How to Clean Electric Skillet

Electric skillets have a vast number of uses as they can be used to cook, bake, and do so much more. Electric killers provide an alternative to using the oven or heating the stove. Not only this, but this particular product is ideal for when you need to cater to large gatherings. Electric skillets provide an additional cooking source for when you have guests over.

While an electric skillet is extremely useful in the kitchen, it is also very difficult to clean an electric skillet. Since this product works with electric power, it has power cords that can be dangerous. Thus, it is okay to be unsure about how to best clean an electric skillet.

A clean electric skillet will not only last through the years, but with proper care, you are able to prepare food safely in a sanitized pan.

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This guide will help find the best and safest way for you to wash your skillet. If you follow all the steps properly, you will end up with a clean and sanitized electric skillet.

Keeping in mind different versions and models of electric killers, this guide has pro tips on how to clean an electric skillet, whether is it dishwasher friendly or not. However, you still need to keep the user manual of your electric skillet in mind.

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What is an electric skillet?

An electric skillet is basically an electric frying pan. This electric frying pan is used while plugged into an electric socket.

Electric skillets are ideal for heating and cooking food in the kitchen. These compact frying pans are extremely easy to handle. Their portability makes them easy to place and store in your kitchen. This is the reason why many people prefer them over normal stovetops, especially if they have less kitchen space. 

Electric skillets come in different shapes, sizes, and models. You can easily get one that best suits your need as they will definitely be useful.

Benefits of an Electric Skillet

Electric Skillet has many different benefits including its consistent heat distribution. This will ensure that your food cooks through perfectly. Unlike normal stovetops that provide unreliable heating, these electric frying pans are extremely reliable.

People use them for many purposes including frying, sauteing, or even deep-frying! 

Another great thing about this electric frying pan is that it’s extremely portable, so in case you are throwing an outdoor party or need to cook on a camping trip, you can easily take your frying pan along.

Electric skillets are also energy efficient and summer-friendly.

While they come with many benefits, you still need to be careful in cleaning and know how to clean electric skillet. The following section will give you many useful tips.

Things You Should Keep in Mind While Cleaning an Electric Skillet

Taking care of an electric skillet may seem like a daunting task but if you follow the following tips and guidelines, you will be good to go:

Cooling Down

While you can throw most of your hot skillets in water after use, you can not do this to your electric skillet in order to prevent damage. Therefore, you need to turn off your skillet and have it cool down before any contact with water.

Always remember that your cleaning process can wait, but your skillet needs to cool down first. Hot skillets are sensitive to soapy water, which might damage the inside of the appliance. Therefore, it is better to follow the instruction.

Removing the Power Source

Once you are done using the skillet, remove the appliance from the plug. After unplugging, wait for the surface of the skillet to reach room temperature.

The connector can be cleaned with a simple cloth or you can wipe it with a slightly wet one.

Working with the Connector

This is a very important step when you clean your electric skillet.

While washing the skillet, you have to save the connector. The cleaning process might require assistance. You can have someone hold the control system. This helps prevent any water from damaging the connector.

However, if you have no help in the kitchen then you can wrap the connector with a sheet so it does not come in contact with water.


Wash the electric skillet with slightly warm water, using dish soap. Make sure that the water is warm enough to absorb the residue and rinse away the sticky products.

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Gently rub the skillet using a stainless steel wire rubber that can separate the grease from the skillet surface.

Once you are done washing, gently rinse the skillet and ensure that all stains are removed.


Care should also be taken while drying and not just while washing.

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Make sure that you dry the skillet before putting it away. This is a way to make sure that the efficiency of the surface is retained which is especially important for non-stick skillet surfaces.

How to handle Dishwasher-Safe Skillets?

Dishwasher-safe skillets do not require much effort and are easier to clean. However, you still need to follow the following steps:

Step 1: Turn off the Power source

Just like all-electric skillets, you will have to unplug the power source to ensure safety. Once your skillet has cooled down, then it is ready to be washed.

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Step 2: Removing the Grease

Since the electric frying pan is essentially used for cooking, the surface is bound to have some grease on top. You would have to clean out the grease and wipe the pan.

Ideally, pour the leftover grease inside some box and then discard it. Throwing it directly into your drainage pipes can eventually clog them from the inside and can be very damaging.

Step 3: Rinsing Properly

We also recommend taking this extra step and rinsing your skillet using high-temperature water. This helps remove the extra material or leftover grease before you load the dishwasher with the skillet.

This particular step can also be skipped. However, it is recommended to remove the food pieces before loading your dishwasher.

Step 4: Running the Dishwasher

Once you are done wiping, you need to place your skillet into an appropriate rack and fill the dishwasher. After that, you can run the dishwasher as per its instructions.

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By the end, your skillet will be clean and ready to use!

How to Hand Wash Skillets?

Hand washing your skillet can be a little more complicated than just putting it in a dishwasher. If you follow the following steps carefully, you will be good to go:

Step 1: Unplugging the Skillet

Before beginning with the cleaning process, make sure that the power plug and the heating element have been safely disconnected.

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Apart from unplugging, also remove the skillet from the heating pad to ensure that there is no electric connection that can harm you while you wash.

Step 2: Draining the Grease

Similar to the dish-washer skillets, remove any grease that has been left in the pan. You can clean off the excess grease with a cloth or a sponge.

Step 3: Soaking in the Sink

A simple way to clean your skillet would be by filling up half of your kitchen sink with hot water. Add dish soap to the water and then put your skillet in the water. This helps soften the surface before you scrub it. 

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Ideally, the exterior won’t require much scrubbing after this step.

Step 4: Gentle Scrubbing

Once you are done soaking, you can take out your skillet from the warm soapy mixture, then place the skillet under warm water to remove any extra bits and pieces.

Using a dish soap-loaded sponge, gently scrub the skillet and make sure that there are no food bits or grease layers on the surface.

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Rinse the hot soapy water off from the skillet and make sure that the skillet is clean.

Step 5: Air Drying

Though you can use a towel to clean and dry your skillet, it is recommended to let your skillet dry in the air.

An immersible skillet will handle the water well and can be dried. Air-drying is effective.

Dos and Don’ts for Cleaning an Electric Skillet

  • If you are using a dishwasher, and are wondering whether you can put the lid in as well? The answer to this question is yes, you can put the lid in the dishwasher even if you hand wash the skillet.
  • For mild cleaning, you can simply boil some water in the skillet. The hot water will help remove the residues easily. You can also add soap for a more effective result.
  • Applying a paste of baking soda mixed with vinegar can help prevent staining. The mixture should be left on for 15-20 minutes. Once this is done, you can rinse it off.
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  • Do not, in any case, have the connector keep in touch with the water.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach on the non-stick surface.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we clean the connector?

The connector needs to be cleaned with extreme caution, using a slightly damp cloth. The cloth can help rub off any grease on the connector. Scraps of food can also be removed carefully using a toothpick. However, you should avoid placing the connector near the water at all costs.

What type of dish soap is ideal for my skillet?

Your skillet will require deep cleansing after a few uses. When such time comes, make sure that you use a non-abrasive cleaner that does not damage the non-stick surface of your pan. Always avoid using a cleaner that can contain bleach or chlorine.

You can also use sprinkle cleaning powder for the inside of the pan. These powders are very gentle and can remove the stains easily.


While washing the electric skillet, you will have to be extremely careful. Especially since the electrical wiring can be very damaging.

Apart from following the tips and guidelines mentioned above, take a look into the user manual of your electric skillet and ensure that you are meeting all the cleaning requirements.

Colin Matthews

Colin is a passionate chef by trade and a kitchen nerd on the side. Growing up in the kitchen, Colin has always had a passion for learning the absolute best way to cook a dish. He quickly realized most kitchens have duplicate cookware and small appliances and had to decide which ones were going to be the “keepers” – causing him to take a closer look at all his products.

As it turns out, small differences make a big impact on the experience. Whether it’s how hard you have to press a microwave button, to how long a cast iron skillet stays warm after you turn off the heat, these little difference changed everything.