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How to Grill on a Stove Top

If you want to grill but don’t have room or time to get it going, use your stove to grill. Simply set a long grill pan or skillet over your gas or electric burners. Once you’ve preheated the grill pan, place the food you want to cook on it and grill it on both sides until it’s as done as you like. Try grilling chicken breasts, burgers, steak, vegetables, and fruit.

Method 1, Using a grill pan

Arrange the grill pan on your stove.

Take a heavy grill pan or skillet and set it on a burner. If you’re using a large grill pan that takes up more than 1 burner, place it across 2 burners that are the same size. This will ensure that the grill pan heats evenly.

Cast-iron grill pans are good for stovetop grilling because they hold heat well and give your food classic grill marks.

If you don’t have a grill pan, you can use a regular pan or skillet, but your food won’t have the grill marks.

Heat the grill pan on medium-high for 5 minutes.

Turn the burners under the grill pan on to medium-high heat. Leave the pan to heat for at least 5 minutes before you put food on it. Preheating the pan ensures that the entire surface of the pan is hot.

If you don’t heat the pan long enough, the food might overcook in some spots.

Tips: To test if the grill pan is ready to use, dip your fingertips in water. Then flick the water onto the pan. The water should sizzle and evaporate quickly if the pan is ready to use.


Wipe the grill with oil to prevent food from sticking.

Bunch up a paper towel into a loose ball and grab it with a pair of tongs. Dip the paper towel into a little canola or vegetable oil. Then rub the paper towel across the surface of the preheated grill pan.

Holding the paper towel with the tongs will prevent your fingers from getting burned as you grease the pan.