5 Things to Cook on an Electric Griddle and 5 to Skip
When you've got a crowd to feed, turn to an electric griddle! Here are the foods that work best, plus the ones to avoid.
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Possibly the most obvious choice for cooking on a griddle is pancakes. You churn out short stacks with ease, thanks to the large surface area. Whether you’re in the mood for classic and fluffy buttermilk cakes or crisp potato pancakes a griddle is the way to go.
Just be sure to avoid these top pancake mistakes!
Skip the greasy mess that comes with cooking bacon on the stovetop by throwing your slices on an electric griddle instead. Many models come with a well along the sides that allows grease to drip away so you have crispy strips.
Works: Grilled Cheese
This ultimate grilled cheese is only moments away! Electric griddles do not rely on range burners—which may have hot spots—as the heating source, so your grilled cheese will be ooey and gooey throughout. Don’t miss out on our favorite melty grilled cheese recipes.
Whether you’re craving eggs scrambled, over easy or sunny-side up, it’s a cinch to prep them on a griddle. Whether you’re cooking a single egg or a full dozen, there’s a way you can prepare ’em with ease.
Doesn’t Work: Hot Dogs
Stick to the grill, skillet or saucepan when it comes to hot dogs, which may roll around on a griddle’s flat surface. Same goes for sausages, links and anything else that might escape.
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Doesn’t Work: Steak
You won’t want to cook steaks on a griddle. Unless you’re cooking up small pieces of meat where you can easily keep watch the internal temperature, stick to other cooking methods. We’re partial to cooking steak in a cast-iron skillet.
Doesn’t Work: Chicken
When it comes to chicken of any nature, stick to other methods to cook your bird faster. Because most types of chicken, like wings or legs, aren’t totally flat, they won’t cook as evenly on the griddle’s surface.
Doesn’t Work: Fish
While cooking fish can work on the griddle, it could produce a lot of smoke and fumes, which most kitchen ventilation systems can’t handle. If you don’t want to battle the smoke alarm, try baking your salmon (and other fish) instead.
Doesn’t Work: Desserts
Aside from pancake-adjacent recipes such as crepes, desserts may not always fare well when thrown on the griddle. Instead of trying to experiment with desserts cooked this way, try using your grill or even your Instant Pot instead.