You are a big fan of BBQ and other grilled dishes, aren’t you? Me too. But sometimes, we do not have enough financial resources to purchase a grill to make our favorite dishes. That is when the other alternatives come into play. At this moment, you might doubt “Grill without a grill”, really!
Well, after spending hours researching other alternatives for a grill, I found out that a stove can help you in the absence of a grill. Hence, this article is all about how to grill on stove. Let’s take some time to find out.
How To Grill On Stove
Before jumping right into the steps on how to grill on stove, we need to clarify what tools and kitchen appliances can help us grill on stove at ease.
What Do You Need?
If you want to grill on stove, you surely need a stove. Another thing you should have is a grill pan or a skillet.
You might prepare paper towels, a tong, aluminum foil, and a brush for oil application and cleaning the grill pan after using it.
Now, let’s get started.
Set Up Your Grill Pan Or Skillet On Your Stove
The first thing you need to do is arrange the grill pan or the skillet on the stove. In case the grill pan is just right on one stove, place it evenly until you firmly set its place.
If the grill pan is too long, you can put it on two stoves evenly to receive the same heat from the stoves.
One piece of advice for you on making your food look visually delicious is that you can use a cast-iron grill pan as this type of pan keeps the heat better and creates typical grill marks for your food.
But if cast-iron grill pan is not available to you, you can refer to a skillet or a usual grill pan- something that can not give your food the grill marks.
Marinating The Food
To make the food more delicious, you can not miss the marinating part.
The recipes for seasoning are numerous based on different preferences of the cook. But one simple seasoning recipe that you can apply for all the grilled food is to add a little salt to infuse the taste.
You might want to use some herbs as well to increase the flavor of the food. But do not overuse them because the smell of these herbs can overwhelm the typical smell of any grilled food.
Heat Up Your Grill Pan
After setting the grill pan firmly on the stove and seasoning your food, you can turn the stove on to heat the grill pan. I recommend you set the mode of the stove in the medium heat at the beginning because if you set the heat too high or too low, the meat, for example, can not be cooked evenly.
Setting the stove at medium-high mode for about 5-6 minutes is a good choice because the amount of time is just right to preheat the pan, not burning it.
One trick to check if the pan is hot enough for cooking or not is that you can use a spoon to take a little water and then put the water on the heating pan. If you hear the sizzling sound and see the water evaporate right away, the grill pan is ready to use.
Oil Application To Avoid Sticking
Prepare any vegetable oil with you first. And dip the paper towel in the oil. With a pair of tongs in your hand, you grab the oiled paper towel and rub it on the surface of the grill pan.
Do not rub the oil harshly on the grill pan’s surface because by doing this, you can leave some kind of dirt on your pan- something might ruin the look and taste of the food.
Dry The Food
In this step, you have probably completed marinating your ingredients, right? So it is time to dry it. You can use a brush to dry all the water on your food.
Do not forget to brush away the garlic or any kind of herb on the surface of your food. By doing so, these pieces of stuff will not get burned while grilling.
Let’s Get Grillin’
So now, it is the moment we are all waiting for- grilling.
First of all, you need to lay the food on the preheated grill pan and “nuke” it till you feel you are in half way.
Then, you can flip the food by the tong to grill the other side until you reckon that the food is ready to use.
There are some notes to bear in mind. Firstly, if you lay too many things on your grill, there will not be enough space for them to get heat evenly.
Secondly, you can not base on the brown color of the food to judge if it is ready to eat or not. Sometimes, you set the heat too high at the beginning, the surface of the food looks brown, but the inner is still bloody.
Clean The Grill Pan
After grilling, you should let the pan cool down for a couple of minutes. Then take the brush and rub the pan under hot water. If you do not have a brush, aluminum can be the substitute.
Whatever tool you use, you should keep rubbing the pan until all the dirt goes away. In case the dirts are stubborn, you can apply dishwashing liquid on the oily areas and dirts for a few minutes. After that, wash the grill pan again.
Now, the grill pan is clean. The next thing you should do is to dry it with a kitchen towel and keep it for another use.
In A Nutshell
Hopefully, this article has provided you with useful information on how to grill on stove.
Remember that using a stove is just one way of grill without a grill. There are other alternatives you should try as well.
Thanks for reading!