Recently my siblings and I were gifted Tefal Optigrills by our dear parents. Upon receiving it I was unsure as to how much I’d use it. Having taken a look at the box and not having known what it was before this, I saw that it promised wonderful things- perfectly grilled chicken, fish and steak in minutes.. a colour changing light indicating whether a meal was rare, medium or well done.. a sensor judging the cut of meat in order to not smash it to a pancake and very very fast cooking time.
Last week I decided to use it for steak. The cut was not a tender cut like fillet or even like rump but the cooked steak was surprisingly tender for the short cooking time. Usually my steak is seasoned in salt and pepper then thrown on a hot griddle plate to get cooked till medium rare, this taking sometime depending on how quickly the pan heats. In the case of the optigrill, it was pre heated in minutes, I then placed the steaks on it and it was done to medium rare perfection in less than 5 minutes. I served it with grilled vegetables on the side.
The grills are non stick, only requiring a light spray of spray and cook should you be using heavily marinated meats and are removable and dish washer safe for ease of washing up. It has a removable drip tray in order to collect the extra fats / juices as it cooks.
A few days later my smallie requested fish fingers, since the grill was out, I decided to take a chance and cook them in there. Less than 10 minutes in total and we had perfect crisp fish fingers with no oil used during cooking.
A few days after, I decided to try chicken fillets in it. Again, less than 3 minutes to preheat and less than 5 minutes to cook before I was able to serve perfectly succulent, yet beautifully grilled fillet.
Verdict: Pricey, but worth it, especially for those wanting to try a healthier eating lifestyle. The enclosed recipe book has some wonderful ideas and yummy looking recipes. The downside is the bulkiness, in my case I am now keeping it on my countertop which makes it easier for when I need to use it.