Can I cook on high instead of low in a slow cooker?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “can I cook on high instead of low in a slow cooker?” and will discuss some recipes that can be cooked on high instead of low in the slow cooker.

Can I cook on high instead of low in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can cook on high instead of low in the slow cooker. On a slow cooker, the only difference between the HIGH and LOW settings is the amount of time it takes to reach the simmer point or the temperature at which food is cooked. A recipe that calls for eight hours of cooking on HIGH can be cooked for up to twelve hours on LOW.

Guidelines to use slow cookers

·         Use fresh or thawed meat, not frozen

·         Instead of big chops or roasts, use pieces of meat. Avoid using entire chickens.

·         As opposed to cooking the beef on low for the entire time, cook it on high for an hour and then flip the cooker to low.

·         Use only recipes that contain liquid. For optimal results, cookware should be half to three-quarters filled.

·         Make sure the meal reaches a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

·         Delay the commencement time.

·         In a slow cooker, food should not be reheated.

·         Keep the cap on.

High cook time to Low Cook time ratio

3-hours-on-HIGH=7-hours on-Low For example, 4 hours on HIGH is equivalent to 8 hours on LOW; For every 5 hours of high, there are nine hours of low use. For example, 6 hours on HIGH is equivalent to 10 hours on LOW On HIGH, 7 hours equate to 11 on LOW

8 hours on HIGH equals 12 hours on LOW

Notably, recipes requiring less than three hours of HIGH cooking time should be adapted with caution. This recipe asks for cooking anything for two minutes on HIGH for six hours on LOW, however, it might not be enough time for all the components to cook. Check the internal temperature of the meat you’re cooking to be sure it’s done.

Slow cooker recipes

Many benefits come from cooking in a slow cooker. But if you utilize slow cooker recipes to cook a complete meal, the benefits double. After a long day of work, you might return home to a whole supper that you prepared the night before or the morning before. Because these slow cooker recipes are made with components that will fill out your dinner, you don’t have to come home and make side dishes to go along with your slow cooker food.

·         Lasagna Slow cooker

Ingredient list

·         1 pound ground beef

·         1 chopped large onion

·         2 minced garlic

·         1 jar spaghetti sauce

·         1 tsp. salt

·         1 tsp. dried oregano

·         1 pkg. lasagna noodles

·         4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

·         Ricotta cheese or cottage cheese

·         Grated parmesan cheese


·         Over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a pan.

·         Cook until the meat has lost its pink color. Remove the grease.

·         Toss the ground beef with spaghetti sauce, salt, and oregano, and stir until well combined.

·         One-quarter of the beef sauce should be spread over the bottom of a 5-quart slow cooker crock that has not been oiled.

·         Ladle about a third of the lasagna noodles on top of the meat in the crock.

·         All the cheeses should be combined and mixed properly. 1/3 of the cheese mixture should be spread on top of the noodle bed.

·         It’s important to repeat the process with two additional meat layers, noodles, and cheese, in the same order. Finish with the final 1/4 of meat sauce.

·         Place the slow cooker’s lid on and crank the heat up to high. 1 hour on high and 2 to 3 hours on low. Cook noodles until they are soft.

·         Remove the cover, cut it into serving-size pieces, and remove it with a spatula when finished cooking. Serve immediately.

·         Biscuits and chicken in a slow cooker

Ingredient list

·         2.5-pound chicken breast

·         2 cans cream of chicken soup

·         2 tbsp. butter

·         1 c. diced carrots

·         1 c. frozen peas

·         1 small onion, minced, or 2 tsp. onion powder.

·         3/4 c. chicken broth or water

·         2 pkg. refrigerated biscuit dough


·         Make sure you use a slow cooker with at least five or six qts of chicken breast in it. Add soup, butter, veggies, and onion to the top.

·         Assemble soup ingredients and pour the chicken broth on top of it. Pour additional broth over the chicken if necessary.

·         Slow cooker on high with lid on. Cook for 5 to 6 hours on high.

·         Remove the cover about an hour before serving and shred or tear apart the chicken into tiny pieces.

·         Place the refrigerated biscuit dough on top of the chicken mixture in the slow cooker, tearing it into pieces as you go.

·         Place a new cover over the biscuits and continue to simmer for another hour or until they are completely cooked through.

·         As soon as the slow cooker is finished, spoon the chicken and biscuits onto plates.


In this brief guide, we answered the query, “can I cook on high instead of low in a slow cooker?” and discuss some recipes that can be cooked on high instead of low in the slow cooker.


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.