A double boiler, water bath, or bain-marie is the easiest way to melt chocolate on a stove. By not applying direct heat to the chocolate, you don’t risk burning the chocolate or having it clump up.

You can buy special pots that let you do a double boil method, or you can find a large heatproof bowl that is wider than your saucepan (that’s the method I’ve pictured here).

  • 10 mins
  • 10 mins


  • chocolate chips


  • Boil an inch of water in a saucepan.
  • Turn the heat down to low, and place a large, heatproof, glass bowl that is wider than the saucepan on top of it. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the surface of the water.
  • Place the chocolate in the bowl. After a few minutes, stir the chocolate as it melts.
  • Keep stirring the chocolate occassionally to allow it to heat evenly.