Amazon Shoppers Swear This $14 Lodge Skillet ‘Cooks as Well as a Charcoal Grill’
Although warmer weather allows home cooks to dust off their outdoor grills, grilling indoors is still entirely acceptable—especially if it's the only way you can make it work with your kitchen. And while you can certainly replicate the charred and smoky flavors from a traditional cast iron skillet, you should definitely level up with a cast iron grill pan.
The Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan is just the one, complete with raised ridges designed to replicate the grates of a charcoal grill. With this cast iron skillet, home cooks can grill everything from burgers and steaks to vegetables and chicken breasts, guaranteeing that the finished product will be painted with the same kind of grill marks you'd find on a Weber. And the best part? The pan has been slashed to just $14 on Amazon.
As soon as the product arrives it's ready to be used, since Lodge seasons it in its warehouse. It's built to endure high heat and flames and maintain even heating throughout the entire pan. You can place it in the oven, over a burner, and even directly on an outdoor grill, a perfect platter for skinny vegetables or other items you're worried may fall through the grates. Plus, drippings pool in the base of the pan, so you can save them to add to stocks, sauces, and gravies.
To buy: Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan, $14 (originally $20) at amazon.com
Like other Lodge products, Amazon shoppers can't stop raving about this grill pan. Over 13,000 reviewers have given the skillet a five-star rating, saying it's the "next best thing to grilling" if you don't have access to an outdoor grill. Other reviewers say it's their "favorite way to grill indoors," giving them the added option to sear burgers and steaks "without the hassle of starting up the outside grill."
"This griddle is a bargain!" one five-star shopper says. "The pre-seasoning was excellent, and it cooks as well as a charcoal grill. It has excellent heat distribution, and if you care for it properly, it's very easy to clean."
"I have always feared cast iron," another shopper says. "I moved to the Midwest and spent four years cooking outside on the grill, even in winter. Well, I'm back in the city now and have truly been missing that "charred" taste you get on meat when you cook on high heat. So far, I have cooked every single steak on this, brats, and even made garlic bread, and have awesome results each time. I'm happy I got this and got over my fear of cast iron."
Whether you want to grill indoors or need a pan that'll do double duty on the charcoal grill and the stove, shop the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan for $14 on Amazon.
This story originally appeared on Food & Wine.