Best way to Cook Steak Indoors
I live in a small apartment and have no grill. Because of this, I've never cooked foods largely considered grill-based--steaks, pork loin, etc etc. I'd like to know what the best way to cook steak indoors is. I know that it's possible, but I've never done it before.
I think the best way is to pan fry it - I like to use my cast iron skillet now that it's reseasoned. I heat the pan for a good 5 minutes or so, if not more, then add a combination of butter and oil (so that the butter doesn't burn), give it a nice sear on one side then flip and cook until it is done to your liking. I know some people finish it in the oven. Be sure to ventilate well! I have a gas stove and broiler is on the bottom, so I don't like using it.
if you like grill marks, a cast iron grill pan, heated to as hot it will get, maybe 7 minutes or so. you can reduce the smoke by applying fat (oil or butter) to the steaks and not to the pan.
Season it, sear it in a very hot pan, then finish it in a 300 degree oven until it's as done as you like.
I usually do it on the grill side of a hot Magnalite reversible grill/griddle. In another thread a few of us were wondering whether this griddle is still available, and it doesn't seem to be, but cast iron does just as well with a bit more maintenance to keep it from rusting.
You can really broil in the broiler as well. For tender cuts, I find it works best to put the steak on a cold grill pan (don't cover it with foil or the air won't circulate properly), so the flame does the cooking rather than the pan. Thinner steaks can broil quickly on the top level. Thicker ones work better at a lower temperature in the middle.
Open the windows, turn on the fan, and keep a ladder handy in case you need to take the battery out of the smoke alarm (and don't forget to put it back in after dinner).