Season a cast iron skillet

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The physical properties of cast iron make it excellent for cookware. This tutorial will explain How to season a cast iron skillet

Materials needed

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  • Dish soap
  • Steel Wool
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Paper towels (high quality tough towels work the best)

Throughly clean the skillet

New cast Iron skillets come with a protective coating that must be completely removed before you season it. Steel wool soap and water do a great job of removing the coating.

If you are seasoning an old skillet it is still important to thououghly clean it, again steel wool, soap and water.

Coat the skillet

Use a paper towel to spread a generous coating of vegetable oil over the entire skillet.

Bake the skillet

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C)
  • Place the skillet on the center rack upside down in the oven, you may want to place a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch any oil drippings.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 F (180 C)
  • Using oven mits, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and rub with a clean paper towel to evenly re-distribute the oil.
  • Bake the skillet for another hour at F (180 C)


Store cast iron skillets in a cool, dry place with paper towels underneath and inside them.


  • (ISBN 1570614253) "The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook : Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen" by Sharon Kramis,
  • (ISBN 0764537148) "Cast Iron Cooking for Dummies" by Tracy Barr
  • (ISBN 0895380587) "Griswold Cast Iron Vol. #2" by L-W Books

See also