The “Okay”: Overcrowding will never be a problem with the All-Clad fry pan because it’s spacious. It heats evenly and is stick-resistant.
The “Oh no!”: You don’t see grill marks and the food looks like we used more steam than a grill.
The “Overall”: It’s a superb indoor grill that comes out handy especially for cooking lots of stuff one at a time. It’s more of a griddle than a true grill pan because of its low-rise ridges.
All-Clad Fry Pan – The Basics
For so long we have been utilizing older versions of the All-Clad grill in our CHOW Test. Perhaps you want to have sumptuous delicacies that are easy to cook like your favorite salmon steaks, pork chops, or asparagus spears. And you don’t have the convenience of having an outdoor grill or you feel sluggish to put on fire.
Then All-clad grill pans are perfect for you. The defining characteristic of grill pans that you should look for is their ability to distribute heat well having no hot spots. You should also look into the depth of the grill ridges. They should be deep enough so that food would stream in the fats and juices preventing them from escaping while cooking. You might already be pretty comfortable using the older version of this cookware for so long. But we did not hesitate to put this brand-new All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Grande Grille Pan to a cooking test for us to see what it got.
All-Clad Fry Pan Design & Construction
All-Clad grill pan which is 7 pounds, 20 inches long, 12 ¾ wide, and 3 inches high with an anodized aluminum coat is part of All-Clad’s Hard Anodized collection. Grande Grill Pan is stick-resistant. Its grips which bend inwardly make the pan easier to lift. Its stainless-steel handles are perfect for the pan. All-Clad also claims they stay cool even when the pan is hot. Its rounded 1/16 inch high ridged which are like speed bumps and are relatively short.
So there would be accessible draining of fats and other liquids there are two pour spouts on either side. All-Clad grill pan can use gas and electric cooktops and oven as well as it can withstand up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Wood, plastic, or heat-resistant nylon tools are the best choice for usage with this grill. This is important to avoid scratching the nonstick coating. Also, take precautions in washing this grill pan – you cant put it in a dishwasher. Avoid using rough scrubbies and harsh detergents in cleaning it up. BEst practice is to hand-wash the grill pan. Its lifetime warranty truly gives you no reason to worry.
We tried on burgers, skin-on salmon, and pork tenderloin to have a full experience of the amazing performance of this All-Clad Grande Grille Pan.
Burgers: Four patties were placed together in the frying pan over high heat. The pan is big enough that it can accommodate more. The grill marks that those ridges produced weren’t that evident. The pan’s edges with shallow well had some grease running into it. While those that didn’t drain just collected under the burgers which made the burger to be cooked in its grease. The burger patties turned up to be like diner-style patties. The cheese that exuded from the patties was slightly like cheese crisps because it crisped on the grill but the good thing was it didn’t stick in the pan.
Salmon: We were amazed how this All-Clad grill pan worked on the fish. It made our skin-on salmon fillets be nicely cooked with crispy skin that didn’t stick on the pan. We just cooked the skin side for 5 minutes and the other side for 4 minutes and it produced a very satisfactory result.
Pork tenderloin: It also had a superb result when we tried cooking pork tenderloin which we mixed with salt and pepper. It had decent sear marks after cooking it over medium heat for 30 minutes with occasional turning every few minutes
Generally speaking, the All-Clad fry pan’s versatility is astounding. It is spacious enough to accommodate an ample quantity of food which is beneficial for a family. Its lightness makes it easy to lift while not compromising its durability. While others may not like its low sides it helps in making it easy for the pan to be converted to a baking sheet or pan that doesn’t need to be covered while cooking. We should also take proper caution with its low sides as it may cause grease to splash during the stove to open transfers.