Just A Pinch Recipes How to Season and Care for a Cast Iron Skillet By Kitchen Crew 11/27/15 Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on G+ Email to a Friend Learn how to properly clean and care for your cast iron pan. Step 1. When first taking your cast iron skillet out of its packaging, wash with soap and water. Step 2. Dry completely. Step 3. Coat skillet with cooking oil and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Step 4. Dry with paper towels. After use, wipe down. Avoid using soap and water. Watch the "pinch tips" video here.