Griddle pans are a great way to enjoy the taste of summer, even if it's wet and gloomy outside. But there is a knack to cooking with them.
Our recent cookware tests gave us great insights into how best to use a griddle pan.
Find out how to heat the pan, how much oil or butter to use, optimum timings for each food and what equipment is best to use, so you can get the most out of your griddle pan.
Let your griddle pan heat up a bit before you begin cooking. This will ensure the entire surface is equally hot, so your food cooks consistently at the same rate.
Generally non-stick pans heat up faster than cast iron pans.
For either, always start with medium heat, as a rapid change in temperature can damage the pan.
From our tests we found the following:
You heard it here first, there's no such thing as too much butter.
Dubious medical advice aside, using the right amount of oil or butter makes a world of difference on your griddle pan.
For non-stick, you won't need as much cooking grease, but for cast iron, it's more or less essential.
If choosing butter, melt it first, then place the melted butter or cooking oil in a small bowl.
Then with a fine hair basting brush (natural or synthetic - either is fine) lavishly spread the oil or butter over the surface area of the food item you are going to cook.
Once your buttered (or oiled) food is ready to cook, we'd recommend reaching for your trusty pair of barbecue tongs.
You'll want the tongs so you can flip the food easily when the time comes and then serve it without burning your fingers.
With cooking, timing is crucial otherwise you'll have undercooked or overcooked food.
To help you griddle to perfection here are the recommended timings for a wide variety of foods.
|Aubergine slices||4 to 5 minutes per side|
|Beef burgers||6 minutes per side|
|Burger buns||1 to 2 minutes per side|
|Chicken breast||5 to 6 minutes per side, then at least 5 more minutes on the pan with the heat off|
|Courgette slices||2 to 3 minutes per side|
|Fillet of fish||1 minute per side|
|Halloumi||3 to 4 minutes per side|
Last but not least, you need a good griddle pan.
We recently put 10 griddle pans to the test and found two brilliant pans that would be perfect for any ambitious home chef.
During these tests, we found a few pans didn't create ideal grill marks, even when following the rest of these tips.
We purchased all the products we tested. No food was wasted to bring you the results.