Advice on using the oven

Advice on using the oven

Your gas oven can come with or without a water pan.

We will show you how to use your gas oven, along with advice on what to be careful of when cooking fish.

The use of a water pan ( or lack thereof ) can change the way you prepare your fish. We will also show you how to tell if it has one or not.
Raw fish can be easily purchased at local supermarkets. Once you learn how to use a gas oven, it will further expand your Japanese cooking skills.

Types of oven

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There are 2 types of ovens as shown below:

  • gas powered
  • IH

There are 3 variants of the gas-powered type:

  • single-sided burner ( without water pan )
  • single-sided burner ( with water pan )
  • double-sided burner ( without water pan )

If your gas oven comes with a water pan, you can use it to broil your fish.

Each type of gas-powered oven has its own characteristics and cooking methods. We will go into the details below.

How to tell if your oven is a water pan type

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Take a look at the pan beneath the grill. If your oven requires water, it will tell you on the instructions. But in most cases they are written only in Japanese so it’s best to ask a friend who understands the language!

If your oven requires water, the instructions would be etched on the surface of the pan. Again, ask a friend who knows!

If it doesn’t require water, similar instructions would be etched on the surface of the pan.

How to use your oven

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Depending on whether your oven uses water or not, cooking methods can vary.

We will provide instructions for each type of oven.

Single-sided burner oven ( without water pan )

A waterless oven will cook your fish and get rid of the unpleasant fish odor. It will give your fish a crisp surface with a hot juicy flesh.

The lack of moisture will prevent fish from sticking on the grill, making cleanup a piece of cake.

However, a single-sided burner means you’ll have to flip the fish over. The fish might fall apart when you are trying to do so. To prevent this, gently flip the fish over with tonges or chopsticks.

 

Double-sided burner oven ( without water pan )

A double-sided burner oven ( without water pan ) will heat both sides of the fish evenly, meaning you won’t need to flip it over. 

You will also be able to cook your fish in a shorter amount of time. Depending on the model, you may be able to adjust the heat on both burners.

However, the heat is stronger than single-sided burners, causing charring to occur more easily. That’s why thorough cleaning may be required after use.

Single-sided burner oven ( with water pan )

the water in the pan below the metal grill will prevent the sudden temperature increases and charring. It will also prevent smoke in your kitchen.

If you do not use water, the fish oil will drop onto the pan, which will result in a fire. 

If your oven comes with a water pan, remember to always use water.

The downside of using a single-sided burner oven is that you need to flip your fish over. The water pan will accumulate oil from the fish, requiring cleanup after every use.

Check the instructions before use

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Aside from what we explained above regarding the 3 types of gas ovens, there may be some slight differences depending on the manufacturer. Once you learn to use all 3 types of gas ovens you’ll be a master in your neighborhood. We hope you enjoy!

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