Do you think only cast iron cookware needs to be seasoned? You will be surprised to know that your most trusted stainless steel cookware can (and should) be seasoned to attain a non-stick like cooking surface. The objective of seasoning is to obtain a thin layer of coating on the surface of the cookware that will provide a small barrier between the cookware and what you put in it. Seasoning stainless steel fills in the pores of the cookware with oil to create a smoother surface akin to non-stick. Food glides around more easily and less buildup occurs on the surface of a well-seasoned stainless steel pan.
However, many users are wary of the intricate steps associated with seasoning. But, you will be happy to know that seasoning stainless steel is comparatively easier than seasoning a cast iron cookware. All you need is your cooking vessel, some soap and water, oil with a high smoke point (vegetable, avocado, grapeseed oil), and paper towels!
Wash the pan in hot water with soap to ensure that the pores are cleaned out and ready to be filled with oil.
Dry the pan with the paper towel and preheat it on the stove over medium heat. As heat expands, the pores in the metal will open up.
Once your pan is hot, pour a small amount of oil in it and wipe it around the pan until there is a very thin layer of oil all over the surface of the pan. Start off with little oil and add more if necessary.
Once the pan gets near the smoke point, remove it from the burner and let it cool. After it has returned to normal temperature, use a different paper towel to wipe the pan and remove any excess oil.
Repeat as desired.
Cleaning a Seasoned Stainless Steel Pan:
To maintain the seasoning of your pan, you have to avoid washing it with soap. We understand, Indian cooking tends to be sticky (which we hope the seasoning will prevent and minimize). If wiping the pan clean with paper towels after cooking on it doesn’t remove the food residue, then scrub the pan with oil and salt then wipe clean with a paper towel. However, if you still need to wash the pan with soap then don’t forget to use the steps mentioned above to re-season it before next use.
We hope this gives you an effective seasoning solution that you will easily use to season your stainless steel cookware.