How to Season a Flat Top Grill

/ Commercial Griddles & Grills, Preventative Maintenance & Cleaning / July 12

Pancakes Cooking on Griddle - How to Season a Flat Top Grill

A commercial flat top grill or griddle is an important part of any kitchen, allowing you and your staff to quickly make an assortment of tasty food items on an evenly-heated surface. Keeping your griddle well-maintained and clean is necessary for the unit’s overall safety and performance, but one other important task that needs to be done on the regular is seasoning the flat top griddle surface. This procedure helps keep the cooking surface in tip-top condition, and prevents food from sticking. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to properly season your flat-top grill or griddle.

Seasoning the Griddle

  • Step 1—Heat griddle to around 300°F – 350°F (150°C – 175°C) for 30 minutes. Then, turn it off and let it cool down.

  • Step 2—While the surface is slightly warm, apply a small amount of vegetable oil or any oil with a high smoking point. Spread the oil around the surface carefully with a soft, dry cloth or paper towel.

    • NOTE—Avoid corn oil as the high sugar content may cause the oil to caramelize and burn on the surface.

  • Step 3—After applying the oil, turn the heat back on to 350°F.

  • Step 4—Heat until oil on the griddle begins to smoke. Then, turn it off and let the griddle cool down completely.

  • Step 5—After cooling, wipe up any excess oil with a dry, soft cloth.

Season your flat top grill or griddle before you use it for the first time and as part of your griddle cleaning schedule. This will help keep your flat top working smoothly and allow you to perfectly cook pancakes, burgers and more with no issues.

Please contact a local authorized service agent who can help with all your commercial kitchen equipment needs.

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