You may have seen halogen ovens advertised on TV, but it’s quite possible that you aren’t fully aware of the benefits which they offer.
Halogen ovens are much faster than conventional ovens – typically they cook in about one third of the time of a conventional oven. Of course, you can achieve fast cooking times with a microwave – but the beauty of halogen is that you can achieve microwave type cooking times whilst still being able to do all that you would in a normal oven.
As a general rule; if you can cook it in a standard oven, you can cook it in a halogen oven – but a lot faster.
And because it’s faster, it takes less energy. Halogen ovens typically use about 25% of the energy of a conventional oven to cook the same meal.
They’re simple to operate and keep clean (most have a “self clean” mode) – and the glass bowl means that you’ll always be able to keep an eye on your food as it’s cooking.
Here’s a quick video summary of the benefits of halogen ovens:
Healthy Halogen Ovens
The speed and versatility of halogen ovens makes them a great addition to any kitchen. However, the benefits don’t stop there; halogen ovens can also be good for your health.
Because they use less oil – a lot less oil – to prepare food, you’ll be able to enjoy the types of food that you like without feeling guilty, and without having to worry about your weight or your health. Giving up your favorite food – like fried chicken or French fries – can be really difficult to do, but if you can have a (much) healthier version of those foods you’ll find it a lot easier to stick to your healthy diet.
You can air fry thing like breaded chicken using no oil at all. French fries (or thick, chunky chips if you prefer) will require no more than a spoonful of oil. You get all of the taste and flavor – with no more than a fraction of the fat and/or oil. It really is like getting the best of both worlds.
Here’s a quick video which shows how to cook fries in a halogen oven with hardly any oil at all:
You can even dehydrate food in your halogen oven and make your own healthy snacks if you want. Halogen ovens are an absolute boon for anybody who wants to eat a healthy diet – but who doesn’t want to give up their favorite foods and snacks.
- A fast and convenient way to prepare your food.
- Can cook from frozen.
- Low energy usage – saves you money and is environmentally friendly.
- Versatile – cooks many items that microwaves can’t cope with.
- Cook anything that you would normally cook in a conventional oven (and a few that you wouldn’t).
- Add less oil for healthy meals.
- Easy to operate.
- Easy to clean.
- Small and unobtrusive. Fit them on your countertop with no need for major alterations in your kitchen.
- Plugs in to any handy power outlet.
- Ideal for small kitchens, student dorms, the workplace, RV’s etc.
- Inexpensive – a fraction of the cost of a conventional oven.
- Portable, take your halo oven with you if you move, or even if you just go away for a weekend.
Have a look around this site and see if you get some ideas on how to use a halogen oven. There are reviews of individual ovens and some simple recipe suggestions for you to try if you like. And if you’re in a hurry, we’ve listed some of the most commonly asked questions about halogen ovens below.
Alternatively, if you’ve already made up your mind to treat yourself (you’ll wonder how you got along without one), check out the selection of halogen ovens on Amazon.
Halogen Oven Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Cook In A Halogen Oven?
If you can cook it in your traditional oven, on a grill, on the hob, or in your microwave, then the chances are that you can also cook it in a halogen oven. They are amazingly versatile.
They’re great for roasting meat and poultry, but you can steam fish, bake bread, bake cookies and brownies, grill steaks (from frozen if you like), air fry breaded chicken and fries (they’ll be much healthier) or just heat up things like frozen pizza. You name it, you can cook it in your halogen oven.
Are Halogen Ovens Energy Efficient?
Halogen ovens are very energy efficient. You can expect to save up to 75% of the energy you would use were you to cook the same food in a conventional oven.
As mentioned before, these ovens use a halogen light bulb as the heat source. This is inherently energy efficient – and because it heats up instantly, there’s no energy wasted while you wait for the oven to reach its correct operating temperature.
Halogen ovens are more compact than conventional ovens, so the volume of air that requires to be heated is much reduced.
And finally, because the halogen oven cooks food more quickly than an old fashioned oven, it’s going to be on and using energy for a shorter period of time.
So, halogen ovens have an efficient heat source, a smaller volume of air to heat and they are on for less time than standard ovens. The end result is extreme energy efficiency – you’ll save time and money and enjoy healthy meals faster than ever before.
Is It OK To Use Foil In A Halogen Oven?
Everybody asks this one! Yes, it’s absolutely no problem to use foil, or metal baking trays in a halogen oven. It doesn’t use microwave radiation, so you won’t get all that crackling and flashing that you would in a microwave oven.
Wrap your potatoes in foil when you bake them. Wrap fish and chicken in foil – it’s absolutely no problem. Use handy, disposable, foil trays to cook your food if you want to save on clean up time.
Are Halogen Ovens Healthy?
Because halogen ovens use less oil, you can enjoy the foods you love without feeling guilty or worrying about your health. You can air fry french fries, breaded chicken or fish – using tiny amounts of oil.
What Halogen Oven Accessories Will I Need?
You don’t really need a lot of accessories – and most halogen ovens will be supplied with a set of the basic accessories required. However, it’s well worth checking before you decide on which model to buy.
Normally you might expect to get a high rack, a low rack, a solid round roasting dish, a perforated round roasting dish, an extender ring and a pair of tongs supplied with your oven. That should be more than enough to get you started.
If you want, you can think about getting an air fryer ring – although this isn’t strictly required – the perforated dish usually works fine. You can also get a “breakfast rack” which will let you cook a full English breakfast in your halogen oven.
And don’t forget, you can use any casserole dish or baking tray that you would normally use in your conventional oven. The only requirement is that it is small enough to fit in your halogen oven (round trays, pots and dishes work best).
What Is A Halogen Oven Extender Ring?
The majority of halogen ovens are about 12 litres in capacity – roughly 12 1/2 quarts. That’s plenty of space for you to cook a large chicken – along with vegetables.
However, if you want a little more room, you can fit a stainless steel extender ring between the glass bowl and the lid. That will increase the size to around 17 litres (typically), which is enough room to roast a small to medium size turkey – say around 16 lbs or so.
Most manufacturers will include an extender ring with the oven – but do check this before you buy, especially if you plan on cooking larger meals on a regular basis.
Which Is The Best Halogen Oven?
The best halogen oven for you will very much depend upon your own individual needs and situation. If you have a very small kitchen for example, then you might want to choose a small size halogen oven (7.5 litres is the smallest size that I’ve seen).
However, even the standard 12/17 litre oven doesn’t take up a lot of space and will fit in all but the smallest of kitchens.
The top choice on Amazon is the Big Boss Rapid Wave Halogen, which has received good reviews from in excess of 100 customers.
It has 12 1/2 quart capacity, which can be increased using the extender ring (provided), so there’s plenty of space to cook a decent sized turkey.
It has digital controls, so it’s easy to use. It’s also eligible for Amazon prime delivery if you have Prime membership.
Check out our full review of the Big Boss Rapid Wave oven here…
How Do You Clean A Halogen Oven?
Most halogen ovens have a “clean” setting. You just add water and some detergent, select the auto-clean setting and set the timer at whatever you think is required. Ten minutes is typical, but if you’ve had a bit of a spill, you might want to set it for a bit longer.
Personally, I prefer to just remove the bowl and wash it in the sink. You can stick it in the dishwasher as well if you like.
This post has more details on cleaning your halogen oven.
Should I Choose A Hinged Lid Halogen Oven Or Not?
Halogen ovens, like many of the best ideas, are really quite simple. They use a large glass bowl and have a lid which has a halogen heat source and a fan on the inside, with temperature and timer controls on the outside.
You can get different brands, and price and quality does vary a little, but the basic concept is pretty much the same.
However, oned difference that you may come across is that, whilst most halogen ovens have a completely removable lid which you can lift off and place on a stand (normally supplied), some feature a hinged lid. This has some advantages and disadvantages.
Hinged lid halogen ovens are great for anyone who is a little frail or who has trouble lifting heavy objects. There’s no need to lift the lid off and then position it in the stand. Since you don’t need to position the lid in a separate stand, less counter space is required.They are a good choice for elderly users.
On the other hand, you do need a little extra height when the lid is hinged fully open, so that can be a problem if your kitchen has lots of wall mounted storage cabinets. You also won’t be able to remove the lid fully for cleaning.
Here’s a short video showing one of the most popular hinged lid halogen ovens available in the UK market:
What’s The Difference Between Halogen And Microwave Ovens?
Both halogen ovens and microwave ovens cook food quickly – but that’s where the similarity ends. The method of cooking is very different.
Microwave ovens don’t use heat to cook your food. They bombard the food with very short radio waves – microwaves. That causes rapid movement of some of the molecules, mainly fat and water, in the food being cooked. The movement creates heat, which makes the food cook, or heat up if you’re just warming something through.
That’s why there are some types of food which don’t do very well in the microwave oven – pastry for example. The movement of some of the food molecules also means that certain types of food lose some of their goodness and nutrition when microwaved. Broccoli, for example, can lose up to 97% of its healthy antioxidants if cooked in the microwave.
Halogen ovens, on the other hand, produce lots of heat – and quickly. They cook the food using infrared and convection heating. You can cook all sorts of food that you wouldn’t cook in your microwave – and the cooking process won’t destroy the nutritional value of the food being cooked.