To get the best out of your induction cooking experience it is important to have the correct induction hob accessories!
Induction cooktops are unique cooking devices because of their energy-saving and cooking efficiency capabilities.
However, you must remember how induction cooker works!
It only works using the correct type of cookware — cookware that’s made of ferrous materials!
I will be discussing what are the best cooking accessories for induction hobs that you should consider and have them in your kitchen!
Best Induction Hob Accessories You Need in Your Kitchen
The best induction hob accessories that are popular nowadays include, Induction Cookware Set, Induction Skillet, Induction Griddle, Induction Wok, Teppanyaki Plates, and Induction (tea) Kettle. These cooking accessories can be used directly without the aid of any heat diffusers!
Induction Cookware Set
Based on the name itself, induction cookware set usually consists of several pots and pans of different sizes — sold in one package!
And buying a cookware set could be cheaper — compared if you purchase them individually!
It usually includes smaller and bigger pots as well as shallow and deeper pots. Some may even include a skillet or frying pan!
The above is an example of an induction-ready cookware set that I have inspected (from my previous job) as a separate accessory which can be used for all types of induction cooktops!
A skillet is the same as a frying pan!
Basically, the only difference is the name or how it’s called in different places.
The above example is an induction-ready skillet with ceramic non-stick coating!
And I have experienced inspecting this type of cookware while still working as quality control for home appliances!
A griddle is an accessory used for grilling — so, basically it could also be called a grill plate or grill pan!
In the example below, this griddle accessory is specially designed for two cooking zone induction hobs.
It’s a cast iron with ceramic non-stick coating!
If you like grilled food…
Then this type of accessory is highly recommended to have one in your kitchen!
Griddles come in many different designs!
WOK is normally used to stir fry foods, steam food, as well as pan frying!
It’s a deeper version of a frying pan and normally bigger in size (as shown in the example below).
Some WOK may include a glass lid that will be useful for food steaming!
This versatile cooking accessory is mostly popular in the Asian countries!
In the above example…
This Wok (which I frequently conducted inspection previously) has a non-stick Teflon coating!
A teppanyaki plate is a Japanese term for iron plate that is used to cook food.
So, basically it is also a type of grilling plate as illustrated in the below photo.
So, if you love teppanyaki (Japanese style of cooking) then having a teppanyaki plate in your kitchen is a must!
Teppanyaki plates do come in many different designs — with stainless steel being the most popular!
Induction (Tea) Kettle
The best way to maximize usage of your induction cooktop is to have an induction (tea) kettle instead of buying an electric kettle!
Some induction cooker designs do have a smaller cooking zone — for boiling water!
Thus, a kettle is one accessory you might want to have in your kitchen.
Besides, it will be cheaper compared to an electric kettle!
And the above example can be used for both single induction cookers as well as multiple cooking zone induction cooktops.
Benefits of Using (Correct Type) Induction Cooktop Accessories
While some alternative ways, such as using an induction heat diffuser, will now allow you to use non-magnetic types of cookware —
It is still best to only use induction-ready types of cookware for two reasons — preserve cooking efficiency and maintain safety!
Using only the correct type of cookware without using any heat converter will maintain the cooking efficiency of the induction cooktop.
While using a diffuser so you can utilize your non-induction cookware will defeat the primary advantage of induction cooking — energy saving and efficiency!
Because there will now be wasted energy as demonstrated in the test (based on the provided link below).
Another benefit of using induction-ready cookware “only” is to safeguard the safety of your induction cooktop!
Common sense will dictate that using alternative ways could result in some mistakes!
That could compromise safety!
And based on the study carried out on diffusers (see below link) — results indicate that using diffusers can be a safety concern!
Types of Induction Cooktop Accessories
Aside from the popular induction hob accessories I’ve discussed above, namely — Cookware set, Skillet, Griddle, Wok, Teppanyaki plate, and Tea-kettle.
Three types of cookware finishing are commonly used, they are the following:
This type of cookware is very durable therefore it can last long! However, stainless steel is not non-stick surface!
So, some food may be stuck on the cookware’s surface during cooking, but the good news is that cleaning stainless-steel cookware is very easy!
The only downside is the price…
Because stainless steel cookware usually is more expensive!
This is one type of non-stick coating commonly used on most cookware!
Ceramic coated cookware is non-stick and easy to clean!
While it is more expensive than Teflon non-stick coating… it’s considered more durable to withstand abrasion!
Below photo illustrates how non-stick coatings are tested for abrasion.
Similar test method is also performed for Teflon non-stick coated cookware!
Another common type of non-stick coating is Teflon — a Teflon coated cookware is non-stick and easy to clean!
Similarly, Teflon coated cookware is cheaper compared to other coated cookware!
Teflon coating is scratch-resistant and they are also verified using abrasion test!
Besides, Teflon coated cookware must also pass the safety test!
It’s known that some health-conscious individuals are concerned about the possible release of toxic fumes when cooking at high temperatures.
So, as a precautionary measure, a food-grade certificate must be acquired by the manufacturer first…
To ensure that the Teflon-coated cookware is safe to use!
How To Choose the Right Induction Cooktop Accessories
Here are some tips on what you need to take into account when you’re planning of buying an induction hob accessory for your kitchen:
- Buy according to what type of cooking (purpose) you want the accessories to be used for, and also you need to consider what type of induction cooker you currently have.
- In the above example — cookware set, wok, skillet, and tea kettle can be used both on single induction cookers as well as multiple cooking zone induction cooktops!
- Also, in the above example — the griddle, and teppanyaki plate can only be used for double induction cooker as well as multiple cooking zone induction hobs! Of course, there are designs available suited for single induction cookers.
- Depending on your preference and budget — there are three types of cookware finishing that are common and available:
- Stainless steel cookware
- Ceramic coated non-stick cookware
- Teflon coated non-stick cookware
- Only buy and use induction-ready types of cookware!
I have shown and discussed what are the popular induction hob accessories for cooking!
To summarize, they are the following:
- Cookware Set: consists of several pots and pan sold in one bundle or package.
- Induction Skillet: the same as frying pan
- Induction Griddle: same as grill plate or grill pan
- Induction WOK: deeper version of frying pan that can be used for stir frying, food steaming, and pan frying.
- Teppanyaki Plate: means iron plate used for cooking (grilling) food.
- Induction (tea) Kettle: adding an induction kettle will maximize the usage of your induction cooker (while it’s cheaper instead of buying an electric kettle).
Likewise, I have also identified the three types of cookware finishing that are commonly used.
Again, they are as follows:
- Stainless steel: more durable and long-lasting, however, it is more expensive.
- Ceramic coated: non-stick, easy to clean, and scratch-resistant, more expensive than teflon coating.
- Teflon coated: non-stick, easy to clean, and scratch-resistant, cheaper than the other types of cookware.
So, there you have it, folks!
What induction cooking accessory are you planning to get for your kitchen?
Please, let me know in the comment section!
If you have any questions or suggestions, or if you feel some information is lacking…
Please leave them in the comments below, and I will answer them as soon as I can and to the best of my knowledge.
Lastly, I hope you’ll find this article helpful.
Thanks once again for reading and I’m looking forward to your next visit!