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No oil when cooking with cast iron

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HaroldM

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I've heard that you are supposed to season your cast iron pan with oil to maintain it but I saw a cook on a cooking show and he said not to put oil in the pan when you are cooking. He said it is best to just put the meat on a really hot skillet. Does anyone else use their pan without oiling it first?
 
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Guy g

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Hamburger meat has enough fat so I don't need to oil. I use just enough oil so the meat like fajita meat or meat for chili doesn't stick until the natural juices get in the pan. Steaks of course go on grill.
 
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vanessap

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I've heard this too but I hate when meat gets stuck to the pan. I don't have the patience to wait for it to get really hot and usually throw what I'm cooking in with a little bit of canola oil.
 
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Tessa

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I usually don't have a problem with meat. I'll cook the meat first to grease the pan, then add other ingredients. If I'm making a vegetarian dish, I use my ceramic pans instead.
 

jason

Nec timeo, nec sperno
It really depends on what I"m cooking. A lot of things I do not use oil with, steaks, chicken, burgers. Others I may use a little bit like some "stir fry" or butter for grilled cheese.
 
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Viktor

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With a seasoned cast iron pan, you should be fine. If it isn't oiled, it can be a problem, especially with meats and poultry that don't produce enough fat content. I never have trouble with ground chuck. Chicken and pork can stick sometimes. I'll add a tiny amount of oil when I cook either of those.
 
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Smokybear

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I agree that it depends on the food. I do still use grease with eggs and with chicken. As someone else said, foods with a high fat content doesn't tend to need extra.
 

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