A sizzling plate of fajitas is totally mouthwatering. You don't have to go to a Mexican restaurant every time to get that experience. A sizzle plate is a fun piece of equipment—made of stainless steel, aluminum or cast iron—to have in your kitchen at home. It's simple to use, and you'll probably get a kick out of serving everyday meals on one.

How to Use a Sizzle Plate

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put the sizzle plates in the oven for 10 minutes.

Cook the food until it's almost done.

Wearing oven mitts, remove the sizzle plates from the oven and set them into the wood underliners.

Place the cooked food on the sizzle plates, making sure that some of the cooking juices also make it on the plate. (The food needs some liquid in it or it won't sizzle.) Serve immediately.

How to Cook on a Sizzle Plate

Use the sizzle plate to cook thinly sliced meats and vegetables, a la Mongolian barbecue, right at the dinner table.

Heat the sizzle plate in the oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Wearing an oven mitt, remove the sizzle plate from the oven, place it on the wood underliner and bring it to the table with the ingredients to be cooked.

Add 1 tablespoon cooking oil and sauté the food until done. Serve immediately.

Tip

Sizzle plates can also be used to keep food warm in the oven until the dish is ready to serve.

Warning

Always use oven mitts or pot holders when handling a sizzle plate. Always use wood underliners, as the heat from the sizzle plate will damage most surfaces.

About the Author

Mark S. Baker

Based in Virginia Beach, Mark S. Baker has been working in editorial for more than 20 years. He has served as a writer and editor for publications such as the "Houston Post," "Boca Raton News" and "Interactive Week," among others. Baker also has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and has his own catering business.