Best Cast Iron Pans for Indoor Grilling
They hold heat extremely well and disperse it evenly along their cooking surface. Known to last basically forever, with the proper care a cast iron skillet can be passed down from generation to generation.
The recent uptick in popularity of indoor grilling has resulted in some innovations and new takes on the classic iron skillet.
Grill pans allow you to get the classic grill mark pattern and sear on your food from the comfort of your stovetop. Their raised ridges allow fat and juices to drip to the bottom of the pan while the food sits on top, much like a regular grill.
Without further delay, here are our favorite cast iron grill pans:
Lodge 12 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan. Ribbed 12-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan with Dual Handles
For a high-capacity pan capable of cooking up enough for a party, check out the Lodge 12 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan.
Lodge is famous for their cast iron skillets, and for good reason! Most of their products come pre-seasoned, saving you the hassle and time commitment of trying to coat your pan before you can even use it. This pan is an investment but is well worth the heftier price tag considering how long it is sure to last.
Cast Iron Square Grill Pan with Glass Lid – 10.5 Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet with Handle Cover and Pan Scraper
A smaller but slightly fancier option, the Cuisinel Cast Iron Square Grill Pan with Glass Lid even comes with its own specially designed pan scraper that fits its grooves.
This is a bonus, as cast iron pans are notorious for the amount of ways in which you are not supposed to clean them.
Preseasoned and with two handles for easy gripping and carrying, this pan also comes with a premium silicone grip, so you won’t have to fiddle with hot pads or towels in order to carry it. This set is great for someone building their kitchen collection.
For those serious about stovetop grilling, the MasterPan Non-Stick Stovetop Oven Grill Pan features a unique “heat in, steam out” lid that allows your food to stay piping hot without accidentally getting overcooked due to excess steam.
This pan features lower, wider set ridges that allow it to be used as either a grill pan or a regular frying pan as well.
The pan is also oven save up to 480 degrees, so it can even be used under the broiler! Unlike our other stovetop grill pans, this one is nonstick coated and stain resistant. A super great bargain, you won’t want to pass on this versatile pan!
A great classic grill pan, the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan with Press features a super stylish, retro-looking double porcelain enameled finish.
Its PFOA and PTFE-free porcelain enamel ribbed cooking surface is ultra-simple to clean and lifts foods away from grease and fat.
The press fits most 10 and 12 inch square pans, and the pan itself is oven safe up to 450 degrees. With a lifetime warranty, this classic pan is certainly worth the price tag.
If you often find yourself cooking for a crowd, the Legend Cast Iron Griddle is a reversible grill pan and griddle combo.
It works on gas stovetops and in the oven to create perfectly seared dishes with appetizing grill marks. It spreads heat out wonderfully over its 20 inch surface and can even be used on live campfire coals!
Preseasoned with vegetable oil, this pan only gets better and better with every use. At less than some of the previous options, I consider this pan to be an absolute steal.
Off-The-Grill Look: Without The Hassle
It doesn’t matter where you’re from – if you’re equipped with a cast iron grill pan, you’re ready to sear that perfect steak, or get that perfect asparagus char lines in your next dinner. Cast iron might look like a hassle, but it’s a truly durable material that’ll last long and work perfectly for years to come.