Seasoning Cast Iron and Carbon Steel Pans

Seasoning your cast iron and carbon steel cookware doesn't have to be a mystery. It's easy to accomplish a non-stick surface.

  • Author: David (Doggy Daddy)
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 seasoned pan
  • Category: Maintenance
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: any


  • Carbon steel pans
  • Cast iron skillets
  • Grapeseed oil


Apply Oil

  1. Use a paper towel or rag to apply grapeseed oil over the entire pan.
  2. Then use a clean paper towel or rag to wipe down the pan so it has a thin even coating of oil.


  1. Heat oven to 500º.
  2. Place the pan upside down on the middle oven rack.
  3. Bake for 60 minutes.


  1. Let pan fully cool in oven.


Make sure to use an oven thermometer to truly know the temperature prior to starting the process. Because I use one, I know that my oven can be 25-50 degrees off of the digital setting for any temp above 400º. So I actually set my oven to 525º to ensure I hit that 500º mark. 

Your oven typically will not be up to temp when it beeps. It may take 30-40 minutes to reach your intended temperature.

Keywords: cast iron, carbon steel, season pans