Grill Pan Vs. Skillet: Which is Best To Buy?
Fellas! The topic for today’s discussion is Cast Iron Grill Pan vs. Skillet. Grill Pans are flat bottom with raised ridges on the bottom, while Skillets are round in shape and have a flat bottom with angular sides. Grill Pans create charred grill marks and are used for grilling food on the stovetops, while Skillets are used for searing, sauté, shallow frying, and braising.
These utensils can be cast from different metals but, we will discuss the Cast Iron Grill Pans here. Cast Iron is an alloy of steel and carbon having 2% to 3.5% of carbon factor, and this alloy was invented to increase the durability and capacity of heat retention of the pots cast from it.
A skillet is a must-have item in the kitchen because you do not have to worry about cooking on the stovetop or in the oven with a skillet. Cast Iron Grill Pans are an addition to your kitchenware, but in addition, as most of the job is done by the skillets like simply frying an egg. Grill Pans are ideal for those who wish to have grilled or charred food like grills/ charred vegetables.
We are hopeful that honest discussions will make the difference between Cast Iron Grill Pan and Skillets more vivid for you.
1. What size is suitable?
Cast Iron Grill Pans and skillets come in different sizes. It depends on your choice and needs which size you want to have in your kitchen. To be precise, it depends on how many family members you want to cook for and enjoy the company of your loved ones while having good food on the dining table.
2. Which weighs more, Cast Iron Grill Pan or Skillet?
Cast Iron Grill Pans are manufactured from Cast Iron, a porous and heavy metal and due to its square shape with raised ridges on the bottom make it is heavier than the skillets that making the movement of the pot between hobs difficult.
On the other hand,
Skillets are round, and chefs prefer to have the skillets made from stainless or carbon steel molded from stainless steel skillets lighter than Cast Iron Grill Pans.
3. How are they manufactured?
The first difference in the manufacturing of Cast Iron Grill Pan and skillets is their shape. Cast Iron Grill Pans are square, while skillets are round in shape. Cast Iron Grill Pans have raised ridges at the bottom, while Skillets do not have any ridges bearing plain bottoms.
The second difference in manufacturing is the metal used for both the pans. Cast Iron is an alloy of steel and carbon, carbon factor mixed up to 3.5% stainless steel is also an alloy of steel and carbon, but the carbon factor does not exceed 0.35%. Due to having more carbon, Cast Iron utensils are thicker and heavier.
4. How are they cleaned?
Cast Iron Grill Pans and Skillets are easy to clean with the help of soap and lukewarm water. You have to be careful to clean Cast Iron Grills to protect the coating and exposure to rust. Skillets are dishwasher safe, but Cast Iron pans are not.
5. What is the best utility?
As evident from the name, grill pans are used for grilling food. If you loved the grilled food, crispy veggies, and food with charred marks, Cast Iron Grill Pan is the perfect choice for you.
While grill pans are used for grilling only and cooking of such food which does not need stirring, on the other hand, skillets are used for cooking foods that need stirring. Skillets are ideal for searing, sauté, shallow frying, and braising for friends and family.
6. Which one is more attractive and stylish?
Cast Iron is porous, rough, and dull metal, whereas stainless steel is more plain and shinier metal. Skillets add to the beauty of your kitchen, being shinier and smoother than the Cast Iron Grill Pans.
7. Which one is more durable?
When you pay from your hard-earned money for utensils, the pan’s durability becomes the priority. Cast Iron and Stainless Steel are both durable metals, but Cast Iron Grill Pans have less durability than the skillets. The low useful life of Cast Iron Grill is because the protective coating on the Cast Iron Grill Pan gets damaged easily compared to Stainless Steel Skillets and exposes the pans to rust.
8. What is the fuel consumption of both?
Cast Iron Grill Pans are thicker take more time to get heated. Raised ridges do not allow the food to touch the bottom. Skillets are round-bottomed and get heated instantly, and as the food touches the bottom and walls of the pan, resultantly, skillets consume less fuel than the Cast Iron Grill Pans.
9. What is the capacity to retain heat?
Cast Iron is a porous metal and got more ability to retain the heat within the pan. While on the other hand, mostly skillets are made from stainless steel. Stainless Steel gets heated fast and cannot retain the heat within the pot.
10. What are the supported stovetops?
Cast Iron Grill Pans and Skillets can both be used on all types of stovetops, including direct heating on wood and coal.
11. What is the level of heat that pans can bear?
Cast Iron and Stainless Steel are both capable of dealing with higher temperature levels. Cast Iron Grill Pan and Skillets can deal with a temperature up to 500oF.
10. What level of maintenance is needed?
Everything you use in your home needs a certain level of maintenance. When it comes to your kitchenware, maintenance is also needed. Cast Iron Grill Pans come with a protective coating; hence it becomes necessary that the pot be cleaned gently and oiled after a thorough cleaning.
Cast Iron Grill Pans are not dishwasher safe.
If we talk about the skillets, most of the skillets are made from Stainless Steel. Stainless Steel comes with a very strong coating and has fewer chances of wear & tear and exposure to rust. Hence can be scrubbed for cleaning and also dishwasher safe.
I am sure! That most of you fellows must have a clear understanding of Cast Iron Grill Pan vs. Skillet this far. By discussing the details in the above paragraphs following can be concluded.
Cast Iron Grill Pans and Skillets are both must-haves for any kitchen due to their uses. It depends on you that what pan has more utility for what food you are trying to cook for your family.
Cast Iron Grill Pans and Skillets can both be used on all types of stovetops at home easily. The difference arises with the specialty of each pan for cooking specific types of tasty food for friends and family.
As evident from the name, grilling pans are specialized for grilling food in the home. If you love grilled food and crispy vegetables, then a grill pan is the right option to cook.
Skillets with round bottoms and angled walls specialize in meals that need stirring. If you have to go for either searing, sauté, braising, or shallow frying.