Top Indoor Grilling Tips

Related To:

Shortly after I moved to New York City, I had to accept that I'd be breaking up with outdoor grilling. I received a ticket for grilling on a fire escape (I didn't know, I swear!) and learned that it’s almost impossible to own a grill in the city, unless you have ample outdoor space and don't live in Manhattan. As a result, I've taken particular interest in indoor grilling and even filmed an  entire episode of Kelsey's Essentials on the idea. With minimal equipment and some clever ingredients, you can grill dishes indoors that will be easy, quick and mess-free — and will mimic some of those flavors you associate with only the great outdoors.

My 3 Essentials for Indoor Grilling:

Tip: A good vent or fan above your stove will keep your kitchen cool and smoke-free, even when you're grilling inside. It will also decrease the chances of having to fuss with the smoke alarm.

Tool: Invest in a cast-iron grill pan that can get smokin’ hot. This will give you both the grill marks and the hard-seared flavor you get on an outdoor grill. A reversible grill/griddle is a great piece to have — it can serve two purposes and is easy to store. And the more you use your cast-iron grill pan for indoor grilling, the better it will get, as it improves with every use.

Technique: Focus on working with ingredients that mimic the smoky flavors you achieve while grilling.  Incorporating smoked paprika, chipotle powder or bacon can give you some of the authentic flavors you’re after. For a stronger kick, a little natural liquid smoke (used sparingly) can give your food that grill-kissed taste; it is made from burned mesquite and applewood and can usually be found in the grocery store, right next to the barbecue sauces.

charred-corn-salad-with-basil-vinaigrette-recipe,CHARRED_CORN_SALAD_H_.jpg

charred-corn-salad-with-basil-vinaigrette-recipe,CHARRED_CORN_SALAD_H_.jpg

CHARRED_CORN_SALAD_H_.jpg

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes posts from Kelsey Nixon every Wednesday, and tune in to new episodes of Kelsey’s Essentials every Wednesday at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel. Find all the recipes from Kelsey’s Essentials here .

Next Up

5 Tips for Better Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

It's hard to improve upon the classic grilled cheese recipe, but we thought we'd give it a try. Here are three tips for upgrading your grilled cheese sandwich, plus a few new recipes to try out.

Meat Your Dream Burger with Our Grilling Personality Quiz

Find out what burger you should make with Cooking Channel's grilling personality quiz. Get recipes for cheese-stuffed burgers, mushroom burgers and more.

Pizza on the Grill

Get a pizza on the grill recipe and tips for grilled pizza at home from Cooking Channel chefs Bobby Flay and Kelsey Nixon.

The Wolverine Sandwich Tears Apart Most Other Sandwiches

Cooking Channel's Wolverine-inspired Shredded Beer Braised Beef Sandwich with Poutine would only be more impressive if it were laced with adamantium.

What Kind of Fried Chicken Matches Your Personality? 5 Ways to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

Get Cooking Channel's fried chicken recipes for National Fried Chicken Day, including classic Southern, baked, Korean-style and more.

On TV

Southern and Hungry

7:30am | 6:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

8:30am | 7:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

9:30am | 8:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

10:30am | 9:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

11:30am | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12pm | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1pm | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man v. Food

3pm | 2c

Man v. Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man v. Food

4pm | 3c

Man v. Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man v. Food

5pm | 4c

Man v. Food

5:30pm | 4:30c

Good Eats

6pm | 5c

Good Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Good Eats

7pm | 6c

Good Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight

The Zimmern List

9:30pm | 8:30c

The Zimmern List

1:30am | 12:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Sundays 10|9c

So Much Pretty Food Here