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Baked vs. Grilled: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 3, 2023
Baking is cooking food using dry heat in an oven, while grilling involves cooking food over direct heat, usually on a grill.

Key Differences

Baking utilizes indirect, dry heat from an oven to cook food evenly from all sides. Whereas, grilling employs direct heat, usually from below, cooking food quickly and often imparting a charred flavor.
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Dec 03, 2023
Baking occurs in a closed environment where heat circulates around the food, making it ideal for bread, pastries, and casseroles. While, grilling is an open method, best for meats, vegetables, and foods benefiting from a smoky flavor.
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Dec 03, 2023
Baked goods typically have a soft and even texture, with browning occurring on the surface. Grilled foods often have a crispy exterior with distinct grill marks and a smoky flavor.
Huma Saeed
Dec 03, 2023
Baking usually requires longer cooking times at lower temperatures, allowing the heat to penetrate through the food. Grilling is done at higher temperatures for a shorter duration, creating a quick sear on the surface.
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Dec 03, 2023
Baking is done in an oven, a standard kitchen appliance. Grilling typically requires a grill or barbecue set, often used outdoors due to smoke production.
Janet White
Dec 03, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Heat Source

Indirect, dry heat from an oven.
Direct heat, usually from below.
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Environment

Closed oven, even heat distribution.
Open grill, direct exposure to flames.
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Texture/Flavor

Soft, even texture; mild flavor.
Crispy, charred texture; smoky flavor.
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Cooking Time

Longer at lower temperatures.
Shorter at higher temperatures.
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Equipment

Oven required.
Grill or barbecue set needed.
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Baked and Grilled Definitions

Baked

Dry Heat Cooking Method.
She baked the potatoes until they were soft inside.
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Nov 28, 2023

Grilled

Outdoor Cooking Style.
Summer evenings are perfect for grilled vegetables.
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Baked

Even, Gentle Cooking.
The lasagna was baked to perfection, with a golden top.
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Nov 28, 2023

Grilled

Direct Heat Method.
He grilled the chicken over high heat.
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Baked

Making Bread or Pastries.
Freshly baked bread has an irresistible aroma.
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Nov 28, 2023

Grilled

Smoky Flavor Addition.
Grilled salmon has a deliciously smoky taste.
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Nov 28, 2023

Baked

Cooked in an Oven.
The cake was perfectly baked in the oven.
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Grilled

Charring and Searing.
The grilled steak had perfect char marks.
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Nov 28, 2023

Baked

Soft Texture Creation.
Baked apples are a delicious and healthy dessert.
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Nov 28, 2023

Grilled

To broil on a gridiron.
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Baked

Cooked by baking.
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Grilled

To torture or afflict as if by broiling.
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Grilled

(Informal) To question relentlessly; cross-examine.
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Grilled

To mark or emboss with a gridiron.
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Grilled

A cooking surface of parallel metal bars; a gridiron.
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Grilled

Food cooked by broiling or grilling.
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Grilled

An informal restaurant or a room in a restaurant where grilled foods are served. Also called grillroom.
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Grilled

A series of marks grilled or embossed on a surface.
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Grilled

Variant of grille.
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Grilled

Simple past tense and past participle of grill
The meat was grilled as this was considered the healthier option.
She grilled him over his whereabouts the previous night.
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Grilled

Cooked on a grill.
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Grilled

As if cooked on a grill.
After a day in the sun, he looked more grilled than his hamburger.
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Grilled

Fitted with a grille.
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Grilled

Cooked by radiant heat (as over a grill)
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FAQs

Is "baked" the same as "roasted"?

Not exactly, though similar, roasting often involves higher temperatures and is used for larger pieces of food.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 03, 2023

Does "baked" imply a specific temperature?

No, baking temperatures can vary widely based on the recipe.
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Dec 03, 2023

What does "baked" mean?

Baked refers to food cooked in an oven using dry heat.
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Can "baked" foods be healthy?

Yes, baking often requires less fat than other cooking methods.
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Dec 03, 2023

Can you bake on a stovetop?

Traditional baking requires an oven, but some stovetop methods can mimic baking.
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Dec 03, 2023

What's a common example of baked food?

Bread, cakes, and cookies are classic examples.
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Dec 03, 2023

Can "baked" food be crispy?

Yes, foods like baked potatoes can have a crispy exterior.
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Dec 03, 2023

Is "baked" only used for bread and pastries?

No, it can refer to a variety of foods including meats, vegetables, and casseroles.
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Dec 03, 2023

Do you need special equipment to bake?

An oven is essential, and specific bakeware is often used.
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Dec 03, 2023

Is grilling only for meats?

No, you can grill vegetables, fruits, and even some cheeses.
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Dec 03, 2023

Are grilled foods considered healthy?

Grilling can be healthy as it often requires less oil or butter.
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Dec 03, 2023

Does grilling require special skills?

Basic grilling is straightforward, but mastering it can take practice.
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Dec 03, 2023

What is the difference between grilling and barbecuing?

Grilling is fast cooking over high heat, while barbecuing is slow cooking over low heat.
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Can "grilled" foods have grill marks?

Yes, grill marks are a characteristic feature of grilled foods.
Harlon Moss
Dec 03, 2023

Is "baked" a cooking method or a food state?

It's primarily a cooking method that results in a specific state of the food.
Janet White
Dec 03, 2023

Does "grilled" imply outdoor cooking?

Often, but indoor grills and grill pans allow for indoor grilling.
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Dec 03, 2023

What's a common example of grilled food?

Steaks, hamburgers, and grilled vegetables are popular examples.
Janet White
Dec 03, 2023

Is "grilled" a flavor?

The term can refer to the distinct taste that grilling imparts to food.
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Dec 03, 2023

Can you grill indoors?

Yes, with indoor grills or stovetop grill pans.
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Dec 03, 2023

What does "grilled" mean?

Grilled refers to cooking food over direct heat, usually on a grill.
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