Product reviewed: Le Creuset Signature Square Skillet Grill
The Le Creuset Signature Square Skillet Grill has quickly become a go-to kitchen essential. I don’t have access to an outdoor grill and, generally speaking, outdoor grilling is illegal where I live (ah, Manhattan), but Le Creuset has made it easier to bear.
There are some key features that make this skillet grill amazing: It has a black enamel finish, so it is fairly nonstick — no additional seasoning required — and there is no concern about rust. It heats evenly, which helps ensure even cooking. The skillet has raised edges with grill lines, allowing the “indoor” grilling experience to produce grill marks, as well as two “spouts” on either side to pour off fat as necessary. Finally, the skillet grill easily goes from stove top to oven and is safe at any oven temperature.
I tested the skillet grill by making several different foods: chicken, fish and vegetables. First up, chicken and vegetable kebabs. I set the skillet over medium-high heat and used about a tablespoon of oil. The kebabs cooked well on the stove top and were easy to turn to sear all sides. I then transferred the skillet to the oven to finish cooking. The chicken and vegetables were evenly cooked and had nice grill marks. I would like to note, however, that it is necessary to use adequate fat when cooking with this skillet grill. If you’re trying to use minimal or no fat, your food will likely stick and be difficult to turn and release from the skillet.
Next, I cooked a salmon fillet. Once again, I heated the pan over medium-high heat and used about a tablespoon of oil. I gently placed the fish onto the pan; it started to sizzle and the skin got crispy. After a few minutes, I easily flipped the fish over and cooked it for a few more minutes. The salmon cooked evenly and had grill marks and crispy skin. Perfect!
For my last test, I made grilled eggplant and zucchini, which fared well with enough oil to prevent sticking. This durable skillet grill has yet to disappoint and likely will continue to be part of my regular rotation for years to come!