Last Updated on September 26, 2022
Today, we explore some easy ways how to toast English muffins without a toaster. We can all but guarantee you’ll find one that works for you!
How To Toast English Muffins Without A Toaster – 4 Easy Methods
There are actually unlimited ways how to toast English muffins without a toaster. But, some do work much better than others. The key to toasting English muffins is to ensure that you use dry heat.
That’s why, for example, steaming your muffins won’t work. You need to remove moisture from the muffins to create a crisp exterior. This is also why microwaving English muffins won’t work. The microwave will dry out the entire muffin, not just crisp up the outside.
Toasters are usually the go-to appliance. But not everybody has a toaster. And more so, not everybody has a toaster that can fit some of these muffins. Some toasters are only designed to fit thin slices of bread. This led to more and more people looking for alternative methods.
Now, there are easy and quick methods, then there are more time-consuming, but equally effective methods. Whichever you choose depends on your preference, the tools you have available to you, and how much time you have.
So, without further or do, let’s have a look at the top ways how to toast English muffins without a toaster.
1. Use a frying pan
This is the easiest method in our opinion. Everybody has a frying pan! And you don’t even need a special one.
You can toast your muffin halves using dry heat, or add a little bit of butter. Don’t use oil – it crisps up the surface too much and adds an oily flavor.
Heat the pan over medium (with butter) or medium-high heat (without butter). Then, add your halves, sliced side down) in the pan. Toast them for roughly 3-5 minutes or until they are crisp to your liking.
2. Toast on a griddle
Griddle pans are best suited for very toasted English muffins. They take a while to heat, but once they come up to temperature they can toast non-stop for hours!
A griddle pan will also add some charred bits – a flavor that goes especially well with savory meaty toppings.
And possibly best of all, these pans are multifunctional and can also you a lifetime. So, if you don’t already have one, check out this product review that can help you narrow down the list.
3. Use a preheated oven or toaster oven
This is another easy alternative for “how to toast English muffins without a toaster.” Most people have an oven, albeit convention, convection (with fans), toaster oven, or microwave oven. Any of these will work.
To start, you will have to preheat your oven to between 320-360ºF (160-180ºC). Don’t use a temperature higher than this or the muffins will dry out too much.
Then, place the sliced side facing upwards on an oven tray. Bake the muffins for 5-8 minutes, or until they are toasted to your liking. These muffins will be toasted on all sides.
4. In an air fryer
If you ask how to toast English muffins without a toaster, using an air fryer is likely the last answer you’d expect. Nevertheless, it is a great option that can quickly crisp up your muffins.
But, be careful to not over-toast them. Preheat your air fryer to 320ºF (160ºC). Toast the muffins for 2-3 minutes. That’s all it takes.
Tips And Tricks
- When toasting your muffins, you don’t have to flip them over to toast them on both sides. If you only like a slightly toasted muffin, one side will do just fine.
- Always use medium heat for toasting your English muffins. If your temperature is too low, the surface won’t toast. But, if it’s too high, the entire muffin will dry out or the surface will burn.
- None of these methods requires any lubrication. But, if you really want to give the muffins a golden brown surface, brush them with melted butter. Do not use any type of oil, especially flavored oil (olive oil). Oil will make the surface crisp up unnaturally. It will give more of a deep-fried texture than a toasted one.
- Technically these appliances are still a type of toaster, but you can also use a sandwich or panini maker if you’d like. They usually require manual timing (like our methods above) so you will need to keep an eye on them.
Wrapping Things Up
Now you know exactly how to toast English muffins without a toaster. There are a bunch of very easy and super effective techniques on our list today. Give them a try and let us know which worked best for you!
And, don’t forget to go check out our website for some other amazing educational articles.
Can you toast an English muffin in the oven?
You can definitely toast an English muffin inside the oven. First, make sure it's preheated. We prefer heating it to 360ºF (180ºC). Then, slice the muffin and place it in a lined baking tray or pan. Place the sliced side upwards. Toast the English muffin inside the hot oven for 5-8 minutes, or until it reaches the toasted texture you prefer.
Can you toast an English muffin in the microwave?
English muffins don't toast in a microwave. The microwave can only remove the moisture and dry out the entire muffin. It won't just crisp up the outside. So, if you want to soften your muffins or just reheat them, the microwave will work. But, if you need to toast them, choose a different method.
How do you toast English muffins on stove top?
You need to use dry heat for the best results. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Then, place the sliced top and bottom of the English muffin in the pan. Allow the sides to toast until they become golden brown. If you'd like, you can add a little butter. But, be careful not to overheat the pan because it could cause the butter to burn.
How long should you toast an English muffin?
The exact time depends on what you use to toast the English muffin with and how toasted you want the muffin to be. For example, toasting it inside an oven will take a lot longer than toasting it in a pan. On average, your English muffin will toast between 3-5 minutes in a toaster or on a pan. In the oven, it could take between 5-8 minutes depending on the heat.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.