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Oct 2, 2011 08:32 AM

Cookware For Steak?

I would like to cook steaks, grilled chicken, catfish, pork chops at home but the problem is that I am in an apartment and can't season a Cast Iron Grill Pan without setting off the fire alarm constantly whenever I re-season the pan.
I would like to cook steaks in particular in a "Fry Pan" not made of Cast Iron; a fry pan which cooks steaks/chicken beautifully? Does anyone have suggestions for cooking steaks, chicken et al in another type of grill or frypan other than CI? Perhaps Stainless Steel w. a very heavy bottom or even a copper bottom? I am an amateur cook so would appreciate any help.
Help I love grilled meats but I can't stand another fire alarm going off due to the smoke in my tiny little apartment.
Thank you,

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  1. I'd take the battery out of the fire alarm while you're cooking or seasoning the pans!

    Otherwise a thick bottomed aluminum clad pan or copper pan would probably be great. You just might not get the sear that you're looking for.

    1. If you do not wish to mess with cast iron, if I were in your situation, I would buy a Tramontina triply stainless steel skillet.

      1. I use a Le Creuset cast iron grill pan - naked, I've never seasoned it - my understanding is that it is lined with a special sort of glass that bonds with the cast iron. To clean the pan I use baking soda, h2o and a scrubby sponge.

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        1. re: OCEllen

          "I use a Le Creuset cast iron grill pan - naked"

          Most Le Cresuset cast iron grill pans on the market are not naked. Like you implied, they are actually enameled.

        2. Use an oven proof stainless steel pan.

          Sear on the stovetop, then finish off in the oven.

          1. My smoke alarm went off incessantly, even when opening the oven while cooking. Finally I bought a fan that clips to my breakfast bar, and aimed it at my smoke detector, to keep the air moving around when I cook. It works really well.


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