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.
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.
"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 also live in an apartment. It should be a huge problem if you season your pan inside an oven and open the windows. I often like to season on the stove. In that case, you need to pay closer attention, but there is no reason why you cannot do it at home as long as you have the windows opened.
Now, if you don't want to use cast iron, then use a stainless steel cladded pan. One advantage of a stainless steel cladded cookware is that they have more even heating surface than cast iron pans. The disadvantage is that meat tends to easily stick to stainless steel surface, so a bit more oil and a bit different kind of skill is required.
John E. suggestion for the Tramontina triply pan is good as it is inexpensive.