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Can You Put Grill Pans in the Dishwasher? (An Answer to All the Different Types)

So you got yourself a brand new pan like I did, but as you’ve probably discovered by now, it’s really hard to clean. If only there was an easier way to clean it, right? Well, your house does have a dishwasher.

So are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Can you put non-stick grill pans in the dishwasher?

Grill pans are great because they offer a flat surface that you can cook on, and that allows you to make food that is similar to what you might cook on the grill, without the extra effort of actually getting out the grill. When looking at how to wash, technically, you can put any pan in the dishwasher. Now, if you should or not, is another question. The main issue with putting non-stick pans in the dishwasher is the potential for the coating on the pan to become damaged by the high heat and chemicals in the dishwashing detergent. If you wash a non-stick pan in the dishwasher once or twice, it is not going to destroy it, but it is always better to hand wash.

Can you put aluminum grill pans in the dishwasher?

You can put aluminum grill pans in the dishwasher. There is something to keep in mind, however. With aluminum pans, they are going to be a bit harder to clean. Unless you have hard anodized pans, aluminum is not inherently non-stick, which means a dishwasher may not be tough enough to get the job done and remove all the residue and potentially stuck on food that is on the surface of the pan.

Can you put ceramic grill pans in the dishwasher?

For a very simple reason, ceramic pans can go in the dishwasher, but it is recommended that you handwash them. Ceramic pans do have a coating that is resistant to heat but not impervious. This means that the very high heat of the dishwasher does have the potential to damage the coating and make it crack, chip, or break, which would make your pan useless.

Can you put stainless steel grill pans in the dishwasher?

Again, with stainless steel pans, you can put them in the dishwasher, and one wash is not likely to destroy them. However, if you repeatedly wash them in the dishwasher, you are likely to experience potential corrosion. You might see hard water spots on your pans and you might see watermarks that are hard to get rid of on the surface of the pan. With any cookware, it is always best to hand wash if you can, rather than use a dishwasher to do the job.

Can you put cast-iron grill pans in the dishwasher?

Though some might say that a dishwasher does not damage cast iron, twice as many say it does. The issue with cast iron in the dishwasher is that cast iron is not sealed; it is porous. This means that when it is submerged in water or exposed to a great deal of water, it is going to soak up that water. When cast iron soaks up water, it rusts, and rust can cause holes, damage, cracks, and more. Even if you have a seasoned pan, water can be dangerous, and a dishwasher and dishwasher detergent can break down the seasoning of your cast iron pan as well.

Why shouldn’t you put your grill pans in the dishwasher?

There are a few reasons why you shouldn’t put your grill pans in the dishwasher. For one thing, the quality of the pan depends on the material used and brand specifications. What this means is that some grill pans may be more dishwasher-durable depending on their resistance to damage. If you have a ceramic-coated grill pan, for example, it’s usually not recommended that you put it in the dishwasher. However, it is considered dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, very few grill pans are actually dishwasher-safe.

Cast iron or nonstick materials are two examples of materials that shouldn’t be put in a dishwasher as well, as they can be damaged by the high temperatures and harsh chemicals present in most dishwashing detergents. However, most aluminum, ceramic, and stainless steel pans can go into a dishwasher without any problems.

Even if a pan is dishwasher-safe, hand washing is still recommended to extend its life and keep it looking good for longer periods of time. Another reason to avoid putting your grill pans in the dishwasher is that they may wear out faster if you do so—something that no one wants! Finally, if you have Teflon pans at home, another way to tell if the coating is worn off is by getting water on them and seeing if bubbles come to the surface.

Pans that are used for grilling, such as grill pans, should not be put in the dishwasher because it will wear out the non-stick coating on the pan. The high heat and harsh chemicals in the dishwasher can damage the surface of the pan and make it difficult to clean.

How to tell if your grill pan is dishwasher-safe

Most ceramic-coated grill pans are dishwasher-safe. However, it is important to check for the dishwasher-safe symbol before placing the pan in the dishwasher. If you cannot find this symbol, then it is best to handwash the pan with soap and water.

Pans that are not dishwasher-safe may be severely scratched when placed on high heat. However, there is a way to stop this from happening. The most important thing you need to know about your grill pan is whether or not it has Teflon on the bottom. You can tell if a pan has Teflon by looking for tiny, round bumps that are visible on the side of the pan. If you do not see these bumps, then your grill pan does not have Teflon and should be handwashed with soap and water.

If you cannot find the bumps, then your grill pan may not be dishwasher-safe. The nonstick coating on a Teflon-coated grill pan is what prevents food from sticking to it during cooking. If these bumps are not present, then the pan will lose its nonstick properties over time and should be hand-washed with soap and water instead.

If you’re really adamant about finding out whether your grill pan is dishwasher-safe, then it might be a good idea to reach out to the company that makes these tools and hear their side of the story.

How to clean your grill pans

Hot water

Hot water is one of the best ways to clean a grill pan. It helps to gently and quickly loosen up any food that might be stuck on the surface and is not dangerous to the non-stick coating, no matter what sort of coating you have.


Salt is a great option as well. Salt is a mild abrasive that will dissolve and break down with water. This means that if you add a small amount of salt scrub, it is not going to damage the cast iron, but it will help to dislodge the food that is stuck on the surface of the pan.

Salt and water

Using a salt and water paste is another great option. This is going to help break down any food that is stuck on the surface of the cast iron, but it is not going to be damaged, and the food that is there is going to be scrubbed off gently instead.

Potato and salt

A potato offers you a bit more leverage. Take a half of a potato and cover the exposed half with salt. Use this as a mild abrasive and use it to scrub away any food or other bits from your cast iron without causing any damage.

Salt and oil

Salt and oil is another great option. With salt and oil, you have no risk of damaging the seasoning that is on the pan, and you can be certain that the pan you are cleaning is going to be clean, but that the surface is not going to be damaged.

Soap and water

Soap and water is also a great choice. If you do choose to use soap and water to clean your cast iron, you will need to add another thin layer of oil after you get done drying to ensure the seasoning is intact.

Cast iron brush

If you have very stubborn stuck-on food, a cast iron brush is a great way to first dislodge the very large pieces, then use one of the other cleaning methods mentioned to help complete the cleaning.

How to remove rust from a grill pan

Rust can form on the surface of a cast iron grill pan if it’s not cleaned and dried properly after each use. It’s important to remove rust as soon as you notice it, because it can damage the pan over time. There are two proven methods for doing that: using a scraper or steel wool.

We recommend using a scrubber like the Lodge Chainmail Scrubber to remove any stuck-on residue left over after removing rust. The grates of a grill should not be cleaned in the dishwasher–the best way to clean them is by using vinegar, or other alkaline cleaners.

After you’re done, it’s important that you re-season your grill pan because, after scrubbing it down with an abrasive scrubber, you’re bound to remove the oil-based protective layer.

Additionally, there are several methods that can be used to remove burned food from grill pans. You can use liquid soap and cold water, a melamine foam sponge dipped in an alcohol solution (1 part alcohol to 10 parts cold water), or heat up your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. If you need to clean multiple pots or pans, you can also put them on your stove top over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, or boil two cups of water for every cup you need to clean.

Tips to maintain your grill pan

  • Cast iron grill pans can handle high temperatures, but you should avoid contact with metals like utensils.
  • Cast iron skillets are not dishwasher-safe, and if you put them in a dishwasher anyway, you run the risk of losing your natural built-up non-stick coating.
  • However, it’s important to be aware that metal utensils are not recommended nearby because they will scratch the surface of the pan’s coating.
  • In order to prevent any damage to the surface, never wash your new grill pan with steel wool.
  • Never store your new skillet with a lid on because it will trap moisture inside, which may lead to rusting rather than cleaning.
  • It is recommended to avoid preparing acidic foods in a grill pan that has not been seasoned.
  • Wait for seasoning to build up before cooking acidic foods with a new, uncooked grill pan. After seasoning the grill, not even tomatoes can ruin the protective coat from the acidity of tomato juice.

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