What’s a Salamander?

Don’t worry, we’re not pivoting to blogging about lizards. No offense to lizards, of course.

A salamander in our terms is a specialized kitchen appliance commonly found in restaurants. It is essentially a dedicated broiler designed to achieve perfect grilling, browning, finishing and toasting in half the time of a standard oven broiler.

A salamander can help you achieve the perfect crust on a “Pittsburgh-rare” steak or crispy skin on your favorite chicken dish. It can even help with more everyday applications like quickly crisping-up leftover pizza in the fridge.

A salamander can stand alone on a counter-top or be mounted to the wall. The mounted option is shown below in a kitchen on which we recently collaborated.

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The kitchen is truly a chef’s dream with an assortment of premium appliances. The salamander shown isĀ BlueStar’s model PRZSAL24, which features:

  • A four-position adjustable grilling rack
  • Heavy-duty, commercial stainless steel construction
  • Two independently controlled 11,000 BTU infrared ceramic burners
  • 215 square inches of cooking space
  • Large removable heavy-duty grilling rack
  • Automatic electronic ignition and re-ignition system

The salamander is mounted above a Wolf 60in dual-fuel range model DF606CG. The range’s cooking surface has a 16,000 BTU char-grill, 15,000 BTU griddle and 6 burners, each of which is capable of up to BTU outputs ranging from 300 to 20,000 allowing you to boil water and gently melt chocolate on the same burner.

The range also features two full-size ovens with an internal temperature probe, dual convection fans for the most even cooking and 10 cooking modes designed to make it easier to produce chef-quality results.