One of my favorite kitchen cookware pieces as the cook in the family is the Emeril Cookware Reversible Cast Iron Grill Griddle. 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 and away from the food for healthy cooking. Some people have complained the ridges are too high, but I like this since it allows fat to collect underneath and away from the meat to 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 edges of the grill are 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 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 Emerilware grill 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 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 Griddle available a Amazon.com comes pre seasoned. 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 you don’t need to season this pre-seasoned stove top grill, the Emeril Cookware website recommends washing your cast iron grill before use. When the non-stick coating wears off season your cast iron grill. You know it’s time season your cast iron grill when food begins to stick.
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 Emeril Cast Iron Grill will be quite hot after use, the cast iron grill haslarge 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 if you spill hot grease all over the stove or kitchen floor when trying to pour off hot grease from a grill that doesn’t have tapered edges, which can cause a nasty burn or fire if the grease touches your skin an open flame. With the Emerilware cast iron stove top grill, the four edges 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.
The Pre-Seasoned cast iron Emeril Grill can go from the stove top where you can brown or sear the outside of your meat and straight into an oven up to 600° Fahrenheit without changing pans 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.
Your cast iron grill may be hot to the touch, so make sure you use oven mitts when moving the Emil Grill from stove top to oven.
Hand Wash Only
As with any cast iron cookware, you should hand wash your Emeril Grill with warm soapy water. Do not put in the dishwasher. After several uses and cleanings, the seasoning may begin to wear off, which is expected even with pre-seasoned cast iron cookware. You will notice the seasoning has warn off your cast iron grill/griddle when food begins to stick to the surface of the grill or griddle side. You can easily re-season your Emilware Cast Iron Grill/Griddle. Just follow these simple instructions to season a cast iron skillet.
EMERIL COOKWARE™ CAST IRON Lifetime Warranty
From the date of purchase, Emeril Cookware and All-Clad guarantee 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. Just follow the warranty instructions in the manual if needed.
What I Like about the Emeril Cookware Cast Iron Reversible Grill and Griddle
I have used the Emeril Grill 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 classic grill marks on your meat like your favorite restaurant. The raised grill surface keeps grease and fat below the food for healthy cooking. 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 Emeril Stove Top Grill are tapered to easily pour off grease and oil without spilling or making a mess on the oven or floor. Lastly, it cleans pretty easily for a cast iron cookware, without much scrubbing.
Disadvantages of the Emerilware Cast Iron Grill
I love the Emeril Grill and Griddle from Emeril Cookware, and use it frequently. I really have nothing negative to say about my experiences with the Emeril Grill. 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 like the Emeril Cookware Cast Iron Grill from All-Clad for Emeril Lagasse.
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