Cooking with Carbon Steel: an unsung hero of the kitchen

Cooking with Carbon Steel: an unsung hero of the kitchen

Have you tried this? Cooking with carbon steel! Discover the health and QuickClean benefits of cooking with this largely unknown type of pan!

Scrambled Eggs Using Carbon Steel Pan

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We all know Stainless Steel, Copper Pans, Cast Iron and the rest. But, how many of us have cooked with a French-fave? Carbon Steel cookware is widely used in France for staples like crepes, steak frites and so much more. In America, it is often relegated to the 'extra-stuff-pile' of the kitchen along with the deep fat fryer and the cake pop maker.


Carbon steel is a simple yet unique pan that is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Though this pan does require seasoning, this is an easy process and should not been feared or cause one to bypass this most wonderful pan.


Seasoning a pan is a simple process of cleaning the surface with water, towel drying it then remove the silicone handle. Wipe the pan with a thin layer of olive oil to the pan with a piece of paper toweling. Apply this to both the inside and exterior of the pan but avoid the handle. Set the pan to cure in the oven for one hour at 350○ Fahrenheit. This will bake the oil into the surface. Over time, additional oils will bake into the surface creating an even better 'seasoned' surface which allows for optimal cooking and cleanup.


Carbon steel provides excellent heat conductivity and premium heat dispersion across the pan's surface. This allows the cook to use a lower temperature thereby reducing the risk of burning and smoking in the kitchen. When cooking meats, the meat product itself will tell you when it is ready to be turned. As the proteins of the meat cook they will begin to release from the pan's surface. If the meat (steak, chicken etc) sticks to the surface then it is not done cooking so top off the wine glass and relax a minute or two.


See below for a few great recipes we love to use with carbon steel by Tramontina made in Brazil!

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Cooking a Filet in Carbon Steel



1 filet mignon steak, rinsed and pat dry with paper toweling

1 tablespoon garlic, pressed or pureed

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons butter




Rinse the meat and pat it dry with a piece of paper toweling. This removal of excess moisture helps the steak's searing process.


Spread the half garlic over the meat evenly and season with salt and pepper to taste. Flip the steak over and repeat.


Heat the pan over a medium-low heat. Place one tablespoon or pat of butter into the center of the pan and as it melts place the steak into the center of the pan and allow steak to cook for about 6 minutes for medium rare or to your preference.


After 6 minutes, using a tongs, pull the steak up and turn to cook the second side. If the steak still grips the pan wait a little longer.


Add remaining butter and, using a large spoon, scoop the melted butter and seasoning and glaze the steak while it cooks for about 4 to 5 minutes, again, depending on taste.


Turn the steak again and glaze twice and remove from heat to a plate for the steak to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes prior to serving.


Top off with sauce of choice or a beautiful blue cheese.


serves 1

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Scrambled Eggs: Snyder-Style!


You will find that making scrambled eggs in carbon steel is a very easy process with clean up that will blow you away! Adding milk to the egg mixture makes for a more moist and fluffy scramble.


Check out the video above for a full how-to!




3 fresh eggs

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon herb de provence

1 pinch smoked bacon chipotle sea salt or regular salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 dollop sour cream (optional)

hot sauce or pico de gallo (optional)

parsley, chopped




In a large mixing cup or bowl, crack the eggs, add milk and herbs de provence.


Mix well, breaking the egg yolks and incorporating the milk, seasoning and herbs.


Bring the seasoned carbon steel fry pan to a medium-low heat and add butter allowing it to melt.


Add the egg mixture and allow it to cook for about 20 secinds before aggitating the eggs and scramble as desired.


Serve on a dinner plate and garnish with sour cream, hot sauce and parsley as desired.


serves 1 (adjust eggs and milk as desired)