An electric griddle is handy for large batch cooking, but we love one kitchen tool even more: a stove-top griddle! Learn more about how to use a griddle on a gas stove to make all of your favorite breakfast foods, seared meats, and more.
A griddle is a large, flat pan that usually takes up space over two of your stove burners, which is incredible if you have a big family or like to cook your meals in large quantities. Stove-top griddles have a smooth surface and can contain steel, cast-iron, or occasionally copper.
We love cooking with a cast iron griddle because you can treat it as a double-wide frying pan or as a means for indoor grilling – no BBQ required!
Though we traditionally associate a griddle with breakfast foods like pancakes, bacon, and eggs, that’s selling the griddle short – there are countless other foods you can cook on a griddle pan too!
In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know about a stove-top grill – but the electric griddle is another popular griddle that people love to use to fry all of their favorite foods.
You can cook almost anything you’d like on a cast iron griddle, stove-top style, and we use ours constantly to make big family meals. If you have a few other cast-iron pieces and a large skillet, you may not need to invest in a griddle. But if you don’t have anything like it and can afford to add an extra piece to your kitchen collection, the griddle is well worth the small investment.
If you cook big batches and have a large group of people to cook for, using a griddle will save you a ton of time and effort. Griddle cooking allows you the space to cook every element of your meal at once – no way your bacon will get cold as you reuse the pan to cook your eggs. And fewer pans means less clean-up, as a bonus!
A big steel griddle also has a wide, flat surface with open sides, which allows any extra moisture to drip to the edge and keeps your foods perfectly crisp, not soggy.
Ergonomically speaking, it’s much easier to flip your foods with a gas-stove griddle – no awkward angles to contend with as you try to maneuver around the sides of the pan.
Besides cooking every breakfast food imaginable, try these other griddle uses too!
If you’re wondering what to make on a griddle, try steaks, meat, or seafood. The beauty of a cast-iron griddle lies in the perfectly-seared exterior it builds on the outside of burgers and countless other meats while keeping the insides moist and tender. To achieve those professional-looking grill marks on your meat, place your meat on the griddle and leave it for half the cooking time, then rotate the meat 90° to finish it off.
You can also warm foods on your griddle like leftovers, toast, and flatbread, or try using your griddle as a sandwich press by placing a cast-iron skillet on top of your sandwiches as they cook on the grill.
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Just like all other cookware, you can find a griddle pan made of a few different materials.
We recommend a cast-iron griddle for the kitchen and cooking at home, but if you plan to take it camping, the lightweight steel version might be preferable for you!
Whether you’re using your griddle for gas stove-tops or electric, the cooking methods are the same, but be aware that electric stoves tend to heat a griddle with more hot and cold spots.
Most cast-iron griddle pans come pre-seasoned already, but if your griddle pan isn’t seasoned, you’ll want to build up a coating before you get started cooking on griddle pans – otherwise, your food is going to stick, and you’ll have a tough time prying it off.
To season your griddle:
You’ll use your griddle differently depending on what meal you’re cooking with it, but here are a few essential griddle tips to keep in mind:
Griddle cooking is relatively safe, but there are a few safety precautions you should take whenever you use your griddle.
Use an oven mitt when handling your griddle, as most of them are made entirely out of cast-iron – the handles get very, very hot!
Avoid unnecessary burns by using the properly-sized spatula for the job. If you’re cooking larger pieces of food, use a bigger spatula to handle them.
And lastly, keep an eye on the grease accumulating on your griddle, especially while you cook fatty foods like bacon. Excess oil can overflow and easily cause burns or a kitchen fire.
We hope you love exploring one of our favorite kitchen tools!
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