If you’ve had sizzling fajitas come to your table at a Mexican restaurant, you know the excitement they stir. A sizzle plate serves double duty because you can use it to heat the food as well as to serve it. You can buy these plates — made of stainless steel, aluminum or cast iron — to use at home. They’re simple to use, and you’ll probably get a kick out of serving everyday meals on them.

Things You'll Need

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put the sizzle plates in the oven for 10 minutes.

Cook the food until it’s almost done.

Remove the sizzle plates from the oven and set them into wood underliners.

Place the cooked food on the sizzle plates, making sure that some of the cooking juices also make it on the plate. Serve immediately.


  • The food needs some liquid in it or it won’t sizzle.

  • Sizzle plates also can be used to keep items warm in an oven until the dish is ready to be served.

  • Use the sizzle plate to cook thinly sliced meats and vegetables, such as those used for Mongolian barbecue. Heat the sizzle plate in a 500 F oven and heat for 10 minutes. Using an oven mitt, place the sizzle plate on a wood underliner and bring to the table with the items to be cooked. Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and saute the food until done. Serve immediately.