Prep the pan – Most grill pans come with a protective coating that prevents them from rusting on shelves in retail stores. Before using the pan, it is important to scrub this off using a damp scouring pad or sponge.
Season the pan – It is important for anyone using grill pans to “season” the vessel before use. This is done by rubbing vegetable oil over the cooking surface of the pan using a paper towel. This helps to prevent the pan from rusting or food from sticking during the cooking process.
Use high heat – For the best results, grill pans should only be used on high heat to allow them to sear the outside of the food and create those mouth-watering signature grill marks.
Clean the pan – After use, it is important to avoid using soap to clean a grill pan because it will cancel out any seasoning done to the pan. The best cleaning method for pans is simply water and a paper towel or scouring pad.