Cooking the Perfect Steak on a Grill Pan Indoors

2013 Mar 18 |  Written by:  | Tags:

Cooking the Perfect Steak on a Grill Pan Indoors, 3.6 out of 5 based on 11 ratings Indoor grilling is a great option especially when you want a nicely grilled steak during bad weather. It’s pretty much the same as grilling in the backyard, but without the smoky flavour and the high cooking temperature.

The first thing you have to do when indoor grilling is to season the meat. While a simple dash of salt and pepper will do, a spice rub with dried chipotle or smoked paprika will impart a nice, smoky flavour to the steak. Apply the rub a few minutes before grilling. You can also opt for a barbecue/grilling sauce or marinade, which should be applied at least 20 minutes prior to allow flavours to set in.

When you’re ready to start cooking, open the windows and preheat the grill pan to a high setting, at least 190 C or higher. You’ll want it to be very hot – you should hear the meat sizzle upon touching the grill’s surface. Oil the surface with vegetable oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking. Add the seasoned steak. For an average-sized pan, don’t cook more than two steaks at a time, as overcrowding tends to cool off the pan.

Cook the steak undisturbed until you can see that the sides are done and grill marks show on the underside. Flip the meat over – do this only once to prevent juices from escaping and the steak from drying out. Cook to desired doneness. Check if the meat is cooked through by cutting into it or using the Finger Test.

(Take note that, generally, cooking times using an indoor grill is longer than those using an outdoor grill.)

Finally, leave the steak to rest for 3 minutes in a warm place to allow juices back into the meat. The general rule is that it’s better for the meat to over-rest than to under-rest. Upon serving, use a sharp un-serrated knife for clean slices.

Grilled Ribeye Steak

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 1-inch ribeye steak, boneless
  • Chicken salt
  • Lemon and pepper spice
  • 1/4 stick salted butter


  1. Preheat grill pan to medium or medium-high heat.
  2. Season the steak generously with chicken salt and lemon and pepper spice.
  3. Rub the butter on the grill's cooking surface and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Place steak on the pan and press firmly.
  5. Cook for 1 min, 45 sec, and then rotate the steak 90° to allow for a criss-cross pattern and even cooking.
  6. Cook for 2 min and flip over to the other side.
  7. Cook for 1 min, 45 sec and rotate as before.
  8. Cook for another 2 min.
Grilled Ribeye Steak
Cooking time is set for medium-rare steak; adjust to desired doneness. Make sure to use ribeye steak with good marbling. Enjoy!
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    One Response to Cooking the Perfect Steak on a Grill Pan Indoors

    1. Nichole Mckee  says:

      I always love reading tips on all things food, it makes me feel like I have an extra edge when I go into the kitchen next

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