Learn How to Season a Blackstone Griddle so that your food won’t stick and to make your Blackstone last a lifetime. These easy steps will get your griddle ready for all your summer time BBQ’s.

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When you season a new Blackstone griddle or a flat top grill it helps it last for a lifetime. The blackened stick-resistant coating of the cooking surface that is created when you season it, helps the food not to stick and adds flavor.

It creates a safe non-stick surface of your griddle or flat top grill. Blackstone Recipes cook better and keeps your griddle clear of rust.

How to Season a Blackstone Griddle for the first time:

Before you start to season your grill and turning it on, it is a good idea to wipe the grill down. You can use a mild soapy water, but a damp paper towel or micro fiber towel works just as good.

This eliminates any dust or dirt after it was shipped from the factory.

Griddle Seasoning Tools

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What do you need for the seasoning process:

Make sure you have the following items before you begin to season your Blackstone Griddle.

  • Bucket of Water
  • Blackstone Griddle Seasoning and Cast Iron Conditioner
  • Heat-resistant gloves or tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Salt
  • Soap Powder
  • Stick
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1. Wash and Rinse:

Before you begin seasoning the Blackstone Griddle, make sure that it has been cleaned. To remove any dust or debris, take your bucket of water that has soap and completely wipe down your grill. with a sponge or lint-free towel.

After washing the griddle, make sure to rinse it completely.

2. Heat up and Blacken:

Once you griddle is cleaned, now it is time to heat up the griddle and let it blacken. Care of your Griddle is important as it transforms your griddle flat top into a blacken, resistance stick surface.

  • Turn burners to high heat and let the heat do its work.
  • After about 10 minutes, you will see the surface turn brown.
  • Once you see it turn to brown, turn the burners off.
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3. Add Oil:

The initial seasoning of your griddle helps to create a non-stick durable surface. This process burns off the organic compounds in the oil and allows the polymer bonds to the griddle plate.

  • Start by adding a thin layer of oil, but not too much oil as it could cause chipping and build up on your Blackstone grill.
  • You can use a Blackstone Conditioning oil, or cooking oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or olive oil. Check out the Best Oils to Season Blackstone Griddle.
  • Use paper towels to spread the thin oil on the griddle. Use tongs so you do not burn yourself.
  • Make sure you wipe all oil off and do not leave any puddles.
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4. Heat it up again:

  • Turn the heat back on again.
  • The griddle will begin smoking as the griddle blackens. This is normal.
  • This process will take about 30 minutes.
  • Once the smoke stops, then you can turn the heat back off.

5. Repeat the process:

  • Add another layer of oil, then heat it up 2-3 more times, until the griddle is black.
  • The Griddle will continue to smoke until the griddle is blacken.
Close up image of Blackstone Griddle and tongs with paper towel oiling the griddle.

6. Final Layer for Blackstone Seasoning:

  • Once you have completed several rounds of putting the oil on, let the griddle cool slightly.
  • Then wipe down with a layer of the Blackstone conditioner.
  • This protects the griddle oxidation.
  • Cover your griddle when not in use to prevent rust.

How to Reseason a Blackstone griddle:

Cooking on your Blackstone Griddle regularly will keep your griddle surfaced seasoned. In between cooking on your griddle, you can put a thin layer of Blackstone Conditioning oil to protect your griddle.

This keeps your food tasty and prevents it from sticking to the griddle. Check out How to Clean Blackstone Griddle after each use.

How long does it take to season a Blackstone Griddle:

Seasoning your Blackstone Griddle is an important step prior to cooking on your grill. The process isn’t hard but it can be a bit time consuming. For each layer for oil and letting it reach it smoke point, could take up to 15 to 20 minutes.

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Best Oil to season Blackstone Griddle

You will need a high smoke point oil. These oils are recommended to season a Blackstone Griddle:

  • Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner
  • Canola Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • avocado oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Shortening

How often should I Season my Blackstone Griddle:

When cooking on your Blackstone Griddle, keeps it seasoned. But we try to do it after each use. Making sure that you griddle top has a thin coat of oil on it, keeps the Blackstone Griddle from rusting.

  • After each use, we like to clean it with the heat on. Squirt with a little bit of water and clean.
  • Use a metal scraper for scraping off any food. When you griddle is free of food debris and food residue, then you can add a thin layer of oil with the heat off.
  • Take a paper towel or micro fiber towel and spread the oil all over the griddle.
  • Leaving this thin layer of oil, seasons it perfectly and prevents it from rusting in between cooking.
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Tips for Seasoning your Blackstone Griddle:

  • Never use scrubbers or abrasive cleaners to clean your griddle.
  • Always wipe down your griddle to keep it moist free.
  • If it looks dull, then add some oil to freshen up the griddle.

Recipes to Try on your Griddle:

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How to Season your Blackstone Griddle

Yes you need to season your Blackstone but it is really easy to do. We are teaching you how to season your Blackstone griddle perfectly.
Prep Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Season your Blackstone Griddle
Cost: 2

Equipment

  • Bucket of Water
  • Blackstone Griddle Seasoning and Cast Iron Conditioner
  • Heat-resistant gloves or tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Salt
  • Soap Powder
  • Stick

Materials

  • Blackstone Griddle

Instructions

  • Before you begin seasoning the Blackstone Griddle, wash and rinse the Blackstone Griddle.
  • Then heat up the griddle and let it blacken.
  • Then add a thin layer of oil to the top of the Blackstone Griddle.  Use a paper towel to spread the oil into a thin layer on the griddle. Then wipe off all the oil.
  • Then heat the griddle back up again.  The griddle with start smoking and will blacken (should take approximately 30 minutes).  Turn the griddle off once the smoke stops.
  • Then repeat this process 2-3 more times. The griddle will continue to smoke until it’s blackened.
  • Then let the griddle cool and wipe down the griddle with the Blackstone conditioner.

Notes

Make sure to keep your griddle covered when not in use to prevent the griddle from rusting.  

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  1. C says:

    5 stars
    I almost hate to cook on my griddle because of the clean up time. I know I am doing something wrong. But on my griddle it almost looks like the black top is chipping off. There are place in the steel that if I rub my finger over it, it feels like it is wearing. Can you help me? I really want to use this all the time.

  2. Carrie says:

    It sounds like you need to re-season it. Basically scrap off everything and then follow the directions to season your griddle. If you season it well, you will love it. So easy to clean!