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What is Hot Rock Cooking?

By Janis Adams
Updated May 16, 2024
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Hot rock cooking, also known as hot stone cooking, is the process whereby foods are cooked or grilled on a hot rock or stone that has been heated prior to the cooking process. First used centuries ago, the hot rock style of cooking is an elemental one. This ancient tradition of cooking has been resurrected. It is not only a unique experience, but it is a healthful one as well.

The health-conscious dieter has become a great fan of hot rock cooking, as little to no oil or grease is necessary for this type of cooking. Spices and fresh herbs can be added, as opposed to fattening flavors necessary in many other types of cooking styles. Hot rock cooking is good for meat and vegetables, as well as sea food.

For hot rock cooking, the only tools needed to cook other than the hot stone are a pair of tongs. Some people using a hot rock may add spices, rubs, or grilling salts to their meat or vegetables for added flavor. However, these are not requisite for successful preparation. Also, for quick and easy cleanup, a scouring device is suggested to clean off any food particles or pieces left behind.

One element that has made this cooking process so popular is its simplicity. One does not have to be a trained chef to use a hot rock with much success. Restaurants offer hot rocks for their patrons to cook meals at their leisure at their tables. The restaurant brings a hot rock table-side, and the patrons are free to cook whatever food items they have ordered for their meal on their own.

This concept has also become a popular theme for home parties. The reason is that those with busy schedules and fast-paced lives often have little time for lengthy preparation for a meal but still have the desire to entertain. All that is necessary is to cut and prep the meat and vegetables prior to the guests' arrival. Once the guests are on hand, the party begins, and each person is in charge of cooking his or her own meal.

Hot rock cooking sets differ in a number of ways. There are those rocks sized for more than one person to be cooking on the surface at a time as well as the personalized set, wherein each person has his or her own rock. The types of rock differ from set to set as well.

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Discussion Comments

By LisaLou — On Jun 03, 2011

I had never heard of hot rock cooking until I was invited to a party at a neighbors house. I was intrigued by the idea and couldn't wait to see how it all worked. At this party, there were small hot rock cooking stones for each individual person.

It ended up being a very relaxing evening as many neighbors were there and you had the chance to visit as you were waiting for you food to cook on the stones. The chicken and vegetables were delicious.

This is something I would not want to use every day, but it really was a unique and fun thing to try. It would be great to do outside on the deck in the summer with friends and family.

By honeybees — On Jun 02, 2011

It sounds like hot rock cooking would be a good alternative to grilling. I love to grill, and enjoy the taste, but have read that it is not good for you to grill very often. I use a cooking stone in my oven for pizza and cookies and like the way the stone cooks evenly. I imagine the hot rocks would have the same effect as using a stone.

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