Can you cook dumplings in a slow cooker?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question “can you cook dumplings in a slow cooker?” We will discuss how to cook dumplings in a slow cooker and some basic tips for cooking dumplings. In the end, we will understand how to store cooked dumplings. 

Can you cook dumplings in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can cook dumplings in a slow cooker. Dumplings may be cooked in a slow cooker, but you can microwave them separately. 

It is necessary for the slow cooker to have a sufficient amount of water in order to cook the dumplings, otherwise, you may discover that your veggies have a tendency to adhere to the dumplings. 

Because of this, you should remove part of the liquid from the slow cooker and cook the dumplings in the microwave separately. You can get away with only preparing two or three dumplings at once. This should not be an issue at all.

Cooking time should be about one hour in a slow cooker to cook dumplings. The duration will partly vary according to the size of the slow cooker, as well as the other ingredients and the number of dumplings that you will be cooking, but one hour should be about appropriate.

There is not much space in a small size slow cooker for dumplings, so you can cook them separately. 

How to cook dumplings in a slow cooker?

Dumplings in the slow cooker will take longer than cooking dumplings in the microwave so you have to be patient while cooking in a slow cooker. 

About 1-hour prior to serving, put dumplings into liquid in the slow cooker. If possible, create little pools of liquid by pushing veggies out from the way. Ensure that the dumplings do not touch each other.

The purpose of this step is to give the dumplings color, although it is not necessary if it is difficult and fussy to do. Flip the dumplings over so that they are covered in the gravy.

Put the cover back on the slow cooker, then switch the setting to high and let it stew for another 20 to 30 minutes. 

Because dumplings are cooked by steaming, it is essential to bring the temperature to a high enough level and restart the bubbling action in the mixture. Now you should reduce the heat to low and cook the dumplings for one hour in a slow cooker. If you didn’t flip your dumplings at the beginning, you may want to give them a fast flip before serving so they get the gravy’s color.

Tips for cooking dumplings

When you are preparing dumplings, you should keep the following considerations in mind. Because dumplings will require someplace to expand in, you should leave some room around them at all times.

Dumplings prefer to cook in gravy, if you set them near other items, they will stick to them as they develop large size, so try to prevent them from sticking to other food items. 

Because dumplings need steaming, you should ensure that the liquid you are using is boiling, bubbling, or otherwise producing steam.

Dumplings need color, which may be achieved by turning them as they are added to the gravy at the end.

Dumplings may easily shatter if you handle them roughly, so be cautious while flipping them.

How to store cooked dumplings?

Wait until the dumplings have totally cooled down before putting them away for storing. Put in a container that won’t let air in, and you may keep cooked dumplings in the refrigerator for about five days. 

If necessary, reheat in an oven, on a stovetop, or by using a microwave. Absolutely, you are able to put dumplings in the freezer. 

After the dish has had enough time to fully cool, take the dumplings and put them in a container that can be frozen or a bag with a zip-top. The leftover dumplings should be stored in a separate container or bag that may be placed in the freezer.

In the meanwhile, defrost the dumplings in hot water, leaving them in the container in which they were stored. 

Put the thawed dumplings in the pot with the boiling sauce, turn the heat down to a simmer, and continue to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Through this process, the dumplings can be efficiently reheated without making a mess in the chicken. 


In this brief article, we answered the question “can you cook dumplings in a slow cooker?” We discussed how to cook dumplings in a slow cooker and some basic tips for cooking dumplings. In the end, we understand how to store cooked dumplings. 


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