Most people have asked, what can you cook in a toaster oven? There are lots of meals you never imagined could be cooked in a toaster oven. That little appliance has just been lying on your kitchen countertop waiting to be used.
Toaster ovens are fast, convenient to use, and of course cost-effective. You can cook fresh whole meals for you and your family or heat a previously prepared meal faster than you imagine with the same great taste as when you first prepared it.
It can be used to cook meat, vegetables, pizza, cookies, and so on.
Besides, they are easier to clean than the full-sized oven so you don’t have to worry about the mess you will create after cooking.
After reading this article, you’d appreciate your toaster oven the more by cooking most of those meals you never thought you could cook in this little appliance.
Below is a list of exciting meals that you can prepare using a toaster oven. You probably never thought of them before now…
If you prefer learning by video, this article is also explained here.
Baked Sweet Potato Toast
Simply rinse your potatoes (about three or four at a time). Poke them on both sides with a fork (so they don’t explode while baking) and sprinkle salt, black pepper, and oil over it.
Roast them in the oven for 50 minutes. After that, remove them and cut them open. Add toppings of your choice, either butter or cheese.
Note: preheat the oven to a temperature of about 200 to 250-degree Fahrenheit for better and faster cooking.
Slice your bacon and bake inside the oven pan until properly cooked to your taste.
Preheat the oven to 350 to 400-degree Fahrenheit.
This only takes 10-15 minutes to cook.
Spray your baking dishes or ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
Crack eggs into dishes, sprinkle salt and pepper and any other ingredients of your choice and bake. Remove from the oven when properly cooked.
Preheat the oven to a temperature of about 300-400-degree Fahrenheit.
All you need to do is rub your nuts with a small quantity of nut oil and sea salt, and toast until deep brown. Simple right?
You can skip the whole boiling water and eggs process and cook your eggs using a toaster oven, time saved.
Preheat the toaster oven to about 300-degree Fahrenheit. Put your eggs in the oven, with shell-on and allow to cook for a few minutes.
Remove the eggs and allow them to cool in ice water. Peel eggs and serve.
If you have a sweet tongue, then this is for you. Rather than waiting to use a full-sized oven to bake your cookies, use the oven instead to bake a small quantity.
It’s a great snack for lunch and can be served with a glass of milk or yogurt.
Baked Fish and Chips
Cut your potatoes into tiny slices for faster baking and bake inside the oven. Remove when golden-yellow fried.
Marinate codfish using lemon, garlic, salt, pepper and any other ingredients of your choice. Bake for a few minutes until deeply browned and you are sure it’s done.
This will only take about 10minutes.
whole-grain bread topped with cheese, veggies, tomatoes and other ingredients of your choice.
Remove from the oven and serve.
Yes, you can prepare tostadas inside the oven.
Toast black beans and cheese in a toaster pan and bake till they are cooked.
Remove and serve with greens or mashed avocado, eggs or chicken.
Portobello Pesto Burgers
The total time for baking and prepping is about 30 to 45 minutes.
Prepare a carrot fennel slaw in a bowl.
Bake portobello mushrooms with pesto until mushrooms are done.
Remove portobello from the toaster oven. Top whole-grain hamburger buns with pesto, tomatoes, and cheese and serve with carrot fennel slaw.
Black Bean Flautas
Preheat the oven to about 300-400 degrees.
Mix black beans, cheese, salt, pepper, and other ingredients and spread evenly on tortillas and roll tightly.
Spray each tortilla with non-stick cooking spray and bake till tortillas are done and crispy.
Remove and serve when cool.
Prepare the marinara sauce.
Spread on a whole-wheat tortilla .
Sprinkle lots of cheese on each tortilla and add toppings of your choice (we prefer tomatoes, onions, red pepper, and veggies) and bake till it’s crispy.
Remove and serve when cool.
Slice baguette into pieces and bake at a temperature of about 400-450 degrees till golden brown. Prepare your bruschetta with ingredients of your choice. Our simple bruschetta recipe comprises tomatoes, red pepper, basil and salt to taste.
You can serve it as toppings on your freshly baked baguette or the sides.
Video: How to Make Roasted Asparagus In A Toaster Oven
This video will show you how to make roasted asparagus in a toaster oven.
Preheat the oven to a temperature of 400 degrees.
Wash and cut off the bottom of fresh asparagus.
Next, line side by side in a toaster oven pan.
Sprinkle olive oil and kosher salt over the bunch generously and roast for about 10 minutes.
You can eat it as a snack or store in the refrigerator for future use.
Do you love tunas? Then here’s how to prepare it with a toaster oven.
Properly mix tuna with salsa, sliced green onions, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
Bake whole-grain bread till golden brown.
Spread tuna mixture as toppings on the bread and serve.
Firstly, remove excess water. Then cut into cubes.
Bake at 400 degrees and serve or store in the refrigerator to be used later.
Marinate in sesame oil, soy sauce, and water and bake inside the oven for an extra flavor.
It is a perfect dressing for your salad and sandwiches.
Mix granulated sugar and brown sugars in a bowl.
Spread on cut grapefruit and broil for some minutes till golden brown.
Sprinkle sea salt on it and serve.
English Muffin Pizza
Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees.
Cut your English muffins open and spread your pizza sauce on each muffin.
Sprinkle cheese into each muffin and add toppings of your choice (we prefer pepperoni and veggies). Bake for about 5-10 minutes and serve.
Wash and cut Kale into chewable sizes.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, coconut oil and garlic powder on kales.
Bake for some minutes until kale is brown and done.
Slice wheat bagels into two halves.
Add vegetable toppings, sauce, red pepper, cheese and any other toppings of your choice.
Toast wheat bagels inside the oven till golden brown.
Remove and serve when cool with basil.
Tex-Mex Chicken Quesadillas
Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees.
Add shredded chicken, cheese, sliced green onions, jalapeno, and cilantro on each tortilla and neatly roll.
Bake until tortillas are crispy and done.
Serve with salsa.
Apple and Honey Tart
Slice apple into thin sizes and put in a tortilla.
Bake for about 5-10minutes or until the apple is soft and serve.
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Heat oven to about 400 degrees.
Sprinkle olive oil generously on baby potatoes, add thyme, pepper, and salt to taste and poke sides with a fork to prevent explosion while baking.
Bake till properly browned and done. Remove and serve.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Slice whole-wheat pita bread into halves, rub cut surface with olive oil and warm in the oven for 1 minute.
Spread grated mozzarella cheese onto it.
Add red onions and olives and bake until cheese melts.
Remove from the oven and garnish with basil or any other veggies of your choice.
Cut salmon in thick slices at 45 degrees and place in the center of flatbread or naan (use a tortilla if you don’t have this or like it).
Sprinkle salt, green onions, sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds accordingly on the salmon.
Broil bread in the oven until salmon is cooked (turns pink). Remove from the oven.
Mix cucumber and yogurt and add to the salmon.
Roll bread to cover salmon and ingredients and serve. You can add any other toppings if you desire.
Preheat the oven to about 300-350 degrees.
Cut bananas into two halves. Rub lemon juice on the cut surface.
Sprinkle honey and cinnamon on it too. Bake for 10 minutes.
Note you can add dark chocolates as toppings.
Preheat the oven to a temperature of about 300-350 degrees.
Add olive oil to a 2-quart casserole and bake in the oven for 5minutes.
Mix eggs, salt, and black pepper together. Then add spinach, scallions, and tomatoes, stir properly. Add feta and gently stir.
Remove casserole and pour in the egg mixture.
Bake till golden browned and cooked.
Remove and serve.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line sliced coconuts on the oven pan side by side and toast for 5 minutes until slightly brown. Remove coconut to cool and increase the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees.
Rub the top of your flatbread with coconut oil and sprinkle cinnamon and salt. Bake until golden browned and remove from the oven (allow to cool completely).
Mix ricotta and lemon curd properly. Slice the flatbread without separating slices and spread the mixture on the cut surface. Add toasted coconut, berries, and mint as toppings and serve.
Cut fig fruits open down to a quarter of its bottom to hold the fruit together.
Spray your oven with cooking spray. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to each fig.
Now add 2 teaspoons of mascarpone on top of each fig and sprinkle cinnamon on it.
Flax Baked Apples
Cut the apple into six pieces.
Place apple slices on a baking sheet side to side inside the oven.
Bake at 400 degrees until the apples are soft (it takes about 25-30 minutes for this). Sprinkle walnuts over apples in the last 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven when properly cooked and soft.
Sprinkle flax seeds, cinnamon, and molasses over the apples and serve.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes. Remove and serve.
Toasted Pine Nuts
Yes, you can roast your pine nuts in a toaster oven. Did you know it makes your pine nuts crunchy and makes them flavoury? Yes, it does!
You can roast your chestnuts using a toaster oven.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Spread olive oil all over your sprouts.
Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over it and bake till properly cooked.
Remove and serve.
Cheese and Tomatoes Crackers
Remove and serve.
Toaster Oven S’mores
Break a Graham cracker sheet into two halves.
Place in a roasting pan, add chocolate bar and marshmallows.
Broil in your oven for 2-3minutes.
Remove pans and replace the other halves of Graham cracker.
Your S’mores are ready to be served.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Cut the pumpkin pod at the top and bring out all seeds (separate the pulp from the seed) with a spoon.
Rinse pumpkin seeds with clean water and dry with a clean kitchen napkin.
Line pumpkin seeds in a baking sheet and bake until seeds are dry.
Remove and sprinkle oil and salt on seeds.
Bake again until pumpkin seeds are completely toasted.
Video: How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds In A Toaster Oven
This video will show you how to roast pumpkin seeds in a toaster oven.
Chicken Thighs with Roasted Rosemary Root Vegetables
Place the oven rack on the lower part of the oven and preheat your oven to about 400-425 degrees.
Apply a thin layer of olive oil on the toasting pan and put your rosemary sprigs on the pan.
Mix onion, sweet potato, little quantity of salt, pepper, parsnip, turnip and oil in a bowl until veggies are properly covered with oil. Then add to the roasting pan and bake for about 20-30 minutes, checking and turning vegetables at intervals.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, and seasoning on chicken pieces. Remove the roasting pan with vegetables and add chicken on top.
Bake until vegetables are cooked. Remove and serve.
Leftover Pizza and Fries
This is the best place to heat leftover pizzas and fries. It comes out fresh and crispy.
Preheat the oven to a temperature of about 350-400 degrees.
Place smoked cheddar bratwurst into a roasting pan and bake until golden browned and cooked. Remove and serve.
Roast Your Vegetables
Rinse your vegetables with clean water and prepare them in your toasting oven and serve as a side dish.
Slice fruits of your choice (you can decide to dry one type of fruit or different fruits).
Put in your toasting pan and bake till fruits get dehydrated.
Note the total time for baking varies and it could take hours.
Preheat the oven to a temperature of 350 degrees.
Apply a thin layer of olive oil on a roasting pan and bake pita in the oven till golden browned.
Mix yogurt, salt, garlic, and mint together. Serve with pita chips.
Moroccan Pork Kebabs
Cover cube-shaped pork loins in a sauce produced from tomato paste, orange juice, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic.
Stick to skewers of eggplant and onions already soaked for about 25-30 minutes in water.
Bake till properly cooked and serve.
Mix almond flour, liquid egg whites, grounded flaxseed, olive oil, garlic and a small quantity of salt to taste. Roll batter into a ball.
Apply a thin layer of olive oil on the toasting pan.
Spread batter evenly on the pan. Add desired toppings (we love veggies and cheese).
Bake at a temperature of 350 degrees until the paleo crust is done.
Remove and serve.
Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut your broccoli into florets. Arrange it on a large foil-covered baking tray and sprinkle salt and pepper on it.
Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes. Keep tossing until it’s cooked.
Line a roasting pan with slices of prosciutto and bake till it’s golden browned and crispy. Allow to cool and cut into pieces.
Sprinkle balsamic vinegar on cooked broccoli, mix with prosciutto slices and serve.
Marinate your steaks with your desired ingredients 24 hours before cooking.
Bake in the oven until deeply browned and crispy at the edges.
Now that you’ve seen that you can cook a lot of food inside a toaster oven, we hope you appreciate it more.
Note that each serving and actual quantity of ingredients varies and was not mentioned. You can cook yours depending on the number of servings.
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