Definition of stovetop in US English:



  • The upper surface of a cooking stove, including the burners.

    • ‘Ovens, were, for the most part, quite primitive, and did not have stovetops.’
    • ‘Look for a stovetop with controls on the front so you don't have to reach across burners.’
    • ‘Heat over low-to-moderate heat on the stovetop, stirring constantly, scraping the bottom as you stir.’
    • ‘Set the dish over low heat on the stovetop, and bring its liquid to a simmer, looking for bubbles around the edges.’
    • ‘I grinned at her and dipped my finger in the pot of sauce sitting on the stovetop.’
    • ‘The kitchen table was set for two, and the teakettle sang from the stovetop.’
    • ‘You can soak them overnight in cold water, but we recommend boiling and soaking because it cuts the time your stovetop is tied up.’
    • ‘The elderly woman poured herself a cup of hot tea and then set the kettle back onto the cooling stovetop.’
    • ‘Come closer, and note the absence of any conventional stovetops, closed ovens, deep fryers, or steam table.’
    • ‘Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.’
    • ‘Place the metal bowl directly over medium heat on the stovetop.’
    • ‘It was very open and had a black refrigerator and black stovetop.’
    • ‘Here, we see the island put to good use in this large space, with the stovetop on the surface and cabinets for pots and pans below.’
    • ‘It also reduces the potential for burns from a hot stovetop by eliminating the need to reach over electric or gas burners.’
    • ‘She uses hot water and soap to remove grease and dirt from surfaces like her stovetop, counters, and floor.’
    • ‘The kitchen was pretty spacious with an island that had a stovetop on it.’
    • ‘I began by popping my popcorn the old-fashioned way: on the stovetop.’
    • ‘Tanya eyed the water her aunt had just set on the stovetop.’
    • ‘Put vegetables and garlic into large pot on stovetop.’
    • ‘For tasty hot apple cider, just simmer cider on stovetop until hot.’


  • 1Relating to a stovetop.

    ‘healthy, no-oil stovetop grill pan’
    • ‘If you cook with electricity, turn the stovetop burners off several minutes before the allotted cooking time.’
    • ‘Spray outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan with cooking spray and preheat.’
    • ‘Lay whole peppers on a hot grill, under a broiler, or on a stovetop grill, or hold over a gas flame.’
    • ‘My oven mitts bear characteristic blackened circles in the exact shape of my stovetop burners.’
    • ‘A stovetop range, cookware and a coffeemaker are a bonus, but not crucial.’
    • ‘Because of the constant attention that these stovetop brewers require, and their more difficult cleanup, you're not likely to use a siphon as your everyday pot.’
    • ‘Another tip is to preset an additional stovetop burner to the lowest heat setting for the simmering phase.’
    • ‘I have one of those stovetop espresso jobbers and I only noticed something was wrong when I smelled the rubber gasket burning.’
    • ‘Most lower-priced grills have only one or two burners that are shaped like an H or a U, or are round like a stovetop burner.’
    • ‘His idea was to improve upon the stovetop coffee pots that were common in Italy at the time.’
    1. 1.1 Designed to be prepared on a stovetop, rather than in an oven.
      ‘beef noodle stovetop casserole’
      • ‘And so with all the ingredients for a nice ratatouille in my kitchen, I decided to branch off from the regular stovetop cooking method and make an oven-baked ratatouille.’
      • ‘Stovetop popcorn is better than its microwave popped cousin.’
      • ‘In this stovetop recipe, the beef juices meld with dried apricots, mustard, and wine, creating a smoky, fruity stew.’