How to Use a NuWave Oven?


The NuWave Oven uses conduction, convection and infrared heat to cook food on the inside and outside at the same time. The conduction heat cooks food the same way as a conventional oven does. Convection heat circulates hot air around the food just like an air fryer. (See Air Fryer vs. NuWave Oven for common and different benefits of these two appliances). Infrared heat penetrates the food. The oven can bake, broil, barbecue, roast, grill, steam, dehydrate, and air-fry. (See NuWave Oven Reviews).

Cooking with a NuWave oven can be confusing, especially if you haven’t used one before. There are different settings available to help you decide which one is right for you, and if you’ve never used one before, this tutorial will tell you what you need to make your NuWave oven work for you.  No matter what you plan on cooking, this tutorial will help you find the right settings for your needs.  This way, you can make sure your food is cooked to perfection, and comes out exactly the way you want.

How to Use a NuWave Oven?



Step 1: Clean it Out

Before you start cooking, the first thing you should do is clean the oven out.  You want to make sure you use warm water with a dish liquid.  You want to make sure you completely clean out the whole inside of the oven before you start cooking.  This includes the cooking rack, base, dome, and the liner pan.  You should never submerge the oven into the water in your sink.  This can damage the electronics inside the oven, and make it useless.  You also want to make sure you get all the old grease stains off the inside.

Step 2: Assemble

After the inside of the oven is cleaned out and completely dry, you should assemble it.  You should put all the parts in the right areas, and make sure the oven is on a stable surface. The front door should have enough room to open forward, making it easy to access. You should place the cooking rack on the liner pan.  If you’re cooking larger amounts of food, you can change out the rack for your needs.  If your oven is NuWave 20632 Pro Plus Oven or NuWave Oven Elite that comes with with an extender ring, you can also attach the ring to the dome to extend cooking space. You should make sure you leave enough room for the heat to move around the food.

Step 3: Attach the Lid

You should start attaching different components to the oven.  The dome should be placed over the food, and then attached to the base. The power head will need to be hooked up to the dome, as well.  Don’t forget the control panel, so you can adjust the temperature and timer for the oven.  To lock it into place, you should rotate the dome clockwise.  This will lock it in place, and you’ll be able to use the oven right away.  Don’t try turning it on until all the parts have been attached.  This will prevent the oven from getting damaged.

Step 4: Place the Food Inside

Now that you have everything put together, you can insert the food into the oven. You should open the dome by the handles by the power head, and insert the food.  As you’re putting the food in the oven, you should make sure you have enough room for the air to move throughout the oven.  If the food is too big, you can add the three-inch extender ring to make more room.  You’ll have more room for the oven to work properly.  You can insert the extender ring in between the dome lid and base.

Step 5: Adjust the Temperature

After you’ve gotten the food into the oven, you should adjust the temperature. Different foods are going to need to be cooked at different temperatures to reach safe cooking temperatures. The temperature dial of NuWave Oven Pro model will have a range between 1 and 10. These measurements range for temperatures between 125 and 350 degrees F. If you have NuWave Pro Plus Oven or NuWave Oven Elite, you can adjust the temperature more precisely (between 100°F and 350°F in 1-degree increments for the Pro Plus and between 100°F and 420°F in 1-degree increments for the Elite). Root vegetables should be cooked 20 to 30 minutes on the highest setting, while proteins need to reach a higher internal temperature. Beef should reach a minimum of 145 degrees F, pork at 160 degrees F, and poultry up to 165 degrees F. These temperatures can be measured with a probe thermometer.

Check out NuWave Oven Reviews for cooking time, cooking options and temperature adjustment for each model.



Step 6: Reheating

You can reheat food in the NuWave oven, but you should portion them out in single serving.  You should press the clear button on the control panel, and then select the reheat button.  The temperature will set automatically to the highest setting, and will cook the food in four minutes.  You can add a teaspoon of water inside to reheat smaller dishes, especially pasta and rice.  This moist-heat environment will prevent the food from drying out.  If you want to reheat more items at once, you can add more water.


Though NuWave ovens are becoming more popular, one thing you will need to consider is how you are going to use the NuWave.  Though the process of assembling the oven may appear to be complicated, it is quite easy.  There are endless recipes you can cook in the oven, and your food will come out tasting great.  It is an excellent alternative to a deep fat fryer, and makes for a healthy meal.  No matter what you want to use the oven for, you can find the perfect recipe to enjoy your dinners.

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