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How to Make a Pan Non-Stick Again

How to make a pan nonstick again

There are some items in your cooking arsenal that you just can’t do without. Frying pans are one of them. They can be used for making a variety of different dishes; eggs, pancakes, and so many other dishes are easy to make with the help of a frying pan.

Buying a non-stick pan needs a lot of thought. After all, pans do not come a dime a dozen. The better non-stick pans have a ceramic non-stick coating instead of a Teflon one.

Sometimes we end up wrecking the non-stick layer of the pan. What to do next? Buying a new pan is not the only option. If you wish to figure out what to do in such a situation, you have come to the right place.

There are many ways of making a pan non-stick again. We have listed a few of the top remedies right here.

Method 1

First of all, you need to heat the pan on a medium to a medium-high flame for a duration of 2-3 minutes. After this, you need to add some coconut oil to the pan and allow it melt. 2 teaspoons of oil will be sufficient. Swirl the pan so that the coconut oil coats the entire surface.

After some time, the coconut pan will start to smoke. Make sure you allow the coconut oil to stay in the pan until the pan starts to smoke. Once you see the pan begins to smoke, it is time to remove it from the heat and set it aside to let it cool. After the pan cools, rub the oil into the pan once again with the help of a paper towel. Voila, you are done. The pan is ready to be used once again.

When the pan is heated, the natural pores are opened up, which allow the coconut oil to seep into the pores. This technique works best when used with cast iron pans.

Method 2

This method uses salt. Place the empty pan on top of the stove and heat it till the pan gets hot enough to start smoking. After this, put coarse sea salt into the smoking hot pan. Make sure that the salt covers the entire pan’s surface area with a layer of salt which is around 2 cm thick.

Next, leave the pan on the flame and allow the salt to cook. The salt burns slowly; it smokes and burns and then turns a dark brown color. The discolored salt means it is time to throw away the salt and rub the surface of the pan with a towel, or a piece of cloth covered in oil.

Rub the pan until it looks lustrous. Repeating the entire process 2-3 times should do the pan a world of good. After seasoning the pan, it is important that the pan is never washed again. It should only be wiped with a towel or a clean piece of cloth. If the pan is washed with water, you may have to repeat the whole process once again.

Method 3

Another technique is the combination of the first 2 techniques discussed. Heat olive oil in the pan till it begins to smoke. After this, add kosher salt to the pan. Gently rub the oil onto the surface of the pan with the help of a thick cloth or a spatula.

Make sure the pressure applied is not too much; you just need to force the oil into the surface, not grind it in. Increase the flame to a medium-high, and allow the pan to heat until it begins to smoke. After this, throw away the salt and oil and let the pan cool.


The above techniques should do the trick for you. However, for a Teflon or anodized aluminum coated the pan, they might not work. For such pans, boiling water may be useful. Although it sounds a bit too simple, boiling hot water in the pan may do the trick. Heat the water till the water gets to scalding levels and boils off. Let the pan cool and clean the surface with a dry cloth. Be careful not to touch the pan while it’s hot.

However, Teflon pans are now not considered healthy to cook in. So perhaps, it might not be a bad idea to discard the pan and get a cast iron or ceramic one.

We hope the above techniques prove to be helpful. Happy cooking everyone!

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