How to Toast Bread Without a Toaster

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One could argue that the meeting between bread and fire has fundamentally changed the course of history. Okay, maybe toast isn’t as important as inventing the internal combustion engine or space flight, be it is a close second. But how can you make toast if you don’t have a toaster?

There are several ways to make toast without a toaster. You can toast bread by smearing some butter on it and placing it in a pan on top of your oven, cover it in butter and place it inside your oven, and place some butter-covered bread in a grill basket and toast it over a campfire.

Toasting bread isn’t exactly rocket science. Anyone can toast the perfect slice of bread with a little ingenuity and know-how. In this post, we will discuss several alternative ways to toast your bread if you find yourself lost without a toaster.

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3 Ways to Toast Bread Without a Toaster

Toasting bread without using a toaster is possible. Let’s discuss the three easiest ways to toast bread without a toaster.

1. Toast Bread in a Pan

Toasting bread in a pan is a very convenient way to make toast without a toaster. Many college students will be able to attest to how delicious pan-fried toast can be when buying a toaster isn’t an option. Here’s how to toast bread in a pan instead of a toaster.

Step 1: Get yourself a medium-sized pan. Non-stick would be best.

Step 2: Place a small amount of butter in the pan and heat the pan until the butter has fully melted. Swirl the butter around the pan to cover the entire heating area.

Step 3: Spread a small amount of butter on the piece of bread you want to toast.

Step 4: Place the buttered bread into your pan with the buttered side of the bread facing down onto the pan’s heated surface.

Step 5: Toast the bread for 2 – 3 minutes, turning the piece of bread over every minute or so or until the bread is golden brown.

Step 6: Take the bread out and add any other jams or spreads as you choose.

Step 7: Enjoy a delicious piece of pan-toasted bread.

2. Toast Bread In The Oven

Don’t have a toaster or a pan? No problem. You can easily toast bread using your oven without the need for any pesky non-stick pans. Here’s how to make the perfect slice of toasted bread using your oven.

Step 1: You first need to move your oven rack as close to your oven’s heating element as you can.

Step 2: Once your oven rack is secure and your oven door is closed, preheat your oven to a high temperature for around 5 minutes.

Step 3: Get yourself a baking sheet or tray and lightly cover the bottom of your tray with butter or non-stick spray.

Step 4: Butter the bread you want to be toasted on both sides and place them on the baking tray.

Step 5: Place your baking tray in your preheated oven and grill the bread for 4 minutes, flipping the bread over every minute or two.

Step 6: Carefully remove the baking tray once your toast is golden brown, and enjoy.

3. Toast Bread Over A fire

If you are running out of options and have neither a toaster, a pan, or an oven, then turning to our ancestors might be your only option. Yes, you can make toast using fire, the good old-fashioned way. Here’s how to make toasted bread over a campfire. Follow along carefully and try not to burn yourself.

Step 1: Building your own fire isn’t recommended as it could easily spread and cause a large amount of damage, so first, you need to secure a coal or gas barbeque.

Step 2: Light your fire. If you are using wood or charcoal, you might have to wait several minutes for the heat to die down a little. If you are using gas, you can start toasting immediately.

Step 3: Butter as many pieces of bread as you want to toast, ensuring that you butter the bread on both sides.

Step 4: Hold the buttered pieces over the fire using tongs or a grill grid.

Step 5: Turn your bread often to avoid burning one side.

Step 6: Once your bread turns golden brown, remove it from the fire and enjoy your toast.

3 of the Best Toast Toppings

Now that you have made yourself the perfect piece of toast, what do you put on it? Do you eat it plain? Do you eat it with just some butter? Or is there something else you can put on your toast to elevate it to the next level and become the king or queen of bread? Here are our three best toast toppings.

1. Chia Berry Jam

Chia berry jam is quick and easy to make. Soak a tablespoon of chia seeds in half a cup of water, drain the water after 5 minutes, and mix in your favorite berry or cherry. Blend it together with a mixer, and voila. You are now the proud owner of Chia berry jam. Spread as much as you like over your toast, and have your taste buds thank us later.

2. Mashed Banana

What’s this, I hear you ask? Banana on toast? Really? Yes. Really. If you want something sweet, slice or mash a banana and spread it over your toast. Add a little cinnamon for that extra kick, and enjoy. Mashed banana is the perfect companion to a healthy breakfast.

3. Avo

Yes, yes. Avocado on toast is so millennial of us, but can you blame us? Avo on toast is the undisputed champion of toast toppings, and with good reason. Avocado is filled with saturated fats and packed with protein. Slice up an avo, spread it over your toast, and sprinkle on some pepper. Avo goes great with rye or seeded bread if you want the ultimate avo on toast combo.


Toasters are so last season. You don’t need a dedicated piece of machinery to warm up a couple of slices of bread like some fancy pants. A pan, an oven, or a fire is all you need to make the perfect piece of toast and butter. Don’t forget the butter.