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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Dutch Ovens


Pros: Heavy weight, even cooking, pretty

Cons: The enamel discolors

I bought one of these just for making osso buco.  I found myself using it for a lot more than just that.  I make tomato sauce in it, chili, any excuse I have to bust it out, I do.  I absolutely love this pot.


Pros: Even heat, looks great from oven to table, just a great braising pot

Cons: heavy

I'm lucky to have 2 Le Creuset pots.  The red 5 1/2 quart round was a gift from my husband and the smaller yellow 3 quart round I bought myself.  Yes, they are pricey, but it is the type cookware that I will be able to pass down to a niece or nephew one day.

It is a main stay for me during the winter months for braising, roasting and entertaining.


Pros: Even heat, easy to clean

Cons: HEAVY, enamal will wear and stain eventually, lid top loosens

This is a great pot for long, slow cooking, and rugged enough for daily use, but is so heavy that I only use it when I need the even heat distribution.


That said, it's a beautiful pot and looks nice sitting on my black stove - and when I do need even steady heat, it's great.  It's also great for baking rustic bread quickly in the oven.h


Pros: Quality construction, heats evenly, goes from stove to table to refrigerator,and it's a nice looking pot.

Cons: Some people may think it's too heavy and some may feel that it's too expensive.

The pot does everything the advertisements suggest they do.  It's well made, and the Black Onyx comes with the stainless steel lid knob.  A number of people didn't care for the phenolic knob.  For what I cook and the quantities cooked, the 5 1/2 quart is a perfect size, but if you're cooking for more than three or four, the larger size up might be the way to go, especially if you want leftovers.

Being able to use pot for cooking, serving, and storing in the fridge is a very nice atrtribute.  It makes the whole making the meal and storing the results a little simpler, not that you can't do that with other pots.

The quality of the enameled coating is excellent, both inside and out.  I couldn'd find a chip, scratch, or weak area in the coating.  The almond colored interior finish is very smooth, and releases the food well - no scrubbing or extra energy needed for cleanup.

The pot goes easily from the stove top to the oven, and heats evenly in both places.  But this baby really shines in the oven when doing a long, slow braise or making a stew.  The top fits well, it's oven proof to a temp higher than most anyone would use, and the handles were comfortable.

Although it's an expensive pot, it's worth it.  Try to get a good deal, though.  Le Creuset has a number of outlet stores that sell at a good discount and sometimes have sales on top of that.  Whatever you do, if you've been thinking about getting one, do it!  You won't be disappointed.

I should mention that I have the black pot, not the red.  I've found that the black color transfers heat better than the lighter colors, and have been using lower oven temps to get the same degree of simmer.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red

Don't expect this piece to spend much time in storage, as you will soon discover it's amazingly versatile; equally efficient as a sauce pot and a baker. Perfect for simmering stews and soups, baking casseroles and roasting vegetables or chicken. As with all Le Creuset cookware you can bring this French oven directly to the table with confidence, knowing its beautiful appearance is as integral a part of its appeal as its cooking qualities.

LabelLe Creuset
List Price$315.00
ManufacturerLe Creuset
Product GroupKitchen
Product Type NameABIS_KITCHEN
PublisherLe Creuset
StudioLe Creuset
TitleLe Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red
FeatureLifetime warranty
BrandLe Creuset
Size5.3 L
Package Quantity1
Height4 inches
Length10 inches
Weight10.5 pounds
Width10.75 inches
Material Typecast-iron
Material Type Set Elementcast-iron
ColorCherry Red
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
WarrantyLifetime limited
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