorningWare is just the right choice.
CorningWare is another classic serving ware brand that’s been around since the 1950s, and was originally introduced as a heat resisting glassware company. Their full product line now includes stoneware pieces like this oval baker. And thanks to the company history, you know can rest... assured that this piece his high quality.
The four-quart casserole dish is safe for use in the microwave, oven, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher. Making it incredibly versatile and durable. The simple white fluted exterior might not be the most fashion forward, but it is mutable enough to work with any kitchen design. The dish comes with a dome glass lid that rests on top. It doesn’t seal completely, which some reviewers have complained about, so if you want to travel with this casserole dish it’s a good idea to secure the lid.
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Have an all-white kitchen? This might just be the dish for you. This incredibly simple casserole dish puts the focus back on your food instead of stealing the spotlight. And because it is safe for the microwave, oven (including the broiler up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit), and the freezer, it’s just as versatile as it is unobtrusive.
The manufacturer named this dish a lasagna pan in part because of the 2.5-inch depth, meaning you can stack as many layers as necessary inside—so don’t skimp on the... ricotta. The porcelain construction is a bit on the heavy side at a little more than four pounds, but it’s not so unwieldy as to be a challenge to move.
The lack of handles might be a challenge for some, but that does mean that it can fit inside some countertop toaster ovens that have a larger capacity. Keep in mind that the bottom of the dish is unglazed, so if you’re using it as a serving dish as well as a baking dish, you’ll want to use a trivet or hot pad underneath it to avoid scratching up your tabletop.
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Similar to the simple white pan from HIC, this deep baking dish is perfect for layered casseroles, roasting chicken or vegetables, and making baked goods. Unlike the HIC model, this one comes in four bright colors—rose, sage, bayberry, and wheat, has handles, and weighs about 2.5 pounds. If you want to make a bit more of a design statement this is the pan to choose.
Made of high-fired ceramics, this dish is safe for use in the microwave, oven, and broiler up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The glaze... is purported to be scratch free (go ahead and use that metal spatula to lift out a serving of lasagna), and will resist staining and lingering odors.
The handles on this design are especially easy to grip thanks to their wide construction. You won’t have to worry about them slipping out of your hands even when you’re wearing bulky oven mitts. Cleanup for this dish couldn’t be easier as it is dishwasher-safe.
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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.