With summer time right around the corner, that means so is grilling season! There are so many benefits to grilling your food. And not to mention, the possibilities of what you can grill are endless! Grilling isn’t just for making a juicy burger or tender piece of steak anymore. You can grill anything from vegetables, fruits, salad, fish, tofu, pizza and more!
And with the GoWISE USA Smokeless Electric Indoor Grill, you can experience that grilled food taste while indoors! It is compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter and store away in your kitchen cabinets afterwards. And smoking up the whole house? You don’t have to worry about that when you simply pour water into the drip tray. It eliminates smoke, while still giving your food that smoky flavor! We at GoWISE USA have found some helpful tips for you to use when grilling and different recipes you didn’t know were possible with a grill!
Health Benefits of Grilling
When you are grilling, you eat less fat because the excess fat melts and drips off as you grill. Vegetables on the grill are better for you, because they retain more of their vitamins and minerals. Vegetables that you toss on the grill are usually fresh, which is a healthier alternative from canned vegetables. When grilling meat, it actually preserves more riboflavin and thiamine. These nutrients play an important role in a healthy diet, because they boost your metabolism and increase your energy. Because the grill locks in more moisture, making your creations juicier, you will be less prone to reach for condiments to jazz up your meals. This means eating fewer calories and putting less unhealthy stuff in your body.
Tips for Grilling Fruits
Fruits are a great item to grill because grilling will bring out their natural sugars, making for a fiercely sweeter treat! Since fruit is fairly fragile, make sure to cut them into larger slices and chunks to help maintain their shape. When grilling fruits, make sure you use an oil that will work at high temperatures and also compliment the flavor of your fruits. We recommend using coconut oil or grape seed oil. You will only need to brush a slight amount of oil on your fruit. It is your preference if you want to grill your fruit with the skin or without! Skewers can be used to thread your fruit on to ensure it won’t fall through the grates, but with our Electric Indoor Grill you won’t have to! Some fruits that we know grill really well are apples, strawberries, mango, pineapple and more! If you are grilling citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, coat them with sugar beforehand! This will keep the rinds from sticking and will result in a caramelized finish.
Tips for Grilling Vegetables
Grilled vegetables are also the perfect side to any meal because of that yummy, caramelized flavor they give off. Grilling larger vegetables, such as zucchini, cauliflower or potatoes is just as easy as grilling smaller ones. Simply cut larger vegetables into thick planks, brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with your desired toppings and grill for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. Grilling corn on the cob is pretty straightforward, just remove the husks and place on the grill. Use skewers to grill smaller veggies, such as peppers, Brussels sprouts or mushrooms, especially if you are using an outdoor grill, to prevent them from falling through the grates.
With the GoWISE USA Indoor Electric Grill, you can cook any vegetable you want on the surface and not have to worry about them falling through. Grilling lettuce (yes, lettuce) can be done! Romaine, radicchio, iceberg, endive and cabbage are all ideal for grilling because they char nicely. The best method for grilling lettuce is to slice it vertically, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning and place cut-side down on your grill. You will only need to cook lettuce slightly to achieve that wilted quality because of its already light texture. Grilling avocados gives them that smoky flavor that raw avocados can’t offer. Try to select larger avocados that are mostly ripe. All you have to do is peel and slice them, remove the pit and brush with olive oil before grilling. A benefit of grilling this food is they can be saved for several days before turning brown. This is because coating them with olive oil prevents oxidation.
All in all, grilling vegetables is a great idea because it adds more flavor to your meals without having to add too many extra, heavy sauces or fats.
Grilled Corn with Garlic Cheese Mayo
The flavored crunchiness of this dish will remind you of the corn you get on the food carts on the local streets. We selected paprika powder as our seasoning of choice to spice it up a little. The lime juice adds to that already zesty taste. If you aren’t fond of a spicier flavor, feel free to add the toppings of your choosing! It is important to remember to let your grill heat up first to ensure your food isn’t overcooked or dried out from staying on the grill too long.
4 corn on the cobs
3 tbsp butter
1 tbsp paprika powder
5 tbsp cheesy garlic mayonnaise
4 lime wedges
few cilantro leaves for garnish
1 tbsp grated parmesan
Pull the husk on the corn and tie them back. Rub the butter all over the cob to ensure it is fully coated. Then, spread the cheesy garlic mayonnaise on all sides of the corn. Sprinkle paprika powder evenly over the cob. Repeat steps for remaining cobs.
Turn your grill on to medium high and let it heat up. Place the corn on the grill and grill for 15 minutes or until fully cooked, turning occasionally. Remove the corn from the grill and rub fresh lime over the corn. Sprinkle a few fresh cilantro leaves on top with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Blueberry Glaze
The overload of sweetness in this dessert makes it an excellent one to grill up. The combination of the soft strawberry texture and crispy pound cake texture makes this the perfect summer recipe. Using corn oil for the mixture is ideal because when grilling it has very little odor and a high smoke point with a mild flavor. The strawberries and pound cake do not need a lot of time on the grill, because of their delicate character. We opted for a blueberry flavored glaze to switch it up from strawberry but go ahead and make your own glaze!
1 pound cake
2 lbs. strawberries
2 tbsp Mazola corn oil
2 tbsp honey
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp granulated sugar
zest of ½ lemon
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp whipping cream
½ tsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup blueberries, thawed if frozen
Preheat the grill to low-medium heat. While you are waiting for the grill to preheat, slice the pound cake into slices and then into cubes. In a small bowl, combine the corn oil and honey.
Using a mixer, beat the cream, sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Thread the pound cake cubes and strawberries through skewers. If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak the skewers in water for 1 hour before using. Then, lightly brush the oil and honey mixture all over the skewers.
Grill the skewers for 2 minutes per side, or until the pound cake is golden brown and the strawberries are slightly softened.
In a blender, combine all of the glaze ingredients and blend until smooth. Drizzle over the skewers and serve skewers alongside the cream.
Grilling salad is perfect to get the outer layer wilted, but still keep that crunch in the middle that we love in a salad. We kept it simple by just adding dressing without any other toppings to the grilled lettuce. Don’t hesitate to bulk up this hearty meal by adding other ingredients or toppings of your choice. We opted for a sweeter salad, which is why we went with a raspberry vinegar. You could also try a strawberry orange vinegar for that similar sweet flavor. Or try a different dressing of your choice, if you aren’t fond of that sweeter taste.
6-8 small-medium hearts of Romaine
salt & pepper
Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing:
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup raspberry vinegar
2 tbsp orange juice
½ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup canola oil
½ tsp poppy seeds
In a blender, combine the first six ingredients for the dressing. While blending, gradually add in canola oil until all of the ingredients are blended smooth. Transfer dressing to a mixing bowl and stir in poppy seeds. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Preheat grill to medium high. Brush all romaine halves with olive oil evenly on both sides. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Place them on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until nicely charred. Drizzle chilled salad dressing on top and enjoy!
Garlic Butter Salmon Kebabs
Salmon is perfect for grilling, because it only takes a short amount of time to cook because of its flaky texture. It is important that you dice the pieces of salmon in consistent sizes and thickness to make certain they evenly cook. It is your preference to use wooden or metal skewers. If using wooden skewers soak them for 1 hour beforehand to prevent burning while grilling. We kept it simple with only salmon on our skewers but go ahead and add more food to your skewers, like veggies! When making the garlic butter mixture, make sure the butter is fully melted to make certain that it will mix well with the other ingredients. If you don’t have parsley, make your own mixture of herbs, using oregano, thyme and chives!
1 ½ lbs. salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped parsley
Remove the skin from the salmon and dice into 1-inch cubes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Thread salmon cubes onto the skewers.
Mix the garlic, melted butter, lemon juice and herb(s) together. Preheat the grill to medium to high and grill the salmon for 5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Transfer the grilled salmon kebabs to a plate and drizzle with the garlic butter mixture. Serve immediately.
Tofu is one of the most popular meat alternatives and you can still achieve that grilled taste by utilizing our indoor grill. Cut the block of tofu into 8 slices to ensure they are consistent in size and will evenly cook. You can let the tofu marinate longer if you are looking for a more intense, rich flavor. We used soy sauce as that is what was available to us, but feel free to use tamari sauce too! We highly recommend greasing your grill first, so that your tofu doesn’t stick to the grill. Using an olive oil spray instead of aerosol sprays is ideal, because those can cause large flames. Also, feel free to top this tasty dish with whatever you desire such as in a salad, rice and veggies or by itself!
10 oz. firm tofu
¼ cup water
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
chopped chives, optional
Mix the marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until combined. Slice your tofu into small pieces and add into mixing bowl. Stir tofu to fully coat with marinade. Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Once the tofu has marinated, strain the tofu. Then, heat your grill to medium-high. Grease your grill with olive oil spray and place the tofu slices on the grill. Grill the tofu for 10 minutes on each side, or until nicely charred.
We opted for a healthy and simple pizza, so we only added cheese and basil, but feel free to pack on the toppings! It’s important to brush your grill with olive oil first to make certain your pizza doesn’t stick, and you can easily flip it over. This recipe calls for grilling one side of the crust before flipping or adding any toppings. This will achieve a perfectly even crust and produce a nice crispy exterior! If you prefer a softer pizza crust, then grill it for less time. We used a premade pizza dough, but feel free to make your own pizza dough!
18-20 oz. pizza dough
½ cup pizza sauce
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Preheat your grill to medium to high heat. While you wait for the grill to preheat, roll out the dough into a large rectangle or oval shape.
Then, brush or spray the grill with olive oil to prevent sticking. Transfer the dough onto the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom of the crust is golden brown. Flip the crust over with a large spatula.
Evenly coat with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh chopped basil, garlic powder, oregano and other desired toppings. Grill for another 8-10 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted. Remove from the grill, let cool and slice.
There are countless creations to make utilizing a grill! And when there are so many health benefits to grilling too, it’s a no brainer. With our 2-in 1 Electric Grill that offers a grill and griddle plate, there are even more options available to you. Cook up a stack of delicious pancakes, fiery grilled Serrano salsa, juicy Italian sausage and more! Even learn how to create our Grilled Peaches with Burrata entrée with our own recipe video. If you need more recipe ideas, enjoy our included recipe book with easy to follow steps and check out a grilling staple of ours, Grilled Chicken with Fresh Pico de Gallo.
If you still feel unsure, there are so many outlets out there to help you with tips, tricks and recipes! We also have a YouTube channel and other helpful blog posts to help you get more familiar with your GoWISE USA product and find useful tips and recipes.
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A big thank you to the authors of the recipes we tested out. Check out the links below to take a look at the original recipes and tips for grilling.