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Grill Pans for Indoor Grilling

Updated on November 3, 2014

Grilling Indoors

Stove Top Grilling with a Grill Pan

Grill pans are cookware that allows stove-top grilling fun! You can use a grill pan and actually enjoy a delicious indoor barbecue right from your own stove-top. If you've never heard of or used a grill pan in your kitchen, let me tell you why a grill pan can be an essential piece of cookware that you'll really love using. A grill pan or grill skillet has a ribbed bottom so that the food stays above any fatty drippings, and you get those cool grill lines on your food. Needless to say this is a much healthier way to enjoy meats. Grill Pans make excellent gifts, too! I have made everything on my grill pan from steaks and burgers, to grilled tomatoes and other veggies, and they all come out tasting marvelous, like you cooked them outdoors on a barbecue grill! Read on to learn more about grilling indoors with grill pans and where you get new recipes and purchase a grill pan cookbook.

Why I Love Using the Grill Pan

Grill Pans

I love using the grill pan because it allows me to enjoy grilled foods, year round. I love having an alternative to the outdoor barbecue grill that really makes the food taste great and gives it the grill lines that you get with outdoor cooking. I also love that I can use if for delicate things like fish and veggies that I normally would not be able to "grill" because it would fall through the grates. I use my grill pan for grilled sandwiches sometimes, to make them look fancier, and I even use my grill pan for hot dogs. The food always tastes better grilled in a grill plan verses a plain skillet.

Another great benefit of using the grill pan is the clean up aspect. I chose a grill pan with a Teflon coating and clean up is a cinch. After using it, I run it under water and let it sit in the sink while we're having dinner, then when it comes time to do the dishes just wipe with a soapy sponge and wa la! It's sparkling clean ready for my next indoor barbecue.

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Grill Pan - Grilling in the Pan

Grilling on the Stove Top

Grilling in the pan is quick and neat, providing a lean, contemporary way to cook. Love to barbecue no matter what the season or where you are? With a grooved grill pan, you can sear all your favorite foods-steaks, chops, boneless chicken breasts, vegetables, or shrimp right on top of the stove. Like a charcoal fire, the high heat imparts a tinge of smoky flavor with very little added fat. Best thing, grill pan cooking takes place indoors, which makes it perfect for urban kitchens.

The Scanpan Professional grill pan featured is square and measures 10.25 inch by 10.25 inch. Both highly functional and nice looking, this pan provides clean, elegant lines for a most unique cookware design. The stainless steel covers and handles on this grill pan are polished in a two-tone matt-and-mirror finish, setting an exciting visual contrast to the all black pan body. The optimum thickness of the pan base prevents warping and keeps the pan base perfectly flat, especially important when used with glass top or ceramic ranges. I like the way the Scanpan Professional is safe to use with metal utensils and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. Made in Denmark. Square Grill Pan 10.25-inch by 10.25-inch


Professional Grill Pan

Scanpan Professional 10.25 inch Square Grill Pan
Scanpan Professional 10.25 inch Square Grill Pan

This professional grade grill pan by Scanpan comes with a life-time warranty!

 

What Is A Grill Pan?

Frying Pans for Grilling

Using a grill pan on your stove top gives you the opportunity to enjoy grilled foods indoors.

I've been cooking and baking for a long time and I can honestly say that I've used many leading brands of cookware. I got a few years out of them and moved on to another leading brand. I've never really been so impressed with anything, though, that I thought I would refer it to a friend to try out or even buy the same set again, until recently.

I don't know if your familiar with grill pans, but they are an absolute dream to use in the kitchen. Calphalon and Lodge Logics make the best ones. These marvelous pans are designed like a grill. You can get cast iron grill pan or one with a non-stick surface. I prefer the non-stick surface, which makes clean up a breeze.

If you've never used a grill pan in the kitchen, you simply must try it! Hamburgers, steaks, chicken, anything you would grill on a barbecue grill, you can make on a grill pan with very similar results. Also, if your someone that likes the idea of not cooking your meat in fat, (like that of a regular pan), you'll really appreciate the way the grill pan is designed. The grill pan has grooves that allow the meat to grill, not fry.

Grill pans are the greatest invention ever!

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Brand Name Cookware

Shop online for a new grill pan to get your best deals. Choose from brand name grill pans like Swiss Diamond, Le Creuset, Calphalon, and All Clad.

Nonstick Grill Pan Press

Professional Cookware

Get ready to reel in the compliments when making grilled sandwiches and steaks with this nonstick grill pan press by Caphalon. The deep ridges and the specially textured sear nonstick surface adds authentic grill flavor to meats and browns evenly while locking in the juices with great searing capabilities. The handles stay comfortable cool while in use and it's large enough to accommodate extra servings. Professional grade cookware with the convenience of a nonstick surface makes clean-up a cinch. Of course, cleaning up after dinner is a breeze when you cook with a nonstick grill pan. I spray mine with cooking spray to make it even easier.

Cast Iron Grill Pan

Cast Iron Grill Pan

Le Creuset's square skinny grill pan is made of durable, enameled cast iron that heats quickly and evenly. High ridges on the cooking surface keep fat away from the meat. Dual handles on opposite sides make it easy to pick up and bring to the table or countertop. This grill pan doesn't require seasoning, and it won't rust or absorb flavors. Dishwasher-safe. Cast iron is one of the best materials for distributing heat gently and thoroughly and is ideal for induction ranges. The strong enamel coating will not absorb odors or flavors, and is easy to clean. Le Creuset cookware comes in a variety of sizes, colors and styles to match any kitchen and cooking preference. So lasting, you'll pass it on to the next generation of promising cooks. Please note this item is not recommended for Ceramic/Glass stovetops.

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Best Cast Iron Grill Pans

They take a little while to heat up (5 to 10 mins.) before using, but the end result is better tasting grilled food and make iti well worth the wait!

Pre Seasoned Grill Pan

Old Mountain Pre Seasoned 10108 10 1/2 Inch x 1 3/4 Inch Square Grill Pan with Assist Handle
Old Mountain Pre Seasoned 10108 10 1/2 Inch x 1 3/4 Inch Square Grill Pan with Assist Handle

This Old Mountain cast iron skillet is pre seasoned and ready to use. This square grill pan is 10 1/2" from spout to spout. The handle on this skillet comes with thumb ridges and it also comes with an assist handle for ease of handling. Ridges in the bottom of this pan offer that grilled look, and cast iron retains heat better than any other cooking media and is the cooking choice of many chefs and home cooks alike. The attractive Old Mountain logo embossed on the bottom of this skillet adds extra style and value.

 

Grill Pan Cookbook

Recipes for the Grill Pan

Love to barbecue no matter what the season or where you are? If you answered yes, this Grill Pan cookbook is for you. Surrender no more to the seasons of the sun, for you can enjoy delicious food, cooked to absolute perfection, any night that you wish to stay inside, writes author Jamee Ruth in "Grill Pan Cookbook." The basic rule for using a grill pan is to preheat the pan over medium heat until it is very hot, and Ruth advises using a pan with a nonstick finish. The recipes are relatively simple, most with a half-dozen or so ingredients, and use contemporary flavors like wasabi paste and citrus-raspberry vinaigrette. Aside from the obvious indoor-outdoor differences, cooking delicate food is one are where the grill pan can set itself apart from the traditional grill. With no slats for the food to fall through, small or flaky items like artichoke hearts or mussels can be tossed on the grill without worrying about them feeding the fire instead of your family.

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Grill Pan Recipes Cookbook

If you do decide to purchase a grill pan, I recommend picking up one of these grill pan cookbooks. They offer some wonderful recipes to use on a grill pan.

Cuisinart's Eco-friendly Grill Pan

Cuisinart GG30-20 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Square Grill Pan
Cuisinart GG30-20 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Square Grill Pan

Cuisinart's GreenGourmet cookware like this eco-friendly grill pan is designed with an exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica nonstick surface, which features a petroleum-free, ceramic-based coating that is applied at a temperature one half that of traditional nonsticks. The coating on this grill pan does not contain PTFE and PFOA, substances often used in nonstick cookware that have raised health concerns over the years. It was also developed using manufacturing techniques that reduce harmful carbon emissions by consuming less energy. The coating on this Cuisinart eco-friendly grill pan is also water-based, unlike other nonstick coatings on the market, which are solvent-based. In addition, Cuisinart's cookware has a scratch-resistant nonstick surface that won't peel off. The new cookware conforms to FDA and European RoHS standards for environmentally sound product.

 

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      MortyB 3 years ago

      Just encountered and used my first grill pan last weekend - def something I want for my kitchen! Especially for the winter months

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      @anonymous: Anolon has one with a glass top (featured above). Glad you asked, as these are great for browning then baking in the oven.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love these grill pans, Buuuttttttt.... I would love them if I could find a glass lid to use with it!! Does anyone know of a nice non-stick square grill pan with a glass lid?? Thanks

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Love the grill pan. We have two of them. One is the reversible professional pan and the other is simply a pan. We use it instead of an outdoor grill.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Wow, these are terffific!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Love these grill pans! Great idea and great lens.

      TonyB

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      These grill pans are great. I enjoy the grilled taste without the hassle of setting up the Bar-B-Que. Great idea.

      TonyB

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      jamecl 4 years ago

      Great lens! A lot of useful info on Grill Pans!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Ooo, must have Mum get one and grill me up some chicken!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm gonna buy one of these. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Blessed again for a non-sticky blessing :) LOVE these pans!!!!

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      nhotdeals 5 years ago

      IKEA sells a very good one and it is not that expensive. Food cooks well and it is easy to clean

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      Wow, I can't believe I've never heard of this. What a great lens! I love grilling, and this would make my life so much easier, especially for vegetables. Your descriptions are really helpful (plus you have a beautiful writing style), and I just might have to buy one of these!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      It is one of my favorite cookwares. It's great for grilling indoors when the weather is bad or you just feel like cooking inside.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      We used to do a lot of indoor grilling on the Jenn-Air grill on our covered patio. I like the idea of grill pans.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I think I like the way they look.. I have an electric one.. but I would like a stove top one, too! :) Blessed!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      I'll go with the cast rather than non-stick, but hey, it sure makes life easier!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have thought about buying a grill pan because I love to grill, but I don't like being outside when it is cold.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are pre-seasoned grill pans safe/healthy?

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Grill pan is useful specially if the weather is not suitable for outdoor cooking.

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      We use ours, but it's gotten old. I really liked the smokeless BBQ! Thanks for the great ideas.

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      hankmolini 5 years ago

      This is exactly what I need, I love eating grilled veggies but cleaning up my outdoor grill can be time consuming, this is a great alternative, thanks!

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      I like to use grill pans in the winter when it is too cold outside to use my barbecue. They put nice grill marks in the meat and also keep it out of any fat.

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      I love my grill pan. I use it all the time. Great lens!

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      chwwalker lm 5 years ago

      I might have to get a grill pan since our outdoor gas grill was recently stolen. It was old and falling apart--it was my dad's for like 20 years before he got a new one--but still a bummer that somebody took it. I have a George Foreman electric indoor grill, and it's cool, but it's big and ungainly and can be hard to clean. A Paula Deen grill pan to match my cookware sounds like a good idea. Thanks for an informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A great technique for even casual cooks to learn is how to use a grill pan. On many occasions it simply is not possible or convenient to utilize an outdoor grill. However, this should not prevent you from enjoying the fun of grilling.

      Calphalon Contemporary

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Not a bad idea. I'd be curious about how the food would come out vs. an electric indoor grill (George Foreman, panini grill). I for one prefer the control over the heat that gas gives, so maybe I'll invest in a grill pan soon.

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      dotsonr 6 years ago

      I've never had one of these, but I cook a lot on a George Foreman indoor/outdoor grill. A grill pan will be great for nasty weather and quick cleanup.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've thought about trying these. Thanks for the info.

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      CeLestialCameo LM 6 years ago

      Awesome lens about grill pans. I love using these for crispy bacon.

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      dawngibson lm 6 years ago

      Grill pans are great in the winter, but I like the real thing in the summer.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I Iove to grill vegetables. We have a grill pan for our stove, and also a George Foreman grill.

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      BellParc 6 years ago

      more of a barbecue man myself! Love the BBQ grill though, great for those beautiful diamond bar marks.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Been looking to make fajitas. A grill pan would be perfect for that.

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      pyuevil 6 years ago

      I really hope to read more of your posts in the future, Thank You for new content. and if you want more Outdoor Grill please go to my site Outdoor Grills Reviews

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      They are very convenient and make indoor cooking simpler

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Love 'em... need to go out and get one :)

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      TonyVerdi 6 years ago

      I need a grill pan as well and I think I found a good one thanks to this lenses. I like electric grills and maybe could be helpful to have a look at my website where I review electric grills. The latest one is dedicated to the George Foreman 360 Grill.

      Hope you enjoy it!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      we love to grill indoors. There are a few pans here we haven't tried before, so we may have to try them.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Great for indoors, when the weather is bad outside. You have some great ones here, and that "Best" cookbook series, they always have good recipes and tips. Thanks!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Wow. These are very nice. I need a grill pan. Thanks for the info.