How to Clean Stainless Steel Pans

dirty pan just before cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend |

Oh dear, this is embarrassing to admit…yes, I did this horrible thing to my pan. My punishment involved scrubbing until my fingers were raw and flaky (use gloves!), but I promise you, the results were life changing. I want to share with you some of my helpful tips for how to clean stainless steel pans.

Before we start, I want to tell you how my beautiful All-Clad stainless steel pan got this way so you don’t make the same mistake. I had pan seared salmon and wanted to keep the skin crispy by roasting it in the oven at high heat (525°F), while it was still in the pan. I made the rookie mistake of not reading the pans use instructions first (doh!). The result was the fat and proteins burned and stuck to the walls of the pan, it was horrific. So please remember one simple rule (as stated by the manufacturer):

Do not put your pans in the oven at temperatures above 500°F / 260°C!

Whew, now that we got that out of the way, this is what to do to clean those tough build up’s and discoloration on the pan…because we are only human and it happens to all of us…. 

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