How to Use A Toaster Oven

Is this the first time you heard of a toaster oven? Probably not. Even if it’s your first time, don’t worry. Operating them is not much difficult compared to your regular toaster.

Today we are going to show you the three basic toaster oven settings.

Sit tight and read through the whole thing to get a better understanding of toaster ovens.

The bake setting:

This is the setting that you will use most. Like a traditional oven, most of the heat is coming from the bottom. The top elements also take part in the heating process, but the wattage on them is lower.

Here are some differences between a toaster oven and a regular oven.

  • Toaster oven preheats quicker.
  • Toaster oven bakes faster than a regular oven.
  • The most toaster oven has heating spots. You need to rotate your pan halfway through baking.

To operate the oven, you need to,

  • Select the bake setting.
  • You need to set the temperature according to your recipe.
  • Set the timer according to your recipe.
  • Press start and the oven will start to preheat.
  • The toaster will indicate that your oven is preheated, put your pan inside and check if the timer is going down or not.

If your toaster oven is not digital, you need to preheat it for at least 5 min. Don’t forget to reset the timer after preheating.

The broil setting:

Broiling is a lot similar to grilling. Mainly because the heat is coming from one direction. During broiling, the bottom heating element is turned off. The oven only uses the top heating elements to broil.

If you are melting cheese on top of something, then broiling mode is excellent. If you are cooking thin vegetables, the broiling mood is suitable for that too.

Just like a grill, the broiling mode is useful for making steaks and seafood.

Down below, we are giving you some tips about broiling mode.

  • Most toasters don’t have the preheat setting turned on with broiler mode. You need to preheat it manually.
  • Use the top rack placement.
  • You must use a broiler-safe pan. If you don’t own one, use the one that came with the toaster.
  • As you know the heat will only come from the top, if you want to cook both sides, you need to take out the pan and manually flip over the dish.
  • The pan will be hot, be careful when grabbing that.
  • If you notice your food is burning, then place the pan a bit lower on the rack.
  • If the broiler setting is adjustable, then mess around with it a bit. You may find a more suitable configuration for your cooking that way.

The toast setting:

Finally, if you can’t make toast with a toaster oven, then what’s the point. The point here is, toaster ovens are not that great at toast making. They are versatile and can cover you for not having an oven. That’s why they sell like hotcakes (pun intended). A toaster oven may not toast that great, but it was good enough for us.

You need to keep a couple of things in mind before you put your toasts inside.


When you choose the toast setting, both top and bottom heating elements distribute the same amount of heat.


Your toaster oven should have a dialing pad or knobs to set temperature and time. But if you own a digital toaster oven, everything is taken care of by the toaster itself.

Rack positioning:

Toasting mode distributes the same amount of heat from top and bottom. That’s why you need to make sure to use the center rack to have the same amount of toast on both sides. But if you enjoy one side burnt more than the other, feel free to position it to your heart’s content.