Can I Use a Cast Iron Grill on an Electric Stove Top?

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Cast iron skillets and grills will work on electric stove tops.
Cast iron skillets and grills will work on electric stove tops. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Cast iron cookware is one of the oldest types of pots and pans, dating back to the 1800s. The pans, including stove top grills, are suitable for use on electric and gas stoves.

Electric vs. Gas

Electric burners heat up slower than gas ones that instantly produce a flame. Since cast iron grills hold heat so well, closely monitor the grill on both types of stoves to ensure even cooking. Electric stove burners hold heat after being turned off and will keep food on a cast iron griddle warm for several minutes thereafter.

Cast Iron Advantages

A cast iron grill is heavy and typically has a flat bottom that promotes even, consistent heat and temperature maintenance on electric stove burners. Since a cast iron grill is one solid piece of metal that typically has a handle as part of the design, it has no parts that can loosen or break. If properly seasoned and cared for, it will maintain its non-stick surface for years.

Maintenance

Cast iron griddles have either flat or ridged surfaces. The flat type is easier to clean as food particles frequently cling to the raised metal on the ridged style. Avoid using steel or metal scouring pads or heavy soap or cleanser on cast iron cookware.

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