How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

Maybe you have picked up a cast iron skillet for a steal at a yard sale or thrift store and its been neglected, or perhaps like me you have abused yours a little bit-tossing it in the dishwasher, soaking it in the sink, letting things burn in it.SONY DSC

Either way your cast iron probably needs some TLC.  I am going to show you the simplest way to season up your skillet and prepare it for all kinds of tasty cooking. ( Even if you have purchased a new cast iron skillet you will want to perform most of these steps to prepare it as new ones are coated in a special oil).

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet you may want to  consider purchasing one, it is good for cooking in and on the oven for a wide variety of foods.

  1. Wash your skillet in soap and water, using steel wool and scrubbing vigorously if necessary to remove burnt on food or rust. Allow it to soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Dry thoroughly-air dry or with a clean towel.
  3. Place in a hot oven for 5 minutes to be sure there is no water left.
  4. Cool pan completely.SONY DSC
  5. Pour 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pan, and sprinkle with kosher salt.SONY DSC
  6. Take a paper towel and rub oil and salt all over bottom and sides of pan.
  7. Wipe the majority of the oil and salt away.
  8. Place pan into an oven preheated to 400 for an hour.
  9. Turn off oven and allow to cool to room temp in oven.

To maintain your cast iron-Every time you wash it, season it by repeating steps 2- 7 then you may either do 8 and 9 or season on stove top by turning on medium heat until it starts to smoke, turn off burner and allow it to completely cool before storing in the cupboard.


A few helpful tips:

Use as little soap as possible when cleaning. Most times hot water and a scrubber will be sufficient to clean your cast iron skillet.

If you find that food is sticking to your skillet, that means that it is time to re-season it. Just follow the steps above regularly to enjoy your cast iron skillet.

 Here are a few more cooking basic posts to help you in the kitchen:



  1. Pamela says:

    What does the Kosher salt do? I have never heard of this step and am intrigued.

  2. Carrie says:

    It is what helps clean it.


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