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The Best Indoor Grill Recipes

Summer is grilling season, no doubt about that. While you might not be firing up your outdoor grill over the cold winter months, you don’t have to say goodbye to grilled food. Not if you have a grill pan and this list of indoor grill recipes.

Grilling indoors is quite different from regular grilling, with it being inside and all. Before you get started, you might be wondering; is indoor grilling healthy, so read our report to find out. Also, follow our guide on how to grill indoors for the best results every time. Finally, once you’re convinced that grilling indoors is just as good as its open-air counterpart, check our roundup of the best indoor grill pans to get you started on your way.

1. Grilled Chicken Burgers

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Burgers are a staple on the grill. So why not try something a bit different by doing chicken burgers on the grill? The apples mixed into the patties add a touch of sweetness, while the cranberry-mayo ties the whole thing together. 

2. Spiced BBQ Pork Chops

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This grilled BBQ pork chops recipe may be simple, but it sure packs a punch. The great thing about grilling (even indoors) is that it adds flavor to whatever you’re grilling. So you don’t have to go over the top trying to add flavor to everything. This recipe keeps it simple with an olive oil rub and some select herbs and spices.

3. Grilled Asparagus And Shiitake Tacos (Vegan)

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While meat is the star of the show on most grill nights, it’s important to remember that there are delicious plant-based grill recipes for the vegans in your circle. Take these grilled asparagus and shiitake tacos, for example. These fresh tacos include grilled asparagus and mushrooms for that special grilled flavor on your next taco Tuesday.

4. Grilled Blackened Salmon

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For the salmon lovers out there, try this grilled blackened salmon recipe next time you’re grilling indoors. If done right, the skin should be black, charred, and crispy, while the inside is nice remains tender and juicy. Be careful not to overcook the salmon if you don’t like dry fish. The light and creamy cucumber dill sauce will have the whole family going back for seconds.

5. Grilled Teriyaki Steak

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Is there a duo more iconic than grills and steak? Doubt it. What’s great about teriyaki steak is that the teriyaki sauce acts as a tenderizer. It means you don’t have to fork out for the most expensive cut of meat to have a tender steak. This grilled teriyaki steak recipe works with any cut you choose. So grab whatever steak you have on hand, make sure you have a hot grill, and get grilling.

6. Spicy Grilled Watermelon Recipe

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Grilled watermelon was a trendy item on restaurant menus a few years ago. Surprise your friends and family with this simple and easy spicy grilled watermelon recipe. Be warned, though there will be some skeptical looks. Although, that’s part of the fun. If you thought the pineapple on pizza debate was heated, wait until your part of a grilled watermelon debate.

7. Lime And Sesame Grilled Eggplant

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While grilling is usually all about the mains, don’t forget that you can grill up some amazing side dishes to accompany the star of the show. Look at this lime and sesame grilled eggplant recipe, for example. Since eggplant is so good at soaking up flavor, the Asian-inspired spices in this recipe will turn eggplants into a grill favorite.

8. Honey Lime Grilled Chicken 

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There’s something about the combination of honey and lime that elevates any dish. It is certainly true with this honey lime grilled chicken recipe. These two simple ingredients result in a grilled chicken dish bursting with flavor when combined with the other Asian-inspired spices. Get ready for this chicken dish to become a firm favorite in your household.

9. Grilled Fajitas 

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Although this grilled fajitas recipe calls for a portable indoor grill, a grill pan will do the job just as well. Choose from 3 different proteins to customize this dish for your friends and family. You could even grill up some extra vegetables to feed the plant-based folks in your group. This dish comes together in less than an hour and is an easy solution to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner.

10. Grilled Parmesan Corn On The Cob 

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Another side dish that deserves mentioning is this delectable grilled parmesan corn on the cob recipe. Grilled corn is a star of the show in its own right, so imagine what happens when you add garlic and parmesan cheese. This side dish is sure to become a firm favorite, so make sure you have space in your menu for this recipe to become a regular fixture in your home.

11. Grilled Plums With A Lemon Curd Whipped Cream 

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You know we can’t go through a list of grilling recipes without some dessert recipes, so here are two. Grilling fruit brings out the sweetness while adding a smoky hint to whatever you’re grilling, even with a grill pan. The plums in this grilled plum and whipped cream recipe lose some of their tartness while gaining plenty of sweetness. The lemon curd whipped cream is a light and refreshing accompaniment to the grilled plums.

12. Grilled Nectarine Nutella Sundae

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With a title like that, do I even need to tell you why you should try this grilled nectarine Nutella sundae recipe? Making desserts on the grill imparts that smoky flavor to sweet dishes that is incredibly delectable. It is especially true when you’re filling peaches with Nutella and covering them in pecans after they’ve been grilled. Yum.

Last Word 

As you can see from the list above, there are many delectable dishes that you can easily whip up on indoor grills. The cooking process will be a bit different compared to an outdoor grill, but with the right grill pan, you’ll still get those gorgeous grill marks and smoky flavor.

The important part is to get the right cast iron grill pan for the best results. That way, you can enjoy the unbeatable flavor of grilled food all year round, rain or shine. Indoor grilling can handle some more precise dishes compared to outdoor grilling, so don’t hesitate to try something new or fancy with your indoor grilling this season.