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How to Use the Broiler Without A Broiler Pan

Updated on April 20, 2012
Broiling steak without a broiler pan
Broiling steak without a broiler pan

Cooking a steak in the oven

I love the summer time because the grill comes out and I don’t have to do any of the cooking except a few sides here and there. We have some of the most amazing meals courtesy of my very own grill master fiancé, Unfortunately, when the weather dips below zero, the grill no longer is so much fun. We have been known to grill in the winter, as many do, but there are just some days that you want a steak and cooking outside is out of the question. Due to a recent move out west, our grill is still in Vermont as we are in Wisconsin, so we had a much more dire need to learn how to cook a steak indoors. Others do this all the time, why can’t we?

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A Broiler Pan Doesn't Come With The Oven?

We had never used the broiler in any of our ovens until learning this trick. To be honest, we really didn’t know what it was for, or even how to use it at all. Now that we have learned a few tricks, we love the broiler! We were craving a nice big juicy steak one night and decided to go buy one and figure out how we were going to cook it later. We actually tend to do this a lot; some would say it is crazy, others would say it is motivation to learn. After a few minutes of struggling, I did what any young lady in the kitchen would do when she was lost: I called my mama. She said to pull out the broiler pan, season up the steak and throw it in for a few minutes on each side. Well that sounded easy and I was confident I could succeed. I searched around the kitchen, knowing that I didn’t purposely buy a broiler pan, and then remembered my mother always pulled it from the bottom drawer of the stove. Ding! I opened up the drawer fully believing that this pan must be there, and to my dismay it was empty. A broiler pan doesn’t come with the oven?

Well good news honey, you’re healthy!

After several minutes of getting lost in my daydreams of ovens being delivered with broiler pans and directions to cook succulent steaks, I realized I still had raw meat on my cutting board and a hungry man in the living room. My fiancé finally came out saying how his cold must me much worse than he thought because he couldn’t even smell the steak cooking. As he was stating this fact, he looked down at the raw meat on the counter. Well good news honey, you’re healthy! Bad news: you are most likely going to go hungry tonight. Just like a super hero in the comic books, he effortlessly said: “well let’s improvise”. I guess super heroes never really said that they were about to improvise, but I’m almost positive that is how they made it through so many hairy situations. Anyway, after about twenty minutes we came up with the following plan to tackle the steak:

What you will need:

  • A working oven
  • Two available oven racks
  • Baking Sheet
  • Non-stick Spray

The how-to part:

  1. Clean one oven rack thoroughly, spray with cooking spray and set aside
  2. Place the baking sheet on the remaining rack and set your oven to “broil high”
  3. Once the oven is preheated, put the rack that has been sprayed in the oven about 2 inches above the other rack
  4. Pull out the lower rack so that they are even and put the steak directly on the top rack making sure the baking sheet it under it at all times
  5. Push both racks in at the same time and cook, flipping the meat to cook the other side.
  6. Enjoy!

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Apparently this isn't that uncommon!

This was some of the juiciest most succulent steak we had ever cooked in the oven, and were quite proud of ourselves. After bragging it up to others, come to find out this is a common way to broil when you don’t own a broiler pan. We were still proud, and cooked yet another steak the next night.

Extra: I have always wondered how people could get chicken to taste so moist but still have a crispy crust on the outside. Bake your chicken for about 5 minutes less than the regular time, and then turn the broiler on for the last 5 minutes. Amazing juicy chicken with a beautiful crispy outside.


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      Amber 5 years ago

      THANK YOU! I've avoided recipes involving broiling for so long because I never had a broiling pan but this solves that problem so easily. Trying this tonight with a beef roast.

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      Nidhi Singh 5 years ago from Austin

      Thanks for the great tip! this cooks the meat perfectly!