How to Cook on a Griddle
If your kitchen range has a griddle, you may be interested in exploring some of the many benefits a griddle offers.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how to cook on a griddle so you’re prepared.
How to Cook on a Griddle
Well, look who invested in a griddle. It does not matter if your griddle came on its own or if it is part of a pro-style stainless steel range the Thor Kitchen designs, cooking on a griddle comes with its own set of rules.
If you are like most people, the first thing you may think of when you hear the word griddle is pancakes or flapjacks. And, it is for good reason. A griddle can make one unforgettable batch of pancakes. Though, here is the important thing to remember – those griddled hotcakes are only the beginning of the relationship with your griddle.
Take it to the next level with all these tips, suggestions, and how-to’s when it comes to cooking on a griddle.
Why Cook on a Griddle?
First of all, let’s see if we can answer the question – why cook on a griddle? After all, you have a stove, an oven, and maybe even a grill. So, you may be wondering why you should even bother with a griddle. Well, the answer is simple.
Griddles have a large cooking space. When you are making food for a large number of people, you can cook a large amount of food at once. Think about it – pancakes get cold easy. You can cook them all at one time on a griddle and the family can eat hotcakes together at one time. But, that’s not the only reason.
Griddles have a wide open surface with no sidewalls. That means moisture doesn’t get held up inside and affect the taste and texture of the food. Instead, everything can cook perfectly crisp. Oh – and did we mention how not having sides makes it much easy to flip and whip food around?
Another reason why you will begin to love cooking on your griddle is that you can cook multiple foods at once. That means only one thing to clean – and multiple dishes to eat. The large cooking area makes this possible.
Cooking Tips for Your Griddle
Now that you have a griddle and you are interested in seeing how it can work for you, there are a few tips you will want to follow to make sure the cooking goes smoothly. And to, well, make sure your food tastes good, of course.
- Always use oil or a cooking spray. Just like any pan, food can stick to the griddle. Having a well-coated surface can reduce this issue and allow you to cook with ease.
- If you are cooking thicker items or multiple items at the same time, you can consider wrapping your food in foil. This allows you to cook (sort of steam, really) in the foil and you can flip and turn with ease. And, this method does not involve the need for oil.
- Try new recipes and blend new foods together. Because of its great big surface, you can cook multiple foods at once. This gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new and mix new flavors together.
- Know that your food will cook faster on a griddle. See, there are no grated surfaces for heat to escape. The entire surface of the griddle is receiving the heat that your range is putting off. That means your food is bound to cook at a faster rate. You will want to keep an eye on delicate foods. Just know that everything you eat from your griddle will be cooked and browned to perfection.
A griddle is not that different to cook on from other things, such as your stove or your grill. But you may as well try some new foods and ideas while you are at it. Wouldn’t you agree? After all, new appliance, new recipes, right?
Even though a griddle seems like a harmless appliance, it isn’t. There are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
- Always, always use an oven mitt. Griddles can get very hot – and all areas of a griddle heat up. Accidentally touching one is equivalent to accidentally touching your burner or your grill grates. You don’t want to do that – so protect yourself.
- Use the right size spatula. If you are cooking anything that needs to be flipped, do it correctly. Failing to use the right equipment can lead to burns and discombobulated foods.
- Watch the grease. Depending on your griddle, it may or may not have space for the grease to go. Due to its flat surface, too much grease can overflow. If you are using your griddle on a range top – and especially if your simultaneously cooking on your burners – you need to be extra careful. Overflowing grease can cause fires.
Keep it Clean
Cleaning your griddle is simple. That is, as long as you keep up with it. You should be cleaning your griddle after every use.
- Carefully remove excess food on the griddle, scaping it off with the spatula if necessary.
- Then, use a wet rag and wipe down the griddle’s surface.
It works best to do these steps when the griddle is still hot so the food doesn’t latch on. Just remember this and take precautions so as not to burn yourself.
- Wipe down the griddle with a light layer of oil for protection.
Your griddle is now ready for its next use.
36 Inch Professional Gas Range with Griddle
If you are looking for a pro-style range with a built-in griddle, look no further. This durable, 36-inch gas range offers you so many options – and a griddle.
Just check out these features:
- Black Porcelain Drip Pan to facilitate surface cleaning
- 15,000 BTU Stainless Steel Griddle
- Infrared Broil Burner
- Blue porcelain oven interior
- Commercial Convection Fan
And that’s only a few of the many features!
Think about it this way. The next time you have to cook a large feast for a group of people, you won’t need to worry. You have the oven and all those burners. Plus, you have a griddle. You will have space for everything.
The best part is that it is not too good to be true—this range actually exists.
Now that you know how to cook on a griddle, you can explore the many different recipes and start crafting your griddle skills.
The next time you want to get cooking in your kitchen, consider being a bit adventurous and use your griddle!