It can be difficult to identify which of the many styles, shapes, and sizes of Staub Dutch ovens (or Cocottes) there are.
This is why I spent 15 hours researching different shapes and sizes as well as Staub’s meaning.
Want to find out which Staub cocotte is best? The Staub Round Dutch Oven is a great choice for a versatile family pot.
But what you buy will depend on how you cook, how many people you have, and how fancy your cooking is.
For more information, see my guide on Staub cocotte sizes.
Who is Staub?
Zwilling, a French cookware company, owns Staub. All Staub cookware is made in France by Zwilling, where Francis Staub founded it.
The enameled Staub Cocotte is a high-end piece of cookware. It’s both expensive and of superior quality. Many in the market think they are great value, as you can often find a Staub Dutch oven cheaper than one from Le Creuset. (Le Creuset is another premium French oven brand. )
Staub cookware doesn’t just include Dutch ovens. Staub cast iron bakeware and skillets are also available.
Staub Cocotte is beaten by the Dutch oven Le Creuset Dutch oven. Le Creuset, a French company that makes high-quality cookware, is also located in France.
Cocottes and French Ovens
Cocotte is a fancy name for an enameled cast iron Dutch oven. It’s a marketing strategy by Staub. You can find more information in my Staub Vs Le Creuset guide. It’s an interesting read if you’re looking for a Staub cocotte.
A Staub cast iron cocotte can be described as a Dutch oven.
French oven is a term that refers to enamel-cast iron Dutch ovens. However, it isn’t used often. People just use the terms “Dutch oven” and “enameled Dutch oven”. Technically, a Dutch oven could also be raw cast iron, which was what it was historically.
I explain more in my French oven vs Dutch oven guide.
This boils down to the fact that enameled Dutch ovens made by other manufacturers are similar to Staub cocottes.
Staub, however, is ahead of the rest in terms of quality!
Staub lids can be described as the best quality. They use metal knobs that are less likely to crack, which I have found to be the case.
Their chistera basting spurs are the most useful. The small bumps on the lid, which is otherwise flat, help to contain moisture and create a self-basting rain effect within the pot.
Staub provides a tight-fitting lid. This lid helps to keep moisture in the pot and is particularly useful for slow cooking or baking bread.
The oven-safe cocottes made from cast iron staub are available. This is crucial, since the Dutch oven can be used in the oven.
It can vary in temperature but most cocottes can be baked at 900F (482C) or 500F (265C) with the lid.
500°F is the ideal temperature for most people.
All Staub cookware that I have seen is dishwasher safe. Staub cookware can be put in the dishwasher occasionally, so I don’t think it is a problem. (As long there is no cast iron, the enamel protects it from water in the dishwasher.
This expensive cookware should be washed in the dishwasher as soon as possible. To extend the life of your cookware, you should clean it by hand.
What size do I need?
As a rough guide, you should allocate approximately 1 to 1.5 quarts per person. This will depend on the type of food you’re cooking.
For soups, stews and liquids, 1 quart should suffice. You may need more for other dishes.
This rule usually allows for 5-7 quarts to feed a family. If you are hosting guests, you can make more than one dish. However, 5-7 quarts will still be sufficient to serve a larger group.
You should be cautious not to buy a Dutch oven too large for your needs. This is not just about taking up counter or counter space but also adding weight.
Dutch ovens made from cast-iron enamel are some of the most heavy pieces of cookware. You can add two layers of porcelain enamel to the cast iron.
You must also add food to your dish when you serve it.
In my guide, I have included the weight of each Staub Cocotte. Be sure to check it’s comfortable!
Staub Cocotte Sizes
Staub products can be advertised in many ways and are not always consistent.
- Diameter in centimeters. This is the diameter at the rim and not the base which is always smaller. The cooking surface is therefore smaller in diameter. The inch is 2.54 cm in diameter.
- Capacity expressed in liters France uses the metric system, so the measurements are in liters. It takes 0.95 liters to make 1 quart.
- Capacity is in quarts. Staub Cocotte capacities may be listed in quarts rather than liters. To mix things up?
I have been working hard with my calculator to make sure I give you consistent methods of measuring and comparing products.
To make things more confusing, Staub sizes sometimes use imperial instead of US quarters. Since almost no one uses imperial quarters anymore, I used US quarts for my comparison tables.
Staub Standard Round Cocottes
For most people, the standard height round cocottes is their go-to Dutch oven. This is a great choice if you don’t know what to get.
Keep in mind that the servings are for complete meals. If you make something else, you can serve more people.
The 24cm / 4 quart Dutch Oven is a popular choice for a cast iron cocotte. It is easy to use and can easily feed a family of four.
For a family of four to five, the 5.5-quart Cocotte is my preference. The Staub round cocotte can be used in many ways and is not too heavy.
Engraved or glass lids
Although the lids are nice, they don’t do much. If you like the look, get them.
The glass lid appeals to me because I like to see what I cook. It’s not as durable or attractive as enameled cast Iron, however. What happens if the glass lid is broken?
Staub does sell replacements but it’s still a hassle.
However, I prefer a cast iron lid. This is my personal preference!
Very Small Cocottes
The smallest Staub cast-iron cocottes are what’s important. Mini Staub cocottes are perfect for serving entrees. You can buy a few and give your guests a tasty starter.
One 16cm cocotte is enough to feed one person. You can buy several cocottes!
There are two drawbacks to using a cocotte with each meal:
- It gets expensive quickly
- It won’t work for hot food
Hot food will quickly cool if it is cooked in a Dutch oven made of cold cast iron. But if you use hot cocotte your family members/guests could get burned.
Cast iron’s heat retention is the problem. It is possible to get the temperature right, but it seems like a lot of work.
The majority of standard Staub cocottes come in a variety of colors, including:
- Cherry Red
- Aubergine purple
- Basil Green
- Dark Blue
- Burnt Orange
- White Truffle
- Graphite Grey
There are not all colors available in every size. The most limited options for special lids (engraved and glass) and large/small sized cocottes.
The stovetop is where tall cocottes shine. They are smaller than other types of cocottes, so they take up less space and can still be used to make large batches.
You might find it easier or more difficult to store your cupboards depending on their configuration. If you’re unsure, compare the dimensions to your kitchen measurements.
Staub offers only two tall cocottes that are suitable for stovetop cooking: the 5 quart tall cocotte , and the 5.5 quart cocotte with steamer Insert.
The cocotte with steamer ins is technically a regular cocotte. It’s only the extra height of the steamer ins that make it special.
They will be used to make individual dishes in the oven. one mini Cocotte per guest.)
Shallow Cocottes: Staub Cassouroles and Braisers
Staub calls their shallow cocottes braisers or Bouillabaisses. They are correct, but I see them as casserole dishes.
I have compared Dutch ovens to braisers before. In short, braisers are great for braising meat or where there is more surface area (eg when making stews or reducing sauces).
It is easier to turn the meat frequently with the braiser’s wider shape, and water evaporates quicker.
Bouillabaisse, a French type of fish stew, is also known as the name of the pan. Staub’s 5-quart Bouillabaisse includes a fish handle as an added bonus.
Although the bouillabaisse can be used to cook fish dishes, it is also great for many other purposes. It’s worth looking into if you are in need of a braiser or casserole.
Staub Casserole Colors
The standard height Staub Cocottes are available in many colors, as well as the shallow Staub Cocottes. These are:
- Cherry Red
- Grenadine red
- Basil Green
- Dark Blue
- Matte Black
- Graphite Grey
Oval cocottes are great for cooking chicken or turkey because they can fit the whole bird better.
They can also be used in casseroles and other vegetable dishes.
Because of their shape, they aren’t great on the stovetop.
This is discussed in more detail in my guide Round Dutch ovens.
Staub has a number of oval cocottes, which is a nice feature. These are for people who have a Dutch oven and know how to use it. Oval Dutch ovens are more complicated but can be extremely helpful.
Special Staub Cocotte Sizes and Shapes
The special shape cocottes are my absolute favorite!
They are cool and fancy, which is why I love them. Imagine serving your guests a tomato dish in the tomato cotte!
You could also make a Valentine’s Day dish for two using the Heart Cocotte.
It’s difficult for me to imagine myself buying them. They are just not practical.
- These are more expensive than a regular cocotte, but they’re less likely to be used as frequently.
- Because of their shape, they take up more space than oval or round cocottes to the same capacity.
If I had the money and space, I would definitely consider buying one of these. I currently have neither.
Check them out if you have the money and the space.
What Staub Dutch oven do you prefer?
You’ve read about the many shapes and sizes of Staub cocottes. Which one would you like?
The 26 cm round, standard height, 5.5 quart cocotte is my recommendation. This is a great dish to serve as a main dish or as a side dish. It can easily feed four people. This makes a great first Staub cocotte, even if others tempt you.
This round cocotte is ideal for slow cooking, bread baking, and other dishes that require self-basting due to its tight fitting lid. The lid can be removed to make a stew, reduce the sauce, or sear meat.
This is one of the most versatile cocotte shapes and sizes. If you only had one pot in your kitchen, this could be it.
It all depends on your goals. Do you have the money or space? The Tomato-shaped cocotte is amazing.
Are you planning to cook large birds whole? Consider the 8.5-quart oval Dutch oven. This Staub cocotte can be heavy so be careful.
Are you keen to serve guests different entrees? I’d then go for some Mini Cocottes.
You can build a great collection with a selection such as this.
You can also check out the competition. Le Creuset offers a variety of sizes and shapes; I’ll explain some .