Cookbook highlights the versatile toaster oven

Toaster ovens can be used to create full, hot meals – functioning both as a toaster and a full-size oven while using much less energy. A cookbook published by Robert Rose, “125 Best Toaster Oven Recipes” by Linda Stephen features a wide range of recipes that make ultimate use of this small appliance that should not just be considered a toaster. Easy to prepare using the clear instructions, this collection of recipes is as versatile as the toaster oven itself.

The updated edition includes 125 recipes from Stephen’s previous book, practical tips, and information on various toaster ovens, and, by popular demand, a new “basics” section with more than 25 easy recipes.

All of the recipes are designed exclusively for toaster ovens and include options for any time of day. Some of the new basics include Deli Tuna Melts, BBQ Meatballs, Vegetable Bean Chili, and Chocolate Chip Muffins.  

Fish Tacos

So quick and easy to make, fish tacos are almost an any-meal solution, excellent for brunch, lunch or dinner any day of the week. Flour tortillas are the traditional wrap, but corn tortillas, crispy shells or even lettuce leaves can be used. Lately, some supermarkets have been stocking flour tortilla “bowls.” With a variety of toppings, everyone can customize their own taco.

Makes 2 to 3 servings

• 1 lb (500 g)
frozen fish fillets
(such as tilapia or cod), defrosted
(or fresh fish fillets)

• 2 tsp olive oil 10 mL

• 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice

1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) garlic salt

1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) chili powder

1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano leaves

1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) paprika

1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) ground cumin

1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper

• 4 to 6 flour or corn tortillas

(5 to 6 inches/12.5 to 15 cm)

Optional Toppings

• Shredded cabbage or lettuce

• Guacamole

• Salsa

• Diced jalapeños

1. Arrange fillets in a single layer on parchment-lined oven pan. Brush fish with olive oil and drizzle with lime juice.

2. In a small bowl, combine garlic salt, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin and pepper. Sprinkle fillets with spice mixture just to taste. (Store leftover mixture for the next time you make tacos.)

3. Bake in preheated 375°F (190°C) toaster oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. (Timing depends on thickness of fish.)

4. Wrap tortillas in foil and heat in the toaster oven for 5 minutes while
preparing toppings.

TIP: Taco seasoning, available in supermarkets and bulk stores, can replace the spice mixture.

Recipe courtesy of 125 Best Toaster Oven Recipes by Linda Stephen © 2018 

Reprinted with permission.