Grill pans are one of the most important kitchen cookware which you must have! They are perfect for cooking steaks, burger patties, and even vegetables.
Don’t feel like cooking outdoors or have a patio at home; then no need to get worried. Grills pans are the ultimate solution to provide you with an outdoor cooking experience.
Not to mention, the char-grilled lines that are added to the food items add to the food presentation. Also, if you’re cooking on a grill pan then any meal without any doubt would taste scrumptious.
When one purchases grill pans, they usually come with a set of instructions books. However, at times they are too complicated to comprehend.
Thus, in this article, we would talk about everything you need to know about using grill plans.
- 1 Let’s Start Cooking in Grill Pans
- 1.1 Choosing the Perfect Grill Pan
- 1.2 Preparation Time
- 1.3 Let’s Get Grilling
- 1.4 Extra Precautions!
Let’s Start Cooking in Grill Pans
Choosing the Perfect Grill Pan
There are unlimited options available in the supermarket to select grill pans. One can also get quite confused when choosing one but we would suggest 2 tips that you should certainly look out for when buying a grill pan.
Non-Stick Pans Vs Cast Iron Grill Pans
Several individuals prefer buying non-stick grill pans. The obvious reason being that they don’t allow the food to stick on the surface.
Also if you own a ceramic stove then non-stick pans are perfect for grilling.
Having said this, cast iron grill pans add more taste to the food and they can retain heat for a longer time. Thus, that is why for grilling we suggest that you opt for a cast iron grill pan.
Go for a Raised Ridges Grill Pan
90% of people cook in the grill pan to get chargrilled marks and flavor in their food. Hence, grilled pans with raised ridges are better as they provide greater sear marks.
Get a Grill Pan that Comes with a Lid
When you purchase a grill pan for the outdoors, it comes with a cover so that the heat remains inside and to get the best result in terms of taste.
If you are buying a grill pan for the indoors; get one that comes with a lid so that maximum flavors remain in the food when cooked.
Select a Grill Pan that Is Bigger
You would want a grill pan that has a larger surface area. Hence, buy a square-shaped grill pan rather than a round-shaped one as it provided more space.
Wash the Pan before Usage
There’s no harm in being extra careful! Even if you have cleaned the pan before putting it in the cupboard; the cookware can still get dusty.
That is why rinse it with warm water and wipe it dry before you start grilling.
Prepare the Food
Regardless of which food items you’re grilling; cut them very thinly. This way there won’t be any chance of the patties or steaks remaining raw in the middle and buying from the outside.
Thin slices would also mean a delicious smoky flavor in your meal.
Brush oil onto the food item before grilling them. We recommend that you steer clear from olive oil as it has a low smoking point and while cooking on a grill pan, always choose an oil that has a high smoking point.
Thus we suggest you use avocado, coconut, or peanut oil. Just choose one that has a relatively higher smoking point.
One thing that you must remember is that to prevent the pan from burning or getting too much, avoid brushing oil on the entire pan.
Let’s Get Grilling
Preheat the Pan
Use medium heat to prevent the grill pan from overheating. Otherwise, there is a danger of the food burning.
Place the Sliced Vegetables or Thin Patties on the Pan
As the pan would be hot, we suggest that you use tongs when putting anything on the grill pan.
Cover with a Lid
Like we previously suggested; adding a top cover while grilling adds to the taste and better char marks on to the food.
Do not Move your Food Unnecessarily
Allow the food items to cook properly and avoid moving them or changing sides. Let one side properly cook and rotate only when feeling that something is cooked and will be burnt if the side is not changed.
Every Food Item has Their Own Cooking Time
Chicken, Beef Steaks, Vegetables, etc. do not take the same time to cook on a grill pan. That is why some research before grilling or look through the recipe that how long would each side take to cook in medium heat.
For example, burger patties take 3 minutes for each side to be cooked. While Pork would take 6-7 minutes for one side to cook properly.
Is your Food Cooked from the Inside?
That last thing you want to do is serve a raw meal to your family or friends. That is why always check the temperature of the food item before removing it from the grill.
Cooking in a grill pan isn’t the only way to go; taking proper care and storing is equally important!
That is why we would provide you with some tips on how to take extra precautions when keeping a grill pan.
- Wash it with warm water.
- Do not rinse it in a dishwasher. Always Hand Wash it.
- Dry it with a towel before storing it in the cupboard.
- Season the grill pan occasionally.
- Do not stack it on other cookware while keeping it on the shelf.
- Always place the pan on a dry counter or cabinet.
Who Thought Using A Grill Pan Would Be This Easy!
Throwing another dinner at the house? Impress your friends and family and serve them a delicious meal cooked on a grill pan!