How to Broil Bread

Updated April 17, 2017

Broiling is a method of cooking food that uses a direct and intense heat source. Oven broiling cooks food using the heat from the top element. Bread can be placed on a rack and quickly toasted under the grill. Use your grill instead of the traditional toaster to transform your plain bread into golden brown crisp slices of toast.

Adjust your oven rack so the top of the bread is 4 inches from the top heating element. Set the oven to the broil setting.

Place a sheet of aluminium foil onto the baking tray. Spread butter or margarine onto both sides of the bread slices. Place the slices onto the baking tray spaced evenly apart.

Insert the baking tray into the oven. Broil for two minutes and then flip bread slices over with the tongs. Broil an additional two minutes until the bread is golden and crispy.

Remove baking tray from the oven.


Keep the oven door open slightly while broiling to prevent the bread from burning. Set a timer for accurate cooking. Add other toppings to toast such as jellies, peanut butter, honey or cheese.


Never leave oven unattended while broiling as the bread will burn quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking tray
  • Aluminium foil
  • Bread slices
  • Butter or margarine
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Tanya Martinenko began her freelance writing career in 1996, with her first published article appearing in the "Winnipeg Free Press." Her work has appeared in various online Web sites, newsletters and other print publications. Tanya has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Winnipeg.