Substituting a broiler with oven-bake function

An oven set to bake and an oven set to broil both use dry heat to cook food in different ways. You can substitute baking for broiling, but not the other way around. All that is needed is a few minor adjustments in cooking time and temperature.

How does Broiling and Baking work in your oven:
Broil: heat radiation directly on food underneath it.
Bake: heating element heats up the air inside the oven, creating an indirect, ambient heat to cook food.

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As heat surrounds food during baking, instead of radiating on it, it takeslonger to reach the interior and therefore longer to cook. Here’s what we recommend when substituting a broiler for baking:

  • Set oven to 175C or 350F when bakign meat instead
    of broiling it. Lower the oven temperature to lower the temperature on the surface on the meat. This would ensure that your meat does not char on the surface and be left uncooked on the inside.
  • Bake meats for three to four times longer than you would broil them, depending on thickness. Steaks usually take 5 minutes to reach rare under a broiler, about 6 minutes to reach medium and 8 minutes to reach well done. So a baked steak needs about 15-18 minutes to reach rare, 25 minutes to reach medium and about 35-40 minutes to reach well done. (*this is on a basis that the steak is about 300-400g thick.)

Here’s 3 simple steps for broiling Beef:

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Iberico Pork Yakitori

The Japanese take pride in grilling the perfect Yakitori. The grilling technique not only highlight the original flavours of the meat but also display the chef’s skill in grasping the perfect heat for the meat. Prized and loved by chefs, this recipe calls for the prized Spanish Iberico Pork collar. With this recipe, you would be cooking your own Yakitori from now on.

Ingredients

10-12 5-inch bamboo skewers
400g Iberico Pork Collar, cut into bite-sized cubes
9 stalks of scallions
vegetable oil
150g fresh shitake mushrooms

Yakitori Sauce (Tare)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup mirin
1/4 cup sake
1/4 cup water
2 tsp brown sugar

Directions

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, add mirin, soy sauce, sake, water, brown sugar and green part of 1 scallion. Bring o a boil over heat. Once the mixture is boiling, decrease the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by half. It will take about 30 minutes and appear thick and glossy. Let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Cut the white and light green part of scallions into 1 inch pieces.
  4. Press down the skewer to pierce the pork pieces through the center, and alternate the pork with a piece of scallion and shitake mushroom.
  5. Grease the grate of the wire rack to prevent the meat from sticking on the grate. Place the skewers on wire rack.
  6. Set the broiler to high and wait until the heating elements are hot. Broil for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, brush the sauce on the meat on both sides and continue to broil for 3-4 minutes to caramelize the sauce.
  7. Transfer the skewers to a serving plate. Boil the sauce again to avoid contamination. Then, use a clean brush, brush the pork with the remaining sauce.
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