How To Cook on Your Car Engine

Unless you own a rickshaw and Emeril owes you a favor, this is as good as a speedy meal can get.

You will need

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray
  • butter
  • or oil
  • Food of your choice
  • And an oven mitt and/or tongs
  • Wire (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Find engine's hot spot Find a hot spot on your car’s engine by driving it a few miles and then seeing which sections are the warmest.

Step 2 Determine what to cook Figure out what you can cook in the amount of time you’ll be driving. Based on a speed of 65 mph, shrimp takes about 35 miles; salmon fillets, 40 miles; boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 60 miles; pork tenderloin, 200 to 300 miles.

Step 3 Stack foil Place several pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil on top of each other.

Step 4 Coat foil Spray or spread butter or cooking oil on the top sheet, so that the food won’t stick.

Step 5 Center food on foil Place an individual serving in the center of the foil, and top with thinly-sliced veggies and whatever spices you like.

Step 6 Drizzle Drizzle the food with a small amount of wine or cooking oil.

Step 7 Fold up foil Fold the foil as if you were wrapping a gift box.

Step 8 Secure foil on engine Secure the pack on the engine so it doesn’t end up on the road. Use wire as needed.

Step 9 Remove & eat After the estimated cooking-drive time, remove the food pack with an oven mitt or tongs. If you’re at your destination but your meal is undercooked, re-start the car in a well-ventilated place and let the engine idle until the food is done.

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