How to Use a Fajita Hot Plate

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Fajita hot plates help to sear and stir-fry vegetables, meat and marinated meat. Fajita hot plates made of cast iron come preseasoned with a wooden trivet and a cushioned glove to protect hands while lifting the hot plates from the stove. Fajita hot plates generally have a round to oval shape, with a shallow cooking surface and a short rim.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Vegetable oil
  • Knife
  • A raw potato
  • Remove the fajita hot plate from the trivet.

  • Rinse the fajita hot plate with hot water. You should not use detergent because it removes the oily layer of a preseasoned hot plate. Dry the hot plate thoroughly with paper towels.

  • Spray vegetable oil on the fajita plate. Cut a raw potato in half and use the broad end of the potato half to rub the oil evenly over the cooking surface.

  • Heat the fajita hot plate on low heat and slowly increase the temperature. Test for heat by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the plate; if they sizzle, the pan is hot enough to start adding meat or vegetables to stir-fry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not cook cold food on the pan; it will stick, even if the pan is hot.
  • Always use thick gloves to remove the pan from the stove to avoid burning your fingers.

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