Cleaning Burnt Oil From Stainless Steel Pans

A stubborn substance that can adhere to your pan is cooking oil. This guide is about cleaning burnt oil from stainless steel pans.

October 17, 2013 Flag

I forgot to remove my pan from the burner after frying taco shells, causing the oil to burn onto the pan.

Total Time: 10 minutes



  • 1 Tbsp Dawn dish soap
  • water


  1. Add Dawn dish soap to the pan. Fill the pan about halfway with water.
  2. Put the pan on the stove and boil for about 5 minutes. Be sure to set a timer.
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  4. Using a metal spatula, carefully scrap away as much of the oil as possible. NOTE: Do not use a metal spatula on a non-stick pan.
  5. Empty the soap water into the sink. Then scrub with a sponge to remove any remaining oil.
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October 19, 20130 found this helpful

I use Ezoff Oven Cleaner the non-toxic kind. I spray the pan then put in a plastic bag and let it sit over night. Next day I just wipe it off with a paper towel.

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October 20, 20130 found this helpful

I have stains like this on cookie sheets. One cookie sheet has a finish on it. How do I remove similar stains from cookie sheets without hurting the finish?

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October 26, 20130 found this helpful

SOS pads work great for this. They clean up glass and metal baking pans with no soaking required. Just wet the pan and swipe with an SOS...comes out great! Make sure you buy the pads that are already soaped.

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December 20, 20150 found this helpful

When I went to the extreme in burning a cast iron pan and a chisel wouldn't do the job. I took a chance on DW-40. It finally loosened enough that I got use of my pan. FREE ALL, a deep penetrating oil works too. Be careful around flames.

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August 9, 2014 Flag
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If you are having a hard time getting burnt oil off a frying pan, try this simple tip. This method will get your pan looking like new in no time!

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August 15, 20140 found this helpful

Why the noise, and no proofreading?

Best way to clean burned oil from frying pans is to sprinkle some Comet onto wet surface, wait a minute, and put half an inch of warm water onto it. Let it soak half an hour, and rinse. The oil will be gone without scraping. Sometimes a bit of wiping with a sponge is needed, but never any scraping, which might scratch the surface.

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