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Cast Iron Griddle {REVIEW}

Cast iron griddle

When you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, there are certain items that practically never get put away:

  • my favorite knife
  • my wooden cutting board
  • certain pots
  • my cast iron pan
  • my cast iron griddle

That last item is a bit more new to me, one of those things I had on my “maybe I want to try one of these things” list for quite some time before I ordered one. Now I use it multiple times almost every day!

Related: Recipes For A Cast Iron Skillet

How do You Use a Cast Iron Griddle?

Blueberry Grain-free Coconut Flour Pancakes cooking on a griddle

I’m telling you, this thing is so versatile. I love it.

When I started making a list of all the ways we use the griddle, it just kept going and going. Because it can be used both on the stovetop and in the oven, it’s a workhorse for sure:

  • Fried eggs all the time!
  • Homemade tortillas – Fitting 2-3 at a time is key!
  • Pancakes
  • These are my grain free coconut pancake
  • Biscuits
  • Gluten-free flatbread
  • Homemade pizza
  • Fried potatoes
  • Baked potatoes (which I don’t wrap in aluminum foil)
  • Veggies for dinner if my cast iron skillet is already in use
    • The pic is from one of our company meals, and I was able to keep the sauteed veggies warm in the oven easily with the griddle. So convenient! To saute/steam vegetables, I’ll put a large metal lid on top to keep in the heat.
Hosting Guests for Dinner (2) (475x317)

Other people ask about my cast iron griddle all the time! Take a look.

Cast iron griddle on Instagram

How The Cast Iron Griddle Works

The cast iron griddle goes across 2 burners and really can cook across the entire surface once it’s warmed up. It’s not going to be exactly even – there’s always more heat directly over the burners – but the middle area is far from a dead zone. (I used to use a non-stick electric griddle, and that had its warmer and cooler areas as well, just so you know!)

I store it in the oven when I actually need my burners for something else, but most of the time it just lives on the stovetop, ready for any quick meal. The reversible aspect is pretty cool, and I’ve used the “grid” side a few times to make cool grill marks on meat. However, the grooves were a bit of a pain to clean, so I default to the flat side, which is clean with a quick swipe of my rag.

The seasoned surface, unlike my other cast iron pan, is perfectly slick all the time. I don’t ever run water over it, partly because it’s huge and very heavy and would be difficult to get in the sink, but mostly because it doesn’t need it. I scrape any problem spots with a metal spatula, wipe with a cloth and trust that my 2-5 minute preheat will kill any germs the next time I use it. This streamlines my cleanup so much!!! (You know how I hate dishes…)

The griddle offers me a large surface for big batch cooking (all of mine seems to be that way nowadays; I can’t even imagine how long it would take to make pancakes in a round skillet!) and also keeps things warm a long time out of the oven when I use it to bake. It makes the most delectable crispy bottoms on biscuits, rolls, and this gluten-free flatbread recipe is even better on cast iron than my previous favorite stoneware.

Have you ever made Chicago-style pizza? My cousin taught me how, and it begins with cooking the crust 3 minutes on the stove top in cast iron pans. With this griddle, obviously I can’t pile up deep dish toppings like true Chicago pizza, but for our regular pizza nights, I’ve started using the griddle and starting on the stovetop for a few minutes, then moving to the oven to bake.

Grain Free Chickpea Pizza Crust

GoodNESS hold onto your taste buds when you try this! The crispy crust is the best I’ve ever had.

What would you use a cast iron griddle for?

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29 thoughts on “Cast Iron Griddle {REVIEW}”

  1. Question: I too have an electric glass top stove but we are in the process of redoing our home and picking appliances. Sounds like you have a gas stove then?? I thought I had read somewhere sometime that those weren’t “healthy/safe” in the natural world?? Am I right?? Is electric better? Gas fine you think? What about induction?

    1. AJ – You are right on par with conversations my husband and I are having right now! I’ve always LOVED gas more because of the control I have cooking, and now I’m reading more about the dangers of it in the home. Ack! I will be doing research this year on that but my gut is saying we might switch to induction because it seems to be the best of both worlds…
      LMK if you find anything out! 🙂 Katie

  2. Michelle Tucker

    I’ve always wanted to make potato cakes in a pan like this, so that’s the first thing I’d make.

  3. About the cast iron griddle across 2 burners… Can you turn on one burner and only use HALF the griddle and maybe put the cooked food on the other half to “keep warm”? Or would that not work. Do you HAVE to have BOTH burners on under it?

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  5. Andrew Pleasant

    Wow I feel famous! Glad you liked my pizza, we will have to have another pizza night sometime soon! 🙂

  6. Diva Goes Organic

    Another stellar giveaway! I’ve been dying to get one of these. Every time I make quesadillas, pancakes, or any grilled sanwich, I’m longing for something that would allow my husband and I to eat our (hot) food at the same time. I’ll be adding this to my Christmas list if I don’t win 🙂

  7. How funny, I was just cooking pancakes on mine when I read this blog post! It gave me lots more ideas for using mine, though. I usually just do tortillas and pancakes. Good idea as well about just wiping it with a rag!

    I have a question… do you have any grain free replacements for the bread crumbs in the salmon patties recipe?

  8. Do you have a ‘favorites’ blog post? I would love to know the exact things you would use to stock your kitchen with not a lot of stuff, but great quality and safe. Approaching our ten year anniversary and some of the stuff we registered for and have used for ten years needs to be replaced. Would love to simplify and choose safer options to add to my Christmas list!

    1. I couldn’t even remember what I had on the site – but last year’s “gift guide” includes some of my favorites. I should do a kitchen-only top 10 or 20 items I’d have if I had nothing else though…

      http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/11/17/2012-holiday-gift-guide-from-kitchen-stewardship/

      And actually this list gives a really good “best of” list of what I decided to keep with me when 90% of our house was in storage: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/09/27/if-you-could-only-keep-four-shelves-in-your-kitchen/

      1. Thanks for linking to these. I also was looking back at your post about different types of pots and pans!

  9. Hi…not trying to be a grinch…cause I really want one of these for Christmas…..but $72 really? Amazon has this exact product for $39….

  10. Do you know if the griddle can be used on a ceramic flat top stove? From the pictures it looks like the rim around the edge would keep it from actually contacting the flat burners. Is that correct?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I used to have one when I had a gas stove in our old house but gave it away when we moved. I never actually tried it on our new ceramic stove because I was afraid it would be too heavy and scratch the surface.

    2. I had the same question–my concern is more that it would get so hot, and trap the heat underneath, which could damage or even crack the ceramic. I was told by the Sears appliance repair guy that you should never use cast iron AT ALL on a ceramic cooktop. I do use my cast iron skillets anyway (such a rebel) and have never had any trouble. Just super leery of a large griddle though :/

    3. Myra and others,
      It sounds like it would be a risk, but my guess is that if you would use a regular cast iron skillet on your glass top, that this would be even better – there is a rim around the edge that would hold it up off the surface – although I just went to check and it is all the way around; the handles wouldn’t allow any hot air to escape. Maybe that’s bad?

      Here’s what I found online briefly:
      http://www.ehow.com/about_5415543_can-used-glass-top-stove.html

      http://www.ehow.com/way_5585680_can-griddle-smooth-top-stove_.html

      Mighty Nest’s site doesn’t address the questions, and one similar item on Amazon said no glass tops, the other said it does work with “electric radiant ring” – is that glass? So…it’s a risk? I’m not a glass stovetop fan, but I know you have to deal with what you’ve got in your kitchen of course. 🙂 Katie

      1. I was told that the reason you shouldn’t use cast iron on the glass top stoves is becasue it can scratch the glass. I still use my cast iron pans on there and am just very careful not to move them too much so I would think the griddle would be fine.
        However, my stove (not sure if they’re all like this) has a big burner on the top left and lower right and small burners on the top right and lower left. So if I laid a griddle accross the top one side would have more heat than the other so I’m not sure how that would work. My SIL’s coil electric stove has four even sized burners as does my mom’s gas one so I’m not sure if that is a glasstop feature or if it is just my model. I hate the damn thing and am saving up for a replacement.

      2. Thanks for the response! I’ve always heard that you need to be careful to use only flat bottomed things on the glass top stove. I do use cast iron skillets with mine, but I’d be afraid of the rim around the edge of the griddle. Oh well, guess I’ll have to wait till I have my dream kitchen 🙂

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