The 10 Best Korean Grill Pans
This wiki has been updated 25 times since it was first published in January of 2017. If you regularly find yourself craving perfect pork belly served with a side of kimchi, there's no need to travel overseas or even to a restaurant down the street. Just get yourself a proper Korean grill pan and prepare all your favorite meals at home. We only included those that offer a hassle-free barbecue experience with reliable grease drainage, in both electric and non-electric versions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
February 02, 2021:
Korean BBQ restaurants are not just delicious, but fun too. These grill pans let you replicate that experience from the comfort of your own. Except for the Zojirushi EB-CC15 and Elite Gourmet EMG-980B, which are both self-contained electric units, these work best on butane stoves, however most can also be used on gas ranges as well. Some, like the WaxonWare Black, are even designed to be compatible with electric ranges. Perhaps the most versatile option here is the CookKing Master, which has a compartmentalized design that allows you to cook things like corn cheese and other semi-liquid dishes at the same time as your meat. When it comes to getting a hard sear, the Dongwoo BBQ Stone stands out for its agalmatolite center plate that retains and transfers heat very well.
April 03, 2019:
Instead of limiting ourselves, we decided to add several variations of Korean grill pans in order to satisfy the wide variety of chefs out there. That means we looked at models that use water, those that do not, and electric offerings. Out of all of these, it's still tough to beat the TeChef Stovetop, which is non-stick but safe, eye-catching, and easy to use. The CookKing Master is similar, but it has channels for small pieces or liquids — a double-edged sword, since it's convenient but also just a bit harder to clean. When it comes to models that use water, we think the WaxonWare Black is a fine choice, although it's a little pricey for the overall construction, and you shouldn't expect any bells and whistles. And speaking of more feature-laden models, we added the Zojirushi Indoor Grill and the Maple Suki BBQ/Hot Pot. They'll help you whip up some Korean barbecue and so much more, bringing all types of Asian cuisine into your home. This also means they're a bit more expensive, but if you reach for this type of cookware often and have the storage space, they may well be worth it.