How Do You Clean an Iron Skillet?


Quick Answer

To clean a cast iron skillet, make a paste of salt and cooking oil, apply it to the surface of the pan, and rub the paste into the skillet with a paper towel. Wipe away the debris and any excess oil.

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  1. Add salt and oil to the skillet

    Add a few spoonfuls of coarse salt to the pan, and spread it out to cover the bottom of the skillet. Pour an equal amount of oil over the salt.

  2. Scrub the pan

    Using a paper towel, scrub the skillet using circular motions. If necessary, use a metal spatula or steel wool to loosen any stuck-on debris.

  3. Wipe the pan clean

    Wipe away the debris and excess oil. If oil builds up on the surface of the skillet, it may become rancid.

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