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Blackstone Griddle Sticky After Seasoning? 7 Quick Tips

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Why is my Blackstone griddle sticky after seasoning?

When you spend the time and effort on seasoning your Blackstone griddle, the last thing you want is that nonstick surface you have worked to create to turn into a sticky mess.

You will need to clean the griddle completely to get the stickiness off, then season the cooking surface again. Thankfully, once you are done reestablishing the nonstick surface, you will be able to start cooking again. You can keep food from sticking to your griddle by properly seasoning and cleaning your cooking surface.

How do you fix a sticky Blackstone griddle?

One of the major causes of a sticky Blackstone griddle is using too much oil when seasoning the cooking surface. You want to season with a small amount of oil, just enough to cover the entire cooking surface with a thin layer of oil.

You want that oil to bond to the steel to help create that nonstick surface. If you use too much oil, it will not bond properly, leaving a sticky residue behind. To fix your sticky griddle, you will need to clean the cooking surface by removing the excess oil.

Getting sticky residue off

Blackstone recommends heating your griddle on high for 10-15 minutes, then turn off the griddle and apply a small amount of oil.

Using either a grill stone or metal scraper, you need to scrape the cooking surface down to remove the excess seasoning. Wipe the surface clean with paper towels, and the griddle should be good to go. 

If you need to remove a lot of seasoning, you might have to do a deep clean like when you first assembled your Blackstone griddle, which means soap and water.

If you have to clean the griddle that thoroughly, you will need to go through the initial seasoning process again of repeated applications of a small amount of oil to restore the nonstick surface.

Can you cook on your Blackstone right after seasoning?

Whether you have just seasoned your Blackstone griddle for the first time or the hundredth time, once that oil is cooked in and your griddle has preheated, you can cook whatever meal you want. The process of seasoning is to create a nonstick surface for cooking and is done primarily with cooking oil, so the cooking surface is safe to cook on. 

How to keep food from sticking to a Blackstone griddle

One of the other primary reasons your griddle can be sticky is due to improper cleaning.

After every use, you want to take a few moments to scrape the cooking surface clean after turning the griddle off, then apply a small amount of oil that gets wiped around the griddle.

The best way to keep food from sticking to your griddle is by seasoning it well and cleaning it after cooking on it.

How to season a nonstick griddle

The proper care and use of a griddle comes down to seasoning. Do not let any unfamiliarity make you nervous. Seasoning a griddle is simple. You need to heat your griddle, then apply a small amount of oil, just enough to cover the entire cooking surface of the griddle, and wipe it across the cooking surface.

You want to use an oil with a high smoking point so it does not create a smoke cloud during the process while it cooks on the griddle. Over time, cooking on your griddle with fatty foods like bacon will build up the seasoning as it goes. You do also want to add a small amount of oil and wipe down the cooking surface after cooking while the griddle is still warm. 

Final Thoughts

It is a terrible feeling any time you discover the cooking surface of your Blackstone griddle is compromised. A sticky griddle is not the end of the world, and with some effort and know-how, you can fix it easily and get back to cooking quickly. You may have to scrape a bit, but a little elbow grease is a small price to pay for great food cooked on your griddle. You can prevent a sticky griddle by keeping your griddle clean and properly seasoned. Just remember that a little oil goes a long way when it comes to seasoning.