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How to Season a Griddle


  • 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.

Wolf Griddle Quick Start and Care

Before first use, complete the burn-in process.

  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.

After the burn-in is complete, season the griddle as normal.

  1. While surface is warm, pour a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil on a paper towel and spread evenly.
  2. Push and turn control knob to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Heat until griddle begins to smoke, then turn to OFF and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool, wipe off any excess oil.
  5. 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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