Seems like quite a simple task right? If you thought so then I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be reading this right now… Yes, cooking in a toaster oven may be as simple as throwing in your favourite food, setting the machine and waiting until it’s finished but hold up there for a second, how do you know when it’s properly cooked? If you’re unsure of which setting to use on your toaster oven or when exactly the item you’re cooking is done, we’re here to help you out and provide some tips and tricks on how to cook a variety of foods in your toaster oven so they are cooked to the ideal doneness. Starting with the basic principles to selecting the right machines, and finally, the correct way to cook in a toaster oven. Stay tuned for full steps on how to cook a variety of foods to perfection, including eggs, steak and a good ol grilled cheese sandwich!
Basic Principles to Cooking in a Toaster Oven
Selecting The Right Machine - Main Design Features That Will Affect The Cooking Process
The first step to being able to cook up your favourite foods to perfection is selecting the right machine. For a list of the most important considerations to make when buying a toaster oven, take a look below.
If you plan to cook breads, sponge cakes, and other items that require room to rise then you’ll want to make sure the internal space of your toaster oven can accommodate this. It’s important to keep in mind the foods you plan to cook on a regular basis; this will help you determine which size of toaster oven will suit your needs best. Also, the number of people you intend to cook for will be a factor to the size of machine you’ll need. Finally, the last and most important factor in size will be the counter space available.
Automatic Cooking Settings
If you plan to cook specific items in your oven such as baked potatoes or pizza, you may want to look for a toaster oven with pre cook settings for these particular foods; making the activation of the cooking process as simple as a click of a button.
Having a wide temperature range will allow you to do anything from simply toasting breads to roasting nuts, broiling fish and cooking meats. The greater the temperature range, the more options to cook a variety of items.
Advanced Heating Elements
Standard toaster overs will typically have one or two heating elements. Higher end models normally have more elements which are highly adjustable and designed to accommodate a variety of types off cooking methods such as broiling, convection heating and baking. Some models are even build with a setting that heats the unit, almost instantaneously, to a particular temperature without needing to wait for it to pre heat. This is a great time saving option!
Timers & Alerts
If you’re forgetful, you’ll want to make sure your machine has a way to let you know when the food you’re cooking is ready.
Note: If your primary function will be to make toast in your toaster oven, it’s not necessary to spend a lot on the model. The added functions or special features to an expensive model won’t affect its ability to toast your bread so keep this in mind.
How to Cook in a Toaster Oven
Referring back to our article on, How to Cook/Reheat Pizza in a Toaster Oven (ADD INTERNAL LINK) we reviewed some very important things to keep in mind when cooking and reheating pizza however, the points we mentioned, can also be applied to any other food that you plan to cook in a toaster oven.
Two of the most important things to remember, when cooking in a toaster oven, are:
How To Cook ‘X’ In A Toaster Oven
Ever wanted to know how to cook the perfect grilled cheese, eggs, salmon or other specific foods in your toaster oven but never really knew the proper procedure? Take a look below for an easy to follow how to, on the proper way to cook a variety of your favourite foods in your toaster oven.
How to Make Grilled Cheese in a Toaster Oven
Making the perfect grilled cheese can be achieved by following this simply procedure. As a note, it isn’t necessary to pre heat your toaster oven; we actually advise you not to. For one grilled cheese sandwich, the best results will be achieved by:
How to Make Toast in a Toaster Oven
Your toaster will typically come with a setting for light, medium or dark toast. Each setting will require a different amount of time to toast; dark requiring the most amount of time. You’ll need to experiment with your settings because in some cases, the toaster oven may work off of the intensity of the heating elements rather than the time. What this means is that, regardless of the setting (light, medium, or dark) the time required to toast to each doneness, will be the same, what changes is the strength of the heating element during each settings.
If you want to make the best slice of toast, here’s how:
How to Cook Hotdogs in a Toaster Oven
If you’d like to cook your hotdogs in a toaster oven rather than boiling or heating them in the microwave, you’ll be happy to hear, the process is as extremely simple.
Toasting Tip: A minute or two before you remove your hotdog, place the bun in the toaster oven to toast; by the time your hotdog is finished, the bun will be lightly toasted. For a little extra flavour to your hotdog, pop the hotdog in the lightly toasted bun, place 1 cheese slice (cut in half) lengthwise on the hotdog, and return it to the toaster oven for 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
How to Make a Baked Potato in a Toaster Oven
For many, a baked potato is one of the tastiest accompaniments to a meal. Cooking your baked potato in a toaster oven is easy and hassle free. There are 2 main ways you can accomplish potato perfection; the first is by way of the standard cooking method and the second will be the quick cook method.
Standard Cooking Method
Quick Cook Method
Flavour Tip: Remove your potato from the tinfoil, make a deep slit lengthwise down the centre. Place a tsp of butter inside, sliced chives, bacon bits or any other toppings you’d like.
Need to speed up the cooking process even more?…Insert a metal skewer through the centre of the potato while it is cooking in the toaster oven. The skewer conducts heat and will allow the potato to be cooked from the inside out at the same time it’s being cooked from the outside.
How to Cook Eggs in a Toaster Oven
Cooking eggs in a toaster over is a great alternative to frying them! Not only is it healthier, it’s just as easy and you can get even more creative with the ways you can cook them; see the recipes following the best ways on how to cook eggs in a toaster oven.
Cooking in the shell
Basic Egg Bake
Eggs on a Cloud
How to Cook Salmon in a Toaster Oven
The great thing about cooking salmon in a toaster oven is that there are so many was you can do it! Here are 2 of the tastiest ways to cook up your salmon, starting with the simplest:
The rule of thumb is that when baking salmon, you’ll want to cook it for roughly ten min per inch, take note of the thickness of your salmon portion before setting your timer.
The process of broiling salmon in a toaster oven is similar to that of baking it, with a few important differences. For starters, the main similarity to the cooking process is that you will cook the fish for the same amount of time. Rather than placing parchment paper on your grates, which will burn easily while broiling, you’ll need to line with tinfoil instead. During the cooking process, due to the thermostat, the temperature will typically reduce which is why you’ll want to keep the door slightly propped open so that the broiler element stays on and a consistent broiling temperature is maintained.
Steaming in parchment paper, otherwise known as un papillote, is an incredibly easy and tasty way to cook your fish. For the perfect papillote, follow these steps:
How to Cook a Steak in a Toaster Oven
The best way to cook a steak in a toaster oven is by broiling it. Follow the quick steps below for the perfect cut of meat from your compact toaster oven.
Remember: The fat from the steak may drip and cause splattering and smoke therefore, you should keep a close eye during cooking to make sure it isn’t smoking and causing a fire.
How to Cook Toaster Strudel in an Oven
We all probably remember those toaster strudels you could buy from the frozen section, popularized in the 80’s, simple turn on your toaster oven and toss them in. Yes they may have been deliciously lacking nutritional value of any kind but many loved them for the convenience and combination of tastes and textures. It’s relatively easy to make your own toaster strudel, take a look at the recipes below for examples, we’ll share with you some cooking tips to make sure you get the most tasty treat!
If you want the best toaster strudel with a crispy, buttery flaky pastry and gooey filling you’ll want to make sure you know how to cook your homemade toaster strudel.
Here’s how to achieve the best results:
Whether you’re cooking a pizza, baked potato, salmon or any other item, you want to make sure you’ve reviewed the basic principles to cooking in a toaster oven. Using your toaster oven to prepare you favourite items won’t only be simple but it will save you energy and allow you to cook in a way that won’t heat up your kitchen. There are plenty of toaster oven hacks out there to help you cook up your favourite tasty meal, the only limit is how creative you want to get. Be bold, be creative, and get cooking!