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A grill pan provides the same mouthwatering chargrill flavours of barbeque cooking with stovetop convenience. Bring outdoor cooking inside and shop our range of cast iron griddles, grill pans and more.

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Enjoy sizzling sears with a grill pan

A grill pan allows home cooks to replicate the succulent sizzled results of barbeque cooking in the comfort of their kitchen. Portable and convenient, a grill pan, grill plate or griddle sits on a stovetop and conducts high heat evenly, producing traditional chars and crusts on foods like meat, seafood and vegetables while imparting the unique smokiness traditionally created on an outdoor grill. Consider these factors when finding the perfect grill pan for your needs:

  1. Material: You can find grill pans made out of cast iron, anodised aluminium, stainless steel or ceramic.

  2. Shape: Grill plates can be rectangular, square or round to fit larger pieces and servings of food.

  3. Finish: A non-stick coating prevents the food from sticking to the surface when cooking with high heat, while also making your grill and griddle plate easier to use and clean.

  4. Handle: Long handles are comfortable to hold, stay cool and are easy to manoeuvre on a stovetop, while side handles ensure steadiness and a secure grip when lifting and carrying. Removable handles can be taken off for oven use and are super handy when you need to store your grilling pan in a cluttered cupboard.

Grill pans and griddles - what’s the difference?

Both built to create charred, caramelised flavours and textures, grills and griddles are similar but with one distinct difference:

  1. Grill pans: The surface of a grill pan has raised parallel ridges which leave distinct grill marks on your food. These ridges also catch juices and drippings from the food being seared, keeping the food surface crispy and ensuring it does not become poached or stewed.

  2. Griddles: The surface of a griddle pan is smooth and flat, making it ideal for cooking foods like pancakes, eggs and bacon. Thanks to their even and often non-stick surface, griddles typically provide more space than a frying pan and are easier to clean than grill pans.

If you’re finding it tough to decide between a grill and griddle pan, consider a reversible pan that offers raised ridges on one side and a flat surface on the other. Now the options to what you can pan sear are truly endless!

There are also a range of different sizes, shapes, colours and styles available when shopping for a grill plate. Square and rectangular grill pans and barbeque plates are the closest comparison to an outdoor grill, allowing for juicy meats like steaks and lamb chops to render out their fat and develop a delightful crust. The difference between a pan and plate design are also distinct, with pans featuring a lipped edge and plates lying flat with an indented rim to collect pan juices. Round griddle pans are better for cooking foods like pancakes or crepes that require even crispness.

When it comes to the visual appeal of grill pans, while most are black due to their cast iron or non-stick material, some come with colourful enamel coatings or a speckled, granite-like surface for an added touch of style.

Feel inspired and get grilling

Grill pans and griddles are fantastic for when you’re seeking the social and interactive element of outdoor cooking, but the weather or your living space may not allow it. When you want to achieve crispy, charred results with your new grill plate but aren’t sure where to start, some of these delicious meal ideas might spark your creativity:

  • Barbequed meats like steak, lamb chops and sausages

  • Seafood like crusted salmon, garlic prawn skewers or prawns grilled in their shell

  • Pancakes or crepes

  • Eggs, bacon and pan-toasted bread

  • Burger patties

  • Charred vegetables like capsicum, corn and leeks

  • Grilled stone fruits

  • Spicy marinated chicken kebabs or skin-on chicken thighs

Travel from the stovetop to oven

A grill pan that is also oven safe brings with it an added layer of cooking versatility. Once you’ve sealed in the juices of a piece of meat, you can pop the pan in the oven to evenly cook the meat to complete tenderness. This combines the crunchiness and smokiness of a char grill and the succulence of oven cooked food. Oven safe 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.

Non-stick, no worries

A grill plate with a non-stick coating is easy to work with and comes with many convenient benefits. It prevents bits of food from sticking during cooking and helps to release food easily when flipping and turning. Plus, it’s much easier to clean, as grilling often releases lots of natural fats from food. Simply wipe down your non-stick surface or even pour the fat right out of the pan.

Cleaning and caring for 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 made from 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 to bolster the grilling experience

These kitchen accessories, appliances and utensils can help elevate your cooking with grill pans and barbeque plates:

FAQs:

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, and can be used 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 build up, making them ideal for cooking meat, seafood, vegetables, pancakes and much more.

What is the difference between a grill pan and a frying pan?

A frying pan features a flat, round surface, sloped sides and a long handle for shaking, tilting and lifting the pan. They can be used to fry, sear, braise and stir-fry and create a wide range of dishes. A grill pan is typically square, round or rectangular with raised parallel ridges on the cooking surface to mimic the effect of a BBQ plate.

Why should I purchase a grill pan?

For those who live in apartments, don’t have a large outdoor living area or typically cook for smaller crowds, grill plates are the perfect alternative to large and bulky barbeques. Griddles and stovetop BBQ plates are space saving pieces of cookware that can be stored in the cupboard when not in use and are super portable and easy to clean. They’re also a more affordable option if you’re keen to give chargrilling a go, but don’t want to commit to a large outdoor grill.