Griddle cooking is all the rage right now. Sear your steaks, perfect your pancakes, and fry up the best burgers you can, all from the comfort of your own kitchen. A griddle pan should be an essential piece of equipment for all chefs because there's so much you can cook on them!
There are so many foods to cook on a griddle, but for the perfect meal, you're going to need to know which oils are best for griddling. From canola oil to olive oil, we asked our top chefs: which is the best oil for griddle cooking?
Griddles are a fantastic piece of kitchen equipment. These heavy-duty flat top pans are excellent for cooking meats and vegetables, quickly, and at high temperatures. Griddles cook the best burgers, the best-grilled cheese sandwiches, and even the best pancakes!
But no matter what it is that you're cooking up, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you need to use oil when you're cooking on a griddle. As we'll get to in a moment, different oils have different qualities, which makes some oils more suited to griddling than others.
Oil is essential for griddle cooking, and you'll need to apply plenty of oil to your pan before you start cooking on it. When the oil heats up, it stops your food from sticking to your griddle, making the cooking experience much easier, and making the finished product taste much better.
It doesn't matter if you're cooking breakfast pancakes or cheeseburgers for dinner, there are a few key steps to follow every time you start cooking with a griddle, for the best experience.
You will find that there are plenty of different types of oil for sale in your local supermarket. There are vegetable oils, olive oils, sesame oils, and even avocado oils. Different oils can contribute a different taste to your food when you griddle it, while different oils work best at different temperatures.
The most important point to consider is the smoke point of the oil. The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil begins to burn. If the oil begins to burn, it starts to break down. This affects the temperature at which you can cook with the oil. The higher the smoke point, the higher the temperature you can use. The best griddling happens at high temperatures, so a high smoke point is a massive bonus!
Our top picks are vegetable oils or canola oils. They are widely available, cost-effective, and have a high smoke point. Our ultimate cooking oil is avocado oil. The smoke point is ridiculously high. Avocado oil is not cheap, nor is it widely available, however!
We regularly use the following oils when we are cooking with our cast iron griddles. We've listed their smoke points to help you out when choosing.
Cooking on griddles is best done at super-high temperatures. Meats and vegetables cook best on a griddle when they cook fast, at high heat. This means that the oil you choose really needs to have a high smoke point to cope with high heat cooking.
A high smoke point will keep the flavor neutral and will ensure that your food doesn't stick or burn to the pan. Avocado oil is one of the best choices, as this has a high smoke point of 520°F.
Avocado oil isn't always widely available, however, in which case you can opt for vegetable oils. These have a smoke point of 400 to 450°F. Most high heat griddle cooking is going to be happening at around 400 to 450°F, so vegetable oils work well.
The best kitchen griddles are usually reversible these days. That means that a cast iron reversible griddle can be flipped over, and on the other side, you can find a cast iron grill plate. For that reason, we thought we'd make a quick note about which oils are best for grilling too.
Grilling is very similar to griddling, the difference being that a grill pan has raised ridges on the bottom, rather than being flat and smooth. The raised ridges replicate the traditional outdoor griddles you'll know from those summer BBQs. They are perfect for searing hot scorch marks into sausages or giving your burgers that authentic smoky streak
Because you need to be grilling meat or vegetables at a high temperature, the best oil for flat top grill will have a high smoke point. Much like griddling, we'd recommend using vegetable oil, canola oil, or olive oil for grilling.
From canola oil to olive oil, there are so many different cooking oils to choose from when you're griddling. Why not bookmark this article, so you can come back later when you're ready to put your griddle into action in the kitchen?