How to Use a Cast-Iron Grill

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How to Use a Cast-Iron Grill
A cast-iron grill imparts flavour like no other cookware. (Beef steak cooking in a cast-iron grill pan. image by kuhar from

Cast-iron grills, also called cast-iron grill pans, are a fixture in our minds from days gone by. However, even as the art of cooking has evolved, cast-iron grills are still a very useful option for your kitchen arsenal. Once seasoned, they are naturally non-stick. When heated in the oven, as you might do after searing a nice steak on both sides to lock in flavour, cast iron will not emit harmful fumes, as current non-stick-coated products may.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vegetable oil
  • Brush
  • Scouring pad
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel

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    Seasoning a Cast-Iron Grill

  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Brush your cast-iron grill pan with 1 tbsp or so of vegetable oil while you wait for the oven. Only use enough oil so that you lightly coat every surface inside the pan.

  3. 3

    Place the pan in the middle of your oven and leave it for one hour.

  4. 4

    Turn the oven off and allow the pan to cool to room temperature inside the oven. Do not attempt to remove it or cook in it until the cast-iron grill pan has completely cooled.

    Cooking With a Cast-Iron Grill

  1. 1

    Heat your seasoned cast-iron grill over very high heat for a few minutes. Splash the pan with a couple droplets of water from your fingertips; if the water dances and evaporates, the pan is ready.

  2. 2

    Place your food in the grill pan. Wait a couple of minutes, then try to turn it. Do not fight the grill pan; if the food does not come away easily, it is not yet ready to be turned. Turn only when the food comes away from the pan easily.

  3. 3

    Grill food evenly on both sides. Remove the pan from the burner when grill marks have formed. Continue cooking at low temperature (121 to 149 degrees Celsius) in your oven, if necessary, for the interior cooking of meats.

  4. 4

    Rinse your cast-iron grill with water. Scrub with a scouring pad and a little mild dish soap if necessary. Dry immediately to avoid the creation of rust on your cast-iron grill.

Tips and warnings

  • Seasoning a cast iron grill is a necessary step, so do not skip it. If not seasoned, cast iron grills will be incredibly sticky and will disappoint you every time you try to cook something in them. Always make sure to season your grill pan first.
  • If your cast-iron grill develops rust, scrub it off with a scouring pad. Then reseason in your oven as you did the first time.

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