Cooking Fish in a Cast Iron Skillet
I'm looking to buy a Cast Iron Skillet, mainly for the purpose of searing fish. I've never cooked in one before, but as I understand, the pan is meant to absorb oils from the food. My concern is that its going to smell like fish, making it unusable for anything else, as well as making my apartment smell like burning fish oil every time I use it. Has anyone experienced this? If so, is there a way to avoid that?
Go ahead and buy your skillet...Cooking fish in it will not render it unusable for anything else...It want smell like fish next time you use it if you wash it...Use it for Fish, French Fries, Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Hamburgers, Searing a Steak, Cornbread, and many many more....
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I agree with Uncle Bob. I always wash out my pans with light soap and water for this very reason. It will not hurt the seasoning, but it will remove food residue that you don't want. Use a green scrubber sponge and don't worry.
The best thing would be to buy a pre-seasoned pan, like Lodge, and just fry a few things in it first. If you want to start with fish, you are better off adding oil without food and putting it in the oven as per the directions. That said, it is really easy to fry a few cutlets or chicken and then you have a seasoned pan.