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Missing the Grill? Learn How to Perfectly Cook Meat & Seafood in the Oven

It’s that time of year when thoughts of warmer weather have avid grillers itching to get back to the smell of grilled meats and the great outdoors. While winter weather in KC may not be the best time to fire up the grill, we’ve got something to tide you over until grilling season. Continue reading for our top tips on how to cook meat and seafood in the oven.

Baked Chicken

mcgonigles-market-baked-chicken-in-the-ovenOven baked chicken can be less than exciting, which is why the grill can be a real life-saver for amping up the flavor. However, the reason that most people can’t stand the thought of chicken in the oven is because they are cooking it the wrong way! Here’s what we suggest for tender juicy chicken:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Pat the chicken dry
  • Rub chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your favorite spices
  • Cover with parchment paper
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes (15-20 on each side)

Make your resolutions stick this year! Ditch the fried chicken in 2017 and try these healthy cooking tips instead!

Broiled Bratwursts

mcgonigles-broiled-sausage-bratwurst-cooking-in-ovenThere’s nothing like a juicy brat or sausage on the grill in the summertime, but if you can’t beat the craving there’s also a way to get a golden brat using your oven! All you’ll need is a broiling pan, your favorite bratwurst, and an oven!

  • Start by turning on your broiler in your oven
  • Close the door and allow it to preheat
  • Place the bratwursts on the broiling pan across the gates to allow excess juices to drip down the pan underneath
  • Place broiling pan in the oven
  • Make sure the bratwurst are about 7-9 inches below the heat
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning the brats 90 degrees every 5 minutes to ensure they are cooked evenly on all sides
  • The bratwursts should turn a great golden brown once they are cooked all the way through

Related Read: Mcgonigle’s Top 5 Sausages & The Best Ways to Eat Them

Baked Salmon

mcgonigles-baked-salmon-healthy-cooking-new-yearSick of the same old salmon? While you may be craving the char of the grill, these tips will give you moist, flaky salmon you’ll crave all year long:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Clean the salmon and pat dry with a paper towel
  • Rub salmon with olive oil, salt & pepper (or your favorite salmon rub or herb blend)
  • Wrap in foil for extra moist salmon or leave the top exposed for a nice crust
  • Bake for 4-6 minutes per half-inch thickness until your salmon is nice and flaky

Related Read: 5 Types of Pacific Salmon Every Seafood Snob Should Know

Baked Shrimp

mcgonigles-baked-shrimp-oven-cooking-tipsYou can still get succulent shrimp, filled with flavor, without getting frostbite manning the grill. Try these simple cooking tips for sensational shrimp in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Arrange in single layer on a baking sheet
  • For easier handling and turning, you can put the shrimp on skewers
  • Next, top with butter, lemon, and spices
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes at 425 degrees, flipping halfway through

Related Read: Kick Off the New Year with the Finest Seafood in KC from McGonigle’s

Want more helpful tips to get you through the winter? Check out McGonigle’s Blog or stop by the store to stock up on the freshest ingredients in Kansas City!


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