I know that I have done it a few years ago, I simply cannot remember how.
I read cooking instructions for fish sticks of a certain brand which could be done in conventional oven, convectional oven, microwave oven, or a deep fryer. They did not mention using toaster ovens but they did not write do not use toaster ovens either.
I really have no idea, but perhaps you could put one in and see what happens. Of course, if your luck with kitchen appliances is anything like mine (think blender), the result may not be what you were after. Hope you are well.
Let then thaw out and then put them in. They may burn before they thaw out and heat up otherwise.
I have been using my toaster oven all summer. I decided that it wasn't worth heating up the large oven when cooking for two people, especially during hot weather.
I have used it just like a conventional oven for main dishes, fish, meat, biscuits, etc. I don't usually cook frozen things, except an occasional pizza-- That seemed to work fine, with the same directions (temperature and time) as for a conventional oven. I would think fish sticks would be similar.
Hi Kevin, Looks like Rochelle has provided your answer here. My only concern is that the food may not reach the proper inside temperature to be safe? Hope it works out.
I read something Faith that said to preheat on a high temperature, and I believe the instructions for the conventional oven said the same thing. If the first time does not then I will cook longer or raise the temperature.
Yes, that is a good idea to preheat, as we have to do such with a conventional oven.
I would certainly preheat.
It may depend on your toaster oven, too. Mine has 'bake', 'toast" or 'broil' settings, and heating elements on the top and bottom. For Broil only the top one comes on. For Toast both come on. For bake, various temperatures can be selected.
It might also make a difference, depending on the thickness of the fish, and if you put it on a shallow pan or on foil. I would also keep an eye on it, and perhaps turn it once.
We will all be waiting to know how this comes out.
I can look at the box and see if the year is on there but I have to clean off the cobwebs. lol All that I know is it is that it is a Rival 4-slice from Walmart, a few years old. It has bake, broil, toast and the highest temp. is 450*. Heating elem. top and bottom and both come on, the choice is either bake or temperatures.
I read either on a fish box or on Google that you add 3 min. for every 1/2 in. of thickness. The oven came with a thin, shallow pan and I use parchment paper, I had heard that it is better than the foil because it does not reflect the heat. I turn and watch everything that I cook. Thanks. I do not want to burn it or start a fire. Especially in a toaster oven. I do not want it to even smoke and set off the fire alarm!
I will let you all know how it turns out. I will probably have to alter the way that I do it until it is correct, I do not know how many times. :-) Hopefully not too many.
Thank you all for your help/responses.
I agree with not using the conventional oven Rochelle, especially since I only cook for 1 person. Besides, I have never used a conventional oven. The instructions (for one brand of fish) said you could use a convectional (toaster) oven. I looked them up and they seem to be a more modern version of the one that I have (Rival).
I use it all of the time too, for what fits in it, since I only have that, a slow-cooker and a Foreman's grill. I think that fish sticks would be like a conventional oven too, I just wanted to check with others. Thanks.
I generally thaw them for an hour or so and then just put them in.
An hour?! Gee, that is some time. I take it that you have done this before.
If I don't thaw them a bit they tend to be cold in the middle. Nothing worse that a slightly raw fish stick. I also like to melt some cheddar on top and put them in a hot dog bun with butter and tartar sauce.
I would be sure to defrost them in the fridge though and not on the countertop.
Hello everybody. I told you that I would let you know how things went, well I found fish sticks that have instructions for baking in the toaster oven.
They seemed to come out okay. They were "Conventional or Toaster oven instructions". So even though I was ready to do it the same way, I felt better having instructions which said they were for the toaster oven. lol
Many other ones said "Do not use toaster oven", or a few did not mention it at all.
That was a smart thing to do and I am glad it worked out for you, Kevin. One can never be too safe when cooking.
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