Emile Henry

Very attractive, high-quality, high-cost, ceramic cookware.

  • Glaze is highly resistant to scratching
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Not meant for use directly on high heat
  • Ceramic
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Product overview

Emile Henry’s attractive line of French ceramic cookware and bakeware includes the Flame range of stovetop-suitable ceramics that is a fantastic alternative to hard-to-track-down classic Corning Ware. Emile Henry dishes are designed to resist oven heat up to 480 F (250 C), but they are not intended for use over direct flame or hot plates. Do not place your hot dish on a cold or wet surface. Similar to classic Corning Ware, Emile Henry’s new range of HR cookware is resistant to thermal shock, so can be put in the oven directly from the freezer. These pots are also dishwasher safe and microwave safe.

The classic Emile Henry dish is their ruffled tart dish, the unique design of which makes it easy to turn out an excellent pie without needing to grease the dish before baking. The company now makes six main types of cookware, including:

The attractive glazed pots are available in a variety of colors and designs, including the Potato Pot, which can be used to cook potatoes, chestnuts, and various other delights right on the stovetop. It is suitable for induction hobs, if used with an induction disk, and can also be used in the oven.

In general, Emile Henry cookware is not quite as resistant to thermal shock as classic Corning Ware, so these pots should be warmed gently on a slow heat and should not be used empty. The glaze is highly resistant to scratching, so it’s fine to use metal utensils with these pots. Some cracks may form in the glaze with use. This is a sign that the pot is expanding with heat and is not a design flaw.

As the inside coating is ceramic and non-reactive, these pots are ideal for more acidic foods, including sauces and vinegar reductions that would discolor stainless steel or leach metal from cast iron and carbon steel and affect the flavor of food.

Emile Henry products pose a risk of food burning and sticking, and discoloration if the pots and pans are used on high heat. Don’t use these pans for searing meat or on a high heat setting for any other purpose. Instead, use a low to medium heat setting.

The easiest way to keep these pots and pans clean is to add a little hot water to the pan when you’re done cooking and let them soak while you eat. Any food residues should come off easily.

Emile Henry vs. Corning Ware vs. Le Creuset

With knowledge, care, and a little luck, Emile Henry cookware could last a lifetime, but do be careful about thermal shock with some items. Classic Corning Ware is a better option in terms of durability and strength, but the Emile Henry range, while traditionally made, has a more modern design, similar in some ways to Le Creuset.

Emile Henry pieces are an attractive addition to any kitchen but have a price tag that’s out of reach for many consumers. If you’re not looking for a specific color palette, Xtrema is a less expensive alternative that is also attractive and has many of the same benefits.

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