How to Clean a Pancake Griddle

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When it comes to breakfast, pancakes are the best; they are lightly sweet and taste like heaven. So pancake griddles are a part of our regular household items in cooking. But, unfortunately, the griddles tend to get dirty easily. Thus the question arises of how to clean a pancake griddle in the easiest way possible, as it demands some physical strength if the food gets burnt.

How to Clean a Pancake Griddle

If you want to enjoy a perfect pancake, you need to have an ideal pancake griddle as well, and for that, you need to keep your pancake griddle shape in the best way possible.

Why Cleaning a Pancake Griddle Is Important?

Everyone enjoys a crispy pancake. Thus many people think of not cleaning the pancake griddle. But here we present you the reasons why cleaning a pancake griddle is essential:

When you are cooking pancakes or sandwiches, oils and fat is released. If the pan is not cleaned, it will create a gummy layer that will deteriorate the quality of the pan.

If this is continued, the heat won’t reach the food, and it won’t get cooked properly.

Person cooking pancakes with a stovetop griddle

Materials Required

Before starting the cleaning process, understand that two types of pancake griddle are present in the market, a stovetop pancake griddle and an electric pancake griddle.

If you have an electric one, please make sure you do not dip it in water.

Here is the list of materials that you will need for cleaning:

  • A soft sponge or dishcloth for wiping.
  • Paper towels for drying the griddle dry.
  • Any mild dish detergent to remove the dirt.
  • Some lukewarm water
  • A spatula
  • A pair of heat resistant gloves

Step 1: Start Heating Things Up

A pancake griddle might have some greasy build-ups or charred food accumulated on the pan that can be difficult to remove.

Thus, to make sure the pan gets cleaned up and save yourself from extra physical effort, start with heating things up a bit. Here are the following steps.

  1. Switch on the pancake griddle and wait for a while to let things heat up a bit.
  2. Cleaning a hot pancake griddle is relatively easier than a cold one as the greasy build-ups over the pan get hardened up and can be easily removed using a spatula.

Step 2: Getting Rid of the Debris

Dirt and debris become a part of the cooking utensils as they go through too much-burnt food, oils, a few spills, etc.

This results in the accumulation of greasy debris and some bits of burnt foods etc.

Thus, to keep the griddle at the best quality, getting rid of the debris is extremely important.

  1. Since the pan is heating up, the grass will be turned into charred pieces, now take a spatula and gently start scraping those bits of debris and dirt from the pancake griddle.
  2. Ensure the pan is still hot to ease up the process and do not scrape too hard. Otherwise, it will result in scratches.
  3. Once the scraping is done, sweep the bits and crumbs off the griddle.
  4. Keep scraping until the debris is completely removed.

Be patient when it comes to scraping; make sure you do not hurt the pan’s surface, as it may compromise the quality of the pan.

Here is the link to a video guide on scraping the debris from the griddle.

Step 3: Washing Up the Griddle

Once the scraping is done, and the hard debris is removed, it is time to move forward with washing up the griddle.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Add some water to the surface of the griddle while the pan is still hot. You will see that the pan will cool down a bit, and the water starts bubbling.
  2. Now add some mild detergent in that water to clean the stains from the pan.
  3. Do not reduce the temperature of the pan manually; let the water boil for a few minutes. 
  4. The above step will loosen up the hard debris and the stuck batter from the pan.
  5. Depending upon the amount of diet present on the griddle, you might need to repeat this step a few times.

Here is the link to a study about electric griddles, as you cannot go with the steps mentioned above in the case of electric griddles.

Instead, the study highlights the dos and don’ts in terms of cleaning an electric griddle.

Step 4: Finishing Up the Cleaning Process

After repeating the above steps a few times to remove the dirt and stains, it is time to finish the cleaning process.

Since the dirt is loosened up, it is time to give a good wipe to the pancake griddle. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Now it is time to get rid of the soapy water and the remaining residue from the pan. You need to take a kitchen towel or a paper towel to soak up the liquid from the pancake griddle.
  2. Now take the spatula, place the napkin over it and start sweeping the pan to clean it up.
  3. Repeat the steps mentioned above until the pan is thoroughly cleaned.

Make sure you do not use clothes when it comes to the wiping process; here is the link to a study highlighting how bacteria get accumulated in the kitchen hand towels and why one should avoid using them. 

Step 5: Drying the Pancake Griddle

Once the pancake is thoroughly cleaned, it is time to move forward with drying the pancake griddle. If you have an electric griddle, make sure you are careful with the above steps because if the water enters the electric parts and ruins the griddle.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. If your pancake griddle is still a little damp after cleaning, take your kitchen towel and wipe the pancake griddle dry. 
  2. You can also let the pancake griddle air dry.
  3. If you are using a non-stick pancake griddle, make sure you do not use the metal spatula. A metal spatula might hurt the Teflon coating of the pan.

You can use a wooden spatula or a silicone spatula to remove the dirt.

Pancake Griddle Cleaning Tips

If you want to make your cleaning jobs process easier, you need to start a maintenance routine for your pancake routine.

Person cooking pancakes using an electric griddle

The tips and tricks mentioned below will help you keep your pancake griddle in the best shape.

  • Always use a damp kitchen towel or napkin paper to clean up the pancake griddle after each use. It will protect the griddle from accumulating any greasy buildup or debris.
  • Make sure you remove the burnt bits of batter instantly after use. If you have a stovetop griddle, you can directly put it under tap water to make the cleaning easy.
  • If you have a griddle made up of cast iron, always use a damp kitchen towel to clean it up after use.
  • Once you are done removing the dirt bits, make sure you give your griddle a quick-cooking spray. It will help in preventing the sticking of food bits on the pan.
  • Do not cook anything at a high temperature; you will end up burning the griddle, and the food will stick to the griddle as well.
  • Before adding the soap water to the griddle, spray the pancake griddle with some vinegar to remove stains from the griddle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Get Rid of Burnt Food from My Pancake Griddle?

Start with diluting some vinegar and heating the pancake griddle. Once it is heating, add the diluted vinegar mixture to the pan and boil for at least 10 minutes. Now add baking soda to it; the reaction will help loosen up the burnt pieces of food.

What Is the Best Oil for Cooking on a Pancake Griddle?

Sunflower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil sit well with the pancake griddle. The oil you choose should have a high smoke point on the pancake griddle, as it will avoid the accumulation of greasy bits and protect the griddle from nasty burn marks. 


Griddles are one of the best inventions in cooking, as they are not just limited to cooking pancakes for breakfast but allow you to experiment a lot when it comes to cooking. The only setback with griddles is that they tend to get dirty fast.

Thus they demand a regular cleaning to keep them in the best shape. The metal griddles are easy to clean, but for a non-stick griddle, you have to be careful with the scraping process and be gentle while cleaning.