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Broiler Pans & Broiling for Great Tasting Food

Broiled Food Cooking Tips

Broiler Pans & Broiling Basics

What is broiling?

Broiling is a quick method of using direct heat to cook tender cuts of meats, poultry, ham, fish and vegetables in a conventional oven.

How does broiling differ from grilling?

They both provide a similar charring and caramelization that give food that distinctive flavor that we all like. However, grills and broilers work differently to achieve these goals.

Broiling food is similar to grilling.  They both cook food using direct high heat but they differ in the placement of the heat.  Broiling is done with the source of the heat above the food and usually occurs in an oven.  Grilling has the source of the heat below the food.

Why do I need a broiler pan for broiling food?

It is strongly suggested that a two part broiler pan be used for broiling food to allow for oil and juices to flow away from foods.  The top part of the broiling pan (the grill) is slotted or perforated to allow the fat and juices to drip into the bottom pan during cooking, rather than allowing the food to cook in the fat as in a traditional roasting pan.

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What are the advantages to broiling foods in broiler pans?

  • Quick Cooking Method.  Broiling foods in broiler pans is a great time-saver.  It is quicker to broil meats than roasting meat. 
  • Low Fat Cooking.  Additionally, because the fat from broiled meats drips away from the food resting on the grill, rather than allowing the food to cook in the fat, broiling is a much lower fat cooking method.

Broiler Pan Cooking Tips

Recommended Broiling Temperatures

Broil thin items on high heat as quickly as possible.  Start medium-thick items on high to sear the food - this keeps the juices trapped in the meat, then finish broiling on a lower heat setting or simply drop the rack position down a few inches.

Thick items should also be started on high heat to sear the food, then finished in the broiler oven at a lower temperature.

How far from the heat source should I position my oven broiler pan?

Adjust your oven racks so that the top of your meat is 3 - 6 inches from the source of the heat.  Be sure to preheat your broiler oven on high for 10 - 15 minutes.    Several minutes prior to broiling, place your broiler pan under the broiler to preheat it.

Should I Turn Foods Over When Broiling?

Generally, unless your food is extremely thin, you should turn your food when broiling.   Turning and rotating your food allows for even cooking and prevention of burning.

As you broil your meat , you will see the color of the meat change as it cooks.  Cook the meat on one side until it looks like the meat is cooked about half way through.   Then turn it once to finish cooking.   Do not keep turning the meat from side to side.  

Use tongs for turning to avoid piercing your meat that would let juices escape.  Watch your meat closely to avoid charring or burning. Your goal is to get an outside that is brown & crusty and an inside that is juicy & tender.

What kind of foods can I broil in my oven broiler pans?

Foods that can be broiled include:

  • Meats, such as beef, chicken, veal, lamb, and pork
  • Sausages (Be sure to puncture the skin to prevent bursting)
  • Bacon (broiled flat or rolled)
  • Seafood (Both fish fillets and shellfish)
  • Vegetables.  Tender vegetables with a high moisture content are best for grilling.  These include zucchini, peppers, squash, and onions.
  • Garlic breads, toasts, etc.

How can I reduce the smoking that frequently happens when broiling foods using a broiling pan?

Smoking during broiling occurs when grease hits your hot broiler oven pan and gets too hot. To reduce the smoke often associated with broiling foods indoors in an oven broiler pan, follow one or more of these simple tips:

  • Use Water.  Fill the broiler pan with about 1/4" of water. This keeps the fat and juices from drying up and getting too hot.
  • Lower Oven Rack.  Carefully lower your baking rack on your oven to increase the space between the food/broiler pan and the top element. Your broiler pan may be sitting too close to your top oven element.
  • Remove Excess Fat.  Remove excess fat from meats and other fatty foods, prior to broiling.
  • Use Less Oil.  Cut back on oil-based marinades.
  • Don't Overcook.  Avoid overcooking foods
  • Clean Your Broiler Pan.  Broiler pan should be cleaned after EVERY use. If you did not clean - you may have old grease and build up that is burning away as you broil

How should I broil beef in my oven broiler pans?

Marbled beef is the best for broiling because it will be the most tender.   Choose a cut that is not too thick as thicker cuts will take longer to broil and the goal is to cook the meat quickly.  Steaks one inch or less in thickness are an excellent choice.  Cuts to consider that are especially tender are steaks from the loin and the rib. These include the tenderloin, top boneless sirloin, boneless top loin, Porterhouse, rib-eye, and T-bone.  Steaks cut from the chuck can be quite good if not overcooked. Round steaks are not ideal choices for broiling, but they can be greatly improved if marinated first.

Safety Tips for Broiling Foods and Using a Broiler Pan

Food Broiling Safety Tips

  • Remove all plastic and paper from food items, TV dinners prior to broiling
  • Always use fire retardant oven mitts when checking your food to turn it during cooking or to remove your broiling pan after cooking.

Broiling Pan Cleaning Tips

How can I make my broiling pan easier to clean?

  • Use Water.  One simple tip is to fill the broiler pan with about 1/4" of water. This keeps the drippings from getting baked on and makes it very easy to clean up after broiling.
  • Use Oil.  To prevent sticking, brush meat with oil before putting on your oven broiler pan or use a paper napkin to lightly wipe the tray with olive oil or vegetable oil before broiling.
  • Use Marinades.  Meat that has been marinated in any mixture containing oil can be placed on the pan without additional oiling.
  • Replace Pan with Porcelain Coated Broiling Pans.  Consider replacing your old broiler pan and buy a new broiler pan that is easy to clean.   Range Kleen broiler pans are coated in porcelain that is naturally nonstick for easier clean up.  Buy one today online.

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