How To Grill On Stove (The ULTIMATE Guide)

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Grilling is a popular summer pastime, but it can be enjoyed all year round with the help of a stove. In this blog post, we will show you how to grill on a stovetop so you can enjoy your favorite foods any time you want. Follow our simple tips and tricks, and you'll be cooking up burgers, chicken breasts, and veggies like a pro in no time!

Grill On Stove

While it might be tempting to fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, sometimes you just don't have enough space or the weather just isn't cooperating. That's no problem - you can easily adapt your grilling recipes to work on your stovetop! With a little know-how, you can create flavorful and juicy grilled dishes right in your own kitchen. Here are a few tips to get started.

How To Grill On Stove? Step By Step Guide Using a Grill Pan

What do you need to grill on the stove?

What Do You Need To Grill On The Stove?

The first step to stovetop grilling is to invest in a good grill pan. There are many different types and sizes of grill pans available, so choose one that will fit your needs.

The other key piece of equipment you'll need is a stove. Obviously. Any type of stove will work, but gas grills will give you the most authentic grilled flavor.

If you're using a charcoal grill pan, you'll also need some charcoal briquettes. If you're using a gas stove, you'll need to light the burners.

If you're using an electric stove, you'll need to preheat the grill pan on the stovetop before adding any food.

Once you have all of your equipment, it's time to get cooking!

Arrange the grill pan on your stovetop and preheat it to the appropriate temperature.

If you're using a charcoal grill pan, add the briquettes to the pan and let them heat up for about 15 minutes before adding any food.

If you're using a gas stove, turn on the burners to the appropriate heat.

If you're using an electric stove, preheat the grill pan on the stovetop before adding any food.

Wipe the grill with oil to prevent food from sticking

Begin by adding a little oil to the pan. You can use olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter - whatever you prefer.

Dry the food you want to grill and brush it with a little oil. Wet food will stick to the grill and make it harder to cook evenly.

Place the food into the pan.

Now it's time to add your food! Start with larger, thicker pieces of meat like chicken breasts or steak. You can cook multiple pieces of meat at the same time, but don't overcrowd the pan. If there's not enough space between the pieces of meat, they won't cook evenly.

Grill for the appropriate amount of time

Depending on the thickness of your meat, you'll need to grill it for different amounts of time. Thicker pieces of meat will take longer to cook, so be patient!

You'll know the meat is done when it's cooked through to the middle and no longer pink.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat to be sure it's cooked all the way through. Thin pieces of meat like chicken breasts or fish will cook quickly, so watch them closely. You don't want to overcook them or they'll dry out.

As a general rule, chicken breasts should be grilled for 3-4 minutes per side and fish should be grilled for 2-3 minutes per side.

Once the meat is cooked through, remove it from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat so they don't all run out when you cut into it.

You can place your meats and vegetables on the raised edges of the pan to cook them, or you can use a grill basket. Grill baskets are great for smaller items like vegetables or shrimp.

Clean the grill pan once you're finished cooking

Once you're done cooking, it's important to clean the grill pan. If you don't clean it right away, the food will start to stick and it will be harder to clean later.

To clean the grill pan, remove all of the food and scrape off any bits of stuck-on food. Then, wash the pan with soap and water.

You can also put the pan in the dishwasher, but it's best to hand wash it to prolong the life of the pan.

After the pan is clean, dry it with a dish towel or place it on the stovetop over low heat until all of the moisture has evaporated.

Once the pan is dry, you can spray it with a little oil to prevent rusting.

Tips for grilling on the stove

Tips For Grilling On The Stove
  • If you're using a gas stove, be sure to open the windows or turn on the exhaust fan to ventilate the room.
  • If you're using an electric stove, be sure to use a pan that is specifically designed for grill pans. Some electric stoves get too hot and can damage regular pans.
  • If you're using a charcoal grill pan, be sure to use self-lighting briquettes. They're easier to light and don't produce as much smoke.
  • If you're grilling indoors, be sure to have good ventilation. Open the windows or turn on the exhaust fan to avoid filling the room with smoke.
  • Be patient when cooking thin pieces of meat. They will cook quickly and you don't want to overcook them.
  • If you're using a grill basket, be sure to shake it occasionally so the food doesn't stick.
  • When cleaning the grill pan, be sure to use hot soapy water. If the pan is still dirty, you can use a little bit of vinegar to help loosen the stuck-on bits.
  • To prevent rusting, dry the pan completely after washing it and then spray it with a little oil.

With these tips, you'll be a grill master in no time!

Recipes for grilled dishes that can be made on the stove

  1. Grill chicken breasts for 10 to 12 minutes
  2. Grill hamburgers on the grill pan for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Grill steak on the grill pan until it's as done as you like.
  4. Toss vegetables into the grill pan and cook them until they soften.
  5. Grill fruit for an intense caramelized flavor.


1. Can we grill on an electric stove?

Yes! You can most certainly grill on an electric stove. In fact, many people prefer electric stoves for grilling because they provide more consistent heat than gas groves. If you're using an electric stovetop grill, make sure to use a heavy-duty extension cord so that the increased electricity draw doesn't trip your home's circuit breaker.

Be sure to also keep an eye on the temperature of your food - electric stoves can get quite hot, so you'll want to cook your food at a lower temperature to avoid burning it.

Read more: How to Use Electric Grill

2. Can we grill on a gas stove?

Yes, you can grill on a gas stove. However, it's not recommended, as grilling on a gas stove produces inconsistent heat and can lead to food being overcooked or undercooked. It's best to use a charcoal or propane grill for grilling.

3. How do you use a grill plate on a gas stove?

Most grill plates have a ridged surface that helps to create grill marks on food. They can also be used to cook certain types of food more evenly, such as chicken or fish.

To use a grill plate on a gas stove, you'll need to place it over one of the burners and turn the heat up to medium-high or high. Make sure that the grill plate is properly secured in place so that it doesn't move around. Then, simply place your food on top of the grill plate and let it cook for a few minutes until it's done. Serve immediately with your favorite sides!

4. Can you grill on a baking tray?

Baking trays are not typically used for grilling, as they are not designed to withstand high heat. However, if you have a baking tray that is made of thick metal or has a heavy-duty coating, it is possible to grill on it. Just be sure to preheat the grill and oil the tray before cooking to prevent sticking.

5. What is the difference between a grill pan and a frying pan?

A grill pan is a type of frying pan that has raised ridges on the cooking surface. The ridges allow fat to drain away from food as it cooks, which results in less fat being absorbed by the food. This also creates grill marks on the food, similar to those you would get from cooking it on an outdoor grill.

A frying pan is a type of skillet that has a smooth cooking surface. This type of pan is best for making dishes like omelets or scrambled eggs where you want the eggs to spread out evenly.

6. Can I use a grill pan on a glass top stove?

Yes, you can use a grill pan on a glass top stove. A grill pan is a great way to cook food that has a crispy crust and juicy interior, like chicken or steak.

To use a grill pan on a glass top stove, start by heating the grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the food to the grill pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the food is cooked through. Be sure to keep an eye on the food while it's cooking, as it may scorch if it's left unattended.

7. What is a stovetop grill?

A stovetop grill is a type of grill that can be placed on top of a stove. They are often made of cast iron or steel and have a grid-like surface that can be used to cook food. Many stovetop grills also have a lid, which helps to evenly distribute the heat and prevent food from sticking. 

There are many different types of stovetop grills available on the market, so it is important to do some research before purchasing one. Some factors that you may want to consider include the size of the grill, the material it is made from, and whether or not it has a lid.

8. What is the middle burner on a stove for?

The middle burner on a stove is for simmering. When food is simmered, it cooks slowly in a small amount of liquid, so the flavors are drawn out and the food becomes very tender.

The best foods to simmer are those that have a lot of connective tissue, like beef or lamb shanks. The long cooking time breaks down the connective tissue and transforms the tough cuts into something fork-tender and delicious. So next time you're planning to make a slow-cooked meal, put your pot or Dutch oven on the middle burner and let the gentle heat do its magic.

9. Can I use cast iron on the gas stove?

Yes. Cast iron can be used on a gas stove, but it's important to make sure that the cast iron is properly seasoned so that it doesn't stick to the pan.

It's also important to use caution when cooking with cast iron on a gas stove, as the high temperatures can cause the cast iron to warp or crack. It's best to use a low or medium flame when cooking with cast iron on a gas stove.

10. Can you grill in an aluminum pan?

While it is possible to grill in an aluminum pan, I do not recommend it. The pan will discolor and the food will not taste as good as it would if you grilled using stainless steel or cast iron pan.

11. Can stainless steel pans go on the grill?

Yes, stainless steel pans can go on the grill. The key is to make sure that the pan is heavy-duty and that it has a good heat conductor (e.g., copper or aluminum). If you're using a thin stainless steel pan, it's likely to warp under the high heat of the grill, and this can cause problems with even cooking.

12. Can I line my grill pan with foil?

Yes, you can. However, I don't recommend it because the foil will stick to the grill and be difficult to remove. It's also a fire hazard. A better option is to use a grill mat. Grill mats are non-stick, easy to clean, and safe to use.

13. Can you cook cast iron on an electric stove?

Yes, you can cook cast iron on an electric stove. However, it's important to remember that cast iron retains a lot of heat, so you'll need to use a lower heat setting than you would with other cookware. And be sure to never put cast iron in the dishwasher – the high temperatures can damage the finish.

14. Does the grill pan need oil?

The general consensus is that a grill pan does not need to be oiled because the ridges create natural basting as the food cooks. However, if you find that your food is sticking to the grill pan, then you can lightly oil the ridges before cooking.

15. Is it worth buying a grill pan?

Yes, a grill pan is definitely worth buying. It offers a great way to add flavor and texture to food, and it's also a healthy way to cook because it doesn't require any extra oil or butter.

Some of the best foods to grill in a pan include chicken, fish, steak, shrimp, and vegetables. You can also make delicious grilled sandwiches or quesadillas. The possibilities are endless! So if you're looking for a new way to cook food that's both tasty and healthy, then I would definitely recommend buying a grill pan.


So there you have it – everything you need to grill like a pro on your stove. The most important thing is to experiment and find what works best for you, as each stove is different.

Grilling on a stove is a great way to cook food evenly and avoid the mess that comes with grilling outside. With a little practice, you will be able to grill your favorite foods perfectly every time. Have you tried cooking on your stovetop? What are your favorite recipes? Let us know in the comments below!


I love grilling and cooking. There’s nothing better than spending a weekend afternoon in the backyard, firing up the grill, and cooking up some delicious food for friends and family. I’m always experimenting with new recipes, and I’m pretty proud of my skills in the kitchen.

I’m also a bit of a smartass. I like to make people laugh, and I have a pretty sharp wit. So if you’re looking for someone to keep you entertained, you’ve found your man!

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