Last Updated on August 4, 2021
A halogen oven is a convenient way to create the dishes you love, buthealthier and tastier!
It’s a portable device that allows you to cook 60% faster than a conventional oven and save up to 75% more energy.
Healthier does not always mean tasteless, well, at least not in this case. Although the halogen oven drains fat, it retains moisture, making your dishes more succulent and flavoursome whilst creating a golden crisp outer layer.
If you’re worried about ending up with a semi-cooked dish, you will be happy to know that halogen ovens cook your dish perfectly throughout. This is because the halogen lamp heater and air fan work together to circulate hot air around the glass bowl of the oven, giving you a delicious, evenly cooked meal.
So what can you cook in a halogen oven?
The possibilities are endless! Even though the halogen oven is smaller than a conventional oven, don’t underestimate its cooking capabilities. Because of its versatility, you can cook just about anything, only in smaller portions.
Read on to see what meals you can cook perfectly in your halogen oven, and try out some of the mouth-watering halogen oven recipes we’ve included to help you get started.
Foods That Cook Well In A Halogen Oven
It’s pretty amazing to know the wide variety of meals you can prepare with a multi-functional halogen oven. Be prepared to bake, fry, boil, steam, roast and even grill dishes!
If you’re looking to throw together a wholesome meal for the family quickly, don’t be deceived by the halogen oven’s size; it can even cook a full chicken (with stuffing too)! Instead, check out some of the delicious meat dishes you can prepare.
- Roast Chicken surrounded by aromatic roast vegetables
- Grilled Chicken Breasts
- Chicken Curry
- BBQ Pork Chops
- Lamb Joints
- Beef Joints
- Pork Pie
The most loved carb in the world can be prepared in many ways with the halogen oven (and in no time). You don’t need to worry about defrosting your oven chips. Instead, throw them in and watch them come out golden with perfectly cooked innards.
- Oven chips
- Roast potatoes
- Potato wedges
- Potato bake
You can prepare vegetables in two ways with the halogen oven, roasting and steaming. While roasting gives your vegetables that extra flavour, steaming is a healthier alternative.
To steam vegetables like broccoli and carrots (and a variety of other vegetables), you will need a steaming tray which usually comes with the halogen oven when you purchase it. Place your vegetables on the tray with some water and set the desired temperature. You can also steam fish and meat with the steaming tray.
You can prepare different types of fish dishes with a halogen oven. Just make sure your timer and temperature are set accordingly.
- Fried fish
- Grilled fish fillets
- Steamed fish
Pizzas are one of the many foods that cook perfectly in a halogen oven. The crust gets a nice crisp texture while the inside remains soft and well-cooked.
You can easily bake a frozen or homemade pizza in the oven, but it needs to be a small base (12cm), or you would have to cut down a larger base so that it fits into the oven.
Nothing beats the aroma of homemade bread! If you love baking, then you are going to make the most out of your halogen oven! You could easily whip up the following:
- Homemade Bread
- Apple Pie
Halogen Oven Recipes
If you can use a conventional oven, then a halogen oven is a walk in the park! Cooking with a halogen oven is much easier and safer to use than a conventional oven. However, just like any other oven, you should know how to clean a halogen oven properly. This is to make sure that it continues to work optimally and for a longer time.
Anyway, follow the simple halogen oven recipes below, and before you know it, you will be cooking up a storm!
Cooking Frozen Chips Without Defrosting
Say goodbye to raw innards with the halogen lamp heater, which gives you evenly cooked oven chips.
- 250g Frozen Potato Chips
- Olive Oil
- Spread the chips evenly on the rack and put some olive oil to help brown them. You can use the high or low rack because the halogen oven fan creates optimal heat circulation.
- For 250g of frozen chips, set the timer to 15 minutes and the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius.
- If you are cooking a larger portion of oven chips, set the timer for 20 minutes at the same temperature. But make sure to toss the chips around in 10 minutes.
Roasted Beef Sirloin
Cooking beef can be a little tricky. If you want it to be cooked 100% evenly, try wrapping it in foil. For a more succulent beef sirloin, add some red wine 30 minutes before it is fully cooked.
- Tender Beef Joint
- Red Wine
- Black Pepper
- Take your beef out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature.
- Rub with salt, pepper and oil.
- Place your meat in a tray and put it on the low rack in your halogen oven.
- Add your extender ring if you have one.
- If you use foil, cover your beef and remove the foil 30 minutes before it is fully cooked.
- You do not need to preheat your halogen oven. Cook for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, then reduce the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius for the rest of the cooking time. If you would like it well done, add an extra 10 minutes.
- Cooking time is 20 minutes plus 20 minutes per 450g of beef.
- Use a meat thermometer to check whether it is cooked evenly.
- Once your beef is cooked, allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes, so it is juicy throughout.
You can’t go wrong with a roast chicken which is why it is one of the first dishes you should try cooking in your halogen oven.
Ready to be impressed?
Your Chicken will cook faster than a conventional oven whilstsaving you electricity.
- Whole Chicken
- Potatoes are optional
- Defrost, but do not wash your Chicken.
- Remove the giblets and season well. Add stuffing if you would like to.
- Put your Chicken into your halogen oven upside down on the low rack. Use an extender ring to prevent the top from burning.
- Set the timer to 35-40 minutes and the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Turn your Chicken the right way up and check how much more cooking time it requires.
- Cook for another 20 to 25 minutes.
- If the juices are clear, it is a sign that the Chicken is completely cooked. If not, give more time to cook.
- Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes before serving.
Fried Cajun Fish Fillets
Try this delicious, flavorful fish dish that can easily be whipped up in your halogen oven.
- 900g fish fillets
- 380g cornflour
- Three whipped eggs
- 125ml milk
- 125ml beer
- 3 tbsp. mustard
- Tabasco sauce to taste
- 1tsp cayenne pepper
- Vegetable Oil Spray
- 2 tbsp. Salt
- 1 tbsp. white pepper
- 1 tbsp. black pepper
- Preheat halogen oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
- Mix all of the wet ingredients into a bowl.
- Cut the fish fillets into bite-size pieces and put them into the egg batter.
- Put this in the fridge to cool for 1 to 2 hours.
- Mix the rest of the salt and pepper with the cornflour and spread it on a large plate.
- Take the fish out of the egg batter and dip it into the plate of cornflour mix until coated well.
- Thoroughly spray the fish with vegetable oil and place it onto the low rack and mesh grill (if you have one).
- Cook until golden brown (approximately 8 to 9 minutes).
Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Boiling eggs sounds like a cup of tea, but your timing needs to be on point to get a perfectly boiled egg.
- Fresh eggs
- Preheat the halogen oven to 125 degrees Celsius.
- Put the low rack in and set the timer for 10 minutes. Let the oven heat for 2 minutes whilst you get your eggs ready.
- Place how many eggs you want to cook on the rack.
- After 8 minutes, your soft-boiled eggs are ready.
- For hard-boiled eggs, cook for an extra 2 minutes.
- Frozen Pizza
- Extra cheese (optional)
- Remove packaging and add extra cheese to your pizza.
- Put your pizza on the rack.
- Set oven temperature for 175 degrees Celsius or use the fan oven temperature on the box instructions.
- Set the timer to 14 or 17 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pizza (or follow instructions on the pizza box).
- Monitor your pizza whilst it’s cooking.
- Once it’s cooked and the cheese has melted on the top, could you remove it from the oven and let it cool?
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Getting that perfect cookie crunch on the outside with a warm, soft filling has never been easier before than with a halogen oven. If you set your time and temperature correctly, you will be baking perfect cookies in no time.
- 150g white sugar
- 75g brown sugar
- 230g softened butter
- 2 whisked large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 300g flour
- 1tsp baking soda
- One pinch salt
- 2 bars of broken chocolate or chocolate chips
- Mix the softened butter with the sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
- Add in the whisked eggs.
- In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the two mixtures together and blend well.
- Stir in the chocolate pieces/chips.
- Measure portions of the mixture with a large spoon and place them onto greased baking paper. Leave space between each cookie.
- Heat the oven at 160 degrees Celsius and bake for 10 minutes.
- Leave to cool on a rack before serving.
Halogen Oven Cooking FAQS
Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions when cooking with a halogen oven.
Can You Use Foil in the Halogen Oven?
Yes, you can use foil when cooking meals in a halogen oven. You can either put foil on your tray to catch the juices or cover your meat with foil whilst cooking.
Can I Use Microwave-Safe Plastic In My Halogen Oven?
No. Microwave safe plastics are meant for microwaves, not ovens, including halogen ovens. It is dangerous, so don’t put any plastic in your halogen oven.
A Healthier and More Delicious Way of Cooking
Halogen ovens bring everything to the table; it is a perfect addition to any kitchen. This all-in-one device is cost-effective and energy-efficient. There is such a wide variety of healthier and faster food you can prepare with this oven. Many halogen ovens even include an extensive recipe book for inspiration! Knowing what can you cook in a halogen oven is just the first step. Enjoy!