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How to Cook on a Stovetop Grill

author image Kimberlee Leonard
With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, Kimberlee finds it fun to take technical mumbo-jumbo and make it fun! Her first career was in financial services and insurance.
How to Cook on a Stovetop Grill
Using a stove top can lead to healthier cooking. Photo Credit: villagemoon/iStock/Getty Images

Stove-top grills provide the opportunity for indoor grilling and healthier cooking. A stove-top grill is a round metal disk with several layers including vents. You can also buy a grilling pan, similar to a frying pan, with a grill mold raised up from the bottom of the pan. As food cooks, the fats drip down to the bottom of the pan between the grill-mold slats. A stove-top grill is most often used on glass-surface stoves, while a grilling pan is used on any stove-top surface.

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Step 1

Heat the burners on the stove to the desired heat setting. A steak requires medium heat.

Step 2

Set the grill pan on the stove top. Position the stove-top grill near the middle of the smallest burner.

Step 3

Allow the stove-top grill to heat as you would for an outdoor grill -- approximately 10 minutes for medium heat. Sprinkle water on the surface; if it dances and bubbles, the stove-top grill is heated. A grill has a section at the bottom where you can place water or a marinade for infused cooking. A grill pan doesn't have this option.

Step 4

Wipe the grill mold with a paper towel moistened in olive oil. This prevents food from sticking to the grill surface and makes cleanup easier.

Step 5

Set the item to cook on the grill. Cook it for the required time. A steak might cook for five to six minutes on each side. Turn the food with tongs, using oven mitts or a kitchen towel to grab the grill pan handle if necessary. When cooking more than one piece of food, allow 1/2 inch of space between items.

Step 6

Remove the food and turn the heat off. Allow the pan to cool on the stove top before cleaning it.

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