Did you know that you can prepare an entire meal with your griddle? Yes Yes! Griddle meals are a convenient and easy-to-prepare option . You can put them in the center of the table and eat them with family or friends.
As we love to inspire you at Arctic Gardens, below are our top tips for cooking a meal on the griddle along with some recipe ideas. From now on, in addition to using it for your favorite cookies, you can use it to create nutritious dishes full of flavor.
Why meals on the plate
We love this culinary trend for its convenience and versatility in food prep. Whether it’s for breakfast, dinner or even dessert, the griddle saves time.
When it comes to baking, the flavors of food are brought out more because the food is cooked in its own oil, which makes it juicier, crunchier and tastier.
Since griddle meals require little prep, they’re an easy and convenient option for busy weekdays when you have little time to prepare dinner.
Few preparation steps
Unlike other cooking techniques that require you to add ingredients in a specific order and follow certain steps, once you’ve put the baking sheet with the ingredients in the oven, you can be busy elsewhere for the next few minutes. .
How to make a complete meal on the plate?
First, make sure you have a good baking sheet. Most baking sheets are 18 inches by 13 inches and have a 1 inch rim.
Also, make sure the plate is aluminum or stainless steel . Whichever you choose, look for a heavy gauge plate (i.e. the thickness of the metal used). You will find different gauges on the market, but the thicker it is, the stronger the griddle will be.
You will also need parchment paper to place on the baking sheet. This paper has a non-stick function and makes cleaning easier. Please note that this paper can tolerate up to 425°F.
Ingredients for a recipe on the baking sheet
It is recommended to include four groups of ingredients in the baking sheet for a nutritionally complete meal.
You can opt for animal or vegetable proteins. Make sure the protein portion is ¼ to ¾ pound per serving, which will be supplemented with vegetables.
For animal protein, you can choose from the following options:
Poultry : Note that bone-in poultry will take longer to cook than boneless poultry. The time can therefore vary from 25 minutes for breasts to 1 hour for bone-in thighs.
As an indication, here are some cooking time suggestions:
Seafood : Fish fillets usually cook quickly in the oven . When you put them on the plate, you can expect them to cook for 5-15 minutes. However, if you prefer to add a whole fish to your recipe on the plate, it can take between 15 and 45 minutes to cook.
If you plan to make a recipe with shrimp on the plate, it will be cooked in 5 to 8 minutes at 400°C.
Here are some approximate cooking times:
As this type of meat requires longer cooking time, the rack will help circulate the heat so the pork cooks properly.
Here are some cooking times for pork on the griddle:
However, you can use ground beef. Simply spread the seasoned ground beef on the baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil.
Plant- Based Proteins : Plant-based proteins are a great choice for your stovetop recipes. You can cook proteins like tofu, tempeh, or even legumes. Do not hesitate to consult our guide to learn more about vegetable proteins .
To achieve a crispy texture, be sure to dry the tofu or tempeh thoroughly before cooking. Once they are well dried, you can marinate them to make them tastier.
Now that you have the protein, it’s time to choose your beloved vegetables, which will complement your recipe.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for your vegetables to be perfect on the stovetop:
With Arctic Gardens Frozen Vegetables , you can save yourself the prep time (washing and cutting). Just drop them on the baking sheet!
Here are some approximate cooking times depending on the type of vegetable:
Fats help foods brown and cook evenly. You can opt for olive oil or even coconut oil, or even peanut oil. These will give a different flavor to your preparation.
If you prefer a more neutral taste, sunflower oil or canola oil will be perfect.
It’s time to use all the spices and herbs stored in your cupboards. You can mix them with the ingredients before putting them on the baking sheet or add them directly to the baking sheet with the other ingredients.
In our spice guide , we explain the best flavor pairings. But here are some tips for your recipes on the plate:
For a mixture of asparagus, broccoli or carrots, tarragon, dill or rosemary will give a more herbaceous flavor to your recipe.
Liven up your Brussels sprouts by seasoning them with curry, mustard, sage, nutmeg, oregano or even rosemary.
Serve the carrots with a little honey, curry or cinnamon and ginger for an Indian-style flavor.
If your recipe includes corn, the paprika, cayenne, or hot pepper will help bring out the sweetness of the corn.
You can also choose to use bunches of fresh herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves. They can withstand prolonged cooking without burning.
Once your recipe is fresh out of the oven, drizzle the top with a little lemon juice to give it a lemony flavor. Another option is to add grated cheese of your choice.
Now that you know what it takes to prepare a recipe on the griddle, it’s time to get some inspiration from our selection of recipes on the griddle.