There’s no doubt that fry pans, sauce pans and sauté pans are necessary pieces of cookware. But, there is another piece of cookware that brings a whole different world of cooking and convenience. Meet the griddle, a piece of cookware you may not have already, but would definitely be well-served investing in. Here are three reasons why you need this kitchen staple:
Griddles are great for cooking for a crowd
Not just for pancakes, a griddle pan is a flat surface that is heated by the burners under it – one for a small griddle and two for a large one. Whether you’re trying to get breakfast done for a family of four, or hosting a large dinner party, a griddle can help tackle those larger meals with ease. Cook bacon and eggs together quickly, or grill up the perfect steak and veggies for dinner fajitas, and use the griddle to warm your tortillas, too! With a small lip to help keep drips under control, a griddle provides a large surface area, making cooking big batches no sweat at all.
Food gets crispy and flavorful
We admit, sometimes it’s hard to get those hash browns perfectly crisp at home. But with a griddle pan, that problem is solved and breakfast becomes the most important meal of the day again. The fact that our griddles are made of aluminum adds important ultra-even heating characteristics, giving a beauitful browning effect to any foods while leaving a flavorful sear as well. This means grilled cheese gets crunchier (and meltier!); Smash burgers get perfectly browned but stay moist in the middle; those hash browns are crispy to perfection and pancakes are: chef’s kiss! Griddles also collect those flavors and aromas you would miss in a different piece of cookware.
Griddles are versatile
Griddle pans can truly cook anything. Vegetables? Check. Meat? Check. Fish? Check. But it even tackles crêpes and galettes. Searing, frying and browning – a griddle pan can do it all due to its surface area and shallow sides. Having one piece of cookware that can become a workhorse is always lovely, but having one that can be the right tool for the job – whatever that job is – will make you turn from home cook to home chef!
How do you choose the griddle you need?
Depending on your household size and main uses, our American-made nonstick griddle collection comes with a variety of sizes and features. Our top-rated Double Backsplash Griddle fits over two burners, has higher walls to keep grease and other messes contained as well as a sloped surface that ensures that grease and liquid drain away from your food towards a convenient collection well at the front of the griddle. Our Griddle King Collection comes in 3 different sizes depending on your family’s needs: mini, square and large two burner for affordable options. ALL of our griddles can transition from stovetop into the oven to finish a meal off or keep food warm until a meal is ready to be served which is ideal. Some of our pans even come with handles!
Griddle experts since our early years!
Fun fact: Did you know Nordic Ware has been producing griddles since our earliest years? They have become an integral part of our brand! Take a look at some early catalog images of this collection:
Explore our current collection and find the ultimate griddle that fits your needs!
Classic Griddle King Collection:
Two Burner Griddles:
Specialty Griddles with Handles