How to Convert Recipes to a Slow Cooker – Pinch Of Nom

How to convert recipes to slow cooker

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Successfully turning your recipe for cooking into a slow cooker may seem very complicated at first, but it’s actually pretty simple if you follow a few key general rules.

Since every slow cooker is different, there’s a lot of trial and error possible when it comes to converting recipes.

Don’t get frustrated if something doesn’t work the first time, practice is key!

For the best chance of success, be sure to keep an eye on your food, especially towards the end of cooking time to avoid overcooking

. Remember, undercooked foods can be cooked

more, but overcooked foods can’t be cooked less


To help clear things up a bit, we’ve included a handy conversion guide so you can see how to convert between an oven, Instant Pot®, and slow cook times at a glance.

Choose the right recipe

and ingredients

Any recipe that has a longer cooking time or needs to be roasted slowly is a good option to pop in the slow cooker, i.e. things like soups, stews or our shredded pork.

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Keep in mind that there are certain types and cuts of meat that are better suited to being simmered than others.

In general, cheaper and hardier cuts of meat work best, as they break down more slowly, resulting in a tender end result after cooking for a long time.

This is why we use beef cheeks in our Mexican chili meat as they taste delicious and are very suitable for slow cooking.

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Things like boneless, skinless chicken breasts or expensive steaks are the ones to avoid in the slow cooker, as you’ll end up ruining the meat and turning it into porridge!

To take your flavor to the next level, remember to brown your meat before putting it in the slow cooker to seal in moisture and flavor, and make sure your meat is cut to about the same size.

Your slow cooker

may have a stir-fry setting that will allow you to do this, but if you don’t, you can simply brown your meat in a pan on the countertop before putting it in your slow cooker.

Any vegetables should also be cut to about the same size so that they cook evenly and be sure to use fresh vegetables instead of frozen, As frozen vegetables they can release extra liquid that will make them soaked.


your ingredients at the right time

Some ingredients cook faster than others, so while it may be tempting, you can’t just throw everything out in your slow cooker and expect everything to cook perfectly.

Things like herbs, more delicate vegetables like peppers or beans, or things like rice and pasta should be added towards the end of the cooking time, Just like any dairy product so that it does not split.

To add cooked pasta to your dish, cook it for a few minutes less than the time indicated on the packaging and then put it in your slow cooker near the end of the cooking time.

We use this technique of adding cooked pasta in our baked spaghetti with chicken recipe, but if you find it easier, remember that you can always fully cook your pasta and combine it with your dish before serving.

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For rice, you can add an extra 1/4 cup

(60 ml) of liquid to 1/4 cup of rice, or use parboiled rice and add it about 20 minutes before the end of cooking.

Of course, if you prefer, you can also add some fully cooked rice just before serving!

How much liquid should I use?

The cooking liquid

can’t really go anywhere inside a slow cooker, so you’ll need to adjust the amount of liquid you add to keep your recipe from being too watery


A good starting point is to halve all the liquids you would normally use when cooking the recipe in the oven or on the countertop.

If you find that this still leaves you with too much liquid, you can simply place it in a pot and simmer it on the countertop at the end of the cooking time or leave the lid closed for the last few hours (depending on the cooking time) or until it thickens.

General conversion

times Our

at-a-glance conversion guide is the fastest and easiest way to find out different times when converting recipes


You can find more detailed information about converting recipes for cooking in the slow cooker below, but remember that these are just a few really rough guidelines, so keep an eye on your dish as it cooks.

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If you have a recipe that cooks in the oven for about 15 to 30 minutes, you should wait 4-6 hours over low heat, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours high in your slow cooker.

35 to 45 minutes in the oven would run around 6 to 8 hours on low and 3 to 4 hours on high, while longer cooking times of 1 to 3 hours would need to cook 8 to 12 hours over low heat, or 4 to 6 hours on high heat.

If you are not totally sure of the timing of your dish, we suggest you cook it for the shortest time and then check it to see if it needs to be cooked longer or not.

Looking for more information about recipe conversion? An Instant Pot is like having a pressure cooker and a slow cooker all rolled into one, and our Instant Pot conversion article is full of really useful tips and tricks to help you achieve Instant Pot®®® success.

Or, if you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes

, head over to our slow cooker category page to browse all the slow cooker-friendly recipes on our website.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? If you have any questions about slow cooking, our Facebook group is the place to ask you, we will be happy to help!

We love seeing all of their creations, so be sure to share photos of their slow cooking hits in the group as well. Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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