Murlo enjoys cooking with our granite hot rock. We cook using this fun method a couple times a year, usually in the cold winter months.
It is a great way for everyone to cook their own food and socialize at the same time!
What is Hot Rock Cooking?
Hot rock cooking is cooking food on a oven heated granite stone, lava rock or other suitable material.
We found diced, cubed or sliced food items like fresh mushrooms, steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon and peppers work the best for us. See our hot rock video at our YouTube channel and hear the sizzle!
We have on occasion heated seasoned bread cubes while melting a small amount of cheese on top.
The Cooking Surface
Our cooking surface is granite with a cooking area of 14 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches or 37 cm x 19 cm.
There are several parts to the hot rock.
1. The bottom area includes the tray, wire frame stand and two fondue burners (Fig 1).
2. Green granite cooking surface and wire rack to hold and carry the heated granite. (Fig 2).
3. The wire rack and granite can be easily be transferred from the oven to the stand. (Be careful, it will be hot!).
1. Carefully read the instructions for your hot rock or grilling stone to ensure safety, preparation, cleaning and cooking success.
2. Place the granite in a cold oven and pre-heat to 350 F.
3. Do not place cold granite in an already pre-heated oven – the granite may crack.
4. Once pre-heated, keep the granite in the oven for another 30 minutes.
5. We place a large towel under the tray to catch any grease splatter.
6. When the granite is ready, carefully lit the two fondue burners
7. Remove the granite from the oven and place on the wire rack over the burners.
8. Lightly salt the cooking surface before placing food. Continue to lightly salt occasionally while cooking to prevent sticking and to add flavour.
Food Preparation & Cooking
Murlo enjoys cooking fresh mushrooms, steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon and peppers as our go to items. We cut steak and chicken into strips no thicker than one-half inch. We marinate red meat a day before for additional flavour and season the chicken strips with salt free Mrs. Dash.
Continue to lightly salt the surface of the rock through out the cooking session.
Our preference is to marinate a steak 24 hours prior to cooking. Place steak in a sealable plastic bag and add
– 4 Tbsp canola oil
– 1/4 Tsp seasoning salt
– 2 Tbsp Oregano
– 2 Tbsp Rosemary
– or, use any herbs and spices to suit your taste preference!
Note: Full fuel burners will keep the rock heated for an hour and half or longer allowing plenty of time to socialize with guests and to keep your food sizzling!
Check out our Hot Rock Cooking video at the Murlo Discovery Channel on YouTube.
What is your favourite food items to cook on hot granite or lava rock?