How to Season a Griddle

Core Issue:

  • How can I clean sticky, greasy, or oily residue off new griddle?
  • What causes a gummy substance on the griddle when doing burn-in with oil?
  • How to season a griddle
  • Burn in process for a griddle
  • What products, type of oils have high smoke points and can be used to season a new griddle?


To prevent food from sticking, season the griddle prior to initial use and after thorough Griddle Cleaning. This can also be referred to as a burn-in process.

  • Avoid using too much oil, it can cause sticking and gummy issues.
  • Wolf recommends vegetable or peanut oil for seasoning because of their high smoke points.
  • See also, Cooking with a Griddle.
  • New units have a coat of mineral oil on the griddle surface to prevent rust and oxidation during shipping and storage. Remove the coating as per above.
  • The manufacturing oil is gray in color, and may show up on a paper towel when wiping it down.

To season a griddle:

Wolf Griddle Quick Start and Care

  1. Turn on ventilation.
  2. Use hot water and mild detergent to remove the protective coating.
  3. Rinse and dry.
  4. Push and turn control knob counterclockwise to 350°F (175°C) and heat for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, turn to OFF and allow to cool.
  6. While surface is warm, pour a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil on a paper towel and spread evenly.
  7. Push and turn control knob to 350°F (175°C).
  8. Heat until griddle begins to smoke, then turn to OFF and allow to cool.
  9. Once cool, wipe off any excess oil.
  10. After each use, reapply a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil on a paper towel and spread evenly.

Refer to the product Use and Care Guide for further information.

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