How to Use A Cast Iron Skillet

June 11, 2021 12:00 PM CDT
Written by Emily C / June 10, 2021

Here are some of our favorite tips on our to use your Cast Iron Skillet:

Tip #1: Make sure you prepare the pan before use! Before preparing your meal, make sure you wash, rinse, and dry your pan thoroughly. It is better to clean before every use to get rid of any dust that could be on it from storage.

Tip #2: Preheat your pan. If you preheat your pan for at least five minutes. Doing this will help prevent the appearance of hot spots that could partially overcook the meat without affecting others. Plus, this is the best option to get a deep savory flavor to your food. 

Tip #3: Cut the food into thin slices. Always make sure to cut your food into thin slices while using your skillet. This will help prevent burning the surface while the middle stays raw. You will also get the desired char marks without the bitter crust that forms.

Tip #4: Pour the oil. Always brush your food before placing it on the pan instead of greasing its bottom surface. That way, your meal won’t stick, and the oil won’t burn. Make sure to choose an oil with a high smoking point, like peanut oil, and avoid using olive oil. 

Tip #5: Place the food on the pan. Always make sure to place your food gently on the pan with tongs to avoid injuries. When you prepare steaks or large pieces of chicken, you should always make sure to put them at a distance of at least 0.5 inches.

Tip #6: Add smoky seasoning. If you like the flavors of an outside grill, you can add spices to reach your desired flavor. The best choice is to use smoked salt and paprika. Additional seasonings would be hoisin sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, or anchovy salt. These will help you reach that complex bitter that you get from a real grill. 

Tip #7: Cover the pan. You can’t really really purchase a cast iron skillet pan with a lid, so you should find a way to improve the food taste by using some other cover. Once your food looks almost prepared, place a lid over it and let it stay for a while. This tip is perfect for sausages, thicker steaks and melting cheese on burgers. 

Tip #8: Don’t move the food too soon. There is a primary rule when it comes to grilling, if you need to tug at your food, let it stay in on the grill. When this happens, make sure you leave the food to cook as long as it takes until the food moves easily off the grill, then it is time to flip.