Seasoning Cast Iron

What does Seasoning mean?

Seasoning is just a fancy term for the oil baked onto the cast iron pan. It's what gives your skillet that classic black patina look. Seasoning forms a natural, easy-release cooking surface and helps prevent your pan from rusting. A well-seasoned cast iron pan can last for generations.

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

There are two ways to maintain the seasoning on your cast iron skillet. The easiest way is to cook with it. Every time you cook with oil, you're potentially adding another layer to the seasoning.

Some activities may remove a bit of seasoning, such as cooking acidic foods, using excessive heat, or scrubbing with abrasive utensils or scouring pads. That's why our simple cleaning steps have you rub oil into your pan after each use to ensure the seasoning remains for quality cooking.

You can also season your cast iron cookware in the oven. This method adds a more thorough layer of seasoning onto the entire pan, strengthening the bond to the iron. It can be beneficial to season your cast iron in the oven a few times a year. We recommend oven-seasoning when restoring a rusty cast iron pan. 

Follow our easy steps to season cast iron in the oven.

Step 1:

Scrub your pan

Scrub the pan with warm, soapy water. It's okay to use soap since you're preparing to re-season the cookware. Rinse and hand dry thoroughly.

A person uses the scrub brush to wash a soapy Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan in the sink.

Step 2:

Apply oil

Apply a very thin, even layer of cooking oil to the cookware (inside and out). If you use too much oil, your cookware may become sticky.

A person sprays the seasoning spray onto a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet.

Step 3:

Bake for 1 hour

Place the cookware in the oven upside down. Place a large baking sheet or aluminum foil on the bottom rack. Bake at 250 degrees C for one hour. Allow to cool.

A Lodge cast iron pan is placed upside down in the oven to bake.