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How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet: I love my cast iron skillet as does my husband. One of us doesn’t care for it properly. I don’t want to point fingers but it’s not me. As you know with cast iron if you don’t take care of it, it can rust.

rusty cast iron

I noticed  our skillet was looking pretty rough and the food was sticking. When properly seasoned a cast iron skillet is smooth, shiny, and non-stick. Ours was none of these. You’ll know it’s time to re-season if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.

cast iron

Luckily re-seasoning a cast iron skillet is a simple process and assures you will continue to love cooking in it.


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • If your skillet is new wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush. Cast iron should not normally be washed with soap, but it’s fine here since it’s about to be seasoned.
  • Rinse and thoroughly dry the skillet.
  • Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coat of vegetable oil to the inside and outside of the skillet. Vegetable oil is the most recommended oil, but you can use any oil you choose.
  • Place the skillet upside down on the oven’s center rack.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil or pan below the rack to catch any drips.
  • Bake for an hour.
  • Turn off heat and allow to the skillet to cool completely before removing from oven.

seasoning cast iron

Oil Cast Iron

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How to reseason cast iron

I have found it works great to season my skillet after dinner, that way the skillet can cool down in the oven overnight.

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