Dec 4

Five Tips For Indoor Grilling

Tips For Grilling Indoors

It's always a sad day for our family when it's time to pack our outdoor grill away for the winter. It's our go-to cooking method during the warmer months, because we get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes if I put my husband in charge of grilling while I whip up a quick side and/or salad to pair with our entree.


However, with some trial and error, we've discovered that we can achieve similar results with indoor grilling during the colder months.

Tips For Indoor Grilling

{1} Choose your indoor grilling method -- grill pan, grill plate, or contact grill. I don't recommend the open grill plates because they tend to heat unevenly because of the gaps between burners. If you opt for a grill pan, look for one that has indentations that you can see on the underside of the pan. These allow the grilling ridges inside the pan to get hotter. If you plan to do a lot of grilling you may want to consider investing in a contact grill. The Breville Smart Grill is a great option because you can use it both as a contact grill for panini or as a flat grill in BBQ mode.

{2} Have the right tools on hand. You'll want to use non-metal utensils on the grill's non-stick surface -- look for tongs tipped with nylon or silicone for easy turning.

{3} Always preheat the grill for at least ten minutes. You want it very hot so you get a nice sear on the outside of your meat. If you're grilling fish, lean meats, or any meat with a sugary marinade, give the grill a quick spray of cooking oil or brush lightly with oil before preheating.

{4} Choose the right cut of meat for your recipe. Thinner cuts will cook through very quickly and are best for fajitas or quesadillas. Thicker cuts will cook a little more slowly and allow you to get a nice crust on the outside while still maintaining some pink inside if so desired.

{5} Don't leave your grill unattended. Foods will cook more quickly on an indoor grill, especially if you're using a contact grill, so check them frequently to prevent them from being overcooked. Expect foods cooked on a contact grill to take roughly half the time to cook as they would on an outdoor grill.

Indoor Grilling Meat Cooking Times

  • Chicken Breast: 12 to 15 minutes
  • Fish Fillets or Shrimp: 5 to 7 minutes
  • Flank Steak: 12 to 14 minutes
  • Hamburgers: 14 to 17 minutes
  • Hot Dogs or Sausages (precooked): 5 to 7 minutes

These are estimated times based on an open surface.

Do you like to grill indoors when it gets cold? What are your favorite recipes?

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