What is a broiler?
A broiler is an element in your oven – usually located near the top – that provides high, direct heat much like a grill. Broiling places food close to your oven’s heating element so that it can quickly cook, brown, char or caramelize. This can give food more complex flavors or help you achieve certain textures.
When you roast or bake food in your oven, the heating elements warm the air inside – cooking your food as it is surrounded by hot, dry air. In contrast, broiling exposes one side of your food to high, direct heat, making it ideal for cooking foods like you would on a grill.
Broiling also allows you to finish cooked foods by creating a crust on steaks, crisping bread, charring vegetables or melting and browning cheese toppings.
This special oven setting is a great way to add extra flavor to your favorite foods, but most people aren’t sure how to use it. We’re here to help. Our guide on how to use a broiler will help you learn the basics of this oven function.
Is a broiler the same as an oven?
A broiler is not the same as an oven. A broiler is an element inside the oven. The oven cooks your food by surrounding it with hot air produced by the heating element. A broiler exposes your food to high, direct heat, much like cooking on a grill.
Do all ovens have a broiler?
Most ovens have a broiler that is located inside the main part of the oven or in a separate compartment underneath. Broilers inside the oven usually have a dedicated heating element.
When the broiler-heating element is on the top of the oven, you will need to move a rack to the top-most position to use it. In other ovens, the broiler is a separate compartment underneath the actual oven, and it uses the oven’s bottom heating element.
How to broil in an oven – the basics
Ready to try out your broiler? While every recipe is different, these general guidelines on how to use a broiler can help you get started:
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Whirlpool brand offers a variety of ranges with broiling capabilities to match your kitchen’s style and layout. Place food close to the oven’s top heating element using the Broil Setting, and you can quickly sear meat, char vegetables, brown lasagna, caramelize the top of a casserole and more. Plus, with features such as Frozen Bake™ Technology and Fan Convection Cooking, you can get your family’s favorite meals on the table in less steps.
How to broil meats, vegetables and more
Much like grilling, broiling is a fun way to bring out new flavors in familiar foods. Before you start experimenting, it’s important to understand some of the basics for different types of foods.
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Broiling foods is a great way to bring exciting new flavors to your family’s table. That’s why Whirlpool® ranges and wall ovens come with broiler options that help you make the most of your favorite recipes. Explore our selection and find the right fit for your kitchen today.
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