Nothing says a campout like the taste of roasted marshmallows, but how do you roast marshmallows without fire? If you don’t have the time or space to set up an outdoor fire to cook your marshmallows, can you still achieve that wonderful toasted marshmallow texture and taste? Can you get marshmallows that are crispy and golden brown on the outside and gooey and runny in the center?
You can, actually, and I want to show you how to roast marshmallows on the stove and the microwave and get a treat that’s very similar to campfire marshmallows.
How to Roast Marshmallows on an Electric Stove or Gas Stove
Is it safe to roast marshmallows over a gas stove or electric stove? Cooking marshmallows over an open flame inside the house may seem a little strange to you, but you’ll use the same method that you would use if you were cooking them outdoors over an open campfire.
It’s perfectly safe to do this, as long as you’re aware of the risk of the marshmallow catching on fire and you are prepared for that. You should also be prepared for hot marshmallow goo to drip as you’re cooking.
To avoid either one of these issues, make sure that the marshmallow doesn’t get too hot or overcooked. If you hold the marshmallow too close to the flame, it could easily catch on fire. Marshmallows are flammable, and if it ignites, that could startle you, cause you to drop it, and create a fire hazard.
So, you’ll want to spear the marshmallow onto a skewer stick and turn the heat on your stove up high. This works with an electric stove that has no open flame as well as a gas stove with an open flame. You’ll get more of the desired effect with a gas stove, however.
Hold the marshmallow over the flame to cook it on a gas stove.
Keep the marshmallow a few inches from the flame and turn it around in front of the flame by rotating the skewer. You can cook to the desired level of doneness, which may be until the marshmallow starts to darken slightly, or the next level where it turns golden brown, or even further where it starts to blacken.
If you want the marshmallow to blacken completely and char on the outside, simply let the flames ignite it for just a second or two and then blow them out.
How to roast marshmallows without a fire on an electric stove? For this method, you want to spear the marshmallow on a skewer and hold it close to the heating element. Keep it there, rotating the marshmallow by turning the skewer and tell the marshmallow reaches the desired level of doneness.
As with the fire, don’t let the marshmallow touch the heating element. It will take longer to cook on an electric stove than it would on a gas stove, and you won’t be able to set it on fire to quickly cook it.
You may also have difficulty getting it to char. It will also take longer to cook with this method. Be sure to keep all these differences in mind.
You can cook multiple marshmallows on the same skewer at once, if you like. You can load up several marshmallows on the same skewer, and just make sure that they’re all resting over the heat on your stove at the same time.
You can even move them to the middle of the skewer and hold the skewer on either end as though you’re cooking the marshmallows on a spit. Just make sure they all cook evenly.
How to Roast Marshmallows with a Candle
You could also use a candle to roast a marshmallow if you want to try something a little different or your options are limited. Just use the same method for roasting marshmallows with a candle as you would for roasting it over the flame on a gas stove.
Remember to keep the marshmallow a few inches away from the candle flame so that it doesn’t accidentally catch on fire. Rotate the skewer so that the marshmallow cooks on all sides evenly.
Using candles to roast marshmallows is a great way to give everyone in the family their own personal space to cook their marshmallows instead of having everyone crowd around the stove.
How to Roast Marshmallow in Oven
There are even more ways to cook your marshmallow at home inside the house. Let me share with you a method for how to toast marshmallow for s’mores or to eat on its own by using the oven.
You’ll be utilizing the broiler setting on the oven and preparing your marshmallows on a baking pan that’s been lined with a baking mat or a parchment paper.
You don’t want the roasted marshmallows to melt onto the baking pan itself, as they can make a sticky mess that’s hard to clean up. They are easier to remove if they’re sitting on a piece of parchment paper or a baking mat.
Warm up the oven and turn on the broiler and then place your marshmallows onto the prepared baking sheet. Once the broiler is heated, you can put your marshmallows into the oven and watch them through the door.
Once they start to brown, they’re ready to come out, but you can leave them in for a little longer if you like. They should brown all over without you having to turn them over as they cook. It should only take several minutes for them to cook completely.
How to Roast Marshmallows in Microwave
The final cooking method I want to leave you with for marshmallows is roasting them in the microwave. You can place them on a microwave safe plate around a paper towel. Cook them for about a minute to a minute and a half. Check on them at that point to see if they are done cooking.
You don’t want to cook them for longer than two minutes, or you’ll end up with a sticky mess in your microwave.