Toaster Oven Recipes

What can you cook in a toaster oven?

Everything! Get inspired by exploring our collection of over 150 vegetarian toaster oven recipes. With step-by-step photos and tips, we’ll help you make the most of your little oven.

Popular Toaster Oven Recipes

Start with these easy recipes!

If you’re new to cooking with a toaster oven these simple recipes will help you get baking, broiling, roasting, and toasting.

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roasted sweet potato rounds

Say hello to the most irresistible sweet potato snack! These creamy rounds are made with just a few ingredients, easy to customize, and ready in a flash.

Toaster Oven Recipes FAQ

Q: Will these recipes work in any toaster oven?
A: All of our recipes will fit in a large capacity toaster oven that can accommodate a 13 x 9-inch sheet pan. If your oven is smaller, you may need to divide a recipe in half or cook it in batches.

Q: What can you cook in a small toaster oven?
A: Mini cakes, vegetables, breakfast casseroles, frozen meals, quick snacks, toasted sandwiches, and more! This small sheet pan article has lots of inspiring ideas for cooking with a small toaster oven.

Q: What are your favorite recipes?
A: It’s hard to pick just a few! I love our quick-baked sweet potatoes and make them at least 3 times a week. Tim’s a big fan of our sandwiches, especially this make-ahead frozen grilled cheese (great to have on hand for busy days) and our popular roasted zucchini and hummus pitas.

About Toaster Oven Cooking

Toaster ovens are versatile multi-cookers that can act as a toaster, grill, small oven, and more.

How do toaster ovens cook food?
Using heating elements placed near the top and bottom of the oven’s interior. The elements heat the toaster oven based on the cooking function and temperature set on the control panel.

What is a cooking function?
Sometimes called a setting, a function is how you want to use the toaster oven to cook your food. The most common toaster oven functions are baking, broiling, and toasting.

Cooking With Convection

If your toaster oven has a convection function it means the oven has a small fan. When used, the fan circulates the warm air inside the oven.

This helps to remove surface moisture from food making it crispier outside while keeping it tender inside. It can also lead to food cooking faster. That’s why the temperature and cooking time for our recipes may need to be adjusted (unless otherwise noted in the directions).

How to Adjust Recipes For Convection

1. Decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

2. Reduce the cooking time by 1/3, then add more time as needed.

These aren’t hard and fast rules, just a good starting point.

Toaster Oven Air Frying Recipes and Tips

Some newer toaster ovens come with an air fryer function or setting. It’s similar to using convection but the fan moves at a faster speed and the heating elements are usually functioning at a higher intensity.

This setting is great for achieving a crisp exterior on baked potatoes, roasted vegetables, frozen snacks, and more. If you’re new to air frying check out this article about air fryers and toaster oven air fryers or explore all of our air frying recipes.

Can you bake cookies in a toaster oven?

You sure can! Toaster ovens are perfect for baking small batches of cookies. If you’re new to toaster oven baking, we’ve got 5 tips that will make you a toaster oven cookie-baking expert. Don’t skip #3, it’s a game-changer!

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If you’re cooking for a small household and looking for more mealtime inspiration, we also have a collection of easy vegetarian recipes for two.

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  1. Just bought a new toaster oven. Found your site very helpful..
    Not a vegetarian but loved your receipts for baking.Would like to find receipts for chicken and fish which I do bake a lot.

    1. Hi Kathy,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the site!

      Yeah, when it comes to cooking chicken, beef, or fish we’d just be guessing 🙂 But there are some good cookbooks and YouTube channels that you might find helpful.

      I know for sure that Toaster Oven Perfection by America’s Test Kitchen has lots of recipes for chicken and fish. The Gourmet Toaster Oven cookbook by Lynn Alley is much smaller but does have a few recipes also.

      On our Beginner’s Guide page ( we’ve listed a few other cookbooks, websites, and YouTube channels where you can find more toaster oven recipes for things you like to cook. Under the Table of Contents just click on “More Recipe Inspiration” to see them.

      Hope that helps and happy cooking with your new toaster oven!
      ~ Brie

  2. Love using my toaster oven. Don’t have to heat-up the kitchen, I just have mine in the covered porch attached to the house near the where I have my dry-goods. Keeps the heat and smell away from the main house, and cooking is just as easy. I just have to remem to turn food 180 degrees to avoid food from burning, because the toaster oven heats up so quickly. A recipe book and guide book would be so helpful.

    1. That’s a great tip about turning the food, Ernesto!

      A few years ago America’s Test Kitchen put out a really good cookbook called Toaster Oven Perfection. It’s got a bunch of toaster oven recipes and cooking tips.

      We did a little review of the different chapters and the recipes that you can read here: Definitely check with your library, they might have a copy you can borrow and see if it’s for you.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

      Happy Cooking!
      ~ Brie

  3. How can you bake Keto loafs/breads/cakes w/almond flour and coconut flour sans the food sticking to the pans? I’ve had no luck in a regular oven so I now use parchment paper but there’s a lot of conflicting info from site to site regarding using the paper in toaster style ovens. I’m looking to get a little countertop oven as it would be easier for me (I’m thinking of getting Cuisinart TOA-60BKS Convection AirFryer Toaster Oven). Any thoughts on this? Thanks

    1. Hi Dina,

      Any box of parchment paper I’ve bought from the grocery store has included a warning that it should never be used in a toaster oven. What does your box say?

      I’m not a manufacturer so this is just a guess, but I assume they have that warning because parchment paper can be a fire hazard even in a traditional oven if it’s not used properly. Enough people have probably either misused it (broiling, high temps, letting the paper touch the heating elements/walls, etc.) or run into other issues with it in a toaster oven that it’s safer to just say don’t do it. Especially since there are so many types of toaster ovens these days.

      My instinct is that lining cake pans and loaf pans probably isn’t an issue as long as there isn’t overhang but again I’m not a manufacturer so I couldn’t say for sure.

      You might want to try emailing Cuisinart’s customer service, they can let you know if parchment paper is okay in their ovens and if they have any specific guidance for its use.

  4. OMG, how wonderful all this is—and all are perfect for this hot weather and not heating up the whole room—-thank you soooo much –Haydee

    1. Thanks, Haydee! I always say that I appreciate my toaster oven all year long but never more than in August 🙂

      I hope you enjoy the recipes – Happy Cooking!