Sheet pan of roasted chicken wings and lemon wedges

How To Cook Without a Stove or Oven

Stoves and ovens can often seem like the only useful options in your culinary tool belt, and if they are in need of repair or replacement you may feel like you have no other options. However, it’s possible to create delicious recipes using other appliances like slow cookers, electric kettles, microwaves and even blenders. With a little innovation and the right recipes, you can whip up old favorites and new staples without a stove or oven.

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Ways To Cook Without a Stove

If you find yourself without a stove or are simply looking to expand your personal knowledge of cooking techniques, read on to learn how to make distinctive meals with small appliances.

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1. Microwaves

Your microwave may offer much more than the ability to reheat leftovers. Using the right power settings on your microwave can help you to cook small, tender pieces of meat, steam vegetables like broccoli and carrots, boil eggs, simmer stews and heat casseroles. Depending on the type of microwave you have, you can steam, air fry and even broil without a stove or oven.

Select KitchenAid® microwaves offer a variety of cooking features designed to inspire you, like CrispWave™ Technology, which allows you to brown, crisp and pan-fry foods in the specially designed crisper pan. You can also achieve precise steaming based on the food type and doneness level selected with the Sensor Steam cycle, and bake or roast using Convection Cooking Modes.

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2. Food Processors

Food processors are a versatile tool that can help you go way beyond ingredient prep. You can use this countertop appliance to shred, chop and slice vegetables for a salad, make homemade hummus and salad dressings, shred chicken for soups, salads and tacos or even make homemade peanut butter to top off desserts.

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3. Toasters

Your toaster can help you quickly crisp breads and pastries that serve as the foundation for a variety of recipes. Create toast points for bruschetta or avocado toast, crisp bagels to add delicious texture to your breakfast sandwich, use toaster bags to make a classic grilled cheese or even toast thinly sliced sweet potatoes to use as a bread alternative.

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4. Electric Kettles

Electric kettles aren’t just useful for brewing tea and pour over coffee. You can use your electric kettle to quickly boil water , making it an excellent tool for cooking pasta, poaching eggs, steaming vegetables, making soup or even cooking oatmeal.

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5. Blenders

Your blender is useful for a variety of recipes from making smoothies and soups, to creating ice cream, milkshakes and juice. You can also use your blender to puree baby food and make homemade salsa to take your fajitas recipe to the next level.

Select KitchenAid® blenders offer a Thermal Control Jar and the Adapti-Blend™ Soup setting that can heat soup while the outer jar remains cool.

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6. Countertop Ovens

A countertop oven is a convenient alternative to cooking in the oven. Toaster ovens can bake small dishes like macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables or even full sheet pan dinners, depending on the capacity. You can also use this countertop appliance to make paninis, roast small batches of fish or even cook pastries.

KitchenAid® countertop ovens offer an Air Fry feature on select models that utilizes a No-Flip Air Fry basket, which helps you create crispy results without having to rotate ingredients halfway through cooking. Select models are large enough to fit up to 2 Whole Chickens.1


1 Based on 3.6 lbs weight.

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7. Slow Cookers & Multi-Cookers

You don't always need an oven or a stove to enjoy your favorite roasts, stews and soups. Slow cookers and multi-cookers can be used to make tender and juicy short ribs, pot roast with roasted potatoes, creamy mac and cheese, chili and even fruit cobblers.

Explore KitchenAid® Appliances

Whether you’re creating simple dishes or curating a detailed menu, KitchenAid® appliances can help you make the most of your ingredients. Use KitchenAid® toasters and blenders to whip up your brunch favorites. KitchenAid® slow cookers and countertop ovens can help to create simmered stews and small portions of roasted fish. Browse the entire line of KitchenAid® countertop appliances to find the right options to match the way you make.

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What Recipes Can You Make Without a Stove?

Even without a stove or an oven, the recipe possibilities are endless. Use the following recipes as new inspiration for your countertop and small appliances.

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1. Ancient Grain Hot Breakfast Cereal

Start your morning on the right foot when you use your multi-cooker to create this hearty hot cereal recipe sweetened with fresh blueberries and maple syrup.

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2. Chocolate Truffles

You can create this indulgent sweet treat with the help of your microwave. Using simple ingredients like cocoa powder, heavy cream, chocolate and chopped nuts, this recipe can come in handy whenever a craving strikes.

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3. Homemade Hummus

Use your food processor to make fresh, homemade hummus to serve at your next dinner party. This recipe is simple and easily customizable so you can experiment with different flavor combinations to create a unique hummus recipe that you won’t want to stop dipping into.

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How Can You Heat Food Without an Oven?

Microwaves, countertop ovens, slow cookers and electric kettles are all great alternatives for heating food without an oven. 

Use the microwave to heat soups, leftovers or steam fresh vegetables. Countertop ovens are great for cooking pizza and heating sandwiches, making roasted vegetables and baking small batches of cookies. Slow cookers can help make hot soups and stews that simmer away all day, and electric kettles can boil water quickly for easy pasta dishes or ramen bowls.

Is It Possible To Cook Without Heat?

No-heat cooking is a great way to create delicious meals without using any heat at all. These recipes typically utilize fresh produce to make delicious salads, pesto sauces, and wraps. Cooking without heat utilizes the natural flavors of ingredients to pack a flavorful punch. 

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Additional No-Cook Meal Ideas

There are plenty of other meal ideas that don't require you to use your stove or oven. Consider cooking hacks like making overnight oatmeal in the refrigerator, creating a smoothie bowl in the blender or using your food processor to chop fresh vegetables for a flavorful salad. Whip up a refreshing gazpacho with either a blender or food processor for a no-cook meal with lots of flavor.

By taking advantage of the small appliances at your disposal, you can flex your creative muscles and try out new no-cook recipes.


If your range has reached the end of its life and you need a replacement, KitchenAid brand has a wide selection of options to match the way you make. Whether you’re testing out a new soufflé or conquering a multi-course meal, KitchenAid® ranges are up to the challenge.

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