How To Make A Stainless Steel Pan Non-Stick (Step-By-Step Guide)

By admin | Kitchen

Sep 28

If you regularly fry eggs in a stainless steel pan, you probably realize that the eggs will stick to the pan like crazy, even with oil. In fact, keeping food from sticking to a stainless steel pan can seem like a daunting task.

It is not necessary to replace your current stainless steel pan with a non-stick pan. Instead, by seasoning properly, it is possible to improve the situation. Through this article, you can make your stainless steel pan as good as a non-stick pan when cooking most dishes!


So, how to make a stainless steel pan non-stick? Let’s explore together.

How To Make A Stainless Steel Pan Non-Stick

Step 1

Before treating your stainless pan, it is best to wash it with hot water and soap. If baked-on grease sticks to your pan, check out this guide to learn how to remove it. 

Step 2

After washing the pan, wait a little while for the pan to dry. To make it dry faster, boil it over low heat for about a minute.

Step 3

Once your pan is completely dry and hotter, add about two tablespoons of oil (which we’ll cover in the next section) and swirl the pan evenly. Make sure its wall and bottom are covered with oil; The dry place with no oil will not be seasoned.

Step 4

You need to wait about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on the smoking temperature of the oil). Then turn off the stove as soon as you detect a faint smoke coming from the oil.

Step 5

Finally, throw the oil and use a paper towel to clean it thoroughly. Repeat this process two to three times to get the best results.

Note: The colder your foods are, the more likely they are to stick to your pan. So it is best to let the food warm up a bit before putting it in the pan.

To better understand how to make stainless steel pans nonstick, watch this video.

What Oil Should You Use (And Avoid) To Season Stainless Steel Pans?

You should choose oils that meet the following criteria:

  • High smoke temperature
  • Low saturated or high polyunsaturated fat

Some of the best options to season your non-stick pan:

OilSmoke point
Soybean Oil453°F
Grapeseed Oil421° F
Flaxseed Oil225° F

You should not use olive oil because it has a low smoke point. Although Coconut oil has a higher smoke point, it is also not recommended because its taste is too strong.


What Makes Your Stainless Steel Pan Stick?

At first glance, the surface of your stainless steel pan looks smooth. But, in fact, it has tiny pores on the surface. If you put food in the pan before it’s hot enough, your food will get into these pores; When heated, these pores will shrink and cause food to stick to the surface of the pan.

In addition, another cause is that you put food in a pan that is not greasy. Grease is essential because it creates a barrier between the surface of the pan and the food.

Of course, this situation can also happen if you have not seasoned the stainless steel pan.

Some foods are more accessible to stick to the pan than others; These include fish, steak, eggs, and more. For these foods, it is wise to heat the pan to the perfect temperature; Add a little oil to create a barrier layer between the pan and the food.

On the other hand, do not use rough scouring pads to clean the pan’s surface; This will cause scratches that can cause food to stick to the pan’s surface.

Pro Tips to Keep Your Stainless Steel Pans From Sticking

  • Of course, as mentioned above, the best way is to season your stainless steel pan properly.
  • Re-season your stainless steel pan from time to time. In our opinion, you should do this every 15 days, or at least once a month. If you leave it for longer, bacteria will grow on the pan’s surface, which is extremely dangerous.
  • Do not wash your stainless steel pan with soap or harsh detergents. Instead, it is best to wash the pan with warm water.
  • Make the pan hot enough before adding food to it.
  • Do not put cold food in your stainless steel pan.
  • Do not put wet vegetables or any wet ingredients in the pan. It is essential to dry your food thoroughly.
  • Do not overcrowd your pan beyond its capacity.
  • Do not stir your food too much.
  • Cook food over medium heat and adjust heat if needed.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Just follow this guide, and I don’t need a non-stick pan anymore, right?

Of course not! Our guide only helps you to make your stainless steel pans nonstick. However, some dishes are only well prepared with a non-stick pan. For example, it is complicated to cook a sunny-side-up egg with a stainless steel pan.

2. Am I supposed to season stainless steel pans?

Seasoning stainless steel pans are not required. However, most professional chefs season their stainless steel frying pans.

3. How often should I season my stainless steel pan?

It is best to re-season your stainless steel pan every 15 days, or at least once a month. If you leave it for longer, bacteria will grow on the pan’s surface, which is extremely dangerous.

4. What is the main disadvantage of stainless steel?

Stainless steel may contain chromium, iron, and nickel. So, in addition to poor resistance to sticking, stainless steel can cause your food to soak up heavy metals. This situation is more likely to happen if you cook acidic food in a stainless steel pot or pan. 


Hopefully, our guide can give you a clear view of how to make a stainless steel pan non-stick. However, keep in your mind that this guide does not negate the need for a non-stick pan. In fact, some foods need to be prepared with a non-stick pan, such as eggs, steak, fish, or other delicate protein-rich ingredients.