How to Clean Stainless Steel Frying Pans

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap

  • Kitchen towel

  • White vinegar

  • Nylon scouring pad

If food sticks to a stainless steel frying pan while cooking, lower the heat.

One of the reasons cooks prefer stainless steel frying pans over pans made of other materials is because stainless steel does not react with foods, meaning everything tastes better. But, food can easily stick to a stainless steel pan, burning it if you are not careful. Luckily, even burned or stained pans can be made to look good as new. With proper care and cleaning, your stainless steel frying pan will keep its gleam for years to come.

General Cleaning

Step 1

Allow the stainless steel frying pan to cool completely before cleaning.

Step 2

Wash the frying pan in soapy, hot water; dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel.

Step 3

Inspect the frying pan. If a stain is visible, pour two cups of white vinegar inside the pan and let it soak for 30 minutes; wash with soapy, hot water then rinse with cold water and dry thoroughly.

Cleaning Away Burnt Food

Step 1

Pour soapy water into the stainless steel frying pan and let it soak for 30 minutes; do not discard the water.

Step 2

Boil the frying pan with the soapy water on the stove top for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the pan to remain on the stove until cool .

Step 3

Wash the frying pan with warm, soapy water. If the burnt food spot is still visible, wash again, this time using a nylon scouring pad; rinse and dry.

Cleaning Calcium Deposits

Step 1

Pour water into the pan, leaving a space about 1/4 inch from the top. Add 2 or 3 tbsp. of white vinegar to the water.

Step 2

Bring the water and vinegar to a boil on the stove top. When it reaches a full boil, turn off the burner; allow the frying pan and contents to cool.

Step 3

Wash the frying pan in warm soapy water; rinse and dry.


Do not use ammonia or bleach on stainless steel.

If you use the dishwasher to clean stainless steel pans, remove them before the automatic dry cycle and dry by hand to avoid spotting.

Avoid using harsh abrasives on stainless steel.

Never store stainless steel cookware unless it is thoroughly dry, or streaking will occur.