How to Use a Griddle for Cooking

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How to Use a Griddle for Cooking
Ridged griddles simulate grill marks on food. (cooking gammon image by Paul Mitchell from

Indoor griddles for home use may be made from aluminium, stainless steel or cast iron. They can use either the stove or electricity for heat. Cooking on a griddle eliminates the need for skillets or pots, as you can cook food directly on the griddle's surface. This makes a griddle a good choice for pancakes, steaks, hamburgers, bacon, eggs and other foods you would typically fry in a pan.

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Things you need

  • Non-stick spray
  • Spatula
  • Kitchen tongs

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  1. 1

    Spray the griddle's surface with non-stick spray if you're cooking pancakes or eggs. For most meats, the fat in the meat will be enough to keep the food from sticking.

  2. 2

    Place the griddle over a large stove burner and heat it over medium to medium-high heat. If your griddle covers two burners, set the large burner to medium and the smaller burner to medium-high. This will help distribute heat evenly over the two burners.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle a few drops of water on the griddle's surface. If the water sizzles, the griddle is ready for cooking.

  4. 4

    Place the food on the griddle. Cook according to the recipe for the particular food. Use a spatula to turn pancakes, burgers and eggs. Use tongs to turn meats like steak and bacon.

  5. 5

    Turn off the heat and remove the griddle from the burner after the cooking process is complete. Allow the griddle to cool down completely before washing it.

  1. 1

    Spray the griddle with non-stick spray if you're cooking foods like eggs that may stick to the surface.

  2. 2

    Plug in the griddle and preheat the surface to 177 degrees Celsius using the temperature knob.

  3. 3

    Cook the food on the griddle's surface once the indicator light turns off.

  4. 4

    Unplug the griddle from the electrical socket once the food has cooked. Allow the griddle to cool down before cleaning it.

Tips and warnings

  • Griddles get very hot when cooking. Avoid touching any part of the griddle with your hands. If you must hold the griddle, use hot pads or oven gloves to prevent burns.

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