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BK Black Steel Skillet

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Celebrated by chefs everywhere, carbon steel provides exceptional browning and searing, weighs a fraction of cast iron, is more heat responsive than cast iron for faster, more even heating and, best of all, gets better with each use! Every time you use...Read More

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The cookware that gets better with each use.

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EXCLUSIVE ECO-FRIENDLY Celebrated by chefs everywhere, carbon steel provides exceptional browning and searing, weighs a fraction of cast iron, is more heat responsive than cast iron for faster, more even heating and, best of all, gets better with each use! Every time you use these remarkable skillets, they become darker, forming a layer of patina, which naturally improves their durability and nonstick properties—they’re virtually indestructible. BK Black Steel is tough, lightweight and winner of the 2019 Red Dot Award for design.

Three times denser than aluminum, hot-rolled black steel is even stronger and more durable than traditional gray carbon steel, and with a thickness of 2mm, these skillets were made to conduct heat incredibly well and last for generations. They’re are extremely resistant to corrosion, damage and stains thanks to a high-temperature black iron oxide layer and are safe for use with metal utensils. Their coated cast iron handles are securely attached with rivets and shaped for comfort.

BK Black Steel is naturally pre-seasoned with oil during the production process. This cookware ships with a thin silicone wax coating that’s much easier to remove than a thick layer of beeswax or grease, so it’s ready to use after a quick wash with soap. Cleaning is as simple pouring on hot water, wiping, then drying.

BK has a rich history of innovation. In 1851, coppersmith Hendrik Berk of Kampen, Holland, was commissioned by local inhabitants and businesses to make milk churns, pots, pans and other cooking utensils. Forty years later, he added a protective layer of enamel to his steel pans and tins and introduced the world to the first enameled steel Dutch oven. This laid the foundation for BK, which continues to bring high quality and innovative engineering to their approach to cookware. BK’s crowning achievement came in 1951 when Queen Juliana awarded them the Royal predicate—a title awarded only to organizations that hold a prominent position in their field.

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  • Carbon steel weighs a fraction of cast iron and is more heat-responsive for quicker heat-up and cooldown while providing the same great searing results as cast iron
  • Black iron oxide layer provides superior corrosion and stain resistance
  • Natural and durable nonstick properties improve with each use; skillet will become darker with each use, building up patina layer proving better release and durability
  • Naturally pre-seasoned; ready to use after washing
  • Safe for use with metal utensils
  • Toxin-free, PTFE/PFOA-free
  • Riveted and coated cast iron handles shaped for comfort

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: BK
  • Material: Carbon steel
  • Dimensions & Weight:
    • 10" diameter (19" L with handle) x 2" H; 2 lbs. 15 oz.
    • 11" diameter (20" L with handle) x 2.25" H; 3 lbs. 5 oz.
    • 12" diameter (21" L with handle) x 2.5" H; 3 lbs. 10 oz.
  • Warranty: 2-year warranty
  • Made in China

Care & Usage Show

  • Compatible with all stovetops including induction
  • Oven safe to 600°F
  • Re-season occasionally—heat pan and add a little vegetable or canola oil and swirl it around the pan. Heat the pan until it starts to smoke then use some paper towels to remove the oil. Repeat the process 2–3 times. The pan will discolor. This process creates a natural nonstick coating. Wipe again to remove any excess oil, let cool and store.
  • Hand wash only and dry before storing

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Love this pan
Just started to use this pan and it’s wonderful. Just like cast iron but lighter and no pre-seasoning!
June 18, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
New best friend in the kitchen
I always used a cast iron for burgers and steak if I didn’t want to fire up the grill. I am glad I purchased this skillet burgers and steak were perfectly seared and for a change not stuck to the pan. Clean up was so easy and love how much lighter it is than my old cast iron. I would recommend this to my friends who like to cook on cast iron but hate the weight.
June 18, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Excellent!
All the good qualities of cast iron, without the weight!
June 18, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
perfect sear
this carbon steel pan is the best and very easy to take care of . Creates the perfect sear on anything you put in it. I highly recommend this pan. i purchased the 10" and I am going back to get the 12" to .
June 9, 2019
I have other steel pans
but this one is exceptional.

A popular TV cooking show reviews equipment on occasion. A few years ago they talked about the "latest craze" . . . . carbon steel pans. They compared a handful and decided a French made pan was the best.

It became so popular that Amazon quickly sold out. When they were available the price was considerably higher than before.

I got mine before the price increase. Used it a few times but never fell in love with it. Only slightly lighter than a similar size cast iron skillet. The design and weight made me feel it really needed a helper handle.

The only saving grace was it was slicker than cast iron.

I eventually stopped using it and donated it to charity.

That will not be the case here. This pan is considerably lighter than carbon steel pans from other manufacturers. It has a nice finish and a "stay cool" handle with the forked design.

I have only used it once but it will definitely become my go to pan when I cook.
June 6, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
My new FAVE!
This pan does everything a cast iron pan does, only better. It heats up very quickly, and cooks evenly. I get a really good sear on meat with this, and can easily caramelize onions. My favorite food to cook in this other than meat are brussel sprouts - sooo easy to get that yummy char on them! The best part is that it's light weight compared to cast iron. It's also pre-seasoned so it's already nonstick right out of the box. It's low maintenance and only needs to be wiped out with a paper towel after cooking or quickly run under some water. After that I just make sure to coat it in some sort of oil or fat (usually avocado oil). It's definitely a staple in my kitchen! Love!
Amazing Sear!
Amazing Sear!
May 17, 2019
Love this pan
I've used this pan every day since I got it. I make quesadillas that are crispy, fluffy pancakes, and it's amazing for caramelizing onions and other veggies. That's not even getting into the sear I get on meat. It basically does everything you want it to do. Great pan, great price, really impressed.
May 17, 2019
It really is PRE-seasoned.
I worked at a diner in college and loved cooking on carbon steel. However, I could never get that same effect of the "perfectly seasoned" pan at home. Out of the box, this pan has been a dream. I was amazed the 1st time I cooked on it and got a flawlessly seared salmon that slid right of the pan. This may become my go-to pan.
May 17, 2019
Most incredible sear
I have been using this pan for a few weeks now and it truly became my new 'go to' pan in my kitchen. It's amazing how quickly this pan heats up and I get the most beautiful sear on my chicken, veggies,.. in no time. I was also surprised about how easy this carbon steel pan is in use. With my previous carbon steel pans, I had to go through a complex seasoning process, which is not at all the case with this pre-seasoned Black Steel pan. It only gets better and more nonstick while using it. Absolutely recommend!
May 17, 2019
Absolutely love this pan!
I'm super happy with my new BK pan. It heats up in no time and I was able to get the most beautiful sear on all the food I made: shishito peppers, french toast, potatoes, meat, chicken. And it's nonstick too, ideal for my fried eggs in the morning.
Usually, with carbon steel, there's a long process you have to go through to be able to start cooking with the pan. I was immediately able to use this pan, after washing it with some hot water. Recommend this to everyone who needs a pan that does it all!
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Why did you choose this?
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I want to be able to cook at high temperatures. The pan is lightweight.
Cindy T on Jun 24, 2019
I’ve been using carbon steel pans for 40 years and they outperform any other. Purchasing this as a gift for my son who cooks for himself and his girlfriend.
Maureen Z on Jun 24, 2019
I want to be able to cook at high temperatures. The pan is lightweight.
Cindy T on Jun 24, 2019
Needed a pan with good reviews to sear meat and non-stick
Sonia R on Jun 24, 2019
I’ve been using carbon steel pans for 40 years and they outperform any other. Purchasing this as a gift for my son who cooks for himself and his girlfriend.
Maureen Z on Jun 24, 2019
Bought the 11” one and love it - wanted the other sizes!
Sherry B on Jun 24, 2019
I purchased the 12" skillet a few weeks ago, and love it. Replacing a few others with these.
Lisa B on Jun 24, 2019
love to cook in cast iron and wanted to try this pan to see if it is as good.
Bob R on Jun 24, 2019
Wanted to try if this is truly lightweight and sturdy non stick as advertised
LUVINA D on Jun 24, 2019
I know the brand well as I am from the Netherlands, I needed a new 12" skillet and I do not like the weight off a cast iron pan so trying this pan, hope I like it!
Wendy T on Jun 24, 2019
Needing a smaller skillet option and I've not used the Black Steel pans before now (I dislike non-stick applications to my cookware!)
Suzanne A on Jun 24, 2019
lets see how good it is
Bernd W on Jun 24, 2019
Lighter than cast iron.
Anne S on Jun 24, 2019
mailer
Lorraine M on Jun 24, 2019
sear and brown like cast iron but lightweight, and develops a non-stick surface over time - sign me up! Can't want to make these my next favorite cooking skillet
Gretchen H on Jun 23, 2019
I love how this pan cooks like non-stick and how light weight compared to cast iron.
Carol S on Jun 23, 2019
LIGHTER WEIGHT THAN CAST IRON
Jane S D on Jun 23, 2019
I love cast iron pans and want to give these new black metal pans a try.
Cynthia B on Jun 23, 2019
Cast iron too heavy for arthritic hands-anxious to try this.
Marilyn M on Jun 23, 2019
Size and flexibility of use.
Barbara J E on Jun 23, 2019
I own the 11” and 12” - love these pans!
carol s on Jun 23, 2019
I have a carbon steel wok and wanted a frying pan of the same material.
James A on Jun 23, 2019
It’s cool
Michael H on Jun 22, 2019
Outstanding performance and tremendous value at this price.
Terry S on Jun 22, 2019
weight of skillet
Ann W on Jun 22, 2019
reviews and weight. had to gift heirloom cast iron due to glass top stove (grew up on gas) and wanted an alternative. plus stove top to oven abilities.
Sandy M on Jun 22, 2019
A gift
Marie K on Jun 22, 2019
Lighter than cast iron.
Stephen M on Jun 22, 2019
Gonna give this a shot...I believe it will be an awesome item! The weight will be good for my fiancé! She loves cast iron, but struggles with weight!
Johnathan A. B on Jun 22, 2019
Lightweight and good heat conductor for induction cooktop
Barbara W on Jun 21, 2019
Excellent reviews and endorsed by America’s Test Kitchen.
Thomas V on Jun 21, 2019
Because it is lightweight and still good for searing and browning food, and I hope it will be an item I can take from the kitchen along on a camping trip without hassle.
Deserae F on Jun 21, 2019
I read the reviews and decided to give this pan a try. I like cast iron but it is too heavy so this should be much better.
Christine H on Jun 21, 2019
I love cooking with cast iron and wanted to try these pans to see how they compare without the heavier weight of a cast iron pan.
Greg A on Jun 21, 2019
Love black steel and wanted it already seasoned.
Donna S on Jun 21, 2019
We love what using a cast iron skillet does but like this non-stick bonus for clean up
Gayle H on Jun 21, 2019
Based on reviews
Julianne G on Jun 21, 2019
Great for grilling and lighter than cast iron.
Elizabeth J on Jun 20, 2019
have always wanted a steel skillet like this. I use my antique cast iron daily but as I age it gets heavier!
sue g on Jun 20, 2019
Ease of use pan
Sean S on Jun 20, 2019
I love black
Barry S M on Jun 20, 2019
I have trouble with cast iron, and Le Creuset... the weight of the pans hurts my arthritic hands. I cannot wait to try these, based on the reviews provided!
Jennifer T on Jun 20, 2019
I am always looking for a good 12" skillet. Decided to try this one.
Susanne B R on Jun 19, 2019
I love to be able to go from the stove to the oven or broiler and this pan will do that.
Martha Q on Jun 19, 2019
It's different.
Lisa W on Jun 18, 2019
My wife and I were looking for a new frying pan and this seemed to combine the best of what we were looking for. It provided the versatility to cook on high heat including sears and still do non-stick type cooking such as eggs. All at the a reasonable cost. (The 20% discount didn't hurt either.) The pan coming pre-seasoned is a plus. Lastly, we hope the pan will last much longer than a traditional non-stick pan without the environmental/health concerns associated with some of those pans.
Thomas C on Jun 18, 2019
I wanted to try a lightweight cast iron type of skillet
Mary L on Jun 18, 2019
Price!! This excellent pan is sells for $89.00 every where else. I love your store for these great prices.
Joan J on Jun 18, 2019
Recommended by on experienced cook
raquel r on Jun 17, 2019
Because I'm looking for a good nonstick pans. I purchased the Sir La Table brand a few years ago and they are trash. The nonstick coating is all chipped and cracked. Very disappointed in that brand.
Carrie P on Jun 17, 2019
Everyone is talking about it and it is certainly less weight than my cast iron skillets.
Jon S on Jun 17, 2019
Looking to purchase something similar to cast iron and lighter weight. I like the way cast iron cooks and this should get the same results, if not better.
Kathleen S on Jun 17, 2019
Needed a pan with good reviews to sear meat and non-stick
Sonia R on Jun 24, 2019
Bought the 11” one and love it - wanted the other sizes!
Sherry B on Jun 24, 2019
Do the handles get hot? Do we need mitts while cooking?
Mary-Ann O on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The handles are cast iron and are vented at the connection point. They will stay cool on the stove, but will get hot in the oven.
Can this be used on induction stove?
Shalini T on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes! They are very good on induction.
Can these pans be used on a ceramic cook top stove? Thank you!
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. We have gas, but have used on our son’s ceramic cooktop.
How is the cleanup: i.e. if high heat causes food to stick to the pan, how do you clean it?
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My experience has been that these pans are easy to clean. A little soap and hot water is all you need. They are not dishwasher safe, so do not use the dishwasher. Best to clean right after cooking when the pan cools. They are carbon steel, though, so you can not leave them in a sink of water or rusting can occur. So hot water, soap and brush does the job....after cleaning I rub a little oil on mine (as you would a cast iron pan) to keep the surface well seasoned. If you had burnt on food that is stuck to the pan, I would fill the pan with some water, return to the stove, and bring to a boil. That should remove any burnt on mess.
I have scanpan and over time it has started to flake. Will this?
Candy W on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you season it properly after use with only a very light film of oil it should never flake. If it does it is most likely caused by improper use and seasoning. The flakes are accumulated oil, not the finish.

I have some cast iron skillets that have build up. After stripping them down and re-seasoning they are fine.

Cooking with and taking care of steel and iron pans is much different from stainless or so-called non-stick pans.
Can you use this pan on an electric glass top stove? I would love one that I could. Cast iron is doubtful. Thanks!
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes this works on all stovetops.
Is there a lid available for this?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I bought a Scanpan Evolution 11" glass lid from here to go with the BK 11" black steel skillet and it fits perfectly.
Scanpan Evolution Glass Lids
Scanpan Evolution Glass Lids
does this pan warp or get hotspots?
terry m on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Fairly even heating. Hot spots will happen with any pan if you are cooking on an electric stove. Not so much with gas.

If you heat it to high and then run water on it I suppose it might warp. But like cast iron and GOOD stainless, there is never any reason to cook on higher than medium.

I often rinse my pans in hot water soon after plating the food. The pans have been off the stove for a few minutes. Before serving I run hot water over them and use a bamboo spatula to remove most food residue.

I do the same with cast iron.

Another way to give a "quick clean" is wiping down the pan with a paper towel. You can do the final clean after your meal.
does this work with induction cooktops?
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes!
I am concerned with the silicone wax that the pans are shipped with, as silicone is not a food, nor is it an additive for foods, but rather it is a lubricant and water-proofing agent. How can I be sure that it is entirely removed prior to using the pans and that the food that I prepare is free of any traces of silicone residue?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2019
What are the dimensions of each of these pans? Cooking surface, height of skillet lip from base, overall diameter, height of end of handle from base? Thank you.
A shopper on Jun 9, 2019
Dies it have a non stick quality?
vijaya s on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Follow instructions, do not use soap, and it is great!
Is there any coating applied by manufacturer to create this non-stick quality?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. Black carbon steel is naturally non-stick
Do I need to reseason this after a while? How long does the pre-season coating last?
A shopper on Jun 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We've just got ours and have used it half a dozen times. We can see lighter areas on the surface of the pan, but it is still smooth and things aren't sticking. With as much use as this is getting, I imagine we will not have reseason often, if at all.
Dishwasher safe?
A shopper on May 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Would not put in dishwasher!
 

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