by The Culinistas

There’s nothing better than your favorite ingredients fresh off the grill: the aroma, the char, the flavor. You just can’t beat it.

And while you may not be keen on standing in front of your Weber in the snow, that doesn’t mean you have to wait til summer to get a hot-off-the-grill grub fix. All it takes is the right technique, a proper grill pan, and a few tricks of the trade to recreate the magic indoors. 

Here’s what you need to know.

Relax Into It

When working with meat, make sure to let your cuts relax before cooking by bringing them to room temp first. Season generously with salt and pepper to bring out maximum flavor and lock in a nice crust.

It Pays To Invest In a Good Cast Iron

Cast iron is ideal for indoor grilling because of how well it holds heat. Our fave is the Lodge pre-seasoned 12-inch cast iron skillet. Whether you’re searing a steak or doing a one-pan roast chicken with veg, this 12-inch skillet is large enough to accommodate any dinner menu without being too bulky to handle. 

Learn to Take Care of Cast Iron

Treat your baby right and you’ll have it forever. Use soap and hot water on your first cleaning, and dry completely (always!) to prevent the pan from rusting. After each use, rinse the pan with warm water and gently remove any leftover surface bits. After drying your pan thoroughly, heat on low and coat with a teaspoon of oil. 

Start Hot

Make sure to let your skillet preheat for a few minutes before getting started to ensure even cooking. Over low to medium heat, let the pan warm up for 10-15 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when you can hold your hand above the pan and feel the heat radiating off.

Your Broiler Is Your Best Friend

Once you’ve gotten some good char marks from the grill pan, take advantage of your appliances in the great indoors. The high, direct heat will lock in the flavor all year round and your trusty new cast iron can go right in the oven.