Have you ever been itching for a barbecue but the weather doesn’t want to seem to cooperate? I love to barbecue, but I can’t count how many times my grill dates have been rained out, that is, until I purchased an indoor grill!Rain or shine, I can tie my barbecue apron around my waist, grabs my tongs, slap on my chef’s hat (okay, maybe that is taking it a little too far) and fire up my indoor grill. My favorite thing about my new grill is that I can cook everything indoors that I can outside. Here is a list of my favorite recipes to cook on my indoor grill. I hope some of them make it onto your list of favorites too!
Ever since my first grilled prawn, I have been hooked. Prawns are absolutely delicious grilled and cook in about five minutes. This recipe also includes a tasty dipping sauce that I won’t dare eat my prawns without!
Okay, I love corn any way it is cooked, but grilled corn definitely tempts my taste buds. I don’t add anything special here except maybe some butter and za'atar
when it‘s done. The best way to cook it is directly on the grill rack, leaving enough of the husk on to protect it from burning. Fifteen to twenty minutes is all it takes for the perfect cob of corn!
Chicken is no stranger to the grill, but this recipe calls for a marinade that is out of this world! I usually marinate my chicken 24-48 hours in the refigerator prior to grilling and then grill for 8-10 minutes on each side. This is a dish where it pays off to make extras!
Grilled eggplant could not be easier to make and best of all, it’s a finger food! Before it is grilled I drizzle it with some olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper and then slap it on the grill for about five minutes each side. A great, and healthier alternative to fried eggplant.
Just about anything on a kebab grills well. For variety I like to have samak, or fish kebabs. Fish cooks perfectly on the grill and this kebab recipe is no exception. When making fish kebabs, I usually use swordfish, halibut or salmon. these types of fish do grill well. This recipe also includes a marinade which I won’t dare make my samak kebabs without.
Taking the grilled eggplant even further, grilled vegetables are a medley of tastes perfect for grilling. I do use eggplant here, but I also include onions, peppers, and zucchini. Sure these vegetables may be great fried, but if I had my choice I’d grill my veggies every time.
What barbecue would be a barbecue without a kebab? This national dish of Iran is the perfect kebab for any grilling party. Made with either beef or lamb, some cumin and black pepper added for taste and you have one great kebab that is sure to please! Serve over rice for an even tastier meal.
Lamb chops can be cooked in a variety of ways, but for me, grilled is the way to go. A quick marinade prior to grilling will add taste and tenderness to lamb chops that are sure to melt in your mouth.
A great alternative to the standard beef burger! Here, the beef is mixed with feta, green peppers and onions to make one hearty dish! Feta cheese can also be added to the burgers once they are cooked to allow just enough melted cheese to cover them. Much better than any burger a fast food restaurant could wrestle up!
If you like hamburgers and want a little variation with a kick, fried lamb burgers are for you. The lamb is very tender and the spices really flatter the meat. You can serve this on pita, a bun, or as I prefer, on a kaiser or sourdough roll.