How to Care for Your Cast Iron Skillet

If you have no prior experience with cast iron cookware, you need to know how to care for it. 

Here’s how cast iron is different from other types of cookware:

  • Cast iron needs application of a film of oil (called seasoning) before you use it for the first time to prevent food from sticking to it
  • When stored, cast iron needs to be dry to prevent rusting

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Eggs and yams on cast iron skillet

Seasoning a Cast Iron skillet

Seasoning works like a non-stick coating and provides extra flavor. To season your skillet, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to a temperature to 150-200F. You should fine tune the temperature until your oven gives proper heat.
  2. Once pre-heated, put your skillet in the oven for 15 minutes. Take it out.
  3. Wipe your vegetable oil of choice on the skillet. 
  4. Using a towel, wipe your skillet to leave a thin film of oil on the inside. Wipe every single excess of oil. Your skillet should not be wet, it should simply be shiny.
  5. Put your skillet in the oven and set your oven at a temperature of 200-250F. Leave the skillet in for 20 minutes, from the time your oven starts preheating.
  6. Take your skillet out.
  7. Wipe the skillet with the towels again until you remove the oil spots.
  8. Finally, put your skillet in the oven. Set your oven to a temperature between 300F and 400F. Leave the skillet in for 20 minutes again.

Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet

Best advice is to use a plastic scraper or some salt on a sponge. Don’t worry, this does not ruin the seasoning.

Some people also prefer chainmail scrubbers.

Blueberry cake on cast iron skillet

Storing a Cast Iron skillet

Any dry place is fine. Make sure that the skillet is completely dry, or it will rust. Leave it on the burner for a couple of minutes. If necessary, pad dry with a paper towel.

Common Myths About Caring for Cast Iron

  • Myth 1: You cannot use soap

This is an old myth based on chemicals that soap used to contain many years ago. There is no reason not to use modern dish soap as it is much milder.

  • Myth 2: You shouldn’t scrape cast iron

You cannot really damage cast iron with a scraper like you can teflon. Plastic scraper or some salt on a sponge is fine.

Hope this helps!



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