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How To Season A Ceramic Frying Pan? Find Out Here!

Written By Kirsten
Updated On October 1, 2021

Our Guide To Professionally Seasoning Your Ceramic Frying Pan

Just like cast-iron cookware, cookware with ceramic coatings must be seasoned too, this enhances the natural ceramic coatings your pan has, keeps the non-stick coating and increases its overall lifespan. 

To season ceramic cookware, you simply need to apply a thin layer of cooking oil to the pan and allow it to heat, this needs to be done when you first get your pan to make it a non-stick ceramic cooking pan and repeat whenever the non-stick coating wears off. 

In our guide below, we will cover exactly how to season your pan step by step, the way to figure when to season your pan and some tips for taking care of your ceramic pan to help it last longer.

Let's get seasoning! 

Our Step By Step Guide To Seasoning Your Ceramic Frying Pan

The seasoning process for your ceramic pan is pretty simple to follow, make sure you have your cooking oil on hand, this could be peanut oil, or any other vegetable oil, some soap, water and a paper towel to begin the process. 

Step One - Clean The Ceramic Frying Pan

To start with, you must wash your pan, this will make sure the no-stick coating has no inconsistencies, especially for older pans you should make sure to remove any stuck food or burnt oil from previous cooking. 

Wash your pan with a soft cloth (nothing that will scratch it) and some dish soap with water, then dry it afterwards. 

Step Two - Add-In The Oil On The Ceramic Surface

Now your pan is nice and clean, take your oil, add a tablespoon to the pan that you are seasoning and spread it around with your fingers or a paper towel until the surface is entirely coated. 

You mustn't use oil that has a low smoking point otherwise the process will not work, oils to avoid using are coconut oil and olive oil. 

Step Three - Heat The Frying Pan

To ensure you are doing the cookware seasoning process properly, you have to let the oil slowly heat in the pan until smoking and avoid it pooling in any areas.

There are two ways to do this part, either on the stovetop or inside of the oven, we will list both ways below. 

Oven Method 

Turn the top of your oven and bottom heating on with a temperature to 300ºF or just medium heat, make sure your ceramic frying pan is oven safe as some are not then place it on the middle rack to heat, this might take around 20 minutes or so for the oil heat. 

You can use this method for other ceramic baking dishes too. 

Stove Method

Place the frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop burner and remove the pan as soon as you see smoke coming from the cooking surface, this can take a while, even up to thirty minutes, so don't be tempted to rush by turning up the heat to high.

Keep turning the pan to make sure the oil covers all surface area of the pan.

Step Four - Allow The Pan To Cool

The longer you let your ceramic pan cool down and absorb all the oil after smoking, the better the result of your non-stick surface will be, as this gives the pan a longer chance to absorb it all.

Never be tempted to cool it down faster with cold water as this will ruin the coating and potentially damage the pan due to rapid cooling.

Step Five - Take Off The Excess Oil & Dry

After the ceramic pan has cooled down you can then take a paper napkin or sheet of paper towel and take off any excess oil, never try to wash the oil off as this is what gives the pan non-stick properties for a better cooking experience.

How Often Should I Season My Ceramic Pan?

You want to avoid doing a seasoning layer on your pan too often and too little, by rule, this should be around every six months or so and also when you buy your new ceramic pan for the first time.

Another way to tell when your pan needs seasoning is when stubborn food residue is sticking or the pan is starting to feel a little rough. 

Regular seasoning session times will all depend on how often you use your pan and how well you want it to cook.

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Ceramic Pan

Now we know how to season your ceramic pan and how often you should be doing it, you should also know how to take care of your pan in the best way possible, as this can help the cookware to last longer and need less seasoning. 

We've listed our top care tips below. 

  • Store the pan right - Do not stack your ceramic cookware or inside of each other, the friction in between cookware has the potential to wear down the non-stick coating 
  • Avoid harsh temperature change - Harsh temperature change can ruin the no-stick coating on your pan due to thermal damage never take your pan at smoking temperature and put it under cold running water.
  • Use safe utensils - Metal utensils should never be used on your no-stick surfaces as the sharp edges will scratch and remove the layer of seasoning you made, even if your pan is anti-scratch, metal utensils will ruin the nonstick properties. Instead, opt for wooden utensils which will not mark your pan.
  • Avoid oil sprays - Cooking sprays contain a fair amount of chemicals that lead to the build-up of residue on your pan and ruin your no-stick coating, as you will often have to scrub the oil away at the end. Stick to normal cooking oil.

The Best Way To Clean Your Ceramic Pan

Part of taking care of your ceramic pan is cleaning it properly too, soapy water is often not enough to take off the permanent layer that builds up over your no-stick coating from proteins, which can ruin your pan. 

We have discussed how to clean your ceramic pan in the best way possible. 

  • Use acid - Vinegar is a great way to remove stubborn stains from your pan and get it back to use, pour some in your pan and put it on low heat for an hour, then clean off with a soft sponge.
  • Never use abrasive sponges - Never use abrasive sponges for cleaning your pan, these can scratch it and will eventually remove all of the no-stick coatings from the seasoning.
  • Allow it to cool beforehand - As we touched on above, always allow your ceramic pan to cool down properly before washing it to stops harsh temperature change.
  • Try baking soda - Baking soda and warm water is also an excellent mixture for removing stuck food from your pan, let this mixture boil on your stove then simmer for around 15 minutes to take off any stuck food residue or stains on the pan. You can also try scrubbing this mixture with a soft sponge to remove debris and stains, do not use a hard sponge for this job as you will scratch the pan.

Last Words 

To conclude, seasoning a frying pan is simple to do and allows for fun cooking, always season regularly according to when your pan starts to stick again, and make sure to season any new ceramic cookware after purchasing. 

Always use safe utensils when cooking with your pan to prevent scratching the non-stick surface and ensure that you are cleaning it properly with non-abrasive sponges and hot soapy water. 

 

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