Let us help you chose a great grill pan:
a) Choose a pan that makes your food not only look grilled, but taste grilled too.
That's why the surface of your grill-pan matters most. Check what type of non-stick coat are they offering. Some names that reflect in the list of best coats are from DuPont (France) and HALO non-stick coating from Whitford (US). For the safety of your family and children, it’s a mandate to check if the coat is 100% PFOA free, lead-free and Cadmium free. A good non-stick coat means long lasting durability, perfect signature chargrilled marks and using very less oil for grilling. It also means food won't stick and food will cook faster. Your grill pan can simply break the dish as well as make your dish.
b) Always remember that a pan simply with ridges will not grill your food.
You have to notice carefully if the grill pan has well-defined raised ridges, most akin to the bars of a grill or with shallow ridges reminiscent of speed bumps. Grill pans with raised ridges transfer heat faster and thus uses less energy. It would not only help you cook healthier but also cook more evenly.
c) Always buy cookware that would pamper you with years of service.
This is the point when you check not just the construction of your grill pan but also stop thinking of the cost this would incur. A grill pan on the higher end may not always be necessarily great but will definitely have a better construction, safer usage and extra features which a cheap grill pan won't ever have. A high-quality non-stick coat accompanied with a heavy gauge aluminium construction is the best body you can have for a high-durability grill pan. The second thing to consider is the thickness. A 2.5mm-3mm thickness will ensure optimal performance and even heat distribution so that your grilled food tastes the best.
d) A good cookware is incomplete without good accessories to help you use it better.
These days grill pans come baroque with great features like Stainless steel & silicone soft grip. This means your grip will be more comfortable and won't even heat up after prolonged heating. Definitely, a must when considering the ease of handling and chargrilling food slowly to achieve desired results.
e) Lastly, a grill pan cannot be good for usage until its easy in maintenance.
A good grill pan should be easy to clean off once a batch has been prepared. Also, try to get hold of an oven safe and dishwasher safe grill pan. So that you have the flexibility of preparing dishes directly from stove to oven.
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