What You Need to Know About Cooking on a Flat Top Grill
Cooking on a flat top grill is different from cooking on your kitchen stove or a charcoal grill, and that means that different rules apply.
Here’s what you need to know to master flat top grill cooking:
Don’t preheat on high.
Not only is preheating on the “high” heat setting unnecessary, it can also cause the griddle to warp. Instead, just start the grill a few minutes earlier and preheat on low or medium-low while you’re prepping your other ingredients.
Clean the griddle as you go with a scraper.
As a griddle owner there are 2 very important utensils: a spatula and a scraper. A spatula is essential for mixing, flipping, and moving foods, and a bench scraper is essential for everything else… including cleaning your grill.
As you cook, use the scraper to “scrape” the grill surface starting at the top (farthest away from you) and moving towards the grease trough. By scraping the grill as you go, after you’re done cooking each food or when you move your food to a different part of the grill, you are helping prevent the food from sticking and it makes it easier to clean your gas griddle when you’re done.
Oil your gas griddle surface after every cook.
Oiling the griddle after every use is a good practice to help maintain the griddle top. Keep in mind that applying a thin coat of oil is different than seasoning the griddle.
Once the griddle is clean and dry, and while the surface is still warm, you should add a thin coat of oil with a paper towel and rub it all over the surface. This helps to prevent rusting.