How to Cook With Saran Wrap

by Kenneth Coppens ; Updated September 28, 2017

Saran Wrap is a common item in many home kitchens. While often used solely to keep food fresh, Saran Wrap can also be used to cook many types of foods. Proper procedures must be followed, however, as high temperatures can cause Saran Wrap to melt. When used properly, Saran Wrap can help create moist, flavorful food and may even cut back on your clean-up time.


Put the food in a microwave-safe bowl.

Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and wrap it tightly around the edges to keep it in place. The wrap should be at least 1-inch above the food. Saran Wrap can help retain moisture in the food and prevent messes in the microwave.

Cook the food at medium heat until it's completely warm. Do not cook it at full power as it may melt the wrap.


Preheat an oven or grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not let the temperature get above this as it may cause the wrap to melt.

Wrap the food in Saran Wrap as tightly as possible.

Wrap at least one layer of aluminum foil over the Saran Wrap. The Saran Wrap should be completely covered by the foil.

Place the food in the oven or grill and let it sit until thoroughly cooked. The cooking time depends entirely on the type of food it is, as well as the size of the food.


  • Saran Wrap can also be wrapped around whole potatoes and cooked in the microwave for quick baked potatoes.

    Saran Wrap is good for baking tough meat, such as ribs.

    Saran Wrap can also be used for cooking meat in slow cookers. Follow the same preparation technique as with baking meat in an oven. Wrap the meat with a layer of Saran Wrap, followed by a layer of foil and cook it on low heat.

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Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.