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Can I season a cast-iron pan with coconut oil?

I've been seasoning my cast iron pan with olive oil before but I ran out. Is it okay to season a cast-iron skillet with coconut oil? How about other oils? Like grapeseed, canola, butter maybe? I use my pan frequently so I'm not super scared of spoilage.

asked by Karen Diep 8 months ago
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Catherine Lamb

Catherine is the Community Manager at Food52.

added 8 months ago

Yes! You definitely can, and coconut oil is also great for cast-iron skillets because it can reach much higher temperatures than animal fats can.

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added 8 months ago

Cook's Illustrated rec flax seed oil. I tried it on one of my cast iron skillets and it seemed to work really well.

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added 8 months ago

I use coconut oil to keep wooden spoons in good shape--works well!

Susan.streit
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Susan is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added 8 months ago

All sound like great options but would steer away from the butter. It can go rancid if it's left on the skillet for a period of time, and also burn at a fairly low temperature compared to the smoking points of the other oils.

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