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cast iron skillet with a little salt on a blue and white cloth and little brass spoon

How to care for cast iron

Today's skillets are ready to go right out of the box (after washing of course). Here's all you need to know to care for your cast iron.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • cast iron skillet


  • vegetable oil


Here's how to care for your cast iron skillet after each use:

  • After cooking, cool it down, and if needed, scrape out any bits with a plastic scraper or nylon brush.
  • Wash with a mild dish soap and a non-abrasive sponge or brush (#1)
    I repeat - you CAN WASH a cast-iron skillet. Even the king of cast iron, Lodge says so which is like your mom saying so. So there.
  • Dry thoroughly with a paper towel or dish towel.
    You can also heat on the stove until thoroughly dry.
  • Heat a quarter-size amount of vegetable oil or a small amount of shortening in your skillet (#2).
    Don't add too much or your pan will end up sticky and not have that smooth finish you are looking for.
  • Slowly swirl the pan to coat the bottom and continue heating over medium-high heat until the oil begins to slightly smoke.
    This should take about 5 minutes. Don't walk away during this process!
  • Turn off the heat, remove the pan and allow it to cool completely.
  • Take a paper towel and wipe the bottom, sides and even the handle with the remaining oil until just a slight coat remains (#3).
    That's it! Your pan is now ready for its next use.


  • Heat a pan over medium heat, add a little butter or oil and get cooking!
  • Use any utensils you like.
  • Heat it slowly and remember a little goes a long way when it comes to heat. These are the kings of heat conduction next to copper so heat slowly and not too high.