So I love my lodge cast iron skillet...use it to fry stuff up all the time. Except when it comes to steak. How I make steak in the skillet is, I turn the heat so the skillet is scorching, and cook steak accordingly. Problem is, the middle of my skillet where I cooked the steak is all cruddy with burned on bits. When I try to wash it off, the middle of the skillet turns a bit greyish, so I'm pretty sure I've scorched and cleaned off the seasoning. This happens when I use oil/butter when cooking the steak and when I don't use anything.
So what's happening? I find that if I use medium heat to fry stuff in the skillet, nothing sticks and it cleans up nice. But when I cook a steak on high heat, the seasoning takes a kicking. Am I using too high a heat? If so, I've always read that when cooking steak in a cast iron, it should be very hot...but is it possible to get the pan so hot that the seasoning burns off?