As a stay-at-home dad, I do most of the cooking for my family, since my wife works out of the house. One of my favorite kitchen cookware pieces is the Emeril Cookware Reversible Cast Iron/Grill. It is a 20″ two-sided cast iron grill and griddle with the initials of famed chef Emeril Lagasse on the handles. This heavy duty cast iron grill is made for Emeril Cookware by All-Clad, one of the leading manufacturers of kitchen cookware.
One side of the cast iron stove top grill has raised ridges for cooking chicken, steak, fish or pork allowing the juices and grease to collect underneath away from the food for healthy cooking. Some people have complained the ridges are too high, but I like this since it allows juices to collect underneath the meat and keeps trans-fat ladened grease away from the meat. You don’t want your meat cooking in the fat and grease. When you are done cooking, the edge of the grill is tapered to easily allow the grease to be poured off and disposed of without mess.
The other side of the Emerilware Cast Iron Grill/giddle, available at Amazon.com, has a smooth surface, perfect for making pancakes, paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches.
While some kitchen appliances are made by no-name manufacturers in China with sub-standard quality materials, Chef Emeril Lagasse uses All-Clad to make all of his signature Emerilware kitchen cookware, and with All-Clad you can’t go wrong. If for any reason you are not happy with you cast iron grill from All-Clad, they stand behind their cookware 100% with a lifetime warranty.
Sized for Two Burners
The stove top Grill from Emeril Cookware measures 20 inches in length by 10-1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick, and is designed to be used on two burners. Depending on the size and shape of your stove top, you can place it vertically or horizontally on the burners.
This cast iron grill/griddle is designed to heat evenly and consistently every time, with no cold spots, which makes it perfect for browning, searing, or grilling meat and fish on the grill side. Just flip it over, and the smooth griddle side can make perfect grilled cheese sandwiches, paninis, and fluffy pancakes.
Not Recommended for Glass or Ceramic cook tops
The Emeril Cookware Reversible Grill/Griddle is not recommended for use on a glass or ceramic stove top, due to potential scratches or damage to the ceramic or glass cook top surface.
No Seasoning Required
The Emeril Cookware Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle available a Amazon.com comes preseasoned. That means the cooking surfaces have oil baked on that creates a natural PTFE and PFOA-Free non-stick coasting, which prevents food from sticking, does not absorb smells and flavors of food, and makes clean up a lot easier.
Although no seasoning is required on this pre-seasoned stove top grill and griddle, the Emeril Cookware website recommends washing your cast iron grill before use and season your cast iron grill when the non-stick coating wears off.
Over time with use and washing, the non-stick coating will wear off, which is normal with any cast iron cookware. You will notice it is time to reseason your cast iron grill/griddle when food begins to stick to it.
To ensure your Emil Cookware Cast Iron Grill keeps it’s non-stick abilities, just follow these simple instruction to season your cast iron cookware when you notice food starts sticking to it.
My Secret to Prevent Food from Sticking
I watch a lot of cooking shows, and Alton Brown showed a great to prevent food from sticking on a cast iron grill. Before placing meat on the hot surface, I allow the grill to get up to cooking temperature (350° to 450°), then coat the bottom of the ridges where the grease, oil and juices will collect, well with coarse kosher salt. Using a basting brush or folded paper towel, I brush the top of the ridges with vegetable oil or olive oil. The oil keeps food from sticking to the ridges, and the salt absorbs the fat and juices and makes clean up really easy.
Large Handles for Easy Handing
Since the surface of the cast iron grill will be quite hot after use, the cast iron grill can be dangerous to move, which is why they added large handles on both sides for easy and ergonomic handling and movement. If you must move the cast iron grill while hot, use oven mitts to prevent burning your hands.
Tapered Edges for Easy Pouring Off of Grease
It can be very frustrating spilling hot grease all over the stove or kitchen floor when trying to pour off hot grease, and can cause a nasty burn or fire if the grease touches an open flame. With this indoor cast iron grill, the four edges of the grill side of the Emeril Cookware Reversible cast iron Grill are tapered for easy pour off of grease or fat to prevent a mess, nasty burn or fire.
To prevent cleaning too many pots during cooking, you can quickly take this Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill from the stove top to brown or sear the outside of your meat into an oven up to 600° Fahrenheit to cook the meat all the way through. If a large amount of liquid collects on the bottom of the grill, remove the meat first before removing the grill to prevent spilling any liquid.
Hand Wash Only
As with any cast iron cookware, hand wash only with warm soapy water. Do not put in the dishwasher to clean. After several uses and cleanings, the seasoning will wear off. You will notice the seasoning has warn off your cast iron grill/griddle when food begins to stick to the cast iron grill or griddle surface. You can easily re-season your Emilware Cast Iron Grill/Griddle. Just follow these simple is
EMERIL COOKWARE™ CAST IRON Lifetime Warranty
From the date of purchase, All-Clad guarantees to repair or replace any item found defective in material, construction or workmanship under normal use and following care instructions. This excludes damage from misuse or abuse. Minor imperfections and slight color variations are normal.
What I Like about the Emeril Cookware Cast Iron Reversible Grill and Griddle
I have used the Emeril Cookware cast iron grill/griddle available at Amazon.com for several years cooking hamburgers, chicken, steak and fish. It is great for grilling meat and chicken indoors, and you get those grill marks like your favorite restaurant. The raised edges keep grease and fat away from the food, and the raised edges of the sides keep the grease from spilling over onto the stove top. Some people claim it is too heavy. This is a cast iron grill, of course it is going to be heavy. If cast iron is too heavy, you may want to consider a stainless steel grill, or an outside barbeque.
I also like that the edges on the grill side are tapered to easily pour off grease and oil without spilling or making a mess. Lastly, it cleans pretty easily for a cast iron cookware, without much scrubbing.
Disadvantages of the Emerilware Cast Iron Grill
I love the Reversible Grill and Griddle from Emeril Cookware, and use it frequently, and really have nothing bad to say about my experiences with this cast iron grill/griddle. The only thing about this stove top grill I dislike is that I wish it was a little wider to more easily handle 4-6 medium sized hamburgers or chicken breasts. Other than that I really have no complaints about this cast iron grill from All-Clad for Emeril Lagasse.
Where Can You Buy the Emil Cookware Reversible Cast Iron Grill
We have checked all the big box stores and on-line stores selling the Eneril Cookware Reversible Grill/Griddle, and our research indicates Amazon.com, has the lowest price, free shipping and no sales tax.