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May 24, 2013 12:58 PM

Cooking directly on a smoothtop...

I saw a video not so long ago, a show that Eric Ripert was hosting and he cooked a piece of salmon directly on a glass smoothtop, but the 'burner' was actually rectangular in shape rather than round, like it was designed for this type of cooking. Does anyone know a company that makes such a smoothtop? If not, is it possible to cook this way on a regular smoothtop?

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  1. I have a regular smoothtop and it never would have occurred to me in a million years to cook anything directly on the burner. Never will try it either. Frankly, this was the first I'd ever heard of the practice. Can't speak for Eric and what kind of stove he was using though.

    1. I toast tortillas on mine all the time.

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      1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

        I generally warm up corn tortillas on the grill, but will do on my smooth top if I just want one or two.... I'll do them on a gas burner too.

      2. If you are going to ruin a smoothtop, this could be the way to go! Not sure what you gain. I'd try one of those superhot warming trays first

        1. Maintaining the clean appearance of a glass cooktop was difficult enough just wiping up grease splatters and cooked thru spills or boil overs; in fact one of the reasons it became the reviled range top in our family. Cooking directly on the range is going to make resulting cleaning even more challenged if you feel compelled to keep the top visually pristine.

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          1. re: ThanksVille

            BTW..........I have had 2 glass top in my condo and one at home. The one at the condo has the control OFF the surface. set into the counter. MUCH MUCH MUCH better for cleaning! I made the mistake at home of getting the super-gourmet version never thinking about the dials..BIG BIG BIG mistake!

          2. I'm trying to figure out why you would do this....that's why they make saute pans and griddles -- so you have a flat cooking surface that can actually be washed.