Griddle Flattop Cleaning

To maintain the natural non-stick properties of your Evo cooktop, it is important to keep the cooktop clean and oiled with a high smoke point cooking oil (vegetable, canola, avocado).  Proper cleaning will prevent carbon build-up.

How to Clean the Cooksurface

To maintain the natural non-stick properties of your Evo cook surface, it is important to keep the cook surface clean and oiled with cooking oil. Similar to caring for a cast iron skillet, the process is simple with a few steps that will return a lifetime of carefree cooking.


Start with a warm cooksurface (preferably right after cooking).

Using the Evo scraper, scrape and remove food particles and debris.


Place a cleaning pad directly on cook surface. Pour a liberal amount of oil over the pad. Place insulated blue cleaning handle on the pad.

Push handle against the pad and scour cooksurface in a circular motion with special attention to heavy carbon areas. Use more oil, if needed, for lubrication.


Wipe clean with paper towel or terry cloth. Repeat as necessary. The cooksurface should be black and glossy.


Finish by wiping the entire cooksurface with a lightly-oiled paper towel or terry cloth towel to season.

If you have burned sugar based sauces or heavy carbon buildup follow the steps above with a screen placed under the cleaning pad.

Important Tips

For Maintaining Your Evo Griddle

Best Cooking Temperature

Using high heat burns off the seasoning. Use medium heat when cooking on the Evo.

Apply Oil Before Cooking

Similar to a cast iron skillet, NEVER cook on a dry surface, apply 3-4 tablespoons of oil (vegetable, canola, soybean, or grapeseed) to the cook surface prior to EVERY cooking session.

Clean After Use

Clean the cooktop after every use and maintain the seasoning by applying a very thin layer of oil after each cleaning. Proper cleaning will prevent carbon build-up.

Use Proper Cleaning Supplies

Do not use water, club soda, salt, soap, degreasers, cleaning bricks, steel wool or any abrasive product on the Evo cook surface. These will deglaze the surface, remove the oil seasoning and can cause rusting.

Do Not Powerwash

Power washing the cook surface will strip the seasoning away and could cause water to find its way into any electrical/electronic parts and ruin them.

Do Not Use Cleaning Brick

Cleaning bricks are too aggressive a cleaner and unnecessary, it will eventually smooth out the surface removing the texture that holds the seasoning oil.

How To Recondition Your Cooktop

If you are seeing flaking, peeling, rust or heavy carbon buildup on your Evo cooktop follow the steps in this video to recondition the cook surface.

How To Re-Season the Cook Surface

If you are seeing flaking, peeling, rust or heavy carbon buildup on your Evo cooktop follow the steps in this video to recondition the cook surface.

  • Apply about 4-5 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the surface and wipe the entire surface including the sides.
  • Turn both burners to medium and allow the oil to smoke and burn off slightly for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, wait several minutes and apply a second layer of oil.
  • Repeat steps 2-3. The surface will appear dark and glossy black. This repeated process will carbonize the oil and create a blackened patina and a natural non-stick oil seasoning. Using the grill pad and cleaning handle, lightly polish the surface smooth on low heat.
  • When the surface has cooled, wipe the cook surface with a lightly oiled towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you are done cooking on the flattop you should always scrape off the remaining food particles with a flat metal scraper or the side of a metal spatula and then rubdown the cooking surface with a thin coat of fresh oil. After the scrape and rub, you can then condition the cook surface with the cleaning kit if you like. Because this process takes less than a minute, we do it every time we cook with our Evo.

The ability to compartmentalize cooking on the large flattop means you generally clean up after the meal. However you may want to use the cleaning kit before dessert preparations to prevent any unwanted flavors from getting mixed with the dessert.

We also recommend using the cleaning kit before making pancakes, crepes or flat-breads. Not only will the food be easier to prepare, it will also cook more efficiently.

When cooking fatty foods (e.g. bacon, duck breasts) you can place tin foil in the drip pan where you anticipate the fats to run off. The foil will catch the fats for easy disposal once the grill has cooled down.

If you are having trouble keeping the food on the slightly convex cook surface, you may want to try using two metal spatulas instead on one. The second spatula can be used as a guard to prevent the food from falling off the grill as you toss with the other spatula. Especially helpful when you have the cook surface covered with food! Two spatulas also work well for flipping fish, burgers, etc. Slide one spatula under the food while using the second spatula to prevent the food from sliding. Once foods have begun to cook or caramelize, then they are more likely to stay placed at any position on the cook surface. Remember a variety of utensils may be used when cooking on Evo – spatulas, tongs, knives, etc – as well as pots and pans.

If you have foods skimming off the cook surface when first placed on, it likely means the temperature is too hot. Moisture is vaporizing to create a hydroplaning effect. Remember the Evo Professional model can reach temperatures over 675 degrees – better for boiling water rather than cooking foods. Try starting up your Evo at a Medium setting.

Unless your steel cook surface is coated (e.g. ceramic covered), it is most important to protect the cook surface from prolonged moisture. Keeping your cook surface oiled will help to protect the flattop, just like you do with your cast iron pans.  If the raw steel is exposed to moisture and the elements (i.e. left unseasoned) oxidation may start. A cleaning and application of oil will take care of this, but extended lack of attention may cause pitting to the surface. If you plan to be away or simply not cook for weeks, you should always store the cook surface in a dry place. Remember you have a fine piece of cookware here, so treat it right and you’ll enjoy it for decades to come!

The cook surface of a good cast iron pan and the Evo flattop are designed to hold a fine layer of cooking oil on its surface. Referred to as “seasoning” in the culinary world, the term refers to the fact that the surface gets better after many applications of oil over the years. Seasoning does two things: it promotes a non stick cooking surface and prevents oxidation of a seasoned steel cook surface when not in use. Routine cleaning of the cook surface (see Use & Care section) will actually re-season the cooktop as you clean up, so we suggest you do this after every cooking session. It only takes a few seconds yet is so beneficial!