How to Toast Bread in the Oven: 10 Steps

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How to Toast Bread in the Oven: 10 Steps
How to Toast Bread in the Oven: 10 Steps

The toaster allows you to toast only a few slices of bread at a time so, to speed up the times and serve diners quickly, it is better to use the oven. The quickest solution is to arrange the slices of bread a short distance from the grill coil and wait until they are lightly toasted. Alternatively, you can arrange them on a baking sheet and toast them first on one side and then on the other until they are golden and crunchy. Choose the method you prefer based on the number of slices to be toasted and the result you want to achieve.


Method 1 of 2: Toast Bread Quickly with the Grill

Make Toast in an Oven Step 1
Make Toast in an Oven Step 1

Step 1. Arrange the slices of bread on the wire rack under the grill coil

Adjust the height of the shelf so that the bread is about 7 cm away from the coil. Arrange the slices directly on the wire rack.

  • Leave about 1 cm of empty space between one slice of bread and the other, so that the heat can be distributed evenly.
  • Placed directly on the grill rather than in the pan, the slices of bread will become more crunchy.

Step 2. Set the grill to the lowest available temperature

Arrange all the slices of bread on the grill before turning on the grill. If the oven allows you to adjust the power, choose the lowest available, otherwise simply turn it on. Do not walk away while the bread is in the oven as it may burn quickly.

Make Toast in an Oven Step 3
Make Toast in an Oven Step 3

Step 3. Toast the bread for 60-90 seconds

Heat it until the top is as golden or toasted as you like. Leave the oven door slightly open for inspection.

If the oven does not allow you to keep the door open while the grill is in operation, close it and check the bread after 1 minute

Step 4. Flip the bread slices with the tongs and toast for another 60-90 seconds

Put on your oven gloves and slide the grill outwards to have the opportunity to turn the slices of bread without risking burns with the coil. Flip one slice of bread at a time using the kitchen tongs, then push the grill back into the oven. Wait until the bread is golden or toasted as you wish.

The pliers must be made of metal, otherwise they may melt if you bring them too close to the coil


if you like the bread dark and crunchy, let it toast for about 2 minutes on each side.

Step 5. Remove the bread from the oven and use it as you like

Turn off the grill and transfer the slices of bread to a plate using the kitchen tongs. At this point you can spread them with butter and jam or prepare a toast or bruschetta with ham, avocado or a poached egg.

You can store leftover slices of bread in an airtight container at room temperature, but you'll need to eat them within a day or they'll become tough or chewy

Method 2 of 2: Toast the Bread in the Oven

Step 1. Place a half-height shelf and turn on the oven

Set the temperature to 175 ° C and let it warm up. Before turning it on, adjust one of the shelves halfway up so that hot air can circulate freely around the bread. This causes the bread to toast evenly.

Make Toast in an Oven Step 7
Make Toast in an Oven Step 7

Step 2. Arrange the slices of bread in the pan

Use a pan with sides and arrange the slices of bread so they don't overlap. They can touch each other, but it is important that they do not cover each other or they will not roast evenly.

If you have a lot of slices of bread to toast, put them in the oven a little at a time

Make Toast in an Oven Step 8
Make Toast in an Oven Step 8

Step 3. Place the pan in the oven and toast the bread for 5 minutes

Keep the door closed to trap hot air inside the oven. Wait for the top of the bread to start drying.

If the bread is frozen, toast it for 1 more minute


if you want the bread to be golden and crunchy, brush it with melted butter before putting it in the oven. The butter will make it tastier and more fragrant.

Step 4. Flip the slices of bread and toast for another 5 minutes

Put on oven mitts to remove the pan and flip the slices of bread over using the kitchen tongs to avoid burns. Return the pan to the oven and let the bread toast for another 5 minutes to get an even result.

Step 5. Remove the bread slices from the oven and butter them

Turn off the oven and take out the pan. Spread the slices of bread with butter and serve them immediately. If you prefer, you can spread jam, honey, cheese or avocado cream instead.

Toast is best eaten fresh when it is still crunchy. However, you can keep it in an airtight container for a day


  • Keep in mind that white bread toasts faster than wholemeal bread.
  • You can toast the bread without having to defrost it, just leave it in the oven for a couple of minutes more.