No outdoor grill? Don't fret (or sweat). These top-notch grill pan recipes let you enjoy great grilled fare cooked right on the stove.
Pan-Grilled Thai Tuna SaladAhi tuna is at its best when quickly seared over a hot grill - or in this case, grill pan - leaving a delicious pink center. Pair with a homemade cabbage salad and vinaigrette dressing.
Greek-Style Pork ChopsThis dish highlights traditional Mediterranean flavors like dill, cucumber, olive oil, and garlic. Serve these juicy pan-grilled pork chops with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion, plus a creamy yogurt sauce that's similar to the classic Greek tzatziki sauce.
Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon SauceLet's admit it - plain grilled chicken breast just isn't that exciting. Jazz up those breasts with a simple sauce made from common pantry ingredients, like red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard, and a little fresh tarragon (you could even substitute dried to save a run to the grocery). Serve over mixed greens for a fresh and healthy dinner.
Catfish Sandwiches with Creole MayonnaisePan-grilled Creole-seasoned catfish sure makes a great sandwich, especially when topped with lemon-Dijon mayo.
Butcher's Cut SlidersSliders are a trendy (and delicious) way to prepare hamburger meat. By cooking them over a grill pan instead of an open grill flame, you'll save time and effort that could be better spent enjoyed with friends and family.
Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Sautéed MushroomsGrass-fed beef has a slightly mineral flavor that grilling really highlights well. This simple steak dinner is easy, yet elegant enough to "wow" guests, making it the perfect choice for Friday night entertaining, when everyone is likely a little tired from the work week.
Pan-Grilled Salmon with Red Pepper SalsaPan-grilling is a delightful way to enjoy salmon, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The homemade salsa adds a punch of nutrients, like lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Hoisin Grilled SirloinServe this sweet, Asian-inspired grilled steak with snow peas and brown rice for a hearty and healthy meal.
Chipotle-Rubbed Shrimp Taco SaladThis salad isn't for the faint of stomach! Stuff baked taco salad shells with pan-grilled seasoned shrimp, lettuce, mango, tomato, and radishes, then drizzle with homemade cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Pair with your favorite white wine for a truly refreshing summer dinner experience.
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Plum SalsaHomemade fruit salsa goes well with these grilled chicken breasts. Don't like plums, or can't find them? Feel free to substitute peaches, nectarines, or pineapple instead.
Beef Lettuce WrapsLettuce wraps are a popular staple at Asian restaurants. It's easy to make your own at home - and cheaper too! This recipe calls for flank steak, an inexpensive cut of meat, and many ingredients that you'll already have on hand.
Barbecued Pork ChopsIncluding marinade time, this dish goes from kitchen to table in just 40 minutes. Serve with Kimchi-style vinegar slaw spiced with Sriracha and fresh ginger.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce"Souvlaki" is the Greek version of grilled kebabs. These chicken souvlaki skewers are served with a fresh tzatziki sauce made from low-fat yogurt, cucumbers, lemon juice, salt, and minced garlic.
Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta SaladFish cooks so quickly that taking the time to light and preheat a charcoal grill seems a little inefficient. Instead, grill red snapper fillets over a grill pan for a super quick weeknight meal that requires very little prep time or clean up. Orzo pasta is a refreshing alternative side dish to steamed rice or vegetables.
Pineapple Chicken SataySkewer some chicken seasoned with peanut oil and curry powder and grill in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Pair with diced pineapple (whose sweetness will balance out the heat in the rest of the dish), sliced red onion, and fresh cilantro - all flavored with fresh lime juice and ground red pepper. A homemade peanut-chili dipping sauce really brings it all together.
Grilled Grouper with Browned Butter-Orange CouscousAlthough the grilled grouper is mighty tasty, the real standout in this meal is the couscous. It's bright, beautiful, and flavorful, making it a memorable addition to any menu where you might otherwise serve rice or potatoes.
Peach Spiced Lamb ChopsTired of your usual chicken, beef, and pork main dishes? Turn to lamb. Perfectly seasoned lamb chops pan-grilled over the stove are truly delicious, especially when brushed with a light coating of peach preserves. Serve with sautéed broccolini and couscous.
Jamaican-Spiced Chicken ThighsTake your taste buds on a little cruise down to the Caribbean with these Jamaican-inspired chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are a great alternative to the more classic chicken breasts, since they always turn out juicier and are a little more forgiving for the amateur cook. Chopped jalapeño pepper, red pepper, and black pepper add some serious heat to this dish; it pairs wonderfully with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixed green salad.
Panini MargheritaPressed panini sandwiches are a creative way to use your grill pan. The simplistic Italian pizza margherita inspired these sandwiches, which feature sliced plum tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil.
Tangy Turkey BurgersIn this recipe, green onions, white wine-and-herb chicken marinade, garlic salt, and pepper really raise the turkey burger flavor bar. Top with sliced avoacdo and mayonnaise for the ultimate turkey burger experience.
Cilantro Flank SteakFlavorful cilantro pairs well with budget-friendly, pan-grilled flank steak in this Southwestern-style dish.
Goat Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños with Ranchero SauceThese little gems are a twist on what are commonly known as "afterburners" or "jalapeño poppers". Not only can you prepare them over a grill pan, but we've added a little goat cheese to the traditional cream-cheese filling and crafted a spicy dipping sauce that comes together in a flash.
Grilled Tofu, Bacon, and Avocado SandwichesWhen it comes to indoor grilling, don't forget the tofu! These Asian-style gourmet sandwiches could be easily transformed into all-vegetarian stackers with some "fakon" (vegetarian bacon). They're also a great way to use up leftover zucchini.
Quick Panzanella with ChickenPanzanella is a traditional Italian summertime dish featuring bread and tomatoes tossed with oil, vinegar, and herbs. In this recipe, pan-grilled chicken adds a protein punch to make this a filling meal. If desired, serve with seasoned green beans.
Chicken FajitasPump up the flavor of classic pan-grilled fajitas by marinating the chicken and vegetables in beer, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, canola oil, Worcestershire sauce, and crushed garlic. For the ultimate one-dish meal, grill chicken and veggies in your grill pan, then toast the tortillas in the pan as well.