Let me guess…you’re used to cooking eggs on a frying pan. But you can also use a griddle to cook eggs—it lets you simultaneously cook more eggs than a frying pan.
Using your griddle is pretty much the same as cooking eggs on a pan. The appliance requires you to just set the correct temperature for cooking eggs and it can cook scrambled eggs, omelets, sunny-side up eggs, and many other egg recipes.
Discover expert answers to all the questions you might have on how to cook eggs on your griddle below.
Can you cook an egg on a griddle?
You can definitely cook an egg on a griddle. Unlike what most folks believe, griddling eggs is pretty simple and isn’t much different from how you do it on your frying pan. You can cook any type of egg on a griddle, whether it’s scrambled, fried eggs, etc.
Mind you, cooking your eggs on an electric griddle comes with a list of BENEFITS compared to using the frying pan. These include:
- Precise heat control: One of the top reasons you should consider using a griddle for cooking it gives you total control over the heat, so you can adjust the burner to a heat level that will give you consistent, delicious eggs. But for a frying pan, it can get really hard to control the heat. for instance, you can’t easily tell when the sunny-side egg is well cooked. Or you may end up with one side being more cooked than the other.
- Huge cooking surface: If you’re cooking eggs for many family members or a group of friends, you’ll take a lot of time cooking one egg after the other on your frying pan. A griddle, on the other hand, will let you cook multiple eggs simultaneously on its extended cooking surface. The smaller griddles can accommodate around 12 eggs while larger models can fit as many as 48 eggs!
- Enjoy more delicious eggs: While you’re used to cooking eggs on their own in your frying pan or skillet, a griddle can let you easily infuse flavors to your eggs to give them a better taste. They do so by letting you cover their cooking top with some seasonings such as thyme, oregano, cumin, paprika, etc., and then cook your eggs on it. This way, your eggs take in the flavor and tastes even more delicious than ever before.
- Natural non-stick surface: The frying pan you use to cook your eggs comes coated with Teflon to achieve a non-stick surface. Unfortunately, this material tends to scratch easily and limits you to using wooden and silicone tools. Even worse, the non-stick material can release harmful chemicals when subjected to high temperatures. Griddles, however, come with a natural non-stick surface which makes cooking your eggs easy and you’ll never have to worry about the release of any harmful substances into your eggs.
How do you cook eggs on a griddle?
If this is your first time cooking eggs on a griddle, you want to ensure you do everything right, so you end up with delicious griddled eggs. We suggest cooking the sunny-side up as it’s the easiest method to prepare an egg on a griddle for an absolute beginner.
The following steps will guide you on how to cook eggs on a griddle:
Step 1. Crack your eggs in a bowl.
While some people prefer cracking the eggs directly on the griddle, putting them in a bowl first makes it easy for you to fish out any eggshells that might have accidentally gotten into the egg. Trying to get out the undesired shells from the griddle will be more difficult.
Step 2. Get your griddle ready.
The next step involves preparing your griddle for cooking the eggs. If you’re using a stovetop griddle, set the temperature to Medium-low. If you’re using an electric griddle, oil the cooking surface lightly and then set it to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. oiling before firing it up will help prevent burns.
Step 3. Empty the eggs onto the griddle.
With your griddle ready for cooking, you can now go ahead and pour the eggs onto the flat top. Pour one egg at a time. And remember to season your eggs with kosher salt and black pepper (freshly ground).
Step 4. Add a teaspoon of water.
Next, you’ll need to add a teaspoon of water to your griddle surface (you can add more water if you’re cooking many eggs). As soon as the water starts bubbling, cover your eggs with a lid. This essentially creates steam that helps perfectly and quickly cook the top of the egg.
Step 5. Let the eggs cook.
Let the eggs cook for approx. 60 seconds (or 1 minute) and then remove the cover. Continue cooking the now uncovered eggs for an additional 30 seconds to allow the egg white to fully set.
Step 6. Your sunny-side-up eggs are ready!
If you followed the above steps, you should finally have a perfectly cooked, delicious tasting egg ready at this point.
Grab your spatula and lift your eggs off the griddle and serve. Be careful when lifting the eggs so you don’t end up breaking the yolks.
You can try prying up a corner of your eggs to help you cleanly slide a spatula under them.
Can I make scrambled eggs on a griddle?
If you like your eggs scrambled, then you can also easily cook them on a griddle. The process is pretty simple and almost similar to using a frying pan as you’ll discover in the simple steps we have outlined below.
Step 1. Crack the eggs you want to scramble
You’ll need to start by breaking the eggs you wish to scramble and emptying them in a bowl. Remember to get rid of any bits of shells that might have gotten into the egg. You don’t want your teeth grinding them as you’re taking your scrambled eggs.
Step 2. Whisk ‘em good
You can opt to keep things simple with just salt and pepper. Or you can add some milk for fluffiness. Seasoning your eggs with paprika or any other spice of your choice is also a nice idea.
Whatever you add to your eggs, make sure you whisk the mixture in the bowl thoroughly until it’s smooth.
Tip: If you plan to use milk, the right amount is a teaspoon per egg for the best results.
Step 3. Prepare the griddle for cooking
Now fire up your griddle and set it to medium heat. Let it pre-heat before you start cooking. In case you’re using an electric griddle, coat with a light layer of oil or butter and then preheat it at 325 degrees F.
Step 4. It’s griddling time!
Pour your thoroughly whisked eggs onto the griddle top and start cooking. Make sure you pour the eggs slowly so they don’t slosh all over your griddle cooking surface. You want the eggs to be concentrated on a small area of the flat top. if they accidentally run off to the side, quickly scoop it to the middle to prevent it from burning.
Give the eggs approx. 20 seconds to set.
Tip: For easy pouring of the egg into the griddle, use a barter dispenser. This tool will help you hassle-freely and mess-freely pour the eggs on the griddle.
Step 5. Cooking the eggs
Continue cooking the eggs on the griddle, making sure you stir them as they cook. Look out for any bits of barter sticking on the griddle and scrape them off Asap to prevent them from burning.
Keep cooking until the batter liquid on the flat top looks dried up and the egg feels more solid. You should aim to make your scrambled eggs a bit moist for added flavor. Cooking them for longer will make them turn rubbery.
When your eggs are ready, grab a spatula and take them off the griddle. Enjoy your griddles scrambled eggs!
How do you make fluffy scrambled eggs on a griddle?
If you enjoy fully scrambled eggs, you can also make them on your griddle. You just need the eggs, some butter, and a little trick to make things fluffy!
The following quick guide will show you how to make fully scrambled eggs on a griddle in 5 minutes:
Step 1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and remove any stray eggs shells.
Step 2. Break off the cold butter into pieces and add it into the bowl. Whisk the mixture until smooth.
Side Note: Butter pieces will melt when put on fire and lubricate the curds, thus making your eggs fluffier. If you like, you can also add a pinch of baking soda to make your scrambled eggs even fluffier.
Step 3. Preheat the griddle to medium heat. For an electric griddle, set it to 325 F, and make sure you coat it with some healthy cooking oil.
Step 4. Pour the eggs onto the griddle and stir them as they continue cooking. Slowly start breaking up the eggs as the butter start to melt. After the butter has melted and your eggs have started thickening, reduce the temperature to medium-low.
Step 5. Continue cooking and stirring the eggs constantly until they become solid and start losing their shine. Take the eggs off the griddle immediately and season them with salt and pepper. Give it one more quick stir and then serve.
How to make scrambled eggs creamy?
To make your scrambled eggs creamy, you should use milk in your scrambled eggs. The milk has for a long time been used to add that creamy and silky texture to your eggs.
You can also give your scrambled eggs a creamy texture by switching from regular cooking oil to butter.
Another tip for making scrambled eggs creamy is setting g your griddle to low heat. This is a sure way to help you achieve the creamy texture you long for. And during cooking, consider swirling the eggs gently as opposed to stirring them. This has a direct benefit on the consistency of your scrambled eggs.
Do you need milk for scrambled eggs?
You don’t need to use milk for scrambled eggs if you’re lactose intolerant or simply don’t want to consume dairy.
In the absence of milk, however, you’d want to continuously stir your eggs to ensure they get a texture as creamy as possible.
You can also use cream or melted butter in the place of milk if you want to get creamy scrambled eggs without using milk.
Eggs on a griddle temperature: What’s the right temperature to use?
One area where most beginners go wrong when griddling eggs is using the wrong temperature. This will directly affect the cook results for your eggs. Eggs require a lower heat setting than other foods like meat. You use it at the same temperature setting as meat and it will burn!
For you to get perfectly cooked eggs on a griddle, you should set the temperature to 300-325 degrees Fahrenheit—this is the ideal temperature for griddling eggs. If you’re using a stovetop griddle, a Medium-low heat setting will give you perfectly cooked eggs.
How to cook eggs over easy on a griddle?
The process of cooking over-easy eggs on a griddle is similar to that of cooking sunny-side-up we discussed earlier.
Here are the key steps to follow:
Step 1. Crack open the eggs and pour them into a bowl. As usual, eliminate any stray shells in the egg.
Step 2. Oil your griddle and preheat it. For an electric griddle, heat it to 325 F. Use medium-low heat for the stovetop griddle.
Step 3. Pour the egg onto the griddle and cook until the white sets.
Step 4. Gently flip it to the other side. Be gentle when flipping to prevent the yolk from getting messy. Flip it slowly and roll it over with as little force as possible.
Step 5. Let the other side of the egg cook for 1 minute. And that’s it! You have an over easy griddled egg ready to eat!
How to cook over medium egg:
Step 6. If you want over medium egg, continue cooking the other side for 2 minutes.
How to cook well-done egg (Hard) egg:
Step 7. If you want a well-done griddle egg, cook the other side for up to 3 minutes. The more time you cook your egg, the less runny the yolk becomes.
How do you make an omelet on the griddle?
As we said earlier, you can trust a griddle to make you anything egg-related, and an omelet isn’t an exception! This is a quick guide on making a great omelet on your griddle:
Step 1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and take out any sneaky bits of eggs shell. You should use 2-3 eggs for an omelet, with one omelet serving one person.
Step 2. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and then whisk them until they’re smooth and evenly mixed.
Step 3. Prepare your griddle for cooking by spraying it lightly with cooking oil and pre-heat it. The ideal temperature for cooking an omelet on the griddle is medium-low heat or 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4. Slowly pour the beaten eggs onto the griddle and use a spatula to gently coax them into a round omelet shape.
Step 5. Add a teaspoon of water to the griddle surface and cover the egg with a lid to help steam your omelet. If you don’t have a lid, simply flip the omelet once the base is cooked and let the other side cook.
When the other side has cooked, your omelet is ready to serve!
NOTE: Though this guide is for griddling a plain omelet, you can always add things like onions, sliced mushroom, or any other chopped veggies. If you wish to add these fillings, you’ll need to fry them until soft and then add your eggs on top.
What are the tools for frying eggs on a griddle?
If you want to master the art of griddling eggs, then you must have the right tools by your side to start with. Below, we have compiled the must-have tools that will make cooking eggs on a griddle an easy task for you.
- Bowl: For easy mixing up of your eggs for omelet or frittata, you’ll need a bowl. We suggest getting a high-quality bowl that will stand the test of time. Ideal materials for egg bowls include glass or metal. You should avoid plastic bowls as they can get greasy, stained, and develop cracks with time.
- Egg ring: This is also a must-have item when cooking eggs on a griddle. As the word suggests, this tool is essentially a ring and helps keep your eggs in perfectly round shape. Picture a sunny-side-up with a perfectly round shape and fully centered yolk? That’s what you can achieve with this tool. You just need to crack the egg inside the ring and it will cook into a beautiful shape on your griddle.
- Spatula: If you want to have an easy time cooking eggs and prevent frustrations that may arise during the whole cooking time, do yourself a favor and get a spatula. This too will make flipping eggs easy-peasy for you! Scrambling your eggs with a spatula feels like a walk in the park, too.
- Batter dispenser: When making an omelet, chances are high you’ll be pouring batter with a bowl. In so doing, it will pour to all sides of your griddle and your omelets will turn into random shape egg cakes. A batter dispenser at hand ensures you use the right amount of batter for each omelet, ensuring you make precise omelets with beautiful consistent shapes. This tool also ensures mess-free cooking.
Using a griddle to cook eggs has a couple of benefits over the frying pan, including its huge surface which can cook multiple eggs at a go. The griddle is also pretty versatile and will let you cook different types of egg recipes. Having answered the most common questions about cooking eggs on a griddle, we hope that you’re now fully equipped to make your first sunny-side up, scrambled, over-easy, or omelet on your griddle. Good luck!