How do I de-stink my cast iron pan?
August 28, 2012 1:06 PM Subscribe
I need advice on cleaning a seasoned cast iron skillet: how to remove lingering odor without damaging the pan.
posted by maryrussell to food & drink (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I cooked some salmon in my cast iron frying pan. (Mark Bittman told me to!) Afterwards I cleaned it well with hot water and a scrubby sponge, and even scrubbed it out a bit with salt. It looks clean but has a distinct fishy aroma. I haven't cooked anything else in it yet; suprisingly, there's little in my fridge that seems like it could use a touch of old salmon.
I haven't washed the pan with soap, because I don't want to screw up the seasoning. I've thought of heating up another fat (like bacon grease) in the pan; would that absorb the smell?
advice welcomed! (also, at least the salmon was delicious).