You love breakfast. You really do. You love eggs, bacon, and pancakes—and you’re thinking about buying a griddle because it’s big enough to cook a lot of food on. You’ve never used a griddle before, and you also have a glass stove.
But you know that glass stoves are prone to scrapes and cracks, so can you put a griddle on a glass stove top?
This article will help.
Can you use a griddle on a glass-top electric stove?
You should have no problems with using a griddle on a glass stove. In fact, griddles are made large and durable so that they can handle a lot of heat. Putting them on a glass stove would be totally fine.
However, it’s important to make sure that the griddle is flat-based and has a smooth surface. Additionally, be careful not to drag or drop the griddle, as this can cause scratches on the glass top. Scratches and tiny fractures may form in the griddle in the blink of an eye if it is dropped or dragged.
How to use a griddle on stove tops
Step 1: Set up your griddle
The process of using a griddle on a glass stove is easier than you might imagine.
You first need to set up your griddle. With a glass-top stove, the most important thing to note is that you want to make sure that you are not going to damage the glass stove top.
You can get heat rings that help to raise the pan up off the stovetop and it will still heat up great, but there will be less damage to the stovetop.
You can also put a paper towel between the griddle and the stovetop and it will not catch fire because glass stoves are induction and it will protect the stovetop.
Step 2: Heat it up
For a few reasons, you’ll want to heat your griddle up before you boil it.
First, this is going to allow the griddle time to completely heat up without the oil burning.
You want the pan to heat up fully before you add any food and before you add any oil to the pan.
You also want to heat the pan up slowly, with things like a cast iron griddle, you want to avoid thermal shock and you want to avoid heating the pan up too quickly.
Step 3: Oil it (or don’t)
Oiling your pan can be helpful, but it is not required. If you have a pan that has been seasoned properly you should not have to add oil to prevent food from sticking.
You may want to add the oil to help brown the food and to add flavor, but it is not necessarily a must.
Step 4: Get cooking
After you have set up your grill, heated it up, and added oil if you want to, you can then start working on your food.
With a cast iron griddle you want to make sure you move the food around enough so that you can cook it evenly and so that you can avoid the food getting burnt or sticking.
Tips for using a griddle on a glass-top stove
- You need to be careful not to damage the glass top.
- Cast iron griddles with a layer of enamel base help prevent scratches on a glass stove.
- Choose a griddle that is the right weight for the stovetop.
- Choose griddles with good handles for easy maneuverability.
- Flat bottom griddles are better for even heat distribution.
- Maintain an appropriate working temperature at all times.
- Make sure to get a griddle that will fit on your stove.
- Make sure your griddle fits inside the glass-top stove.
Find a griddle that doesn’t weigh too much
If you’re looking to buy a griddle for your glass stove top, it’s important to choose one that is the right weight.
Griddles come in different sizes and weights, so you’ll need to select the largest option that will fit your needs. Make sure to choose a griddle that is 10 pounds or less.
If you buy a griddle that is too heavy, it can scratch your stovetop.
Not only does this make it difficult to use the appliance, but it also makes cleaning more difficult. You can also choose a smaller griddle that is lightweight.
These are usually made of aluminum or stainless steel and are easy to move around when you’re cooking. This type of griddle is great for making pancakes or other small items on your stovetop.
Choose griddles with good handles
When it comes to cooking on a glass stove top, it is important to choose a griddle with good handles.
Oftentimes, griddles can natively be pretty heavy to hold. having good handles will make it easier to hold onto.
You’ll have a better grip on the griddle and you’ll be able to stabilize it when using it. This will help to avoid any accidents or damage that may occur.
Choose a griddle that’s the right size
Griddles come in different sizes and weights. The size of the griddle you buy should depend on the size of your family.
We recommend getting a griddle that is around 12 inches in size and weighs less than 10 – 12 pounds.
Not only that, you’ll need a griddle that will fit on top of your stovetop and that can fit in the oven if you need to do so.
A large griddle is also good for cooking pancakes, bacon and sausage because it has plenty of room for all of them.
Don’t cook too high of a temperature
If you’re just using your griddle as part of a regular meal, it’s fine to cook at medium-high heat (between 325 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you want to make something super-quick, like bacon or pancakes, go ahead and use high heat (around 450 degrees Fahrenheit). Just don’t forget about it!
Cooking your griddle at too high of a temperature may actually cause it to burn and become damaged. Some griddles may have non-stick coatings on them which may warp if exposed to temperatures that are too high.
If the griddle begins to smoke, it is getting too hot and should be lowered to a cooler temperature.
The bottom shape of the griddle is important
Choose a flat base griddle to avoid problems. Enamel-porcelain griddles are the best option because they offer more protection from scratches.
The signature square shape of a griddle gives it a unique look that is ideal for cooking breakfast or brunch. The shape allows more food to be cooked at once, and it can be used to make pancakes or griddle-fried potatoes.
This not only saves you time but also saves you electricity since you can cook everything at one time.
Yes, they even make circular griddles.
Be careful on your glass stovetop
Cast iron pans are heavy and easy to drop, so be careful when using them.
Always use both hands while lifting to provide a firm hold, and put objects down gently where they are dropped.
You have to get a really good grip on your griddle before you lift it. Accidentally dropping it or sliding it on your glass stove will definitely cause scratches and even cracks in the long run.
Always clean your glass stove top because grill marks, grease, and other food particles can cause scratches. If you notice any scratches on your stovetop, don’t worry too much. They’re easy to fix. Just make sure you don’t forget it.
Don’t slide cast iron griddles on a glass stove
One mistake that people often make is sliding the cookware across the stovetop. This can damage both the cookware and the stovetop.
When you slide cast iron on an electric stove top, it can scratch the surface of the stove. This can then lead to problems with food sticking to the surface. Additionally, cast iron cookware is heavy and can damage a glass stove top if it’s slid across it.
So, what should you do instead? When using cast iron on an electric stove, be sure to lift it when moving it from one spot to another. This will help protect your cookware and your stove top from damage.
This also goes all the way back to make sure you have a griddle with good handles.
Make sure your griddle is clean
If you’re using a cast iron griddle on an electric stove, it’s important to clean the pan before heating it.
This will help avoid any black marks or stains on the glass stovetop.
This is because food and burnt materials might become hardened at the bottom of your griddle. As you place this on top of your glass stove, you’ll end up denting the glass or scratching it.
To clean the pan, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth after each use.
Wiping down the bottom of your griddle as well as the top after every time you use it will make sure to get rid of the leftover food before it becomes hardened. This will prevent any chance of them damaging your glass stove top.
How to season a griddle for a glass top stove
The first thing you need to do to season a griddle is to wash it with warm soapy water and a gentle cloth.
Make sure the griddle is clean and dry before seasoning it.
You then need to put a thin layer of oil on the griddle all over the cooking surface.
You can also pour a small amount of vegetable oil onto a piece of paper towel and wipe the griddle with it. Remember to wipe the entire griddle from top to bottom.
You will then heat the griddle up so that the oil can sink in and allow it to cool completely before you try to move it or use it.
You can heat The Griddle over medium to high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes or until it begins to steam. You can repeat this process two to three times allowing The Griddle to cool and creating multiple layers of oil on top.
Cast iron heats take longer to heat on an electric stove
First, it will take slightly longer for your food to cook than if you were using a gas flame. This is because sometimes the Warped areas of your griddle may not catch on to the heating elements on top of your glass stove.
Eventually, the heat will begin to spread and evenly cook your food. However, the heating element will probably be a circle that doesn’t touch all the ends of your griddle.
Second, cast iron cookware works best on an electric stove. Cast iron heats up much slower than other materials like stainless steel. Fortunately for us, cast iron cookware will retain heat longer and more efficiently than other materials.
And finally, be sure to preheat your griddle before cooking. Pre-heating your griddle will help kick-start the heating process and help promote more even cooking.
Cast Iron on Glass Cooktops: Do’s
You want to make sure you are not dragging or pulling the pan across the surface.
You can use a heat ring to help keep the pan from touching the cooktop directly or you can place paper towels under the pan to help protect the cooktop.
Make sure you are using a seasoned pan or that you have plenty of oil to help keep the food from sticking to the surface of the pan and making a nasty burned-on smell and a burned-on spot on the pan.
Cast Iron on Glass Cooktops: Don’ts
The most important thing to remember with a cast iron pan on a glass cooktop is that glass, though it is strong and they do use tempered glass for these cooktops, can still break and it can scratch.
You need to make sure you are not slamming the pan down or that you are not dragging it around the cooktop too much.
You also do not want to heat the pan up too quickly. Low and slow until the pan is heated is the best method.
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