Two important things to remember when baking in the Omnia Stove Top Oven -- with these, you'll have great results very easily!

Using an Omnia Stove Top Oven

In the year that I’ve had my Omnia Stove Top Oven (link is to Sea Dog Boating Solutions; you can also buy on Amazon), I’ve baked a lot of different things in it and learned a few important lessons about using it.  Two basic rules:

  • Don’t overfill it if the item will rise (breads and cakes in particular) — it will hold a recipe sized for an 8″ x 8″ pan, but one sized for a 9″ x 9″ pan will fill it too full.
  • You have to preheat the base sufficiently before putting the pan on it and use sufficient heat to bake the food.  Pretty much everyone’s first instinct is to turn the heat down too far so the food won’t burn.

Until you get used to using the Omnia, it’s easy to overfill the baking pan when making cakes and breads.  Even after the item rises, there needs to be air space between it and the lid.

In the photos of my Streusel Coffee Cake below, my first attempt, on the left, shows what happens when the pan is too full.  I made a double batch, thinking that the pan could hold as much as 9″ x 9″ pan.  The bottom burned before the top was done. In the middle photo, I made a single batch (which would be used for an 8″ x 8″ pan) and it came out perfectly — as the slice on the right shows (I had to take the photo quickly as Dave was trying to grab it!).

Two important things to remember when baking in the Omnia Stove Top Oven -- with these, you'll have great results very easily!

I’ve made a lot of other dishes in the Omnia oven as part of my testing.  Shown in the photo below, a few include whole wheat bread, a crustless quiche and baked beans (note that you can fill the baking pan fuller, as it’s not going to rise).  The second row shows my Chocolate Upside Cake — the left shows how full it is before baking (single batch), then how it looks baked and there’s a slice on the right.  It’s got a great texture for the cake, yet the “frosting” is still gooey — just the way it should be!

Two important things to remember when baking in the Omnia Stove Top Oven -- with these, you'll have great results very easily!

I’ve also used it to heat brown and serve rolls, bake a couple of casseroles (delicious but not particularly photogenic), some other quick breads and Green Bean Casserole.

Want one for yourself?  You can buy the Omnia on Amazon or from Sea Dog Boating Solutions:

Two important things to remember when baking in the Omnia Stove Top Oven -- with these, you'll have great results very easily!

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  • Marie
    Posted at 28 July 2014 Reply

    Can you use the Omnia stove top oven on a induction burner? Thanks

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 28 July 2014 Reply

      Not directly. If you have one of the induction disks, like this one from Amazon, it will work on that . . . or so I’m told by a couple readers (I don’t have an induction stove/burner myself).

  • Sharon Whitefoot
    Posted at 04 August 2015 Reply

    For those of us who have an oven, are there advantages afforded by using the stove top oven over a conventional oven? For example, does it use less propane or keep the boat cooler? Thanks!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 06 August 2015 Reply

      I don’t see a lot IF your oven works well and is a decent size. I think the heat produced is about the same and probably propane use is similar as in many marine ovens, the heat source is a burner virtually identical to the stove top. I talk a little about “do you need an oven” if you have the Omnia here but haven’t really talked much about whether an Omnia is good if you do have an oven.

      On my boat, the oven is TINY and I find it wonderful to have the Omnia in addition!

  • Jenny Tucker
    Posted at 15 August 2017 Reply

    We bought an Omnia on your advice, since we don’t have an oven on our Contessa 32. I was very pleased with its performance on our 2 week trip to the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, NT, Canada. (It is a completely wild, unpopulated area, on the 5th largest lake in Canada.) Beer Bread, Cornbread, Crumble from dehydrated fruit, and your Chocolate Mud Cake recipe earned me big points with the captain and crew. Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 15 August 2017 Reply

      So glad to hear! And sounds like wonderful cruising grounds.

  • Mark Hall
    Posted at 15 August 2017 Reply

    I would suggest the silicon liner for the Omnia, it makes clean up so much easier. Makes killer corn bread and cakes. We have the Origo 3000, with no oven. We had the 6000 with the oven, but used it so little, especially considering the time it took to heat up, that we changed to the two burner with the Omnia. We gained a lot of storage space.
    Mark Hall
    Schooner Del Viento

  • Kimberly Boneham
    Posted at 21 October 2017 Reply

    We love our Omnia, which we learned about from your site, Carolyn!

  • Rosanne Smith
    Posted at 21 October 2017 Reply

    I have my Omnia Stove Top Oven. Now I just have to use it.

  • Richard Philbrick
    Posted at 21 October 2017 Reply

    Uhmmmmm…$83? I can live without one.

  • Pamela Hatwood
    Posted at 21 October 2017 Reply

    Have used our Omnia (purchased at your recommendation) to cook meatloaf and bread. Our first dinner last week on our new-to-us liveaboard was chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta and pok choy. I have a battery-powered meat thermometer that has a probe which fits through the holes on the cover. No burning — perfectly done!

  • Bazza Captain
    Posted at 23 October 2017 Reply

    You forgot to mention that beautiful scones can be baked, magic pizzas can be made, fresh bread on the table laid and the list goes on and does not fade.

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