Can You Use A Griddle On A Gas Stove? [And How!]

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Grilling is an excellent method to cook foods using dry heat when you want a healthy, delicious meal. If you love grilling as much as we do, you’ve probably thought about how to make this technique more convenient in your kitchen. Have you considered adding a griddle to your kitchen? You probably want to know if you can use a griddle on a gas stove. We’ve researched the many uses of a griddle, and we’ve got the answer on how to grill using this pan.

Cooking small piece of beef and rosemary on griddle, Can You Use a Griddle on a Gas Stove (and How)?

A griddle can be used on a gas stove. Simply place the griddle over one, two, or more burners (depending on the size of the griddle) on your stovetop and get ready to start grilling.

Griddles are simple to use, extremely versatile pans. Keep reading, and we’ll discuss how to season and maintain a griddle. We’ll also toss out a few menu ideas for the griddle to heat your kitchen’s usual routine.

What is a Griddle, and How is it Commonly Used in Kitchens?

Adding a griddle to your kitchen gives you the option to grill foods directly on your stovetop. Griddles are flat pans, with a low edge along the perimeter.

Click here to find this cast iron griddle by Lodge on Amazon.

This type of pan can be square, round, or rectangular. Sizes vary, so you can accommodate your stovetop with a griddle capable of covering one, two, or as many as six burners at a time. Griddles are made from a variety of materials like cast aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel.

Click here to find this aluminum griddle by Calphalon on Amazon.

Some griddles are reversible, one flat side, and one ridged side. Grilling on the ridged side of the griddle is a great way to capture excess grease as your food cooks.

Click here to find this reversible griddle by Lodge on Amazon.

Griddles are commonly used to grill foods like meat, fish, vegetables, and flatbreads. You can use a griddle to prepare virtually any meal by cooking multiple foods at once on the pan’s large surface. A griddle is also a useful pan to warm prepared foods and reheat leftovers. You’ll soon learn firsthand that once you’ve set the griddle on the stovetop, it might never return to the cupboard.

Breakfast on the Griddle

Use the griddle to grill an egg and toast. Pile-on hearty sides of bacon, home fries, and pancakes too! For breakfast or brunch, a griddle gives the perfect start to your day.

Lunch on the Griddle

Treat yourself with a grilled cheese sandwich, open-faced melt, or quesadilla from the griddle. Lunchtime gets a bit more exciting when a griddle heats things!

 

Dinner on the Griddle

At dinner, it’s time to get creative on the griddle where you can prepare kebabs, fajitas, fish fillets, savory burgers, and homemade pizza. You name it; the griddle’s got it made!

Can You Use a Griddle on a Gas Grill?

Yes! A griddle is a great tool to use on a gas grill because it gives you a flat, solid surface atop the grill, so food does not fall through the grate. Griddles distribute heat evenly, so you can disperse that heat from the grill across the entire surface to avoid hot-spots that char your food. Grilling delicate foods like fish cakes or vegetables becomes easy when you use a griddle.

If your keen, grilling mind is now thinking, “Can I use a griddle on a charcoal grill?” Of course! Get that smokey flavor infused into your food, yet ease the task of cooking by using a griddle on a charcoal grill.

Did you know that you can also use your gas or charcoal grill for roasting? Check out our blog post, “8 Roasting Pan Alternatives,” to learn how.

How Do You Season a Griddle on a Stove?

Seasoning your new griddle will help to protect the pan’s cooking surface from damage, like scratches and rust, and also prevent food from sticking. Seasoning is the process of baking a thin layer of oil or fat onto the pan’s cooking surface to create a natural, non-stick coating.

If your griddle has a non-stick surface, it does not need to be seasoned. Simply wash the non-stick coating by using a soft cloth or sponge, hot water, and mild detergent.

Want to know more about oiling non-stick pans? Check out our blog, “Does Olive Oil Ruin Non-Stick Pans?

How to Season Aluminum

  1. Wash the pan using a soft cloth or sponge, hot water, and mild detergent. Dry the pan.
  2. Evenly coat the inside of the pan with oil.
  3. Put the pan on the stovetop, and allow the pan to heat to 250°F. Let the oil cook until it begins to evaporate. Some smoking might occur. Do not leave the pan unattended.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  5. Wipe excess oil from the pan using a damp cloth.

How to Season Cast Iron

  1. Wash the pan using a soft cloth or sponge and hot water. Dry the pan.
  2. Evenly coat the inside of the pan with oil.
  3. Put the pan on the stovetop and allow the pan to heat to approximately 350-400°F. Let the oil cook until it begins to evaporate. Some smoking might occur. Do not leave the pan unattended.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  5. Wipe excess oil from the pan using a dry cloth.

How to Season Steel

  1. Wash the pan using a soft cloth or sponge and hot water. Dry the pan.
  2. Evenly coat the inside of the pan with oil.
  3. Put the pan on the stovetop and allow the pan to heat to approximately 350°F. Let the oil cook until it begins to evaporate. Some smoking might occur. Do not leave the pan unattended.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  5. Wipe excess oil from the pan using a dry cloth.

How to Clean a Seasoned Griddle

After each use of your griddle, wash the pan with hot water, and apply a light amount of oil to the clean cooking surface. You can wipe on oil using a clean cloth or paper towel.

The initial seasoning of your griddle will linger for some time, but if you notice food beginning to stick when you grill, it might be time to season the pan again.

What Oil Do You Use to Season a Griddle?

Any type of cooking oil or fat can be used to season a griddle. Pan manufacturers typically recommend using oils or fats that have a high smoke point. Oils also have different flavor profiles, so choosing an oil with a light flavor should not alter the way your cooked foods taste.

Pan manufacturer, Lodge Cast Iron suggests using vegetable oil, canola oil, and Crisco (melted shortening) to season griddles.

Now that you know how to use a griddle, you can start thinking about delicious foods to grill in the comfort of your kitchen.

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