How To Cook With a Broiler


When you broil food, you are cooking the item by using high, direct heat from the top of the oven. This is a fast and easy way to cook food, but you have to be careful that it doesn't burn. Because broiling is a fast method of cooking, use cuts of meat that are thinner. Using thick cuts could mean that the outside of the food burns before the inside cooks. Select steaks, fish, pork chops, vegetables or bread to cook on a broiling pan beneath the broiler of your oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Food
  • Broiling pan
  • Seasoning
  • Oven mitt
  • Turn the oven on and put it on the broil setting. Wait 10 minutes for the oven to pre-heat, or until the indicator light on your oven comes on (if it has one).

  • Place the meat, vegetables, bread or whatever you are cooking onto your broiling pan and season the food with salt, pepper or whatever seasonings you have selected.

  • Place the pan on the top rack of your oven beneath the heat source if your oven does not have a broiler compartment. Some ovens have a drawer beneath the oven that is meant specifically for broiling. Look at your oven and determine where the broiling heat source is.

  • Stay near the oven and look through the oven window to make sure it is not burning. Some things, like bread, will cook in a few minutes. Other foods, like meat, may take longer. Avoid opening the oven door repeatedly to check on the food because that will let the heat out and result in a longer cooking time.

  • Pull the broiling pan out of the oven using oven mitts when the food is done. Some items, such as rolls, are done at this point. When you are broiling things like steaks, pork chops or vegetables, turn them over and put the pan back under the broiler until the other side is finished.

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