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Electric Griddles vs. Electric Skillets

Whether you want a solution to cook up a big breakfast at once or a convenient way to heat up a meal without using the stovetop, an electric griddle or skillet might be the right solution for your kitchen. These two appliances are somewhat similar, but each one still has unique advantages, so take a look at the benefits of each and determine which one would best fit your kitchen.

Griddle

Skillet

Price

Low to highMedium to high

Shape

Wide and flatHigh edges and lid

Deep fry capability

NoYes

Temperature control

Thermostat knobThermostat knob

Removable plates

Available in some modelsNo

Griddles

Advantages of an electric griddle

  • Cooking Large Portions - If you're making grilled cheese or pancakes for everyone, an electric griddle will get a meal out to everyone much more quickly than a single pan on the oven.
  • Versatility - Some electric griddles have reversible plates that let the appliance be used as both an electric grill as well as griddle.
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Limitations of an electric griddle

  • No Edges or Lid - Without sides or a lid, you can't make dishes that require moisture and heat to be sealed in, such as fried rice.
  • Size - Griddles are typically larger than skillets and can take up too much space in small kitchens and kitchens with limited counter space.
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Skillets

Advantages of an electric skillet

  • High Edges and Lid - These features let you use liquid ingredients and hold in heat and moisture for recipes requiring simmering and boiling.
  • Fried Dishes - The steady temperature offered by the thermostat make creating fried dishes much simpler than a stove-top skillet.
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Limitations of an electric skillet

  • Smaller Cooking Surface - Although the high edges keep the food contained in a skillet, they limit the overall cooking surface.
  • Less Versatile - An electric skillet has far less versatility than their griddle counterparts.
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