How To Use A Cast-Iron Griddle On Gas Stove?

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How To Use A Cast-Iron Griddle On Gas Stove?

Cooking on griddles is easier and quicker, especially when you have to prepare family meals. Griddles with low (or no) sidewalls let you easily flip the ingredients and cook large food batches in one go; easy peasy. But new cooks are often confused if griddles are safe to use on gas stoves. If yes, how to use a cast-iron griddle on a gas stove?

Here’s a quick answer for you: Using a cast-iron griddle on the gas stovetop is no different than other pans/skillets. You need a consistent flame, some grease, safe utensils to flip/turn the food, and your favorite ingredients to cook different recipes on a griddle. Cleaning and seasoning a cast-iron griddle is also effortless, so don’t think this fancy-looking pan will add to your workload.  

If you haven’t tried cooking with a griddle on your stovetop, read this guide, and you’ll soon be flipping pancakes and cooking meat fillets on your cast-iron griddle.

Cast-iron Griddles – Versatile, Durable, Fancy

We use 8/10/12 inch skillets for cooking breakfast, making snacks, and heating already cooked food because they’re convenient. But did you know that griddles can outdo most pans and skillets because of their construction?

Here are some advantages of using a griddle:

  • Griddles are bigger than most pans, hence a wider cooking surface
  • Griddles can go in the oven, on gas stovetops, and to the campfire
  • Well-seasoned cast-iron griddles provide excellent food release

If you can experience all these advantages with a griddle, why not use it?

How To Use A Cast-Iron Griddle On Gas Stove?

Cooking on a gas stovetop is trickier for beginners, mainly when you aren’t familiar with the cookware you’re using. Here are four simple steps that’ll help you cook whatever you prefer on a Griddle:

Prepare the Stove

Take your griddle out of the cabinet and rinse it to remove loose dirt from the cooking surface.

If your gas stove has several burners, place the griddle on top of them to see how many burners you’ll need to heat the cooking surface (two burners work fine for most cast-iron griddles).

Check if the griddle’s base is well-balanced and it’s not leaning to one side.

Heat the Griddle

Turn on the burners; if you’re cooking meat, pre-heat the griddle at the low-medium flame as high heat will char the meat. But if you’re reheating some food, high temperatures also work fine.

Since a griddle is larger than your everyday skillet, it’ll take time to heat up, be patient.

Grease the Griddle

If your griddle is non-stick, you can skip this step. But if you have a non-coated cast-iron griddle, add some oil/butter to keep your food from burning. Shortening, lard, and butter work best with griddles, but you can use any vegetable oil too.

Add Ingredients

And that’s it; your gas stovetop’s temperature is ready, the griddle is well-greased, and you’re ready to cook. Make grilled cheese, reheat burger patties, grill bacon, and sear some salmon fillets, all on the same pan, i.e., the cast-iron griddle.

A pro tip: If you’re a smart cook, serve food directly on the griddle and reduce the reheating/cleaning effort (don’t forget the heat-protective stand while placing the griddle on your table, though).

How to use a cast-iron Griddle on A Gas Grill?

Grilled meat is a delicacy most of us love, but the effort of setting a grill limits grilled recipes to weekends. If you’re a fan of grilled food, keep a griddle near you and enjoy yummy recipes with no mess behind.

Fire up your gas grill, place the griddle over it and let the two heat up for 10-15 minutes. The gas flame underneath will evenly heat the grates of your grill and the cooking surface of your griddle, ensuring you prepare several food batches within minutes.

Using a griddle with your gas grill is the perfect idea for brunches and casual lunches where you don’t have time to reheat the food now and then. Set your grill on the patio, place a wide griddle over it, and cook whatever you prefer.

Griddles work perfectly well for fish fillets, vegetables, patties, meat chunks, etc. When the grill gets hot beyond your preferred level, move the griddle away for a while and put it back once the temperature is normal.

Griddle Safety

Here are some care instructions you should follow while working with a cast-iron griddle:

Protect Your Skin

Always use a kitchen mitt while working with a cast-iron griddle because its handle can get extremely hot on the stove. Even if your griddle has a wrapped handle, a prolonged stay on the stove can heat it, so be careful.

Maintain A Steady Flame

You don’t want charred or undercooked meat, so maintain a steady flame under the griddle. Avoid placing ingredients in the middle region of your griddle, as heat might be inconsistent there.

Don’t Let the Griddle Too Hot

If you see smoke rising from the griddle, remove it from the stovetop for 5 minutes and keep it back before it gets cold; this step will cook your food to perfection and protect its color.

How to clean a cast-iron griddle after cooking?

Cleaning food grates and burnt food gunk is a time-taking task if you use a griddle, especially when it’s non-coated.

If food burns inside your griddle, rinse it with warm water. Spread a dry/liquid detergent on the pan’s surface and use a nylon brush with stiff bristles to remove the hardened particles.

If the stains/burnt residue doesn’t come off, use a scouring agent and steel wool to clean the griddle (don’t forget to re-season the griddle after such intense cleaning).

How to season a cast-iron griddle on the stovetop?

Seasoning a griddle increases its life span and makes cooking easier for you. Here’s how to season a cast-iron griddle on your stovetop:

  • Wash the griddle, remove all loose or stuck dirt particles from it and let it dry
  • Sprinkle a few drops of any oil on the griddle
  • Turn on the flame and heat the griddle till the oil reaches its smoke point
  • Remove the excess oil and enjoy a non-stick cooking surface

Final Thoughts

A griddle can be your best buddy in the kitchen once you get the hang of it; try cooking eggs and bacon this morning on a griddle, and you’ll love the subtle browning it leaves on the food. Once you learn to maintain the correct temperature and grease with a griddle, move towards making full-course meals and enjoy!

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