Are glass bowls oven safe

In this brief guide, we will address and answer the query, “Are glass bowls oven safe?” and answer other related questions like “How should a glass bowl be used in an oven?”

Are glass bowls oven safe?

Yes, glass bowls are safe for use in an oven.

The following are the points highlighting the things that should be noted while using glass bowls in an oven:

  • The primary purpose of using a glass bowl is to store and reheat leftover food. Glass is a good element for heating.

  • Any type of glassware should be very carefully handled when used in an oven. Glasses that can be used in an oven are made of specific compounds and materials that can withstand heat when used for the purpose of baking or heating.

  • One should only buy glassware that is oven safe. The packaging of the glass bowls also specifies how they should be used in an oven.  The instructions also list out the ways the bowl should be handled and used when placing and removing it in/from the oven.

  • Even when a glass bowl is tagged as oven safe, as a precautionary step, one should always preheat the oven. This is because a preheated oven has a well-modulated temperature. This will prevent the radiant heat from putting stress on one side of the bowl.

  • Any utensil meant for the purpose of use in an oven, can be prone to breakage or explosion due to overheating or poor quality. Though it is safe to use glass bowls in an oven, explosions of glassware are incidents that are very common and also very dangerous. It can turn the cooking and/or baking experience into a mess. This can also damage the oven.

  • One good kitchen practice to avoid the explosion of any utensil including a glass bowl, in the oven is to pour a small amount of water or any other liquid depending upon the dish, in the base of the glass bowl before placing it inside the oven. This will help prevent overheating and reduce the chances of shattering or cracking.

  • Glass bowls have several utilities. They can be found with or without lids. The lids are generally made using a plastic material. When using a glass bowl, the lids should be removed before placing the bowls inside the oven.

    For the purpose of covering the mouth of the bowl, one can use aluminum foil or food wrap. The plastic lids however can be used in a microwave for reheating purposes. Nonetheless, it is still a good practice to read the instructions that come along with the product.

  • Glass bowls when placed inside an oven; the sides of the bowl which are closest to the heating source grow very hot.  The inside i.e., the interior portion of the bowl and other parts farther from the heating source maintain their coolness. This is how glass bowls function in an oven.

  • Every type of glass bowl is designed in a specific way. Depending upon how they are manufactured,  every glass bowl has a threshold value. This value determines how far a glass bowl can withstand high heating temperatures. Depending upon the food dish or the recipe of a dish, a glass bowl of a specific quality should be used.

  • All good quality glass bowls are believed to be highly durable. They also have an attractive appearance. Glass bowls are available in many different shapes and sizes. Also, they can even be used as any other normal kitchen utensil. Glass bowls are a common household item.

  • In the case of preparing or reheating food dishes that are expected to release fats, juices, or any other moisture, it is very important to cover the bottom of the bowl with a small amount of liquid, as mentioned earlier.

    It is important to understand that additional liquid will prevent a sudden change in temperature when the moisture from the food would start dripping down into the bowl. This should always be kept in mind when using a glass bowl in an oven.

  • Foods such as soups, rice, fried items, vegetables,  curries, pasta, noodles, etc. Can be easily prepared or reheated using glass bowls. 

What is an oven?

An oven is a multipurpose and multi-utility electronic appliance. Ovens come in many different sizes and models. The user has the option to choose from a wide range of models depending upon their preferences and requirements. Different ovens have different heating capacities.


In this brief guide, we have addressed and answered the query, “Are glass bowls oven safe?” and answered other related questions like “How should a glass bowl be used in an oven?”


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.