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I have recently started cooking steaks at home and I really enjoy it. BUT I really hate the oil splatter all over my kitchen floor and stove top after I'm done cooking. I am already patting my steak dry and using very little oil.

Would using a grill pan reduce this problem? I'm think it would as the oil will collect in the ridges as opposed to being caught between the meat and the pan.

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Yes, a grill pan will help some, for the very reason you have already identified in the question. Another advantage to a grill pan is charming grill marks.

I don't think that's your best solution.

If you like a serious sear on your steak, I don't think you can do better than a wickedly hot cast-iron skillet. (more on that: Why did my attempt at pan-searing beef filets fail miserably?) To mitigate spatter, I recommend a spatter screen.

Screen

The surface is a fine mesh screen, it allows free exchange of air, but holds grease in the pan and away from your walls.

  • Thanks! Will that screen stand-up to the high heat during searing? It's going to be very close to the pan! – mchangun Jul 26 '14 at 8:58
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    @mchangun It'll be close! But yes, I use one and I get my skillet as hot as it can get on a home stove. – Jolenealaska Jul 26 '14 at 14:54

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