How to Broil

Three Methods:Preparing the BroilerBroiling Meat and FishBroiling Fruits and Vegetables

Broiling food means to cook it with dry, direct heat. Broilers can be found in your oven, usually at the top of the oven which requires you to move a rack to the very top position. Some broilers are located below the oven, in a separate area that resembles a drawer. Broil meats, vegetables and fruit by creating a hot environment and preparing your food to cook under intense heat.

Method 1
Preparing the Broiler

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    Choose the pan or baking sheet you will use for broiling purposes. It cannot be too deep, otherwise it will not fit between the oven rack and the broiler.
    • Spray your pan with nonstick baking spray. If you are planning to broil something that might be messy, line your pan or sheet with aluminum foil to make clean-up easier.
    • Try a grated broiler pan for best results. This type of pan is designed for the broiler and allows the heat to circulate under your food.
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    Place your oven rack at the highest point. Make sure you move the rack when the oven is cold.
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    Heat your broiler. Most ovens provide only 2 settings for their broilers; on and off. Other ovens might give you the option to broil on "high" or "low."
    • Allow your broiler to heat the oven for about 5 minutes before you put the food in. This will allow the temperature to rise so you can broil your food quickly.

Method 2
Broiling Meat and Fish

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    Brush or marinate meat, chicken and fish with olive oil or butter.
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    Place the meat or fish on the broiler pan or in the baking dish.
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    Slide the pan into the oven, placing it on the top rack which should be at its highest level, about 4 inches (10 cm) from the source of heat.
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    Keep the meat or fish in the oven until it is cooked through and seared. Flip it halfway through the total cooking time to ensure even cooking.
    • Follow your recipe or cooking timetable for any meat you are broiling. The amount of time it cooks will depend on how you want it cooked and how thick the meat is.
    • Leave fish under the broiler for about 5 minutes per half inch (1.27 cm) of thickness. Flip the fish after 3 minutes if it is thicker than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

Method 3
Broiling Fruits and Vegetables

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    Place vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes under the broiler in order to char and loosen the skins for peeling.
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    Cook vegetables and fruit under the broiler to give them a crisp taste on the outside while maintaining their tender and juicy interior.
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    Use a baking dish instead of a broiling pan or baking sheet so you can stir vegetables and fruit if necessary.
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    Marinate fruits and veggies, or brush them with oil or butter before you broil them.
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    Place the fruit and vegetables under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Check on them continually so they do not burn.
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    Try broiling pineapple, bananas, mangos, asparagus, zucchini, peaches and peppers.
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  • Leave the broiler door slightly ajar while cooking. This can help you keep an eye on the food, which will cook quickly. It will also keep the oven from getting too steamy.

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