How to Properly Clean a Cast Iron Skillet in 4 Easy Steps
Cast iron skillets really are a kitchen essential. In fact, I have a a few cast iron pans in different sizes that I use on a regular basis for things like perfectly seared steaks, baking decadent cakes, and roasting vegetables. But no matter what you choose to cook in your cast iron pan, cleaning it can be a bit of a challenge. You'll want to use as little water as possible to combat any rusting and clean the skillet while it's still hot (which sounds weird, but I promise it really does get clean).
I love the Lodge cast iron pans because they're the easiest to maintain. In just a few simple steps you'll have a clean pan that's ready to use again and again. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean a cast iron pan so it will last for years.
Gather Your Supplies
There are just a few simple household items you need to clean a cast iron skillet: paper towels, a soft sponge with an abrasive side, and oil that can take high heat like avocado oil.
Clean the Pan
Put the skillet in your sink and put some hot water on the cooking surface. Use the sponge to loosen up any burnt-on bits and get any excess oil or spices off of the skillet. Do not use soap on a cast iron skillet because it may strip away the seasoning.
Dry and Oil the Skillet
After washing you will want to completely dry the skillet to ensure no water is left behind. Water is the enemy of cast iron and will cause the skillet to rust. Use a paper towel and a small amount of oil to reseal the skillet. This is best done while the pan is still hot so the oil can get down into the pores of the cast iron and not just sit on top. Buff away any excess oil with a new paper towel.
Put the Skillet Away
After the skillet is clean, place it on your stovetop or cutting board to allow it to cool down the rest of the way. Once cool, store it in a dry space.