Basically, I am having a problem - I cook steaks in an iron skillet on the stove in my condo. The amount of smoke generated (for thicker steaks) is unbearable. I'm not saying there is a lot of smoke, I am saying it is absolutely unbearable. I can't walk into the kitchen for more than 5 seconds without coughing and my eyes tearing up once the steak has been on for more than 5-6 minutes. It consumes my whole house, and leaves a marked smell for a day or so in the house and on any clothing or surface near the kitchen. The steaks turn out great, but when I have guests over they usually have to stay outside my house for 10 minutes or so while I cook them. My upstairs neighbors often come running out thinking something is on fire. My fire alarm often goes off even when I detach it and put it in the master bathroom, several rooms away from my kitchen, and with two sealed doors between it and the kitchen. Is there anything I can do about this?
More info: I cook to medium-rare high heat, I flip after 3 mins one side, 3 mins another, then 1 or 2 on each side again depending on thickness. I use a generous amount of high-temp grilling olive oil spray. I season steaks with kosher salt and some seasoning from my dad's favorite butcher back in Michigan and leave steak to thaw in fridge for 1-3 days before cooking. My oven fan does not work, I need to fix it but even when it did work it was still problematic. I open all windows and even front door with two fans in kitchen and smoke is still a huge issue.