Ikea is my go-to store for simple & affordable homeware. They stock everything from gardening equipment to photo frames, bedding to kitchenware.
However, while Ikea prides itself on creating versatile products, the kitchen products specifically can sometimes be limited.
Ikea plates are commonly made from porcelain and are therefore not oven safe. However, you can use them in the dishwasher and microwave provided they have the relevant markings on the bottom.
There are, of course, some exceptions to this rule. Specifically, if the plate has been made from an alternative oven-safe material by Ikea. In that case, the plate should have markings stating this and therefore should be safe to use in the oven.
How To Tell If An Ikea Plate Is Oven Safe?
The exact symbol or symbols you find on your Ikea plates and other kitchenware may vary as there’s a number of different ones that mean different things. The most popular include induction, gas, electric, ceramic glass, oven-safe, and lastly, dishwasher safe.
In this piece, we are paying close attention to oven safety. If you are unsure or the labelling is not clear, always check the manufacturer’s official website. Alternatively, if you’re shopping online you should be able to find out the capabilities of the kitchenware in the additional details area of the page.
If a piece of kitchenware has oven-safe markings then it means that it should be oven safe. However, the material is still only likely to be safe up to a selected temperature (usually 260°C) and will likely fail beyond that.
Generally, you’ll find that oven-safe kitchenware is made of three-layer laminated glass, ceramic, metal or cast iron and often comes with no adhesive decorative designs (as these can peel when exposed to heat for an extended period of time).
What Happens If You Put A None Oven Safe Plate In The Oven?
Should you find that you’ve accidentally placed a non-oven safe plate in the oven, you only have a few minutes, if not seconds, to correct the mistake.
If you fail to do so then you’ll likely see the plate break inside the oven (which is a lot of hassle to clean up – I speak from experience).
Of course, if using paper or styrofoam plates in an oven is even more dangerous and could see you start a fire and/or cause damage to the oven.
Remember, all oven-safe cookware should not have any plastic or rubber attachment. Plastic and rubber are not heat resistant and risk melting, emission of toxic fumes, and fires.
Are Ikea Baking Dishes Oven Safe?
Unlike plates and bowls, Ikea’s baking dishes are frequently made from either ceramic or glass and have therefore been designed to be used inside an oven with the ability to withstand at least 500°C.
Much like the plates, these pieces of kitchenware will state specifically if they are suitable for these appliances with symbols on the bottom and again on the website.
Are Ikea Bowls & Mugs Oven Safe?
Sadly bowls and cups from Ikea are commonly made from the same material as the plates, thin porcelain and are therefore not suitable for use in the oven.
That is unless they are made from an alternative material and marked as oven-safe underneath the kitchenware piece and on the website.
Much like the plates, you’ll only be limited to using these pieces of kitchenware up to a select temperature. Anything past that temperature will likely see the piece fail which can cause damage to the item itself, the food and the oven.
Does Oven Safe Mean Microwave & Dishwasher Safe Too?
While any plate or bowl can be oven-safe, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily microwave or dishwasher safe too. You’ll want to double-check your dishware’s labelling before you use it in either appliance.
Again there are symbols to signal whether a piece of kitchenware is safe for use inside a microwave or dishwasher which you will find in addition to the oven-safe symbol should that apply.
Should any piece of kitchenware have a chip or a crack then the symbols are void as the excess heat caused by an oven, microwave or dishwasher could cause the item to damage further (which could result in pieces of the kitchenware going into the food). As a result, any damaged pieces of kitchenware should be disposed of.