How to Season Your Cast Iron Skillet
Find step-by-step instructions for how to season a cast iron skillet and how to clean a cast iron skillet.
Keeping tools in top shape keeps ’em at the ready. Cast-iron skillets conduct heat so food cooks uniformly. With use, you may notice food sticking—it’s time to reseason the pan.
How to Reseaon a Cast Iron Skillet
Seasoning is the process of adhering oil to the surface to create a nonstick coating. New pans are factory-seasoned, but here’s how to reseason an older pan:
- Line the lower oven rack with aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 350°.
- Scrub the pan with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush to remove any rust.
- Towel-dry and apply a thin coat of vegetable oil to the entire pan—outside and handle included.
- Place on top oven rack, upside down; bake for 1 hour.
- Turn off the oven and leave the pan inside to cool. Now you’re ready to cook.
For daily cleaning, rinse with hot water, using a stiff nylon brush to remove residue. Avoid dish soap; it removes seasoning. And don’t submerge a hot pan in cold water; it can crack. Towel-dry and apply a light coat of oil while the pan is warm. Did you know it’s best to use a cast iron skillet to grill your steaks? Find out why here.