When outdoor grilling isn't an option
I'm an outdoor grill cook -- big time. I got the Calphalon Grill Pan as a birthday present, and I must admit I wasn't too enthused. Why would you want to pretend to grill indoors, right?
Well, a nice steak and a rainy day gave me the opportunity to try my pan. I cooked the steak over medium heat on an electric range, and the results were fantastic. I ate the tenderest steak I've ever cooked on a stovetop, rivaling the tenderness I get from the grill. Sure, you can't mimic the flavor of cooking on an outdoor grill, but the look (grill marks) and tenderness were identical. I got a slightly sauteed taste because I had a trace of butter and oil in the pan -- enough to make a thin layer coating the bottom. The taste was definitely different from an outdoor grill, but regardless the meat tasted excellent. I seasoned it just like I would for the grill before cooking.
Being a natural skeptic, but enthused by the results with the steak, I decided to try the pan again cooking boneless chicken breasts. Same results! Super tender, juicy, and great looking meat came out of the pan. I'm sold. This is the pan for me when cooking grill meat indoors.
The secret to nonstick is to let the pan heat up fully over medium heat (no higher) before putting the meat in the pan. Putting a little butter and oil in the pan, and waiting until the butter turns golden brown lets you know when the pan is ready to use. Soaking the pan in warm water immediately after cooking makes for easy cleanup. Enjoy!
Does Exactly What It Says
I have had Calphalon cookware for 20 years. It has never disappointed and this line is no different. I bought this pan to do Bison steaks and burgers and it is fabulous. Last night I had done a few onions in the pan first and then the burgers so it was pretty well carmelized down in the grooves and really a mess. I thought there was no way this was coming clean in the dishwasher. Well it did!! Pristinely clean like new. My old Calphalon grill pan without the nonstick surface is going to Goodwill today.
Furthermore, if you don't know it Calphalon is one of the rare companies left in America that actually stands by their guarantees. I have had several pans replaced over the years because of the kind of stove I have. When they say "lifetime guarantee", they mean it!
Grill City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
I have tried numerous grill pans from brands like Cuisinart and Emerilware (and some other crap brand i can't think of). All of these were lacking for one of the following reasons: bad size, not dish washersafe, general crappiness. This grill pan suffers none of these issues. Dishwasher safe being of particular importance. Everyone knows philyodaddy doesn't do handwashing. Hand washing is about as much fun as scrubbing toilets and drinking Genessee Cream Ale.
In summation, I'd say its the finest piece of cookware I have purchased to date. At the low, low price of $39.99 (I see now it is $49.99 and still great value!), I should have bought two of these bad boys. It may surprise some of my review readers, but I am a wizard with meat and this brings my kitchen game up to the next level. I cooked the crap out of some nice lamb chops yesterday. If I had any friends, they would have loved them.
Wonderful grill pan, easy to use, easy to clean!
I purchased this Calphalon unison Nonstick 12 Inch Round Grill Pan along with the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 12 Inch Round Griddle Pan and love it! The "nonstick sear" surface used on this grill pan does just what it says, giving just enough grip to hold meat in place while still releasing easily when flipping the meat or removing it from the pan.
I will confess that I have not used this pan anywhere near as much as the griddle, but that is simply because we do not grill a lot of meats on the stove. I have done several steaks, however, and they came out juicy and delicious. I'm usually a picky eater and never eat the fat on a steak, but this pan cooked a ribeye so well that I ate the whole thing! The grill surface kept the meat from frying on the bottom, but it still retained plenty of moisture and all the flavor. (These steaks were not marinated, just seasoned with salt and pepper.)
The main points for this pan are:
* Nonstick (just enough grab for cooking meat, but nothing gets stuck to the pan)
* Oven-safe (have not tried this pan in the oven, only the griddle)
* Easy to clean (wipe with a paper towel first to get the grease)
* Handle stays cool while cooking (except in the oven)
* Large size can cook more food at once
While I have not tried cooking anything but steaks with this pan, it is by far the best grill pan I've tried. It probably won't see quite as much use as the griddle pan, but I don't see myself cooking a steak any other way from now on. Highly recommended.
Note: As with any nonstick cookware, avoid using metal cookware. I bought a set of silicone-coated tongs for flipping steaks and they work great.
Love This Grill Pan
I purchased this pan because I love to grill but I'm not always in the mood to fire up the Weber outdoors. Having used it now for a couple of months, I have to say that I absolutely love this thing. I've grilled chicken cutlets, chops, burgers, bacon, and steak and everything turned out great. The pan is large, made of solid construction, heats uniformly, and is easy to clean. The design allows the meat to cook above the grease and the grill lines on the cooked meat are impressive. With chicken and chops, I use a light coat of olive oil and have had no difficulty with clean-up with a sponge and some dishwashing liquid. Just follow the instructions, bring it to heat gradually and let it cool completely before putting it in water so it won't warp. The pan looks as good as the day I took it out of the box. I'm now a big fan of Calphalon Unison and also purchased the Unison nonstick saute pan. A great value for the price in my opinion.
I received my Grill Pan for Christmas and wanted to make sure i used it several times before posting a review. I had high hopes for this pan as i love grilling out but my apartment does not allow grills. I was not disappointed. I have used this pan well over 10 times and so far have no signs of damage or scratches. I do wash this in the dish washer though i am careful that noting is going to rub against it when i do.
It holds its heat well and evenly. It provides that beautiful grilled look and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it seared meat. I normally use a cast iron skillet for searing as most non stick pans just dont get the job done well. This one did a great job and is oven safe so after searing just pop it in the oven to finish off the meat.
I would highly recommend this Pan to anyone looking for a grill pan.
It's nice to have grill marks on meats and vegetables without going outside. I love the fact that I can put the pan into the oven with no ill effects. The pan is heavy duty for even cooking at relatively low temperatures. The handle is sturdy and comfortable to hold. Cleaning is effortless. It doesn't come with a lid, but Calphalon offers tempered glass lids for sale, if you have the need for one.
Great Grill Pan!
I watched the Unison demonstration video on the Calphalon website. This has been a great product for various applications. No problem with cleaning up, handle's "Y" shape helps to keep it cool. Highly recommended :-)
I may say bye to my out door grill
We use our outdoor grill for steaks for over 50% of the time. The only time I'm willing to use the grill is when I must show my manly side by making my wife's favorite steak. Well, it is winter time, so I justified the expense for buying a grill pan. Since we are extremely happy with the 10 set calphalon cooking ware we recently purchased, I grabbed this Grill Pan. I made my first stake on this pan and my wife seems to like it just as much as, if not more than,the outdoor grill stake. We also made our favorite panini (see my picture) on this pan and it was crisp and delicious. I was in the market for a panini press, so I may have to put aside that expense at least for now. Buy it, you won't be disappointed
Does what it says!
Well I certainly wouldn't replace everything with this pan, it does do a great job imitating a grill. It seems hard to crowd the pan and in general works great for meat. I don't use it all the time, but when I do it's because I know it'll get the job done.