Finding the best grill pan to buy for everyday cooking
A grill pan takes the joy of outdoor cooking and the flavours of a BBQ and makes it possible to replicate inside the home on a stovetop. Grill pans impart the unique smokiness of an outdoor grill into your food and leave dark, crusty lines on meat and veggies which render them absolutely delicious. Consider these factors before making a purchase:
Material. You can find grill pans made out of cast iron, anodised aluminium, stainless steel or ceramic.
Shape. Grill pans can be rectangular or square-shaped to fit in more food.
Finish. A non-stick coating prevents the food from sticking to the surface and will make your grill pan easier to use and clean.
Handle. Long handles are comfortable to hold and stay cool, side handles make lifting heavier pans easier and removable handles are easy to store and can be taken off for oven use.
Grill pans and griddles - what is the difference?
Grills and griddles are similar but with one distinct difference:
Grill pans - The surface of a grill pan has raised up parallel ridges which leave appealing sear marks on your food. The ridges also keep the juices separated from the food which ensures it is grilled, not poached or stewed.
Griddles - The surface of a griddle is smooth and flat, making it ideal for cooking pancakes, eggs and bacon. They typically give you more space than a frying pan and are easier to clean than grill pans.
You can also find reversible grill pans that offer raised ridges on one side with a smooth griddle on the other for both types of cooking, such as the Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill.
Range of different sizes, colours and styles available - square grill pans, cast iron and more
Grill pans and griddles come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles to suit any type of cooking need and personal preference. We have rectangular grills by Le Creuset and Scanpan, round grill pans by Victoria with removable handles, reversible grills, and cast iron square grill pans for when you need more space, such as the Essteele Per Salute Grill Pan 28cm.
The Le Creuset Grillit range is made with cast iron for even heat distribution and durability and comes with an enamelled exterior in soft and classic shades like Coastal Blue and Satin Black. For an eco-friendly choice, the Essteele Per Natura Grill Pan is made with 100% recyclable aluminium that's free from PFOA and heavy metals.
What you can cook on a grill pan and griddle
Grill pans and griddles are fantastic for outdoor cooking and can take your next BBQ to another level. They're also great when used indoors on electric, gas, ceramic and induction hobs. Here's just some of the delicious meals you can cook up with your new grill pan or griddle:
Eggs and bacon
Seafood, including prawns, salmon and scallops
Marinated chicken kebabs
Difference between a grill pan and oven
A grill pan allows you to cook food in a pan that sits on top of a heat source, such as an electric or gas stovetop. An oven is a thermally insulated compartment that requires you to place the food inside for it to heat, bake or roast.
Stainless steel, cast iron grill pans and more - materials used
Grill pans can be made using a variety of materials, including:
Cast iron - Cast iron grill pans are naturally non-stick, non-toxic, durable and provide even heat distribution and heat retention. Enamelled cast iron grill pans do not need seasoning.
Stainless steel - A stainless steel grill pan is very durable, non-porous, non-toxic and easy to clean with good heat distribution.
Cast aluminium - Cast aluminium grill pans are lightweight, easy to use, are non-stick and can typically be put in the dishwasher.
Benefits of having a non stick grill pan and griddle pan
A cooking surface that has a non-stick coating is much easier to work with as it prevents food bits from becoming stuck during cooking and is much easier to clean. It also helps the food release easily which is great for lifting, flipping and turning.
Cleaning and taking care of your new grill pan
Grill pans that are made of cast aluminium with a hard anodised coating can typically be placed in the dishwasher or washed by hand. Cast iron cookware, including grill pans, should be hand washed after each use with a scrub brush and hot, soapy water. If it's raw cast iron, season the pan by rubbing a light layer of vegetable oil on the inside and outside. Enamelled cast iron grill pans don't need seasoning and can either be hand washed or put in the dishwasher.
Accessories and other kitchen utensils to consider when buying a new grill pan
These kitchen accessories, appliances and utensils can help you to elevate your cooking with grill pans and beyond:
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What is the function of a grill pan?
A grill pan is a versatile piece of cookware that can bring the smoky flavours and aromas of outdoor BBQ cooking inside the home to be completed on a gas, electric or induction stovetop. Grill pans have raised parallel ridges that impart sear lines onto food for extra style and flavour. They also separate juices from the food to prevent poaching and reduce steam, making them ideal for cooking meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, pancakes and much more.
What is the difference between a grill pan and a frying pan?
A frying pan features a flat bottom round surface, sloped sides and a long handle for shaking, tilting and lifting the pan. They can be used to fry, deep-fry, sear, boil, braise and stir-fry all types of food.
A grill pan is typically square or rectangular-shaped with raised parallel ridges for enabling the juices to run off from the food and ensure it is grilled, not poached or stewed. Grill pans can mimic the taste, aroma and char-grilled lines of BBQ cooking on an indoor stove, including gas, stove or induction.