Now is the season for making creamy casseroles, cheesy lasagna, and spicy enchiladas. Each cozy recipe requires one kitchen essential: a casserole dish. Contrary to its name, casserole dishes can be used for a variety of foods, from decadent cakes and brownies to roasted vegetables. You’re probably no stranger to bakeware, but if you’re due for an upgrade or looking to expand your collection, there are a few things to consider when shopping for a casserole dish.
The standard size for a casserole dish is around 9x13x2 inches. If you’re baking a multi-layered casserole or lasagna, opt for a deeper 3-inch dish.
If you want a dish that can go from the freezer straight to the oven, ceramic or metal may be your best option. Ceramic is more decorative for serving dinner guests, but it can be pricey compared to other materials. While glass casserole dishes tend to cost less than ceramic, they break more easily when exposed to extreme temperature changes.
So which dish deserves a spot in your kitchen? Our Better Homes & Gardens editors shared their favorite casserole dishes for easy weekday meals and special occasions alike at a variety of price points. As an added bonus, each recommendation is available at Amazon (hello, two-day shipping). Happy baking!
“I like the glass pyrex dishes since you can just put the lid on when you're done to keep the leftovers in, plus the handles are nice and make it easy to pull out of the oven,” says Rachel Wermager, BHG.com Editorial Associate.
Buy It: Pyrex 2-Quart Easy Grab Glass Food Bakeware, $15.99
"I use this one for all of my casserole recipes at home—it’s the perfect size for recipes that make 4 to 6 servings, then we have leftovers for the week. It is sturdy, holds an even heat, and is pretty enough to serve in,” says Colleen Weeden, Senior Brand Manager in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen.
Buy It: Le Creuset 1.8- Quart Stoneware Rectangular Dish, $49.99
"I’m pretty basic when it comes to casserole dishes, so I tend to stick with the good ol’ glass ones,” says Sammy Mila, Culinary Specialist & Food Stylist. “You can easily find a set that comes with lids, so it makes traveling and storage super easy! They’re also not very expensive so they can also make a great host/hostess gift during a potluck—just bring your dish in it and leave it there!"
Buy It: Pyrex Grab Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set, $20.64
“[It] works great for lasagna, enchiladas, etc. I love the lid and the handles. It makes for easy storage as well as transporting food to share with others,” says Lynn Blanchard, Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen Director.
Buy It: Anchor Hocking 3-Quart Essentials Bakentake Tote, $44.08
“Can't go wrong with a classic. I use this 3-quart dish for lasagna, tot casseroles, egg casseroles, roasting acorn squash halves, and all kinds of other recipes,” says Sheena Chihak, Digital Senior Food Editor at Better Homes & Gardens. “I prefer the smaller ‘handle’ design because it fits better in my kitchen drawers. And, of course, I gotta have the lid for transporting to potlucks and storing leftovers.”
Buy It: Pyrex Basics 3-Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish, $24.75 (originally $37)
“The best part about these baking dishes is that they're freezer-to-oven safe thanks to the type of glass being able to go through extreme temperature changes without shattering. Knowing I don't have to wait to put my veggie lasagna or other make-ahead recipes to thaw is a huge bonus. The lids are also leak-proof, which is a huge plus,” says Katlyn Moncada, Digital Associate Food Editor at Better Homes & Gardens.
Buy It: OXO Good Grips 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish, $19.99
As an E-Commerce Writer, I’ve tried my fair share of bakeware, so I couldn’t resist adding my own two cents. I received this dish as a wedding gift and it has become a staple in our kitchen. I use it for almost everything including chili, cinnamon rolls, and, of course, cheesy chicken casserole. I love that I can use one dish on the stovetop or in the oven for easy, single-pot meals. Plus, its glossy finish really dresses up the dinner table.
Buy It: Lodge 3.6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Casserole Dish with Lid, $69.90