· Bright Ideas · Problem Solved! How To Stop Food Sticking To Stainless Steel
Bright Ideas · Problem Solved! How To Stop Food Sticking To Stainless Steel

Problem Solved! How To Stop Food Sticking To Stainless Steel

It only takes 5 minutes to do, and you'll notice a world of difference afterward.

Stainless steel pans are incredibly durable and versatile, and they retain heat well and distribute it evenly. But despite all of these advantages, many people avoid stainless steel pans altogether because they don’t have a nonstick surface.

Delicate foods like eggs and fish will quickly fall apart on a stainless steel surface if there isn’t a good amount of butter or oil in the pan. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying or enjoying your stainless steel pots and pans!

Using just a bit of coconut oil and salt, you can actually season your stainless steel to have a slightly “greased” surface, reducing the chance of your food sticking so they’re even more versatile than before. And since this “nonstick” coating is all-natural, it’s a safe and healthy alternative to traditional nonstick coatings.

Related: This Is The Most Important Thing To Know About Cast Iron

How To Season Stainless Steel Pans

You’ll need:


Place the pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan and allow it to melt.

Swirl the oil around the surface of the pan, then pour out any excess oil so that only a thin, even layer of oil remains.

Sprinkle a layer of table salt into the pan, enough the cover the bottom.

Grab a paper towel and use it to rub the oil and salt around, polishing the pan. Make sure to get the sides of the pan too!

Use a clean paper towel to wipe out any excess oil and salt, and your pan is ready to go!

2 Potential Drawbacks To Seasoning Stainless Steel

While this method’s advantages make it worthwhile in my opinion, there are a couple of small drawbacks to it I thought I’d mention as well. First, it’s not permanent—you’ll need to repeat the seasoning process when you notice food starting to stick again. (But again, the process is quick and easy enough it’s barely a drawback.)

Second, there are certain situations where you’ll still need to put a bit of oil or butter in the pan when you use it. Depending on the food you’re cooking, the thin seasoned layer may not be enough to prevent the food from sticking entirely. But I personally think these are small prices to pay to make such a great pan even more versatile!

What type of cooking pan do you use most frequently at home?

  • I may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website. I always offer my own genuine recommendation. Learn more.

  • image

    Hi, I’m Jillee!

    I believe we should all love the place we call home and the life we live there. Since 2011, I’ve been dedicated to making One Good Thing by Jillee a reliable and trustworthy resource for modern homemakers navigating the everyday challenges of running a household. Join me as I share homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make life easier so you can enjoy it more!

    Every day I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

    Read More


    Bright Ideas

    most voted
    newest oldest
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments