Those who love cooking and have an infrared oven would have sooner or later considered cooking meat in their infrared oven, but perhaps reconsidered their plans due to lack of knowledge. The good news is that cooking meat in infrared oven is surprisingly easy, since one does not need to thaw the meat beforehand, this being done by the oven itself. To speed up the process though, you should tell your butcher to cut the pieces into small sizes.
Before one takes on a complex French recipe, however, it would be advisable to try out some basic cooking. Hence, we’ve listed below the steps for making a steak, which will tell you almost all you need to know about how to cook meat in your infrared oven.
- As mentioned above, one can cook frozen meat without the need to thaw. However, if your meat is frozen, you will need to spray some oil over the meat. This is to be done after you’ve carried out any required seasoning, since it will help the seasoning stick to the meat.
- Make sure the liner pan at the base of the infrared oven is in position. If this is so, you can place the cooking rack inside the oven in such a way that it rests at 4-inch height.
- To begin cooking meat in your infrared oven, place the steaks inside the oven carefully. Ensure that they do not touch the cooking rack.
- Now close the infrared oven using the handles. Ensure that they are secure, since poorly secured ovens tend to take more time and can lead to malfunctioning of the appliance.
- You must cook the steaks one side at a time. To do this, you have to set the infrared oven to “HI” setting, and press “Start” to begin cooking. If all goes well, cooking your meat should not take a lot of time. Below is given a tentative table for the time taken for cooking steak in your infrared oven based on the size of the steak pieces. Please note that timings given are per side, so total cooking time would be more, if not double, of the time indicated.
Two inch steaks typically take between 2-5 minutes more than 1-inch steaks to cook, but as with all other appliances, the time is dependent upon the quality and type of meat being used.
- Once you are satisfied with one side, open the oven and flip the steaks with a tong. Repeat the process for the allotted time.
- This done, ensure that your meat is well cooked by using a meat thermometer. The temperature of the steak should be:
The above guide to cook meat in an infrared oven deals with only the basics, but it should be enough for you to start cooking yourself. As you progress, you will naturally pick up new tips and tricks to make cooking meat that much more easy and rewarding. Happy cooking!