5 Slow Cooker Recipes We Love

Slow-cookers are the perfect kitchen appliance for anyone who's constantly strapped for time, but would still prefer to have a home-cooked meal rather than take-out. Perfect for those who are new to cooking, slow-cookers allow you to achieve perfect results, with minimal effort and time. Here are 5 of our favourite slow-cooker recipes that you should give a shot ASAP! 

1. Beef Stew 

Beef stew cooked in slow cooker

Recipe adapted from: BBC Good Food

What you'll need: 

Method: 

  1. In a frying pan and with a wooden spoon or spatula, fry the onion and celery in 1 tbsp oil over a low heat until they start to soften – about 5 mins.
  2. Add the carrots, bay and thyme and fry for 2 mins before stirring in the purée and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Add 600ml boiling water, stir and pour everything into a slow cooker.
  4. Crumble the stock cubes over the slow cooker and stir, then season with pepper (don’t add salt as the stock may be salty).
  5. Clean out the frying pan and fry the beef in the remaining oil in batches until it is well browned, before tipping each batch into the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on low for 8-10 hrs, or on high for 4 hrs.
  7. If you want to thicken the gravy, mix the cornflour with a splash of cold water to make a paste, then stir in 2 tbsp of the liquid from the slow cooker. Tip back into the slow cooker, stir and cook for a further 30 mins on high. Stir in the parsley and season again to taste. 

2. Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Honey teriyaki chicken cooked in slow cooker and served over a bowl of rice

Recipe adapted from: The Recipe Critic

What you'll need: 

Method: 

  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and place the chicken breasts at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl whisk the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, onion, garlic, pepper and ginger. Pour this mixture over the chicken breasts.
  • Cook your chicken on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-5 or until chicken is cooked throughout and shreds easily. Once the chicken is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and shred on a plate.
  • Pour the sauce into a medium saucepan. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk into the sauce on medium high heat. Continue to whisk and let it boil until the honey teriyaki sauce starts to thicken. About 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and pour the sauce on top stirring to coat. Serve over rice and garnish if desired.

3. Lemon Dill Salmon  

Lemon dill salmon cooked in slow cooker

Recipe adapted from: delish

What you'll need: 

Method: 

  1. Line slow cooker with a large piece of parchment paper. Add a layer of lemon slices to the bottom of the slow cooker, then lay salmon on top.
  2. Season salmon generously with salt and pepper. Add broth and lemon juice to slow cooker. Liquid should come about halfway up your filet. Top salmon with more lemons and cook on low for 2 hours, or until opaque and flaky.

4. Mac-N-Cheese

Recipe adapted from: BBC Good Food 

What you'll need: 

Method: 

  1. Pour boiling water over the pasta and drain.
  2. Place all the ingredients into your slow cooker and stir well with a wooden spoon or spatula. Season, cover and cook on low for 1 hr.
  3. Stir again, put the lid back on and cook for another 30 mins until the pasta is cooked and the sauce has reduced enough to coat the macaroni.
  4. Leave the lid off and reduce for the last 10 mins if you need to, or add a splash more milk – this will depend on the size of your slow cooker and the brand. Serve with extra cheese.

5. Pumpkin Soup (but with a twist!)

Bowl of pumpkin soup cooked in slow cooker

Recipe adapted from: taste

What you'll need: 

Method: 

  1. Place pumpkin, potatoes, onion, curry powder and stock in a large slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula. Leave to cook until vegetables are tender.
  2. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Using a food processor or blender, process until smooth.
  3. Stir through the cream and chilli powder (if desired). Warm the soup, season to taste and serve.

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