Although Teflon-coated frying pans have a nonstick surface, they sometimes require seasoning. “Seasoning” means to treat the pan with oil to create, or rejuvenate, a nonstick surface. Cast iron pans traditionally require regular seasoning. But, with use and as Teflon-coated pans age, the surface may need to be seasoned to add to its life and effectiveness. Seasoning a Teflon-coated frying pan, or other Teflon-coated cookware, is fast and simple.

Things You'll Need

Heat the Teflon-coated frying pan on the stove top until it is just warm.

Add just enough vegetable oil to to coat the inside of the pan.

Swirl the oil in the pan to evenly coat the surface.

Heat the oil until ripples begin to appear on the oil’s surface.

Remove the pan from the burner and pour out the oil.

Wipe the inside of the pan with paper towels to remove the excess oil.

Let the pan cool to room temperature.


  • Seasoned Teflon pans should be washed with warm soapy water and dried immediately.

  • Do not put seasoned Teflon pans in the dishwasher.

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or sponges on seasoned Teflon pans.