How to Season Stainless Steel Cookware

How to Seasoning a Stainless Steel Pan

You may be aware of the process and benefits of seasoning cast iron cookware.  This is as a way to seal the iron pans with a coating of oil to prevent food from sticking, and prevent them from rusting.  While not as well known, you can also season stainless steel pans.  The process is a bit different, though the benefits of seasoning stainless steel pans are the same as for seasoning cast iron.

If you just purchased your new stainless steel cookware, it is best to season it before the first use.

Here are the Simple Steps required to Season Stainless Steel Pans

1) Wash stainless steel cookware in hot soapy water to remove any dirt, dust or packaging residue.

2) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) Coat the inside, outside and handles of your stainless steel skillets with a 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, olive oil or peanut oil.   Some people say you can season stainless on a stove top, but since the purpose of seasoning is to bake the oil on to the steel to create a non-stick surface, it is best to season your stainless steel cookware in the oven.

4) Leave the skillets in the oven for about 1 hour until it starts to smoke.

5) Turn off the oven and let the pan sit until it is cool enough to touch.

6) Remove the pan and wipe out remaining oil.

7) After using pan simply wipe clean.  Re-season as needed.

8) After washing with soapy water, it may be necessary to re-season as the oil coating can be washed off with soapy water.

Now your new stainless steel skillets should have a non-stick coating, and food should not stick to the pan, until the oil coating begins to wear off.  If and when food begins to stick then simply follow steps 2-8.


Bon Appetit,



Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a blogger and stay at home dad.He is the founder of, a cooking blog for stay at home dads, that offers cookware reviews, easy recipes and tips on how to make money with a blog.

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