How to Toast Bread without a Toaster

Do you remember those best memories of your childhood? In the midst of all the chaos of getting ready to go to school, that subtle aroma of toast along with a hot mug of cocoa made you sit down and enjoy your breakfast peacefully.

But wait… maybe those weren’t actually your memories, since maybe, just maybe, you didn’t have a toaster growing up! Oh no! Did you know that you can actually make toast without a toaster? This is crazy talk, right? Wrong! In this article, we’ll show you three different methods you can use to do so.

How to Toast Without a Toaster – 3 Ways to Do It Right

Making toast in a toaster is indeed more convenient, but there are other ways to prepare toast.

Today, we are going to be talking about three different ways you can make toast without a toaster.

Yes, it is totally possible. Not only this, it is affordable, easy and you don’t need any special pots or pans for it.

Have I piqued your interest yet?

The three different methods are as follows:

  • On the stove top
  • Broil it in the oven
  • Waffle maker

So, without further ado, let’s get right to the methods!

Method 1: Stove Top

Boom! I was sure this would be the first thing that comes to mind. The old-fashioned way to toast toast on the stovetop.

So, why are we including it? We want it to be perfect for you.

Step 1: Gather the supplies

  • Skillet
  • Butter
  • Toast (the most important ingredient 😉 )
  • Pot lid

Step 2: Heat the Pan on Medium Heat

Turn the heat up and put the skillet on medium heat. Next, let it warm up for a minute or two.

Pro Tip: Place your hand a few inches above the pan, if you can feel heat emitting, you are good to go!

Step 3: Prepare the Toast

Here, you have two options. You can go with plain, simple toast. Or if you prefer a little crunch and flavor, you can always butter it.

Yum! I can already feel the butter melting in my mouth.

Spread butter on one side of the toast.

Pro Tip: Keep the butter out in normal room temperature so it gets soft. As a result, it will be easier to spread.

Step 4: Place It in the Pan

Once it is warm enough, put the bread you prepared in step 3 on the skillet face down. For instance, if you have spread it with butter, the butter side should be down in the pan.

Can you hear that sizzle??

Step 5: Cover it up

Didn’t know this one, did you?

To get an even crisp on the toast, place a hot pot lid on top of it for 2 minutes. Keep it on medium heat.

Pro Tip: If you like your toast on the softer side, keep the heat low and vice versa.

Step 6: Switch Sides

After 2 minutes, switch sides and repeat step 5.

TADA! You are done. Warm and fresh toasted toast at your service!

Method 2: Broil it in the Oven

For a quick toast, you can use the broiler in your oven. You will need the following supplies:

  • Butter
  • Toast
  • Mitts
  • Baking sheet

Step 1: Set Your Oven

The first thing to do is set the oven to the broiler option. 

Pro Tip: In an oven, the broiler is situated at the top. So, it is wise to place the rack as high as it can go. This way, the toast will be nearest to the broiler. 

Let it heat for at least 5-6 minutes

Step 2: Prepare the Toast

Now, butter the toast on both sides.

Step 3: Place the bread in

The next step is to take a baking sheet and put the toast on it. 

Pro Tip: Put the baking sheet on top of an upside down pan and slide it in.

Step 4: Flip It

After a minute, you must make sure to flip the toast. Otherwise, it could burn.

Step 5: Take It Out

Once both sides are done, you can take it out and enjoy freshly toasted toast with a cup of tea or warm milk.

Pro Tip: Remember to wear mitts while putting and taking out the toast from the oven.

Method 3: In the Waffle Maker

That sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Not only will you get a nice piece of toasted toast, you will get a cute little design on it. The kids will particularly enjoy this one.

Step 1: Preheat

You need to preheat it before you add in the toast. 2 minutes should be just fine.

Step 2: Add the Toast

Place your toast slices inside. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes.

Pro Tip: Never leave your toast unattended. Check it after a minute to make sure you don’t overdo it.

Step 3: Take it Out

Once done, you can take out the toast as it is ready to eat.

You’ve now got the coolest toast around town. Check out that cool waffle design on it!

Trust me; this will be the children’s favorite. In addition to looking funky, it is excellent at holding different toppings in.

Kids love adding in a big scoop of Nutella and throwing in a handful of strawberries.

Yummy in my tummy, eh?

Why Does Toast Get Hard in a Toaster?

Once you try these 3 methods, you will see that even though there is a slight crisp to the toast, it does not harden like the one in the toaster.

The secret is air circulation. In a toaster, the bread is cut-off from the air and it tends to get harder. Whereas, on the stove and oven, it does not lose air and remains soft and tasty.

So, if you like your toast softer or slightly crisp, you will forget about using the toaster now.


Now that we have talked about how to toast without a toaster, you won’t be resorting to the dry, flaky toasts that come out of the toaster, right?

So, what are you waiting for?

Go ahead and make your tea time special with unconventionally toasted toast.

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