Broiled meat and veggies are heavenly, especially when they’re thoroughly cooked in their juices. If you haven’t tried any broiling recipe by now, you’re missing out. Broilers provide even heating and cook your food to perfection, something we all love.
But if there’s one thing I hate about broiler pans, it’s the cleaning phase. I remember once I broiled basted chicken, and the juices just wouldn’t come off from the tray, despite me using all my elbow grease.
That incident happened because some of my food burnt, and I didn’t take the pan out right away. Instead, I cleaned the pan a few hours after cooking, and by then, the food gunk had hardened (sobs).
But even when the food doesn’t burn, it’s hard to clean a broiler pan because of its construction. First, there is a grilling surface whose slits get clogged up because of the oils and fats, and then there’s the rack, ready to catch all juices and drippings.
Sure, broiled food is yummy, but the after-clean makes it a far cry. If you don’t know how to clean a broiler pan, I’m here to help.
When I ended up with a stained and burnt broiler pan, I tried several methods to retain its shine.
Today, I’ll share those tips and tricks with you so that you don’t miss out on broiled food just because the clean-up phase is a nightmare. Stay with me till the end, and clean your boiler pan just right.
How to Clean a Broiler Pan
Why wait for grime and food gunk to build when a gentle rinse can clean your pan?
If you’re habitual of cleaning your oven once or twice a month, make the broiling pan an exception. Most gas and electric ovens perform well with occasional cleaning, but metal broiling pans are different.
Each time you broil anything, take the pan out and gently wash it with dish soap and warm water to prevent stains; this will retain your pan’s shine and keep it good-to-go for everyday use.
But, if your broiling pan is already dirty and needs a thorough cleaning, worry not because that’s also easy.
Here are some cleaning tips your broiling pan would love:
Cleaning your Broiler Pan with Baking Soda
If your broiler pan is stained and greasy, you can treat it with baking soda and water. You won’t have to go out and find a pan cleaner because baking soda is a commonly found kitchen item; use it right and give your pan a new life.
- Baking soda
- Kitchen towels
Take your broiler pan out, and rinse it with warm water. Place it on the countertop and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the grill and rack.
Pour some water on top and mix it with the baking soda to form a paste. You’ll notice slight foaming and oxidation, which is actually baking soda doing its magic.
You can also cover your pan with a wet kitchen towel to trap moisture while baking soda does its job. Leave the pan as it is for 1-2 hours, and remove the kitchen towel to see if the soda is all dried up.
Use a wooden spatula or a metal tuner to scrape the dried paste. Remove baking soda and thoroughly wash your broiler pan with tap water.
This method will probably remove the everyday grease and stains from your broiler pan, leaving it with a shiny look. But, if the burnt gunk and spots are still there, read my next tip, and it’ll surely help.
Cleaning your Broiler Pan with Dryer Sheets
You might have used dryer sheets to keep your bed lined fresh, but did you know that these sheets could clean tough stains as well? Yes, that’s right. Here’s what you need to try this cleaning method:
- Dishwashing soap
- Dryer sheets
Mix a gentle amount of dishwashing detergent in warm water and soak your broiler pan in it. Place a dryer sheet on the pan as well, and leave it for a few hours while you deal with other chores.
Come back to the pan and see if the food gunk has come off; if not, let it stay in the mixture for a little longer. Once you notice that the dryer sheet is done cleaning the grease and gunk, remove the pan from the mixture and wipe it with a kitchen towel.
Finish the process by rinsing your pan with warm water, and that’s all. Dryer sheets soak most grease, scum, and dirt from your broiler pan, ensuring you don’t use much elbow grease to clean it.
Using Bar Keepers Friend to Cleaning your Broiler Pan
BKF is an excellent option for baked-in stains and stubborn grime. If you’re dealing with a heavily used broiler pan, get ready with Bak Keepers Friend and some elbow grease.
Things you’ll need:
- BKF scouring powder
- Wooden spatula
This is real business; you’re using a strong scouring agent, so be careful. First, wear latex gloves because BKF powder might stink.
Either soak your broiler pan in water or pour some water on it; your call. Sprinkle a small amount of BKF powder on the pan, don’t overdo it, but make sure the entire pan is covered with the scouring agent.
Leave the pan for 10 minutes and start cleaning its interiors with a scrubber. Don’t use steel wool or a highly abrasive cleaner because BKF itself is brittle.
Loosen the food gunk with the scrubber and a wooden spoon and see if the stains are gone. If you’re unhappy with the results, scrub a little more, and it’ll brighten your metal pan’s surface. However, don’t do intense scrubbing, do it gently.
Wash the pan with warm water and use a kitchen towel to dry its surface. When I had a food-burning accident with my broiler pan, BKF was a savior.
This scouring powder works on the toughest stains and residue, ensuring your kitchenware is always clean. Keep a BKF jar handy for the future and confidently use your broiler!
Things to avoid
After the correct ways to clean a broiler pan, it’s time to list things that don’t go well with broiler cleaning. Avoid these steps for better and long-lasting cleaning results:
Steel wool scrubbers
Sharp bristles can scrap a broiler pan’s surface, leaving it with pits and dips. This abrasive surface will make cooking and cleaning even harder for you, so be gentle while scrubbing your metal pans.
This might sound weird, but you don’t have to scrub your pan endlessly to regain its look. Regular and intense scrubbing scratches a pan’s surface, and food starts sticking to it. If your pan is too greasy and discolored, soak it in a cleaning mixture and relax. Soaking will remove the residue without you using your elbow grease.
Leaving the pan as is
This is a no-brainer; if you keep delaying the clean-up, you’ll end up doing extra work. So, be smart and wash/clean your broiler pan after each use. This will reduce your workload and keep your broiler in the perfect form.
Don’t go for acids and harsh chemical cleaners even when your broiler pan is dirty beyond an average level. Chemicals leach into the metallic surface, making it harmful for regular usage.
Therefore, stick to your everyday dish cleaners, and they’ll do for your broiler pan.
How to Reduce Baked and Stubborn Stains?
Now that we know three methods to clean a broiler pan, it’s time for some pro tips. Work smart, not hard; I go by this rule, and you should too.
Foil the Grill
You must be thinking this is strange because the grill is supposed to let the juices drip down to the tray, then how come wrapping it will work?
Well, here’s the smart part. Spread an aluminum foil on your broiler pan’s grill and poke small holes/slits in it. These slits will let the juices/fats drip while keeping the grill clean.
Wrap the Basin
The basin/dripping tray is the most challenging part to clean; it receives all dripping, heat, and stains, so it always gets messy. However, wrapping this tray with aluminum foil will contain all drippings, eventually reducing your cleaning effort.
If you don’t like to frequently use aluminum foil, use it when while cooking fatty meat fillets and make the after clean easier for yourself.
Follow these tips and use lesser elbow grease to clean your broiler pan:
I always advocate smart working; cleaning a broiler pan is no exception. If you’re short on time and want to thoroughly clean your broiler pan, follow the below-listed points:
As I said earlier, don’t stress about scrubbing your broiler pan. Instead, soak it in water and a good-quality detergent for effortless cleaning. Most tough stains will come off with this soaking trick, and your broiler pan will look nice once you rinse it.
Let vinegar do the tricky part
Apple Cider vinegar is a good cleaner for grills and broiler pans. If fats and oils have clogged your broiler pan, mix some apple cider vinegar with sugar and pour this solution on the grill. This excellent grease fighter will thoroughly clean your broiler pan without damaging its heat protector coating.
Maintaining a broiler pan’s shine is hard but not impossible. If you frequently use your broiler, don’t forget to clean it inside out. Regular cleaning not only makes your broiler looks neat but also keeps your food’s taste intact.
Follow any of the above cleaning tips and clean your broiler pan without stressing much. Remember this sequence; soak, scrub, dry!