Stovetop/Oven to Crockpot Conversion Chart

Crockpot Conversion

If you love your crockpot like I do, here is some useful information that will help you take even better advantage of it. A handy chart for converting your favorite traditional recipes to crockpot meals!

I especially like using my crockpot this time of year because it doesn’t heat up the house like turning on the oven does! No one needs that in the heat of summer!

By using the simple reference chart below, you can make almost any of your family favorites into crockpot favorites!

Slow Cooker Conversion



Most traditional recipes can be converted to use in your crockpot, however, there are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind when going from stovetop to crockpot:

  • Reduce the amount of liquid the recipe calls for by about half. The slow cooking process will produce more liquid that won’t get boiled away.
  • If the recipe does not include liquid or sauce of any kind, you should add 1/2 cup of water because moisture is needed to produce steam for the slow cooker to reach the appropriate cooking temperatures.
  • Browning the meat before adding to the slow cooker will enhance the flavor of the dish.
  • If the recipe calls for vegetables, be sure to cut them into consistent size pieces and layer on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • More delicate vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, peas, and summer squash should be added towards the end of the cooking time.
  • Recipes for soup and stew containing milk, cheese, or other dairy products, should have these ingredients added in the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time.
  • To avoid rice and pasta from becoming sticky, cook them on the stovetop and add in at the end of the cooking time just long enough to be heated through.
  • At the end of cooking, if there seems to be too much liquid, remove the lid and turn the pot up to high, allowing some of the water to cook out.
  • If you’d like to thicken or enrich the sauce, stir in cream, sour cream, shredded cheese, or a mixture of cornstarch and cold water.
  • Brighten up flavors with salt and pepper, lemon juice, or vinegar, and maybe a handful of fresh chopped parsley, basil, or cilantro.

Almost any recipe that bakes in the oven or simmers on the stovetop can be converted for your crockpot. Give some of your favorites a try! Let me know how they turn out! :-)

Here are a few of mine:

favorite crockpot recipes

Crockpot Spareribs & Mom’s Secret BBQ Sauce

Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Pineapple Teriyaki Crockpot Chicken

Cheesy Crockpot Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Skirt Steak

3-Ingredient Sweet & Tangy Meatballs

5 Slow Cooker Meals In One Hour

Super Easy Slow Cooker Meals


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  1. cath says

    Inspiring ideas! I would suggest that you emphasize that you have to be really careful not to beat mashed potatoes too much because they can quickly turn into glue because of the high starch content.
    Also, the link for the 5 meals leads to just meatballs.

  2. Dawn says

    Oooh- thanks Jill! You’ve inspired me to try steak fajitas in the crock pot tonight.

  3. Theresa says

    I use my crockpot as an oven all the time. I cook my fish packets in the crockpot. I bake potatoes or cook frozen corn wrapped in foil in the crockpot. I have a recipe to bake bread in the crockpot as well but haven’t tried it yet.

  4. Ann says

    When I use my crockpot in the summer, I put it either in the garage or on the porch. That way it’s not adding any heat at all to my house.

    • Priscilla says

      Hi, I put my crockpot in the garage too but not for the reason you stated. My issue with the crockpot is the overpowering odor it leaves in the air in every room in my house. I can even detect it in the lining of my purse located 3 rooms away. Any solutions?

      • Erin says

        If your crockpot has a chemical odour to it, call the manufacturer to make sure nothing wrong is with it.

        If that’s not the case, you can get rid of chemical odours by setting out an item in the sun to “bake out.” It might be the plastic surrounding your crockpot that outgasses every time the crockpot warms up. Speeding up this process in the sun might help (with the crockpot OFF of course)

        The odour could also be a chemical non-stick coating.

        If you can’t get rid of the odour by baking it out, I would try finding a new crockpot, preferably with little to no plastic parts and without a chemical non-stick coating added to it.

      • Priscilla says

        Thanks for responding to my comment. I should of mentioned it was the food cooking that overpowers my house. The food is good it just stinks while cooking. Can’t stand it. The liner is ceramic and not a nonstick finish so that doesn’t present a problem. It’s really to bad because I really love the food cooked in those crockpots.