I love using the Emeril cast iron griddle grill to cook steak, chicken breasts and perfect hamburgers on the stove, to get those grill marks like in a restaurant, but I hate cleaning it.
Season your Cast Iron Griddle Grill
The first easy method to clean a cast iron grill griddle is to season your cast iron grill, which will bake on a non-stick coating of fat so it will perform like a Teflon-coated non stick skillet without the dangers of the PFOA or PTFE found in most nonstick cookware. I have also found even with my cast iron grill, which was seasoned at the factory, that the seasoning process and quality of oils used are low quality and you may find food still sticks, so I recommend reseasoning your new grill. While the oils are baked on during seasoning, they do not provide a permanent non-stick coating like enameled cast iron. Using and washing your cast iron cookware will wear away the oils over time, so depending on the amount of use you will need to season your cast iron grill when you notice food beginning to stick to your cast iron grill griddle. Also, if you keep a kosher home you will want to buy a bare cast iron grill that has not been seasoned at the factory, and season it yourself, since the oils used may not be certified kosher.
Coat the Grill with Kosher Salt
I learned how to clean a cast iron grill griddle while watching a cooking show. This process takes about 10 minutes.
Generously sprinkle course kosher salt on the grooves of your cast iron griddle grill before cooking, so that the bottom of the grooves are white so you know you have enough salt to absorb fat, grease and blood. Do not use table salt on the grill side, since the salt crystals are too small and will not absorb the oil, fat and grease. You do not need to use salt on the griddle side. For this smooth cooking surface perfect for pancakes, I use a good coating of olive oil, which keeps food from sticking.
Once the grill has cooled to the touch, apply dish soap to the brillo pad or scrub brush, and you will find that large chunks of the hardened kosher salt will break off, taking most of the food particles and fat with it. This takes away about 90% of the baked on food or grease, and leaves small pieces or food, oil or grease to be removed.
Now using your brillo pad or scrub brush, you can easily remove the remaining pieces of the food and grease with minimal effort, and your cast iron grill is clean and ready to be used again.
Now you know How to Clean a Cast Iron Grill Griddle without spending hours scrubbing your cast iron grill griddle.