7 Best Cast Iron Grill Pans 2023
Jun 29, 2023
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They are more versatile than you think!
If you're a fan of Ree Drummond, you know just how much she relies on her trusty cast iron pans to make practically everything from searing steaks to making skillet brownies. "Cast iron is timeless and pretty much indestructible,” she notes. And she's right! Not only is it super versatile on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill, it will last forever if you clean your cast iron and season it properly. And speaking of the grill, what if we told you that there's a way to get the best of both worlds—the searing-hot perfection of cast iron and the flavorful and visually appealing charred marks from the grill? Enter: cast iron grill pans!
Grill pans have a similar construction to their siblings the best cast iron skillets with one noticeable difference: deep ridges embedded across the pan. These ridges are what give those gorgeous grill marks but also play an important part in the cooking process, too. Because the food is elevated slightly from the surface of the pan, it allows air to circulate around food, imparting more flavor. It also keeps drippings away from the food as it cooks, so you're less likely to accidentally steam or stew the food rather than sear.
They're perfect for charring small things that might otherwise fall through the grates on a regular grill, too. Think: asparagus and other veggies, skinny shrimp skewers, and even fruit like pineapple. Plus, you can grill all year round―no trekking outside during inclement weather when you can get those grill marks indoors. Now that you know how versatile they truly are, you'll wonder why you didn't grab one of these sooner. All those cast iron recipes are waiting!
Lodge has been making long-lasting cast iron for over a century, so it's no surprise that their grill pan is an excellent option. It's 10.5 inches wide which will easily fit a few steaks, and it comes preseasoned for immediate nonstick cooking. It also has over 22,000 five-star reviews and a super affordable price point!
Leave it to Ree Drummond to offer a quality cast iron pan at an affordable price! This 11-inch square pan comes preseasoned, so it's ready to go right out of the box. With easy-to-grip loop handles and convenient pour spouts, it works great on any stove size, oven, or grill. Did we mention it's less than $20?
If you're looking for a multitasker in the kitchen, go for a reversible option. One side is a grill and the other side is a flat griddle so you can sear your meat for dinner and flip it over for pancakes the next morning. It fits over two standard-sized stove burners for an extra large cooking capacity, too.
If you have a small stove or grill, Le Creuset offers a skinny pan that will fit perfectly! It's only 8.5 inches wide but still has enough surface area to grill all your veggies to perfection. Made of quality enamaled cast iron, you also get to choose between all the stunning signature Le Creuset colors, too.
If you like the idea of having a grill pan with a full handle but lack the space in the kitchen or with your camping equipment, Staub makes a convenient folding option. Flip the handle up when you're ready to cook in one easy motion. It's made of silicone, too, which means you won't burn your hand grabbing it without a mitt.
If you like the idea of cast iron but worry about how heavy it is, try cast aluminum! This 10.5-inch pan is only three pounds but conducts heat and sears like a champ. It also comes with a lid, making it super versatile for recipes that require simmering and steaming.
Much like their famous Dutch ovens, Le Creuset's grill pans are made of heirloom-quality enameled cast iron in a variety of stunning shades. This 10.25-inch pan never has to be seasoned, has wide pour spouts to avoid spills, and is even dishwasher safe. This investment piece will last you a lifetime if you take care of it!
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