Can you fry in a slow cooker?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you fry in a slow cooker?”, and what foods cannot be cooked in a slow cooker?

Can you fry in a slow cooker?

No, you cannot fry in a slow cooker. The slow cooker is best used for sauteing, shallow-frying, or simmering. It generally operates at temperatures between 175-200℉ while deep frying occurs at a high temperature of 350℉. 

A slow cooker that is not designed for deep frying. If you do attempt to deep fry your food in a slow cooker, the cooking time is way too long. 

For example, french fries take about 50 minutes to deep fry in a slow cooker. The worst part is that the fries are soggy and very unappetizing. 

How much liquid to use in a slow cooker?

Never fill the slow cooker pot with more than half to two-thirds of its capacity. The slow cooker simmers the food at low temperatures for extended periods. Since the lid is on, the vapors never escape the pot. 

Therefore, you will notice a negligible reduction in the initial amount of broth or water at the end of cooking. The excess liquid will leak through the lid and create a mess that is hard to clean. 

Can you bake food in a slow cooker?

If you are familiar with baking in a non-electric pressure cooker, baking in a slow cooker would be a lot easier. You can use a slow cooker to make baked or poached salmon, a moist cake, cinnamon rolls, cheesecake, chocolate cake, or soft bread. 

Can I leave my slow cooker on overnight?

Yes, you can leave the slow cooker overnight. The slow cooker is meant to cook your food for extended periods. It won’t burn your food because it operates on low heat. This low heat and slow cooking mechanism are what allow you to leave the slow cooker overnight or all day.

What foods cannot be cooked in a slow cooker?

Some foods are not to be cooked in a slow cooker. These include dairy ingredients such as milk, cream, sour cream, cheese or yogurt, etc. The dairy products curdle before they reach the cooking temperatures in a slow cooker. 

Couscous tuns out very mushy as a result of cooking in a slow cooker. In addition to that, rice, pasta, boneless chicken breast, raw meat, extra fat, and delicate veggies are not suitable for the slow cooker.

If the delicate veggies, such as courgettes, asparagus, and peas, are cooked for too long, they lose their texture and turn into a sloppy mess. 

Similarly, prolonged cooking periods make the meat tough and chewy that nobody likes. The same applies to pasta and rice that need to be cooked for a specific time or else they turn mushy. 

Last but not least you should either cut back on the amount of spice or add it near the end of the cooking time if you intend to cook your meal in a slow cooker. This is because prolonged cooking makes things spicier. 

How to make crunchy crockpot fried chicken?

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb mixed chicken pieces, chicken leg, thigh, breast
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano until well-combined.
  1. Pat the chicken dry using paper towels. Then coat the chicken pieces in the prepared flour mixture.
  1. Heat oil or butter in a skillet. When the oil starts to sizzle, put the chicken pieces and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy.
  1. Then cook the chicken pieces in your crockpot on low for about 4-6 hours.
  1. Serve the fully tender and crispy chicken along with gravy or BBQ sauce and enjoy.

BBQ sauce recipe for fried chicken 

Ingredients 

  • 100 g ketchup
  • 50 ml cider vinegar
  • 50 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika 
  • 15 g butter
  • Juice of 1/2 orange

Instructions 

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add all the ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  1. Reduce the heat and cook the sauce on low flame until it thickens.
  1. Remove the saucepan from the heat. 
  1. Empty the saucepan into a glass container and set it aside. 
  1. When the sauce has cooled down, serve it with the crispy fried chicken.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you fry in a slow cooker?”, and what foods cannot be cooked in a slow cooker?

References

https://recipes.net/main-dish/crockpot/crunchy-crockpot-fried-chicken-recipe/
https://www.delish.com/uk/cooking/recipes/a36210637/slow-cooker-fried-chicken/
https://frugalinsa.com/fry/can-you-fry-in-slow-cooker.html
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/food/a566696/foods-you-shouldnt-put-in-a-slow-cooker/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.