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How to season a cast iron skillet the easy way

Updated on March 8, 2011

First off, what does seasoning a cast iron skillet mean? Well, the act of seasoning is basically another word for preparing or conditioning, at least when it comes to cast iron. The reason you want to do this is so you can make your skillet into a non stick surface. The process of seasoning creates a slick shiny sheen which won't let your food stick to the pan. It creates this surface naturally, unlike the reportedly bad for you Teflon non stick pans. And cast iron cookware lasts forever. Many families make it a tradition to pass it down to the next generation. That should give you some clue as to the indestructible, durable nature of cast iron cookware. But you must care for it properly and it in turn will cook your food effortlessly.

Now on to the actual seasoning a cast iron skillet part, cause that's what you want to find out right? Well, there are many ways to do this such as using lard, Crisco, etc. But I find that using good ol' cooking oil does the trick and it is what I always have on hand. Although I would not recommend using olive oil as it burns easily.

How to steps:

  1. Take your cast iron pan and place it on your stovetop
  2. Grab your oil (I used canola oil) and pour about 1 or 2 tablespoons directly in your skillet (the amount of oil you use will depend on the size of your skillet)
  3. Swirl the skillet around to cover all of the inside bottom and sides of the skillet (make sure everything is nice and coated). You can even oil the handle. Use your finger if you have to. Some people condition the outside too, but I just do the inside.
  4. Turn on your heat to medium
  5. Let the oil do its thing for a few minutes or until the oil is absorbed into the cast iron
  6. Don't touch or move the skillet as it will be VERY HOT
  7. When it is done, you will have a very nice and seasoned cast iron skillet


You will know that your pan is well seasoned because it will be a smooth slick black color. If it is not, you can go and repeat the process again until it gets that way (it will naturally get that way with every time you cook with it, but you can speed it up by initially seasoning it a few times). Now, don't go and ruin it by cleaning off all this beautiful seasoning. If you are going to wash your cast iron, do so with warm or cold water with a tiny amount of dish soap, but no scrubbing (some people recommend to avoid soap altogether). Then make sure you dry the skillet right away to avoid any rusting and put away to store. That my friends, is how to season a cast iron skillet the easy way! Happy seasoning!!

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      random theme 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by toknowinfo. Hopefully more people can discover how great and easy it is to use cast iron cookware. I appreciate the votes and the welcome!!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great tips, thanks. Cooking with cast iron really does make a difference. Thanks for a well written hub. Welcome to hubpages and keep writing. Voted up and useful.