How to Cook Using Only a Coffee Maker

No oven, no grill, no problem. Culinary enthusiasts have come up with a way to cook up hot meals using an appliance in almost every home and hotel room: a coffee maker.

Who knew that you could steam, poach, and grill tasty meals in the humble coffee pot? Well, the internet knew, with a slew of recipes perfect for college kids, frequent travelers, and, as NPR discovered, deployed soldiers. They spoke to Jody Anderson, who started creating recipes for her nephew stationed in Afghanistan. He complained about the food in the mess hall, she said, “but the soldiers were allowed only to have coffee makers in their rooms.”

Ready to start brewing up your own home-cooked meals? Here are some recipes to get you started:

 

 

Chocolate Fondue

Add cream to your coffee pot and turn it on to let the burner warm it up. After 15 minutes, break up pieces of a chocolate bar into the pot, letting it melt for another 10 minutes before stirring to combine. At a hotel? Now would be a good time to call down to the front desk and ask for a bowl of fruit.

 

 

Lemon Pepper Chicken & Mashed Potatoes

Place chicken in the coffee pot, adding enough water to cover a quarter of it. Add lemon pepper seasoning, turn on the coffee maker, and cook for about 15 minutes on each side. Finally, add milk and butter to the remaining liquid, as well as instant potato flakes for your side.

 

 

Candied Pecans

It’s not exactly chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but it’s pretty fancy for a coffee maker nonetheless. First, put a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a few pinches of salt into the pot (for a kick, add chili flakes too). Run a cup of water through the brewer, mix, and add your nuts. Let stand before drying the nuts—this recipe even suggests using a blowdryer to speed up the process. Finally, use the coffee maker’s burner to toast the pecans, turning occasionally.

 

 

Steamed Vegetables

Throw veggies like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower into the filter basket of the coffee maker. Run water through the coffee maker several times until the vegetables are tender.

 

Would you try cooking in a coffee maker? If you plan to, please report back on how many times you had to wash the coffee maker to get the coffee smell out of your broccoli and the lemon pepper chicken smell out of your coffee.

 

466 comments

Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman1 years ago

This article caught my eye, especially after I had seen another reference about cooking hot dogs in a coffee pot.

Maybe baking soda or white vinegar will take out the smell or the fish and chicken. Just a thought.

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Bea W.
Bea Wilson1 years ago

WOW! Who woulda thunk? I sure haven't but I know there are some fairly smart people out in the world. I'm guessing these people were thinking outside of the coffee pot. Good job!

Laura T.
Laura T.2 years ago

I just dug this out again for a friend who is moving&will be motel-ing it till a good apt comes open...she will be using HER OWN coffee maker fyi not the provided one. I was adamant cooking fish in the provided one was bad manners! (&who knows who has a fish allergy?)

Bea P.
Bea P.2 years ago

Not sure I would actually do them, but it was almost fascinating reading these recipes.

Jane R.
Jane R.2 years ago

I wouldn't try any of these recipes unless I had two coffee makers, one for coffee and another for cooking food. I don't think the flavors would blend very well together.

Traci Belles
Traci Belles2 years ago

If you know a deployed soldier please pass these tips on. In some areas the only appliance they are allowed in their rooms is a coffee maker. With a coffee maker they can cook anything from a meal to a midnight snack. Something as simple as mac and cheese in the blue box can be a real comfort food.

Traci Belles
Traci Belles2 years ago

Oops I just posted this under my cousins account, that's what happens when you have two people using the same computer.

The Lemon Pepper Chicken picture you posted was never cooked in a coffee pot, although you can cook really delicious chicken in a coffee pot, it will never look like that, it won't have grill marks and it won't be brown, although I use a mini skillet and Katja cooks directly on the burner to get things to brown. You should at least try cooking with a coffee maker or at the very least post pictures of things that were actually cooked in one. I'm sure that some of the sources that you got your information and ideas from would have been glad to allow you to use their pictures.

If your readers want to really know how to cook with a coffee maker I am posting some links.
Jody Anderson

These belong to me, I experiment to teach soldiers how to cook.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cooking-With-Your-Coffee-Maker/149536218437333
http://www.cookingwithyourcoffeemaker.com/

These belong to Katja Wulff, she started cooking while a student in college.
https://www.facebook.com/coffeemachinecuisine
In Swedish https://www.facebook.com/Kaffekokarkokboken
http://coffeemachinecuisine.com/

Traci Belles
Traci Belles2 years ago

The Lemon Pepper Chicken picture you posted was never cooked in a coffee pot, although you can cook really delicious chicken in a coffee pot, it will never look like that, it won't have grill marks and it won't be brown, although I use a mini skillet and Katja cooks directly on the burner to get things to brown. You should at least try cooking with a coffee maker or at the very least post pictures of things that were actually cooked in one. I'm sure that some of the sources that you got your information and ideas from would have been glad to allow you to use their pictures.

If your readers want to really know how to cook with a coffee maker I am posting some links.
Jody Anderson

These belong to me, I experiment to teach soldiers how to cook.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cooking-With-Your-Coffee-Maker/149536218437333
http://www.cookingwithyourcoffeemaker.com/

These belong to Katja Wulff, she started cooking while a student in college.
https://www.facebook.com/coffeemachinecuisine
In Swedish https://www.facebook.com/Kaffekokarkokboken
http://coffeemachinecuisine.com/

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

That's pretty amazing display of ingenuity. I would never have looked at my coffee pot as a meal maker.

Julianna D.
Juliana D.2 years ago

Truly facsinating.