Have you bought a new convection oven or just recently found out that your oven has a convection feature? If so, you’ve landed in the right place!
Convection ovens offer a more convenient, energy-efficient way of cooking that can save you money on your bills and reduce cooking time. By simply experimenting with your convection oven, you can cook virtually anything.
Having said that, they are particularly good for browning, roasting, and caramelizing food.
If you’ve never used a convection oven before, you might find yourself wondering what you can make with it. If that is the case, we’ve got you covered. We want to show you just how much you can do with a convection oven.
To do so, we’ve done the hard work for you and found 14 convection oven recipes you need to try. In this post, we’ll show you each one.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our list!
Most people use a convection oven to roast meats. One of the best meats you can roast in a convection oven is chicken.
Whilst most roast chicken recipes will do, this garlic herb-butter roasted chicken recipe will blow your socks off.
Full of flavor, crispy, juicy, and tender, this roast chicken recipe is the perfect dinner for your family and friends. The convection oven makes the skin deliciously golden and crispy without drying the bird out.
Whilst the flavor of the chicken is already pretty special, the addition of the garlic and herb butter only makes things tastier.
You can use your convection oven to make the most amazing sweet potato fries.
Sweet potato fries are already healthier than normal fries but when we decide to bake them instead of frying them, they become even healthier.
Low in carbs, sweet, crispy, and fluffy the sweet potato fries this recipe helps you make are delicious. They’re also very simple to make.
You only need a spare 40 minutes and 5 simple ingredients to make these fries. These ingredients are sweet potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and garlic.
You can expect the browning and crispiness to be better in the convection oven too.
If you’re having guests over and you want to surprise them with something a bit different, give this filo-wrapped brie recipe a try. Having a convection oven makes this recipe so much simpler.
All you have to do is prepare the brie and pastry and let the oven do the rest.
Once baked, the pastry is left golden-brown and flaky, whilst the brie is melted to perfection. As you cut into the pastry, the decadent brie should spill out.
To give this recipe more flavor, sweet tomatoes, nutty pine nuts, and fresh basil are thrown in too. We found that the pine nuts give the recipe a much-needed crunch.
Next up, we have a healthy strata recipe that is easy to prepare, vibrant, and more importantly tasty. Strata are prepared ahead of time and then baked before serving. This makes them an excellent party dish.
Low-maintenance, you can prep all your ingredients the night before and then throw the strata in your oven an hour before you want to eat it.
Cheesy, sweet, savory, and packed with vitamins, this recipe is hearty and simple. It’s also pretty versatile as you can throw in any leftover veggies you want to use.
Make sure you season your strata with herbs and spices for the best flavors.
It’s actually very easy to make your very own pizza in a convection oven. All you have to do is roll out the dough, pick your favorite ingredients, and let it cook in the oven.
The best thing about a good pizza recipe is that you can use any ingredients you like. If you love meat, make a meaty pizza, if you love vegetables, make a vegetable pizza. You really can’t go wrong.
This particular recipe shows you how to make a gorgeous veggie pizza. The recipe also shows you how to make your own crust.
You can use any veggies you like but this recipe calls for tomatoes, carrots, onions, bell peppers, and cheese.
If you have a child that loves chicken nuggets, why don’t you show them how to make their own? You can do it easily by following this recipe from AllRecipes.
Ready to eat in just 40 minutes, the chicken nuggets made using this recipe are crispy, tender, and flavorful.
They’re also much healthier than the fried chicken nuggets you buy at fast food restaurants.
You only need 7 ingredients to make homemade chicken nuggets.
These are chicken breasts, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, salt, butter, and thyme. This combination of ingredients ensures the nuggets have plenty of flavor.
Another meat dish you can make in your convection oven is a classic roast turkey. Like the roast chicken recipe we showed you earlier, roast turkey in the convection oven becomes crispy, tender, and juicy.
Once again, the convection oven does a great job of making the skin crispy. This is something your guests will appreciate.
As for the meat, the turkey is kept nice and moist. To enhance flavors and make the turkey even crispier, coat it in melted butter and turkey gravy.
You’ll love how the gravy gives the turkey a meatier flavor too.
You can even use your convection oven to make some of the best desserts and snacks you’ll ever try. One of our favorites is this chocolate chip cookie recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
If you want to make cookies that are rich, chocolatey, crumbly, and crunchy, give this recipe a try.
Whilst the chocolate chips are enough to make these cookies addictive, it is the toffee bits that really steal the show. They give the cookies a sweeter and almost creamy flavor that goes down a treat.
The only problem you’ll have is stopping yourself from eating too many.
If you plan on serving roasted chicken or turkey, you’re going to need some tasty side dishes to go with it.
Luckily for you, your convection oven can help you do that too. One of the best sides you can make for a roast dinner is roast potatoes.
This roasted red potatoes recipe is perfect. Totally scrumptious, this recipe helps you make roast potatoes that are crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside.
What more can we ask for from a roast potato recipe?
That’s not all though as this recipe also creates a delicious seasoning mix of olive oil, salt, and garlic to coat the potatoes with.
10. Smashed Potatoes
If you love roast potatoes but want to try something a little different, you could always make smashed potatoes instead.
Smashed potatoes are a popular potato side dish that sits somewhere between mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes.
Smashed potatoes are made by smashing the potatoes before roasting them. This may sound strange but it gives the potatoes a unique appearance and texture.
Compared to classic roast potatoes, smashed potatoes are thinner and crispier.
Smashing the potatoes also gives the interior of the potato a thinner texture and a slight crispiness. All you need to use to season the potatoes is salt and pepper.
11. Strawberry Pie
Another fantastic dessert you can make in your convection oven is strawberry pie.
A real crowd-pleaser, this strawberry pie recipe is easily the best. Bright pink in color, this pie dish is sweet, flaky, and very filling. Not to mention, it looks amazing too.
Bursting at the seams with fruity flavors, this pie is loaded with strawberries, hence the name and color.
This does make the pie very sweet but the addition of vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt help balance the flavors out nicely.
This dessert does require a lot of ingredients and can take a long time to make, but if you want the most impressive, elegant dessert to serve to your guests you have to make it.
You can serve this dessert with ice cream or custard.
Roasted artichokes are a great alternative to roast potatoes. They offer something different in terms of flavor and texture and are lower in carbs and calories.
Roasting artichoke in a convection oven for 20 to 30 minutes unlocks more flavor and improves the texture.
You can either cut the artichoke into small bite-sized pieces or go big and roast them whole. Either way is fine but we prefer to roast them whole and serve one to each of our guests.
To roast artichokes to perfection, you need olive oil, artichokes, garlic, fresh herbs, lemons, salt, and pepper.
You can also add chili powder if you like things hot.
13. Spiced Pecans
The penultimate recipe on our list is spiced pecans. There’s not too much to say about this recipe as it is super simple, straightforward, and quick.
This is a great recipe to follow if you want to make a big batch of roasted pecans to serve as a snack. Whilst pecans taste great straight out of the bag, nothing can beat them when they’re roasted.
Aside from having an awesome texture and flavor, roasting the pecans in a spice mix makes them more exciting.
To unleash the best flavors, season the pecans with cayenne pepper, sugar, cinnamon, and coriander. This will help you unlock both sweet and spicy flavors.
14. French Fries
We’ve decided to end this list with French fries because, at the end of the day, they are up there with one of the best convection oven foods we can make.
Besides, nothing beats the crispy goodness of a classic golden fry.
Thanks to this convection oven recipe, you can enjoy French fries more regularly without damaging your health. This is simply because they are baked and not deep-fried.
When baked, the fries have a classic golden-brown color, an impressive crunch, and a soft, fluffy interior.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a wide range of food you can cook in a convection oven with success. However, the very best would have to be meats and vegetables. Roasting meats and vegetables in a convection oven are simply unbeatable.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with using aluminum foil in a convection oven. However, you must make sure it sits on the trays provided.
Foods you should probably steer clear from when using a convection oven include breads, cakes, custard, and souffles.
Convection ovens seem to be growing in popularity more and more as the days go by. When we consider how effective they are, how easy they are to use, and how they can save us money on our energy bills, it’s not really a surprise.
In this post, we presented you with 14 delicious convection oven recipes you need to try. Now, you should know exactly what sort of foods you can make using your oven.
Therefore, you should now decide what food you want to make first.