How to Toast Bread Without A Toaster

Toast is definitely a special food for a lot of people all over the world. There are only a few that can resist the delicious crunch of toast bread. Interestingly, there are lots of toppings that can be spread on a toast. For example, butter, peanut butter, fruit jam, and so on depending on your preference.

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A lot of people don’t have a toaster or don’t have the convenience to use one. Are you going to deny yourself a delightful taste of toast bread? Absolutely not! How do you toast bread without a toaster? There are other ways you can make a toast without a toaster.

Some of these methods include using a toaster oven, stovetop grill method, skillet method, microwave, and so on. Let’s quickly dive into this…

If you prefer learning by video, this article is also explained here.

How to Toast Bread Without Toasters – Different Methods

Toaster Oven Method

This is otherwise called the slow-toasting method of making toast. Preheat the toaster oven to a temperature of about 350oF and turn the dial to the ‘Toast’ setting. At this temperature, you can easily control the heat and reduce the cooking time. 

Lay the bread on a baking sheet or directly place them on the toaster oven racks in the center of the toaster oven. Then toast for about ten minutes, flipping the bread when the bread is a little dry on top. 

You either remove the toast when it is golden brown, or you leave it to cook more if you prefer a darker and crispier toast. Remove the baking sheet from the toaster oven and add your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.

Broiling Method

This is a faster method of making a toast in a toaster oven. It involves the use of the ‘Broiler’ setting in your toaster oven. It gives a crunchy and crispy toast within a short time.

Set your toaster oven to the ‘Broil’ settings. Place the bread on a baking sheet or pan. Turn on the toaster oven and put the baking sheet on the topmost rack closest to the broiler of the toaster oven.

Toast for about 2 minutes or until the toast bread is golden brown and crispy. However, care must be taken when toasting bread using broiler settings. This is because the top rack is directly under the broiler or heating element and so receives a lot of heat. 

You must closely watch the bread and flip to the other side, otherwise, your toast will be burnt.

Stovetop Grill Method

This is simple to use. Reduce the heat from the stove to medium heat. Then place your bread slices on top of a stovetop grill grates over the flame.

Toast the bread until it is crispy and golden brown. The grill method is unique because it produces one of the best toasts and the grill marks on the toast is simply beautiful.

Remove from grill and your favorite toppings. You can also be creative and add as many condiments as you desire. The goal is to make really delicious and crunchy toast.

Camp Stove/Fire Method

This involves the use of special gadgets called the camp stove toaster and campfire toaster respectively. Camp stove toaster is useful for making toast bread when you don’t have a toaster at home, and you want to toast your bread.

While the campfire toaster makes great toast when you go for a camping or a hike where you cannot use a toaster. Both gadgets toast bread well enough in place of a perfect toast from a toaster.

Load a camp stove toaster with bread and put the gadget over a medium flame on your stovetop. This method requires that you use sliced bread otherwise the bread will not evenly toast. You can toast up to 4 slices of bread per time using the camp stove toaster.

The campfire toaster is also a good alternative. Simply, make a fire with wood and other kindling materials. Load this gadget and toast bread just the way you like it and serve.

Microwave Method

Put a whole wheat bread on a paper towel. Then place it in your microwave and set the timer for 2 minutes. Toast the bread until it is golden brown. Remove from the microwave and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.


The use of the microwave to make toast bread is not a reliable method. Most times, if not closely watched you can end up with soggy or burnt toast.

While it might come in handy if you don’t have a toaster, it is not recommended and so should be your last resort. Always make sure you monitor the toast and flip it to the other side.

The Skillet Method

This involves the use of a skillet or frying pan on a stovetop. When you get a hang of it, you will realize this is the easiest method of making toast. There are different methods of making a toast using this skillet method, let’s look at two methods.

Video: How to Toast Bread Using The Skillet Method

This video will show you how to toast bread using a skillet or frying pan.

How to Toast Bread in A Frying pan Using Butter?


2 slices of bread

Non-stick skillet or frying pan

Butter or Peanut butter

Butter knife



Preheat your frying pan over medium heat for about 1 minute.

Spread butter on both sides of each bread slice using the butter knife.

Place the one buttered side on the skillet and press down the bread slice. This is to ensure an even browning of your bread.

Flip the toast over to the other buttered side, press down with a spatula.

Remove the toast from the skillet when it is equally browned on all sides.

Repeat the same procedure above for the second slice of bread. 

When ready, add your favorite toppings to the toast and enjoy.

How to Toast Bread in A Frying Pan Without Using Butter?


2 slices of bread

Non-stick frying pan



Preheat the frying pan over medium heat for 1 minute.

Place one bread slice in your frying pan and press down with a spatula. Make sure you do not press it down too hard, so the bread won’t crumble.

After 2 minutes or when the bread is golden brown, flip the bread over. 

Toast the bread and press down the toast gently until it is crispy and golden brown.

Remove the toast from the skillet and repeat the same procedure for the second slice of bread.

Spread the toast with your desired toppings. You can smear peanut butter on your toast or create your own unique toppings combinations. Serve warm and enjoy this delicious goodness.

Tips for Making the Perfect Toast Using the Skillet Method

Always regulate the heat on your stovetop to the lowest minimum. The heat can be increased but make sure it is regulated so that you won’t burn your toast.

Do not press down your bread too hard as this can break the bread into pieces or make it crumble. An intact and professionally sliced bread is better than a broken piece.

If your bread is unsliced, slice it professionally using a serrated knife.

You do not have to throw away your stale bread anymore. Simply follow the steps discussed above and toast your bread. Its taste is not different from toasting fresh bread.

Chocolates Sandwiches Recipe


4 slices of Sourdough or country bread

Sea salt (coarse)

Unsalted butter

2 oz semisweet chocolate (chopped or broken)

2 tbsp peanut butter (optional)


Spread butter generously and evenly on one side of each bread slice.

Place the bread slices in a large frying pan over a low heat with their buttered side facing down.

Toast until the bread is golden brown and crispy.

Cover 2 slices of bread with chocolate and spread 1 tbsp of peanut butter on the remaining 2 slices. If you are not using peanut butter, cover all 4 slices of bread with chocolate.

Put a slice on top of the other with their butter side facing up in the frying pan.

Flip the sandwiches until the chocolate melts and they are perfectly browned and crispy.

Sprinkle salt on the sandwiches and serve immediately.


The toaster no doubt makes the perfect toast. But when you don’t have one or have no opportunity to use one, other methods of making toast bread become useful.

We hope you can now toast bread without using a toaster. These methods are simple and will not take much effort or time to prepare. Why not give it a try now and drop your feedback in the comment section below.

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