Can you cook on an electric roaster? 

In this brief article, we will address the query “Can you cook in an electric roaster?” We will also discuss what electric roasters are, and how they differ from conventional ovens, and then list a few advantages of using an electric roaster.   

Can you cook on an electric roaster

Yes, you can cook a wide assortment of dishes in an electric roaster. These appliances are designed, built, and sold to offer users a certain degree of portability that can easily roast, bake and cook like a conventional stove oven, while even freeing up the latter in one’s kitchen to allow for the preparation of other dishes. 

As a tool, they come especially handy during the holidays when cooking is a full steam ahead affair, and yours may be hindered by a long queue of dishes, and few appliances to cook with.  

What can you cook on an electric roaster

Several dishes can be cooked on an electric roaster. These are ideal for dishes such as turkey and other roasted meats, but their usage can easily be expanded to other recipes that require baking or steaming such as vegetables or even desserts. 

Naturally, it is important to note that different roasters have different pre-heating capabilities and design quirks, so depending on what type of dish a user wishes to cook, different time frames and considerations will be necessary to take into account. 

Some popular roaster dishes include: 

  • Roasted turkey
  • Pulled pork
  • Chili 
  • Roasted ham
  • Vegetables – corn on the cob, cheesed potatoes,
  • Smoked sausages and potatoes 

And many more. It’s almost a certainty that with a few keystrokes, users will readily find a recipe that piques their interest. 

How is an electric roaster different from a conventional oven?


Conventional ovens are designed to radiate heat from “all-around” the interior, with heat sources at the top and bottom. Electric roasters on the other hand, typically have their heat sources positioned at the bottom, on the sides, or both, while the lid is on the top. 

It bears mentioning that electric roasters are also capable of “self-basting”, which means that when preparing dishes such as succulent meats, juices tend to evaporate upwards and are caught on the inner side of an electric roaster’s lid. When this steam condenses, it drips back down onto the meat. 

This ability also makes electric roasters handy for steaming and keeping dishes warm in settings like buffets. 

What are the advantages of using an electric roaster? 

Using an electric roaster has the following main advantages: 

  • It saves energy – no additional gas or plumbing setup is necessary, 
  • It saves space – especially handy if you’re cooking for a large gathering and have several dishes in mind to prepare
  • Their portability – when not in use, electric roasters can be easily stored, and even while in use, they can easily be transported to venues for buffets, potlucks, and other gatherings. 
  • Also, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, they are relatively easy to clean and give maintenance to. 

There are many brands and models available for purchase, so an important thing shoppers should consider is what size roaster best suits their cooking requirements. Users who wish to cook 20+ pound turkeys may be in the market for something different from casual users who wish to roast a more modestly sized chicken. 

What are some useful tips for my electric roaster

Like all appliances, using it correctly is the first step in assuring that your electric roaster will have a long lifespan, and it will also provide you with satisfactory results. Some useful tips include:

  • Make sure you plan on using the right temperature, for the right amount of time – roasters are compact and their heating systems are efficient. Therefore, it isn’t necessary to cook your dishes for a longer period than what your recipe instructs. 
  • Preheat the roaster before use – raising the heat before use to the desired temperature, will ensure that your dishes are cooked at the required temperature, for the exact amount of time necessary. 
  • After you’ve finished using it, don’t douse the inside of the cooker with cold water while it’s still hot – it may be tempting to immediately cool it with a sluice of icy water, but the roasting pan is removable for cleaning, and tossing cold water on it while it’s still hot may deform the pan’s mold and make future removal and installation difficult. Wait for it to cool instead and then carefully remove the basin for washing. 
  • Avoid using abrasive substances to clean your roasting pan – Most roasting pans are lined with non-stick coatings, and using abrasives may wear this enamel off faster, making it more cumbersome to wash, and easily use your roaster as time goes on. 

Generalizing, electric roasters are handy appliances to use if you’re looking to economize time and space for your cooking. The self-basting feature is especially useful if you don’t fancy opening the oven door to baste a roast, and their portable design makes them easy to transport to cookouts, buffets, and other gatherings. 

Furthermore, there are many electric roaster models available at appliance stores, both online and in retail locations, priced to fit many budgets.  


In this brief article, we addressed the query “Can you cook in an electric roaster?” We also talked about what electric roasters are, and how they differ from conventional ovens, and then listed a few of the advantages that come with using an electric roaster.   

We hope this article was useful in explaining to readers what an electric roaster is, what it can be used for, and what to consider if you’re looking to shop for one.  


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