Cast Iron Griddles 101
What is a griddle?
A cast iron griddle has a flat cooking surface with slightly raised edges to keep oil, batter, and other ingredients mostly contained. The shallow edges make it easy to maneuver spatulas and other cooking utensils to flip pancakes and french toast, fry eggs and sausage, and toast paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches. You can use a cast iron griddle on any stovetop—including induction—on a grill, or over a campfire.
Why use a griddle instead of a skillet?
The main difference between a skillet and griddle is the height of the sides. Griddles have low edges, while skillets have higher sidewalls. Most griddles have a much larger cooking surface than skillets. Our double burner griddles span across two stovetop burners, making them the perfect piece of cookware for family gatherings and parties. Make breakfast on those lazy weekend mornings for the whole family. Cook up a big pile of grilled cheese sandwiches to enjoy with tomato soup on a rainy day.
A griddle has shallow sides.
A skillet has regular sides.
Use griddles for more than just breakfast.
Yes, griddles conjure up the sweet scent of french toast and pancakes, and they make us reminisce of family breakfasts growing up or inspire us to have a homemade brunch with friends. But this versatile cookware is made for so much more. Thanks to its excellent heat retention and generous cooking surface, the griddle is great for making skirt steak, fish, and other entrees that are too large for a skillet. You can use our cast iron or carbon steel griddles to easily roast veggies on the grill.
How to cook with cast iron griddles
Just like our other cast iron cookware, gradually preheat the griddle to medium heat, add a little oil or fat, then add your food to start cooking.
Not sure what to cook with your cast iron griddle? No problem! We've compiled our favorite griddle recipes for you, from sweet and savory breakfasts to scrumptious entrees and simple sides. Try one of these recipes today and see how easy it is to use your griddle.
Start your day with with pancakes, french toast, or any of our breakfast recipes for griddles.
This classic recipe for pancakes is delicious when cooked on the stove top, or even on the grill.
Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast With Strawberries and Mint
Stuffed with decadent mascarpone and topped with fresh strawberries and mint, this brioche french toast recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Griddled English Muffins
Did you know traditional english muffins get their unique texture from being baked on a griddle? It's true, and it's simple to recreate at home.
With these recipes, you'll discover how your griddle can deliver a mouth-watering sear, the perfect vegetable roast, and so much more.
Pepper Crusted Skirt Steak With Leeks
Marinate the skirt steak with a peppercorn spice rub, then grill to perfection for an easy, flavorful meal.
Korean BBQ Ribs
Now that the weather is warmer, it's time to roll up your sleeves and make this flavor-packed, simple rib recipe.
Pan-seared Scallops with Lemon and Thyme
A fancy, mouth-watering meal doesn't have to be complicated.
Cast Iron Griddles FAQs
Seasoned cast iron griddles can be cleaned the same way you clean your other cast iron skillets and pans. After every use, simply wash, dry, and lightly oil your griddle.
Some activities may remove a bit of your seasoning, such as cooking acidic foods, using excessive heat, or scrubbing with abrasive utensils or scouring pads. That's why our we recommend you rub oil into your griddle after each use to ensure the seasoning remains for quality cooking.
Yes! Every piece of Lodge cast iron cookware comes seasoned and ready to use right out of the box.
Just like other cast iron cookware, there are two ways to season your griddle. Add a little oil to your griddle after your wash and dry it. Or, for a deeper seasoning process, following our steps on how to season cast iron in the oven.
No, our cast iron cookware should be washed by hand. A dishwasher will remove the seasoning and likely cause rust.