A fan in a convection oven distributes heat evenly around the food, as opposed to the cooking process in a regular oven, where the heat comes from one or two sources. The movement of the air in a convection oven keeps the temperature constant so food cooks evenly. If your oven has a convection broil function, the broil elements will cycle on and off while the fan distributes the air.
Trim the fat from the steak. This will reduce smoking. You can also cut into the edge of the steak to reduce curling, but it’s not necessary. Then place the meat on the broiler pan grid while the grid is cold.
Preheat the oven for five minutes and then place the food in the center of the rack with the longest side parallel to the door and press the “Convection Broil” button or switch. Use the second slot down from the top in the oven. Enter a temperature other than 500 degrees and press “Start.”
Allow the steak to cook. A 1-inch steak cooked to medium rare should take about 14 or 15 minutes on the first side and then seven or eight minutes on the second; medium will be 15 to 16 minutes for the first side and eight to nine minutes for the second; and well done will take 18 to 19 minutes on the first side and nine to 10 on the second.
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Cooking times vary depending on oven size, rack position and size of the steak. You may have to adjust timings.
- "Electric Ranges Use & Care Guide"; Whirlpool; 2004
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