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Best Oil for Cast Iron & How to Season a Cast Iron Pan

When it comes to seasoning a cast iron skillet, not all oils are created equal. Some perform much better than others. How to choose and differentiate between them all? How to season, and how to care for it? We’ve got you covered.
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Servings 1


  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towel
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning brush


  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Use dish soap to clean the pan with a cleaning brush.
  • Rinse with water. If there’s still some residue left, simmer a little water in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Then use some paper towel to dry the pan THOROUGHLY.
  • Brush oil around the pan, or pour some oil onto paper towels, then rub the paper towel all over the pan.
  • Place the pan upside down on a middle rack in the oven.
  • Bake for about 1 hour. Let it cool to room temperature.