Asked on Oct 20, 2020

How do you clean a cast iron skillet with burnt pasta,eggs ?

NancyAgnes ChrzanowskaMike T


Burnt on egg, pasta, cheese

22 answers
  • CMHolt
    on Oct 20, 2020

    add hot water then generously cover the burnt food with baking soda and let sit should easily scrape off in the morning

  • Course sea salt or kosher salt should work. Scrub it with the salt and a damp cloth.

  • Kareen
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Thanks, it’s back to looking good

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Hi Kareen,

    Soak it overnight in Hot water and Washing up Liquid Soap! It should lift off!

  • Pour some oil on and then sprinkle salt. Ball up some aluminum foil and scrub it off. Then lightly rinse and oil it again.

  • Recreated Designs
    Recreated Designs
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Hi Kareen, you could also try filling the pan with water and letting it boil. The heated water should sufficient soften the food enough to get it off. Hope that helps!

  • Betsy
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Hi Kareen: Been there, done that, still doing that:( Here's what I do: What I use is a paste of vinegar and cream of tartar (the dry stuff). Make a paste and put it on the gunk. Let it sit for about 15 or 20 seconds and then scrape off with a plastic putty knife or one of those plastic scrubbies. You may have to do it a couple of times if the gunk is thick, but usually not. A There is no smell and it is environmentally safe. Once you get it clean, wash with soap and water and then put a thin coat of oil on the inside. If you have a gas stove, put it on a flame, upside down, and let it 'cook' on high for about 5 minutes. Yeah, it will smell :( Let it cool, wipe it out and do it again. That should do it for you. If you don't have a gas stove, you can put it in your oven for about an hour on 350, but don't turn it upside down. Good to do when you are baking something else :) I've had my cast iron frying pans for over 55 years and they are fine. Learned how to do it from my grandmother. A lot of people will say not to use soap and water, but if you season it (the oil/flame thing), it should be o.k. Don't put anything cold in the pan when it's hot or it will ruin it. You only have to wash it out when it gets really icky. Other times you can just wipe it out with a paper towel. Good luck.

  • Chloe Crabtree
    Chloe Crabtree
    on Oct 20, 2020

    How to remove burned bits of food. For a gentle but effective scrub, take a tip from the spa and use salt. Generously sprinkle kosher salt or coarse sea salt into the pan and scrub it with a clean, damp washcloth. For extra stubborn spots, use a plastic pan scraper to work the burned food off the pan.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Coarse salt, like kosher salt, as a scrub. You can use a steel wool or copper scrubber Not the kind with soap in it. Then just keep scrubbing and scraping until it's all gone.

    If you need to re-season, heat oven to 350 and coat skillet with oil. Put a larger pan below to catch dripping. Put in the oven for an hour-upside down. Then turn off oven and remove once it has completely cooled.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    Unique Creations By Anita
    on Oct 20, 2020

    Fill it with water and detergent and put it on the stove on a low heat. It should soften the egg so it can be washed off.

  • Dee
    on Oct 20, 2020

    soak it off then scrape whatever is remaining. You will have to reseason the pan.

  • This mishap occurred due to a poorly seasoned pan and or not enough fat for the high heat. Cast iron cooks hot and can easily burn. Don't rush the cooking process and be sure to use the right fat for what you will be cooking. Happens to all of us.

  • Mogie
    on Oct 20, 2020

    You can always have it sand blasted, and then re-season it.

  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Oct 21, 2020

    Hi Kareen, sorry you burned your food, we all have. hope this helps.

    Easy Ways to Clean a Burnt Cast Iron Skillet: 11 Steps - wikiHow › ... › Cookware › Cast Iron Cookware

    Use baking soda or salt to scrub away burnt food. Scatter some kosher salt, coarse sea salt, or baking soda ...

    Oct 18, 2018 · Uploaded by wikiHow

  • Kareen
    on Oct 21, 2020

    Thanks for all your help. Skillet back to normal. Oiled u

  • Krafty Mrs.K
    Krafty Mrs.K
    on Oct 22, 2020

    Here is a couple preventative tricks. Always heat the pan first then add oil or shortening. this help any pan not stick as much. Also noticed cornbread comes out cleaner while still warm but sticks more when cold.

    We are cast iron cooks with inherited skillets. We boil the pan to loosen food or scrub with salt but always reseason after scrubbing. At least heating the pan til dry then rub a little oil in it afterwards.

  • Lola Jarman
    Lola Jarman
    on Oct 22, 2020

    Put the skillet back on the stove , get the skillet pretty hot then take to sink and add cold water to the skillet. I guess the sudden change in temperature releases the food. Or if it's on the sides also . Put the skillet on the stove fill with water and heat up. This too helps. All I cook with is cast iron. Ps after cleaning ,towel dry the skillet, lightly spray with nonstick spray the use a paper towel to spread evenly on pan. And then store. I hope this helps you...

  • Mike T
    Mike T
    on Oct 23, 2020

    Put coke cola in the pan and bring to the boil for a few minutes and when it is cooling off drain and wash the pan in hot water

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Nov 1, 2020


  • Nancy
    on Nov 1, 2020

    Do NOT use soap or baking soda. You will strip all your seasoning.

    All you need is to put water into the pan and boil it while stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. It will get you all the grime on the bottom. You may need to boil it for a few minutes while stirring.

    Then just dump the water, wipe clean with a paper towel and re-season!

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