When you think of the word griddle, does the electric, non-stick variety come to mind?
Those pale in comparison to the original griddle - a cast iron, flat-surfaced version that can be used on the stovetop or grill. These are the ultimate tool for searing meats, cooking vegetables, and plenty of other dishes while lasting virtually forever.
If you're an avid camper it's handy to learn how to cook eggs on a griddle, as they're an easy, delicious, and nutritious breakfast (or lunch, or dinner...) that can be made with only a few inexpensive ingredients!
Here is a great guide for learning how to fry eggs on a flat top, how to make an omelet on a griddle, and find out what temperature you need to serve up perfect eggs, every time.
They're inexpensive. At under $2 a dozen, they're a cheap source of protein compared to meat or fish.
They're full of important vitamins. They contain several B vitamins, including B12, B2, and B5 as well as vitamin A, selenium, and small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the body. Eggs also have choline, which is a nutrient responsible for lowering the risk of heart disease, liver disease, and neurological disease and disorders.
They contain good cholesterol. Eggs contain HDL (high-density lipoproteins), also known as 'good' cholesterol, and lowers your LDL (low-density lipoproteins) levels. LDL are the dangerous, heart disease-causing proteins.
They contain 21 amino acids. These are the building blocks of our bodies. 9 of them cannot be produced naturally in our bodies and need to be ingested through our diet. Eggs have been given a perfect score of 100 for being an ideal source of protein from a health perspective.
Before you get started cooking your eggs, you want to ensure that you're working with a fresh set of eggs to avoid getting sick or eating rotten eggs.
There are 2 tests to check eggs for freshness.
Yes! Griddles (like this one) are an excellent choice for cooking all types of eggs.
What makes a griddle ideal for cooking eggs?
When it comes to cooking eggs on a griddle, the possibilities are endless. Before we get into the methods to make a few different egg dishes we should first talk about cooking oils and temperatures.
There are several types of oil that make a fantastic addition to the flavor of your eggs.
Eggs are a delicate food that easily burn. Many egg dishes have a very fine line between undercooked and overcooked, so keeping an even cooking temperature can help you to avoid turning your over-easy eggs into over-hard eggs.
You will want to cook your eggs on the griddle over low-medium heat. If you're using a stovetop, we recommend setting the burner slightly below medium heat.
The griddle temp for eggs should be 250°F - 325°F to easily monitor the doneness with less risk of overcooking.
We've already told you why the cast iron griddle is the king for cooking eggs. What else do you need to cook eggs?
A large, offset stainless steel spatula is the best choice for eggs as the large surface area makes it easy to pick up the egg and flip it without the egg sliding off of the end. This prevents yolk breakage, which is especially important for eggs over easy or medium.
You will want a stainless steel whisk and a small to medium-sized stainless steel bowl for mixing scrambled eggs or omelets.
An egg ring is handy for making round, uniform cooked eggs used for breakfast sandwiches. They can be put directly on the griddle, and easy to clean afterward.
Here are a few delicious combinations to add in to your omelet:
We hope you've enjoyed our tips on how to properly cook eggs on a griddle. Once you invest in a solid cast iron griddle, the possibilities are not only endless with eggs, but with beef, chicken, vegetables, sandwiches, and more.
If you already have a griddle and want to really fine-tune your cooking skills with it check out this guide to Cooking on a Griddle.
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