Cold outside? No problem grill indoors with your Grill Pan. Just be sure to let your grill pan get very, very hot before cooking. Yes you can use a regular cast iron pan. Start with high quality steaks, choice grade or better like a center cut, be it a filet, rib eye, or strip steak. With marbling, the white ribbons of fat running through the beef. The fat will turn to liquid during cooking, keeping the meat moist and flavorful. Thick is the best way to get a flavorful crust on the outside of the steaks. A steak less than 1.5" thick will cook through before the outside is seared. The steak is coating with my mix Recipe #206538 Which is easy to make or just use the suggested ingredients below. Your exhaust fan should be on because this method creates a fair amount of smoke as the steak is seared.