I have taken up cooking while stuck in quarantine and wanted to know if there's an alternative to broiling. I have seen plenty of recipes which recommend broiling but I don't have a broiler. Any alternatives to it? For instance, I found a good pasta recipe that suggests broiling after cooking to melt the cheese. How can I get it done without broiler. Link to the recipe- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cETpXxcAiM

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    Do you have an oven at all?
    – user141592
    May 2, 2020 at 16:25
  • A broiler is the US name for a Grill, which is the common term in the rest of the world. If you have an oven you've almost certainly got one.
    – GdD
    May 2, 2020 at 20:48
  • Yeah I do have an oven. May 3, 2020 at 17:39
  • F&P make an oven without a Broil function? Do you have a model #?
    – talon8
    May 21, 2020 at 15:46

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Adjacent to Johanna's comment on the question:

If you have an oven at all, it likely has some sort of broil or grill function - per the accepted answer to this question, it might be a broiler drawer, rather than a function of the main body of the oven.

Assuming that you do have an oven, I would figure out which of those tools it uses, and then grab a cookie sheet and aluminum foil to simulate broiling, as in this article.

If you have neither an oven, nor a cookie sheet, nor aluminum foil, I'm out of helpful advice, and that torch idea starts to sound a little more appealing.

  • You don't need the foil and cookie sheet to broil a pasta dish and melt the cheese.
    – Kat
    May 3, 2020 at 16:14
  • I checked my oven and unfortunately, it does not have a broiler drawer. It's a fisher and paykel oven. May 3, 2020 at 17:54

You can use a torch.

Is it safe to use a propane torch bought at a Hardware store?



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    A torch is not going to work for most things you'd use a broiler for. Its temperature is too high and its heat output is too low. Useful for caramelizing, useless for cooking. It certainly won't work well for the situation the OP asked about.
    – Sneftel
    May 2, 2020 at 22:02

(note that in the US, 'broil' means to apply top-heat. In Australia and some other places, this is called 'grill')

So long as you have an oven with a heating element on the top, you can simply adjust the top shelf so the item to be broiled is an inch or two away from the heating element, and use that.

You will want to adjust the oven temperature as high as it will go, and leave the oven door open slightly. (or the heating element will shut off because it's gotten too hot).

If you think the bottom of whatever is being broiled is cooking too much, you can place a sheet pan (preferably shiny or light-colored, like alumnimum) on a lower shelf to shield the item from radiant heat.

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