Does the thought of using your broiler send a shiver down your spine?
I get it. They’re hot. As in 500 to 550 degrees hot. They shine a fiery red light directly onto your food.
And when using them, you must never walk away.
Don’t worry. I’m here to help you face your broiler fears.
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Why should you use your broiler, anyway?
When broiling, the cooking is accomplished through direct heat from above. And because the broiler’s heat is generally more intense than that circulating in the oven, it cooks foods faster, particularly on the exterior.
The results are charred, bubbly, and delicious.
Level 1 Broiler: Cheese
Level 2 Broiler: Meat
OK. Ready to broil? Here are three final tips to keep in mind:
1. When in doubt, go for “high.” In our recipes, we don’t specify broiler settings, but since the point of broiling is usually to expose food to intense heat, turn it up!
2. Measure the distance between the heating element and the oven rack; our broiling recipes specify this measurement rather than a rack position such as “middle” or “top.”
3. When broiling on a rimmed baking sheet, set a wire rack inside it to elevate your food and prevent the bottom from steaming.