How to fix a rusty cast iron pan
How to fix a rusty cast iron pan in as little as an hour.
Prep Time
5minutes
Passive Time
1-2hours
Prep Time
5minutes
Passive Time
1-2hours
Instructions
  1. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Set your cast iron pan in the sink, fill with warm water and a few squirts of dish soap. (Once your pan is properly seasoned, you REALLY should avoid doing this!)
  3. Scrub with the sponge for a minute until the rusty flakes are removed. If your pan is really damaged, you may need to use steel wool.
  4. Remove cast iron pan from sink, dry with paper towels. Continue to rub pan until rust marks no longer appear.
  5. Add about a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil to pan. Wipe with a paper towel to coat the pan with oil.
  6. Place pan in oven upside down (so excess oil doesn’t pool in pan.) Bake cast iron pan in the oven for 1 hour. At the end of the hour, carefully remove pan from oven. If coating looks even, you’re good to go! If you still see some rusty spots, repeat the process of wiping with oil, and bake for another hour. Repeat until pan looks smooth again.