Which Setting Should I Use When Broiling?

Which Setting Should I Use When Broiling?

Emma Christensen
Mar 21, 2013

Q: My broiler has two settings: Lo and Hi. When I see recipes that just say "broil", I never know which setting to use. Any thoughts?

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Editor: I have also been confused by these two settings and tend to just use the "Hi" setting. Since the purpose of the broiler is usually for quick cooking — melting cheese until bubbly, searing the outside of meat, quick-roasting vegetables — we mostly just need a really high burst of heat. Hence, the "Hi" setting!

More on Broiling: How to Use Your Broiler

Readers, what do you recommend? Do you use both settings — and for which dishes?

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