Grill pans are the essence of indoor grilling. Those pans with deep grill ridges give you decent grill marks and can even impart a decent grill flavor. Not to mention the lovely charred marks that we love on steaks.

While most people use grill pans on the classic gas stove, there are concerns about using a grill pan on electric coil stove with glass tops. This is because glass cooktops are prone to scratching.

This post lets you know how to use a grill pan on a glass top stove safely.

How to Use a Grill Pan on a Glass Top Stove

Can you Use a Grill Pan on a Glass Cooktop?

You can use a grill pan on an electric stove. But it will not work as flawlessly as it would on a gas stove. Remember that most grill pans are made of heavy cast iron, and they get very hot. They also have ridges and a rough finish on the bottom.

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These can easily leave marks and scratches on a glass cooktop.

Using a grill pan on an electric stove is generally NOT safe. Glass tops may not withstand the high temperature that the pan needs to reach to sear the meat.

Also, you need to have the heat on high for a considerable amount of time, which can damage the stove’s heating elements.

How to Use a Grill Pan on a Glass Top Stove

Before you start grilling on a glass top stove, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Weight of Grill Pan

Induction cooktops have a weight limit. A heavy grill pan adds pressure that could damage your cooktop. That’s why it’s essential to consider the weight of the pan.

Cast iron is considered to be the heaviest material. While it’s considered the best cookware, you may want to choose a different material to grill your chicken.

Talking of food; steaks, chicken, and other meat pieces can be quite bulky. The combined weight of the pan and food also adds pressure to a cook top.

It would help if you also consider a grill pan that has proper handles. Dropping a hot pan on an electric stove will definitely leave scratch marks.

Grill Pan Size

The size of a grill pan matters. It should be a few inches wider than the burner.

A large grill allows you to grill on the entire surface. But that’s where complications with glass top stoves begin.

Because they have small burners, you have to wait for the pan to reach searing temperatures for steak. Scorching heat causes grill pans to smoke, which can leave marks on the cooktop’s surface.

Also, heat buildup on the pan’s bottom will lead to the stove’s damage in the long run.

Grill Pan’s Bottom Surface

When choosing a grill pan, it’s best to go with one that has a flat, smooth bottom rather than one with ridges or a rough surface. This feature helps to distribute heat evenly.

But most grill pans have uneven bottom surfaces. It will affect the way you use it on a glass cooking surface. Heating will take long, and when you reach grilling temperature, you need to control the heat for delicious food.

Otherwise, you may end up with unevenly cooked or half-cooked food.

Grill Pan’s Finish

The rough finish on an iron grill pan helps it to withstand high heat and retain it for a long time. However, this can cause damage to glass top stoves.

That’s where an enameled induction grill pan comes in—the enameled surface allows the pan to heat evenly and retain the high temperature for cooking. You can always choose a grill pan with porcelain enamel.

This way, you can grill on a glass top stove without fear of marks and scratches.

Using a Grill Pan on a Glass Top Stove

  1. Pre-heat the pan over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes before grilling. Pre-heating allows the pan to get hot and retain heat.
  2. Cut food into thin slices. The idea here is to mimic grilling without burning the food.
  3. Brush oil onto the food not the pan. Putting oil directly on the grill pan can cause it to burn.                                   
  4. Grill the food until it cooks evenly.

Best Cookware for Glass Top Stoves

Titanium Grill Pans

Want light but strong? Go for titanium cookware for glass top stoves.

Titanium is 45% lighter than steel. It does not sacrifice strength and is corrosion and scratch-resistant. It heats up quickly, meaning you don’t need to wait long for the pan to reach grilling temperature.

Titanium grill pans have excellent heat retention, which results in evenly cooked food. Heat does not also buildup on the bottom, so it does not pose a risk to a glass top stove.

Titanium grill pans have a flat bottom and a smooth finish, ideal for glass top stoves. They leave decent grill marks and give food a grill flavor.

The only disadvantage with titanium cookware is that it’s pretty expensive. We call it an investment in protecting your cook top.

Stainless Steel Grill Pans

Stainless steel cookware is all-rounded. The material is strong and durable. On its own, stainless steel does not heat evenly. It needs an aluminum or copper core for even heat distribution.

For grilling, stainless steel pans come in the perfect grilling size for electric stove burners. They are not too big. You can use the entire surface for grilling.

They are also suitable for grilling acidic veggies like tomatoes since they are non-reactive.

And because they are dishwasher safe, cleaning is hassle-free.  

Other best grill pan options for glass top stove.

  • Enamel induction grill pan
  • Griddle pan
  • Electric griddle/ stovetop griddle
  • Stovetop grill pan with non-stick coating

What pans should not be used on a glass top stove

Cast Iron Grill Pans

We are talking about the old pans you’ve had for years.

The biggest concern with rustic pans is the weight. Glass top stoves are seen as delicate. They can crack when subjected to the pressure of a cast iron pan’s weight.

Another concern comes with the rough bottom, which leads to scratching from sliding the pan back and forth. The rough surface, usually gritty like sandpaper, can leave permanent scratch marks on a glass top stove.

Some people suggest placing aluminum foil on the cooktop to make it scratch-resistant.

A glass cooktop may still end up scratching if you slide the pan back and forth.

Ceramic and Stoneware Pans

Ceramic and stone cookware also have a rough finish. They will scratch a smooth top stove.

Can you use a Cast Iron Pan on a Glass Cooktop?

A cast-iron pan is a great asset in any kitchen. If you’ve just bought an ultra-modern glass cooktop, a cast-iron skillet sounds like a dangerous combination.

Here’s our take on using cast iron pans on glass top stoves. Modernize your Cast-Iron Cookware

cast iron utensils

From pots to skillets, it’s time to upgrade to modern cookware for electric stoves. We are talking about smooth, sleeker finishes found on enameled cookware.

Apart from smooth finishes, they also have flat bottoms because manufacturers add a thin ring that allows the pan to sit flat on the cooktop.

Stovetop griddles are ideal if you can’t get your grill pan to sit evenly on the cooking surface.

Don’t Slide

We can’t emphasize this point enough. You have to be super careful in the way you maneuver pots and pans on glass top stoves. It’s best to buy cookware with proper handles and use the right tools to stir.

Use Medium-High Heat

As much as cast iron takes time to heat up, you don’t need to have the heat on high, especially with an induction cooktop surface. You can also invest in a heat diffuser to spread the heat evenly and prevent buildup on the pan’s bottom.

Take Care of Cast-Iron Pans

From a new grill pan to the one you’ve had for years, it’s essential to take care of grill pans to prevent them from rusting.

You will want to season the pan when it’s new, even if the manufacturer states it’s pre-seasoned. That is- grease it with oil and then bake the oil in to create a non-stick surface.

It’s vital to clean iron pans thoroughly with silicone scrubbers instead of metal scourers. Use warm water and dishwasher soap, not just plain water.

Can You Use a Grill Pan on an Electric Stove Top?

You may use a grill pan on an electric stove top. However, you still need to take precautions with heavy cast-iron cookware pans with a rough surface since they can scratch the surface when moved carelessly.

It helps to pre-heat the pan in the oven before grilling for fast heating on an electric stove.

How do you Protect a Glass Top Stove?

The main appeal of glass top stoves is the flat and smooth surface that’s easy to clean. Let’s look at other ways to protect glass top stoves.

Clean spills as soon as they happen.

Food left on a hot cooktop can cook in, which makes it difficult to remove.

When cooking sugary substances, move the spill to a cooler area of the cooktop before wiping as usual.

Don’t use abrasive cleaners

Window cleaners, heavy-duty sponges, scour pads, and metal scrubbers are abrasive to a induction and electric cooktop’s surface.

You can make a homemade cooktop cleaning cream from 50/50 baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Stir the ingredients together to form the cream. Then, use a non-abrasive sponge to wipe the cooktop.

Don’t place stirring utensils on a warm cooking surface. The food may cook in which will be difficult to clean.

Use the recommended scraper for your stove

A scraper comes in handy to remove tough, burned-in food. However, it should not be blunt or have nicks that can scratch the glass surface.

Conclusion

Yes. Now you know about how to use a grill pan on a glass top stove.

So now,you can use a grill pan on a glass top stove. However, it helps if you grill with due care and consideration.

We hope these how to use grill pan on electric stove tips, will make grilling hassle-free. Remember, when using a cast-iron grill pan, it’s best to use one with a flat bottom and smooth finish.

You will have an easier time with titanium and stainless-steel grill pans than with cast-iron grill pans.