How to Clean Burnt Grease from Frying Pans: Useful Kitchen Hacks

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Cooking at home is a fantastic opportunity to have fun with your food and try something new or get completely creative and concoct your own recipe out of thin air! The one major downside to cooking is the inevitable clean-up afterward.

Although some dishes create very little mess and require little more than a rinse, there are those dishes, that are often our favorites, which just like to make as much as a mess for us as possible.

The most time-consuming clean-up job is removing stubborn, burnt grease from our frying pans. Tackling this problem incorrectly can end up eating away our spare time or result in damaging our frying pans through the use of metal scourers. Although there are scratch-resistant pans available, when it comes to burnt grease, there will be a lot of work and force required to shift it.

Thus, we'll help you tackle your post-dinner blues by offering an array of remedies that may help you with your grease dilemma.

How to Prevent Burnt-On Grease Buildups?

Firstly, prevention is better than a cure. Being able to avoid the buildup of burnt grease in the first place will save you from unnecessary work and make your life in the kitchen that much easier. In order to help prevent a buildup of burnt-on grease, you will want a non-stick frying pan; however, if you don't own one of these pans, you can season your frying pan for the same effect.

Seasoning your frying pan consists of adding a high smoking point oil to a pan, heating it up, cooling it down, and then drying it off with a clean kitchen towel. This will provide a non-stick layer between your food and the base of the pan.

How to Prevent Burnt-On Grease Buildups

How to Clean Burnt Grease from Frying Pans?

When considering how to clean burnt grease from frying pans, you may struggle to find a successful method. Below, we've listed a variety of ways alongside the application process you'll need to follow in order to remove this kitchen nightmare successfully.

Baking Soda

Mix baking soda with cold water to create a paste. You'll then spread this paste over the affected area by using a scrubbing pad to make sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies. After a few hours of drying, you'll want to run the frying pan under warm water and simply scrub the now softened grease away.

Soak and Scrub

A classic and more obvious approach to removing stubborn grease is to soak and scrub. This is the go-to method for all kitchen cleaning needs.

Simply soak the pan in some hot water that is mixed with washing detergent. That will be absorbed by the burnt grease and eventually loosen.

You'll now want to use a steel wool ball or wire brush to remove the grease from the pan. If you're concerned over scratching your frying pan, then use a coarse sponge.


Vinegar is a relatively acidic product that many households own. It typically contains 5% to 20% acetic acid, which is essentially fermented ethanol. That is what makes it a great choice for pickling produce.

A fantastic alternative use is for cleaning burnt-on grease from our frying pans. Simply pour enough vinegar to cover the affected area and bring it to a boil for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Then, pour it away and scrub the pan with a sponge.

burnt grease from our frying pans

Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and Vinegar

A combination of various cleaning techniques, this trio is a fantastic choice for those incredibly hard to remove patches of burnt grease.

Heat and Scrub

Another often missed method is simply heating the grease back up on the stove until it returns to a more liquid form. Then, remove it from the heat and fill with a cold liquid forcing the grease to coagulate. Now, you just need to pour away the grease and scrub the pan for a sparkling finish.


A more outlandish and often unheard-of approach is to apply ketchup to the affected area. Ketchup contains vinegar as well as other acidic properties that help it pull grease away from the bottom and edges of your frying pan.

To use it, spread a healthy layer of ketchup across the affected areas and leave overnight. In the morning, wash this away and conduct a quick scrub with warm soapy water.

Oven Cleaner

When in doubt, get the oven cleaner out. Understandably, many people are hesitant about using oven cleaner on their frying pans; but this is completely safe.

Simply spray over the pan's affected areas and leave overnight. In the morning, you'll just need to rinse and scrub away the remaining grease before conducting a thorough clean with hot and soapy water.

Our Summary

There are a variety of methods available to get your pan sparkling clean if one fails. Simply try another and then another, and eventually, the burnt grease will be so worn down that it'll slide right off.

Before applying any of these methods though, consult your frying pans manufacturer's website for advice, as it may recommend certain methods to protect your pan's non-stick properties as well as provide their own tips on how to clean burnt grease from frying pans.

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My Skillet Chef - April 15, 2019

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Fredia Wegmann - June 21, 2019

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Baygirl - June 25, 2019

Tried ketchup and it was amazing. 90% of the very stuck on grime released with a scrape of a metal spoon. Leaving the ketchup on for another night to get the remaining bits. So inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. Thanks for the tip!

    My Skillet Chef - June 25, 2019


Felipa Langill - July 1, 2019

Thanks for the article. I have a question I was hoping you might be able to help with. Do you have a favorite cleaner for granite countertops? I had a party over the weekend and my kitchen is a mess… Haha! Thanks in advance for your answer.

    My Skillet Chef - July 2, 2019

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GK - July 14, 2020

I have a flat iron skillet with heavy layers of oil buildup. I have tried every thing. Nothing works. I hate to throw that skillet away, I know it will be a lot of work, but for a really abused skillet, is there a way to have it completely eradicated of all oil build up. I can send you a picture for a better understanding of my issue.
Will sincerely appreciate your help.

    My Skillet Chef - July 17, 2020

    Thank you for your patience. I think you will get some more alternative ways to make it useful to my other article. Please click here to read it.


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