August 14, 2022

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How to season a cast iron skillet and how often to do it?

Once you know how to season a cast iron skillet, you won’t believe how easy it is to maintain. Most of us assume that such a task requires skills and expertise, but the truth is that anyone can do it with just a few household products. It won’t take long and as a result, your cast iron skillet will be better maintained and produce more delicious results.

What you will need

Laundry detergent

Sponge or stiff brush

boiling oil

Dry cloth or paper towels

Aluminium foil

Just like taking the time cleaning a cast iron skillet, it is important that you keep the spices topped up on uncoated cast iron. If you don’t, you will find that the food will stick during cooking and the pan will also become more vulnerable to rust. Without being seasoned regularly, your cast iron skillet will eventually deteriorate. If you’re not sure what to do, we’ve created this guide on how to season a cast iron skillet and advice on how often to do it.

How to flavor a cast iron skillet

1. Preheat your oven — First you need to preheat your oven to a temperature of 350°F to prepare your seasoned skillet.

Cast iron skillet on oven hob

Cast iron skillet on oven hob (Image credit: Future)

2. Add a little oil and rub in to coat – Next, grab your chosen oil and pour a tablespoon or two into the skillet. Be careful not to pour too much, as you only need a thin layer of oil to season. Then, using a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, rub the oil around to cover the entire skillet. Once you’ve oiled the inside, don’t forget to do the same for the outside and the bottom of the pan.

Cast iron skillet is seasoned with oil

Cast iron skillet is seasoned with oil (Image credit: Future)

3. Place the skillet in the oven to bake — The key is to place the skillet upside down on the middle shelf of the oven to bake for an hour (yes, an hour). It is always a good idea to put aluminum foil just underneath to catch any oil drips. In any case, you can always read our tips for how do you clean an oven? to keep it grease free and spotless.

Baking cast iron frying pan in the oven

Baking cast iron frying pan in the oven (Image credit: Future)

4. Let the skillet cool before storing — Once your skillet is baked, let it cool completely before removing it from the oven.