Grilling on induction cooktop

Folly
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I've just remodelled my kitchen with an induction cooktop and am cautiously collecting my new cooking equipment. Will one of those small Japanese stovetop grills work on this type of cooktop? I am unclear as to whether it is the grill surface or the heat from below that cooks food on regular cooktops. I was not successful with using a stovetop grill on my old electric cooktop.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

I'm never 100% sure what Americans mean by grill - I always thought you meant what we call a barbecue, i.e. an outdoors thing with a charcoal or gas heat source underneath a plate or grid on which you put your meat.

I have a grill built into my stove, and it's an electric element buried in a bunch of removable scoria (volcanic rocks) with a cast iron barred grid on top, but I'm assuming you don't mean one of those.

If you mean a cast iron frypan sort of thing with raised ridges to make grill marks, then it is the heat from the element, that heats up the pan, that cooks the food on an ordinary cooktop. The heat of the pan is limited by the heat output of the element below it. For successful grilling the pan needs to become rather hot.

With an induction cooktop the heat of the pan doesn't come from the heat of the element (the only reason the element gets hot is by heat transfer from the pan on top of it), but it is still controlled by the wattage (electrical "strength") of the element. Whether or not the stovetop grill will work on your induction cooktop depends on two things - a) what the grill is made of; get a magnet and put it on the grill, if the magnet sticks the grill will heat up. b) the wattage of the induction element. You'll have to consult your instruction booklet for this, and maybe the people from whom you bought it. I would think that all induction cooktops should have at least one element that will put out enough power to heat a grill.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

You will need to get a grill that has a flat metal surface that can be in full contact with the IH element, like this one here (which specifically says it is IH-capable). Not all fish grills are like that. Most Japanese IH cookers come with a small grill built in these days. By the way, I was at a famous Kyoto "kanamonoya" (kitchen metal appliance maker) yesterday, and they didn't have any fish grills for sale...i guess it is a sign of the times!

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

Goodness, yet another definition of "grill". I was thinking she meant one of these. What we call grilling is different again, I think it's what Americans call broiling - dry heat from above, with the food sitting on a rack in a drip tray sort of arrangement.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

I know what you mean, I am American and I was unsure what was being referenced. We have entire stores devoted to the "sport" of BBQing with a numerous techniques and tools for grilling everything that could have possibly lived at some point (animal or vegetable). It is actually kind of ridiculous IMO.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

That's because it's a "men's thing". It always astounds me how men who profess not to be able to boil an egg always think no woman can cook over an open flame. And of course boys do love their toys, so they need all sorts of accoutrements to be able to produce a hunk of cooked flesh for their woman to admire.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

I had to laugh at that, I couldn't agree more. My husband thought that his knowledge of grilling was far superior and that there was no need to take the sage advice of an experienced cook (namely me) for a vegetable jumbo recipe cooked in foil on the BBQ. I had a nice little chuckle when his not taking my advice resulted a ruptured bag and a gigantic mess (which I let him clean up all by himself).

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

Good job for your husband.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

As I am fairly new to cooking in general, I too am not quite sure what people mean by the different cooking terms. I had the same idea of grilling as Bronwyn, where it's basically barbecuing something over some charcoal. Media also teaches me that there are more modern equipment for barbecuing nowadays (see Robert Rainford ).

Folly
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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

Whew. I never thought that my question would get caught up in multi-national definitions of cooking technique. Maki is spot on about the Japanese stovetop grill that I was asking about. I thought it was a basic Japanese/bento-making piece of cooking equipment and am surprised that it caused so much confusion. While the Lodge grill/griddle that Bronwyncarlisle mentioned is a great piece, I am getting rid of all of my cast iron equipment because I'm afraid of the weight any where near my ceramic induction cooktop. Before I remodelled the kitchen I had the built-in grill that Bronwyncarlisle has. It worked well for regular meals, but the Japanese stovetop grill is smaller, lighter, and would work well for the small portions I cook for our bentos.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

DO NOT get rid of your cast-iron pots and pans when you have an induction heater!!! Read the instructions for the heater, and you will see why.

Actually, induction heaters work best with cast-iron and worst with copper (it has to do with the (electric and thermal) conductivity of the metal; the lower the better for induction heating).

Concerning the weight of the pots and pans; usually, the surface of induction heaters is made of glass ceramic, which is quite resistand (it has no internal tensions), and if you keep its surface, and the bottom of your pots clear of scratchy things (such as sand grains etc,), you won't be able to break it.

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Re: Grilling on induction cooktop

I think what's being referenced here, is what in the UK we would consider to be griddling rather than grilling. If heating from below in this manner, it would likely be in the form of a type of griddle pan, for the same dry air grill effect.

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