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Broiling is when you cook a food with direct exposure to radiant heat. Typically the heat comes from overhead.


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Some Thoughts For You:

Doesn’t cooking a food with direct exposure to heat sound like baking or grilling? While these cooking techniques are similar, broiling has its own distinct preparation method. Broiling works through direct heat hitting the top of the food. Your oven most likely has a broiler setting! Broiling is beneficial because it allows for the collection of the juices from meat or seafood to be collected in a “broiling pan” to be used later. Think of this method as an upside-down barbecue.

What You Will Need:

You are most likely broiling a food such as steak or salmon. The most common way to broil is to use a broiler pan, which has ridges and a place below to catch any juices. If you do not have such a pan, a regular pan will work fine (just flip your food halfway through cooking).

You will also need an oven with a broiler setting.

Basic Steps:

The steps below are for broiling a cut of meat such as steak. Broiling involves very hot temperatures, so use proper hand protection and keep your face away from the oven door when opening it. 

  1. Season your steak to taste and place it on your broiler pan (or basic pan). Turn your oven to the broil setting. Typically this will just be an on/off switch. You might have the option to set the heat to high or low. A high heat setting will cook the meat faster but might make it tougher. A low heat setting will take longer for the meat to fully broil, but it will be more tender. Follow your recipe’s advice.
  2. Place the pan into the oven. Although you can keep the door closed, some recipes recommend leaving the door slightly open to avoid excess steam. Additionally, the oven might shut off if the temperature gets too high (which is common for a broil).
  3. A typical broil will take 5-10 minutes, after which your meat might quickly begin to develop an intense char. Monitor your meat’s broiling process every minute. If you have kept your door slightly open, watch the oven to keep any curious kids or pets away.
  4. After the cooking is completed, consider pouring the juices over the cut of meat, or save for later to use in another recipe.

Tips For You:

  • As mentioned above, if you are using a regular pan make sure to flip your food halfway through cooking to ensure a proper broil.

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