How to Cook in an Electric Roaster

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My electric roaster.

My electric roaster.

How I Use My Electric Roaster Oven

My electric roaster oven is one of my favorite appliances, and it's so easy to cook with. I find it to be very versatile in that it will not only cook a delicious holiday turkey, but it will also bake, steam, slow-cook, and warm other food items—all of which makes this a must-have kitchen appliance.

It's Like a Second Oven

My electric roaster gives me a second oven, which comes in handy at the holidays when I have my family over for a holiday feast. Putting my turkey or ham in the roaster lets me put my special yam casserole and pies in the regular oven.

It's Great for Feeding and Serving Large Groups

An electric roaster oven is also great for potlucks and block parties, doubling as a buffet server once the food is cooked and ready to serve. I work at a retirement community that holds large holiday potlucks and big dinners. We have at least 12 large electric roasters to use for these food events, from chili dinners to holiday turkeys for 200!

It's Versatile and Easy to Clean and Store

Electric roaster ovens range from a small 5-quart to a large 22-quart size. Some come with buffet pans so you can use the roaster as a buffet server. You will find stainless steel models, enamel, and even porcelain models. I love my stainless steel roaster oven and find it cleans up so nicely. I store my electric roaster in the garage cabinet until I need it.

Roasting in a Conventional Oven vs. a Portable Oven

Each year, most of us have a large holiday meal that requires roasting a large turkey, ham, or roast beef. Have you given much thought to your choice of how to roast this poultry or meat? Do you have a choice between your conventional oven and a portable electric oven? If not, which do you think you would prefer?

Timing Is Challenging With a Conventional Oven

For many years, I baked our family turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas in a conventional oven. It always turned out delicious, but what I found for challenges is how to bake other side dishes and desserts while a turkey is baking for hours and hours in the kitchen oven. Then I discovered the portable electric roaster.

With the addition to the electric roaster oven, I now have a second oven in my kitchen. I own a large 22-quart roaster which will hold up to a 25-pound turkey. That is important when you are hosting a family dinner for 15 guests or more each year. I was impressed by how the portable oven bakes or roasts the turkey as quickly as the conventional oven. I am able to put in my sweet potato casserole and green beans in the regular oven at the same time now.

Two Ovens Are Better Than One

For me, having an electric roaster oven is a great addition to my kitchen. I have even cooked 2 large chickens and a ham in the roaster, leaving my oven free for baking pies or side dishes at the same time. I do not choose one over the other but recommend using both for your holiday dinners.

How to Bake a Juicy Turkey

Turkeys normally come in sizes from 12 pounds all the way up to 25 pounds. Depending on the size of your holiday dinner party, you will buy a turkey to feed approximately 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person. I like to buy two smaller turkeys for our large family of 14 people instead of one very large one. The smaller turkeys can be a little more tender and juicy. Plus, we have 4 legs and 4 wings for those who like them. I cook one in my roaster oven, and my daughter-in-law cooks the other one in hers.

A large 22-quart electric roaster oven with its domed lid can fit up to a 25-pound turkey.

Cook Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Serves: 2 to 14 people


  • fresh or frozen (thawed) turkey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • whole garlic cloves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • onion powder
  • turkey laces


  1. Turn on electric roaster oven to 350°F. Place turkey on stainless steel rack, breast-side up. Remove any packages stuck in the neck and back cavities. Pour chicken broth in bottom of roaster pan. Cut raw celery, onion, apple, orange, and garlic into large chunks. Place all inside turkey cavity. (I do not stuff my turkey, but make the stuffing separately in the regular oven.) Tie the legs together to hold the raw vegetables and fruit in during roasting.
  2. I rub the entire skin of the raw turkey with olive oil instead of butter. Sprinkle seasonings, parsley and onion powder over the oiled turkey. Roast according to directions which is approximately 13 to 15 minutes per pound, basting every 15 to 30 minutes. Roast until the center temperature reaches 180°F or the pop-up timer is up. Remove from the electric roaster oven to a serving dish, and take out the vegetables and fruit inside the turkey cavity and discard. Save the drippings and broth to make gravy.
  3. Tip: If you like a crispy, browned skin, during the last half hour of cooking time, take your turkey from the electric roaster oven and put on a oven roaster pan in a conventional oven at 375°F to brown the skin.

Other Types of Foods Cooked in a Roaster Oven

Besides roasting large turkeys, hams, and several chickens, I have used the electric roaster oven to cook a large batch of chili, stew, soup, enchiladas, lasagna, and chicken casserole. They are perfect for cooking a large casserole and then taking it to a neighborhood potluck. All you have to do is plug it in when you get there to keep the food warm until it's time to serve.

I like the smaller 18-quart roasters because they are perfect for these casseroles and stews. They are also easy to transport when taking to a neighborhood potluck. It also fits in most kitchen cupboards or pantries when not in use. I store mine in the garage cabinet up on the shelf above the odd miscellaneous items.

Bake, Steam, Slow-Cook, and Roast

Cooking all types of recipes in an electric roaster is easy. You will be surprised to see how many different types of meals you can cook in this portable oven without needing much effort. There is no need to always have to use the large kitchen oven for large casseroles, stews or soups, and even desserts. Each roaster brand usually provides a small recipe booklet with their appliance, so I would check out their recipes and give a few a try.

Cooked ham.

Cooked ham.

How to Cook a Ham in Roaster Oven

When cooking meat such as a nice Easter ham, it is important to use the oven rack that comes with the roaster. This rack is stainless steel and keeps the meat off the bottom of the portable oven.

Cooking time depends on the type of ham you are cooking:

  • A bone-in ham needs approximately 17 to 21 minutes per pound for a 10- to 15-pound smoked ham.
  • A boneless smoked ham needs approximately 15 to 17 minutes per pound for a 8- to 12-pound ham.
  • A fully cooked ham only needs 13 to 24 minutes per pound for a 5- to 10-pound ham.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

2 hours 55 min

3 hours

Up to 12 servings


  • smoked ham
  • whole cloves
  • pineapple rings
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Turn on the electric roaster oven to 325°F. Place a small amount of liquid such as water or broth on the bottom of the electric roaster, place the ham on the oven rack. Season the surface of the ham with your favorite seasonings. My family loves the simple seasonings such as a little pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. I stick whole cloves all around the ham and place slices of pineapple on top.
  2. Cover with the domed lid and cook until the ham is hot all the way through using the cooking chart listed above. I test with a meat thermometer to make sure it is done before removing the ham to serve. A smoked ham should be cooked to 160°F in the center and a fully cooked ham at 140°F. Slice and serve.
Oster 18 Quart Electric Roaster

Oster 18 Quart Electric Roaster

Roasters Double as Buffet Servers

Some roasters come with a Buffet Server which is perfect for keeping food warm at large family gatherings or community potlucks. This holiday season is the perfect time to pick up a roaster with the added feature of the buffet insert. The price is so low that I had to look twice! I plan on buying several of these electric roasters for gifts this year.

If you are on the fence on purchasing this electric roaster due to the low price, I would not hesitate. My roaster oven was on sale but has lasted me many holiday seasons! With a nonstick enamel roaster pan, domed lid to cook a large turkey and adjustable temperature control to either warm your food warm or cook at a high temperature to get that meal done fast, it really is a great appliance to own.

Best Nesco Roaster

Nesco Electric Roaster Ovens

Classic Roaster Ovens Since 1932

Nesco is a name that when you hear it, you think of roaster ovens. Nesco has been making electric roaster since 1932. Nesco knows roaster ovens! Besides this classic 18-quart size, Nesco also makes a small 5 quart and 6 quart electric roaster for those who don't need the large size for cooking turkeys. The small sizes are perfect for chickens, small roasts, stews, soups and casseroles. What is fun about the Nesco electric roasters is that some of the sizes can be ordered in red instead of the basic ivory or stainless steel models.

The Nesco electric roaster has a unique heating element that cooks in a circular motion around the food. Along with the domed lid, this cooking method ensures a juicy turkey or other tender and moist meats. The Nesco roaster oven can also be used for baking, slow-cooking, steaming and warming foods. Speaking of warming foods, there is a buffet server insert that can be purchased separately to fit inside the 18-quart classic porcelain cookwell or the Nesco Harvest 18-quart stainless steel cookwell. Turn your roaster from an oven into a buffet server for those large holiday parties or potlucks.

You must do a "burn in" procedure before actually cooking the food. This process is important to these Nesco electric roasters and must be done outside since the smell of the burn can be very strong. Nesco states this "burn in" will take an hour or so, but it can take a lot longer depending on the particular Nesco roaster oven you have. Once you get past this initial step, the Nesco electric roaster will last a very long time, even a lifetime.

Do You Have or Use an Electric Roaster Oven?

Calla on June 18, 2020:

Please tell me how to cook a pork roast in an electric over so that it falls apart for "pulled pork". Thank you

Yvonne Beicht on February 20, 2020:

My roaster is very small and has a drain underneath with a cup to hold juices. Is there anything I can do with that and would my roast be dry? It's very old !!!!!!

Nelly on January 08, 2020:

I need to make 3 crockpots of potato soup but I only have 2 crockpots. Can I cook the soup in an electric roaster?

Maria on December 11, 2019:

can you make cabbage rolls , beef wellington, roast beef, I am not familiar with these ovens before, does the outside get very hot ? Is there an internal container that comes out, similar to a crock pot. or do you have to keep it in the whole roaster and it doesnt detach ? Have you tried baking a cake in it ?

Dawn on November 30, 2019:

I need to make 3 to 4 batches of cheesy potatoes in a roaster. How long to bake in the roaster? The potatoes will be thawed. Do i use a liner in the roaster.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 14, 2019:

Electric roasters are not very good to brown meats. An electric skillet would be a better choice.

Helen on September 28, 2019:

suggestions on how to roast frozen quartered red skin potatoes for a crowd in my electric roaster

Cheral on September 12, 2019:

How long do you cook prepared dry scallop potatoes

Christine D on August 19, 2019:

Please help, I'm in need of a Goulash recipe to cook in my turkey roaster for an upcoming Soccer Jamboree. I've never used it before, it was given to me by my in-laws, I'm not even sure of the size. It is a Rival Roaster. Any help would be good.

Yaya on May 16, 2019:

Hot dogs water and beef bouillion cubes. Thats for the Rory B. You can cook anything in a roaster. I even fryed chicken. Turned out great.

June aiello on May 08, 2019:

I keep looking at the roasters.

Martha Hellyer on May 02, 2019:

Is it possible to make chicken enchiladas in my large roaster just putting everything in and heating in roaster liner. I need to make enough for 15 hungry people.

Rory B on April 25, 2019:

I have an 18 and a 22 qt. cookers, I need to cook about 80 hot dogs for a company cookout. Should I submerge them or just a little water and steam them? How long would you guess to cook them

Mary on April 14, 2019:

I make a thick sliced potatoe and hot dog casserole in my crocpot. Cooks on low for about7 hrs...enough to cook the potatoes to tender. My crockpot broke and I want to use my roaster. How long would you suggest cooking about 4 lbs of sliced potaoes with 3lbs hot dogs and about 3 cups of liquid?

Bernie Daniel on March 20, 2019:

Hi, I am fairly new to using a roaster. Could it double to brown meat? Example sausage for gravy??

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 15, 2018:

It is possible to cook casseroles in electric roasters. I would recommend following a recipe or using precooked beef and noodles. Put all ingredients in a baking pan, place in the roaster on a rack and bake as the recipe requires. If no recipe, cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 15, 2018:

I just cooked a rump roast as well and it was delicious. I cooked it at 325 for several hours till the meat pulled apart. I also used beef broth in the bottom of the pan with a Lipton Onion Soup Mix for additional flavor. The gravy was delicious! Happy Holidays!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 15, 2018:

I just saw your plea for help and want to apologize for not responding before your party. I hope all turned out well. An electric roaster is very similar to a conventional oven in temperature settings, cooking time and with added moisture due to the smaller area. I always take frozen meat out at least 2-3 days in advance to thaw in the refrigerator. Happy Holidays

Vicki on December 15, 2018:

can you make beef and noodles in an Oster roaster counter top

Jerry Ladue on December 09, 2018:

I’m new to the roaster oven world ...I’m cooking a 7 pound rump roast. What would be the cooking time on low for pull apart tender...and can I use beef broth to cook it so it makes its own gravy? Thanks in advance

Andrea Thompson on December 09, 2018:

I am cooking a 10lb pork tenderloin for a Christmas party this weekend. I borrowed my mom's electric roaster to cook it in. I've never used it before and have no idea what to do. Also, the meat is frozen - how soon should I take it out? The party is saturday afternoon.


Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 08, 2018:

I don't have a specific recipe for roasting a crown roast in an electric oven but it would be the same as using conventional oven. Preheat oven (roaster) to 350 degrees, place roast on rack and season with salt, pepper and some garlic if desired. Bake 20 minutes per pound (1 1/2 to 2 hours) or when internal temperature of meat reaches 145. Just be aware that a roaster oven will not brown the outside of the meat quite like a conventional oven. You could switch the roast into a shallow pan and put in a hot oven for the last half hour to brown. Happy Holidays

Katrina on November 26, 2018:

Do you have a recipe for a crown roast in the toaster?

Amanda Hepp on November 21, 2018:

Let's do

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 21, 2018:

A turkey breast is still about 15-20 minutes per pound so approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 325 degrees. I would recommend putting breast in a shallow pan with some broth to baste just like in a conventional oven. Just be aware that the skin will not brown in a roaster oven. If you want it browned, put it in the conventional oven at 359 for the last half hour. Happy Thanksgiving.

Brenda Lott on November 20, 2018:

How do you cook a Turkey Breast in my electric roaster it about a 6 to 7 pound what temperature using my roaster

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 15, 2018:

I would recommend reheating the cooked and sliced pork in a shallow pan to place in the roaster. Think of it just like your conventional oven. I would add some liquid to the bottom of the pan such as vegetable or chicken broth so the pork does not dry out. Cover the pan in foil and cook at a 325 degree temperature. Check often and only reheat until hot to at least 135 degrees using a meat thermometer.

Marty on November 10, 2018:

Nancy, I will be cooking and freezing several pork tenderloins. Once the cooked pork is thawed and sliced, how would you recommend I reheat them in the roaster oven. Thank you for this helpful article.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 05, 2018:

A full roaster of precooked sausage should reheat much faster than raw. I would use 350 degrees setting but watch to make sure the bottom layer does not get too dark. I recommend stirring the sausage often to heat evenly. This also will ensure it heats throughout. If you have a meat thermometer, you can check it several times and it is done at 165 degrees. Depending on how many pounds you have, I would expect cooking time to be about 30 to 45 minutes.

Lisa on October 27, 2018:

I have precooked my sausage but how long will it take to reheat a full roaster and what temp?

Jackie on October 11, 2018:

I need to make a large batch of apple butter (96 four ounce jars) would my roaster work for that?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on October 02, 2018:

The buffet server is created for keeping foods warm to serve at dinner. The gravy would be okay but the carrots and peas should be cooked prior to putting in the server. I hope this answers your questions satisfactory. Happy Thanksgiving.

Pam on September 24, 2018:

I was wanting to use the 3 part buffet server for thanksgiving dinner.

Could i put uncooked carrots, frozen peas and Gravy to reheat in it?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on August 14, 2018:

At a temperature of 350 degrees, cook the sausage about 20-30 minutes turn and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Zerr on August 04, 2018:

How long and on what temp should i cook 20lbs of Italian sausage?

Marilyn Goodwin on July 08, 2018:

Good morning,

I just purchased a Rival electic roaster in order to cook lasagna for 20 people at an outing. I am planning on making fast lasagna, mix everything in a large bowl , spreading sauce on the bottom of the pan, adding my mixture, 2 pounds of cooked egg noodles, 64 oz, of ricotta, 6 eggs, 2 pounds of mozzarella, parmesan cheese 2 cups and 3 or 4 jars of sauce.would the above cook in the roaster and if so what temp and for how long?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on May 27, 2018:

Using the roaster for uncooked pasta works for Italian dishes such as baked ziti because the tomato based sauce has water in it. Just cook on a lower temperature to avoid scorching. However, I would be concerned with trying to do this with a cheese/milk base sauce due to the milk type products scorching so quickly. A Macaroni and Cheese dish is best if the noodles could be precooked. I hope your get together goes well.

Elena C on May 10, 2018:

I need to make macaroni and cheese for roughly 100 people next weekend. Can I do this in my 22qt electric roaster? Can i do it without cooking the pasta first?

Melissa G on April 21, 2018:

I am going to make 2 turkey breasts in my roasting pan. Never used it for cooking before so lots of questions. 1) Do I put water in the lower base pan while I am baking the breasts? 2) Breast meat can be so dry and bland tasting, what spices can I use to flavor them? 3) Do i cover the breasts with foil while cooking in the roaster? 4) I need to prepare plates for approx 35 people with all the trimmings, will 16 lbs of meat be enough? Thank you for your help I need asap.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

If you want to steam your food dish, otherwise it is used like a conventional oven.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

I agree to the time based on the size of the dish. I recommend watching the sauce so it doesn't dry out or burn. No higher than a low temp 300-325

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

Yes in a baking pan on the roaster rack using the same temperature as a conventional oven.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

This roaster works like an oven so for shrimp I would suggest steaming in a pan on the rack with liquid. Low temp for a short amount of time depending on the size of shrimp.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

I recommend roasting meat on the rack. Some broth to baste the meat so it does not dry out in the heat of the oven.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on April 14, 2018:

It will cook just like putting the roast beef in the conventional oven. If you want to make a shredded beef then I would suggest the crock pot.

Erika Rains on March 27, 2018:

Can I do a beef brisket in my roster oven?

janice Ewing on February 03, 2018:

Can I cook a New England boiled dinner in my electric roaster oven?

Sandy on January 01, 2018:

Does the roaster cook a beef roast faster than a crock pot? I gotvitball in there and didnt think about that first

Kevin B. on December 27, 2017:

I have 2 vintage roasters, a late 1940's Nesco and a 1951-52 Westinghouse. I bought a 5.2 lb bone-in pork sirloin roast Yesterday and am planning to use one of my roasters (first time) to cook this roast. My questions: #1 Should I put the roast on the removable rack or set directly in the pan. #2 Do I add liquid and /or veggies to the pan or...?


Dixie Koser on December 23, 2017:

Can we steam shrimp in my electric roaster? If so, at what temp and how long?

Jeannine Batte on December 19, 2017:

I have a 3# London broil. What temp and how long to cook?

Sue W on December 15, 2017:

hi...just wanting to know if a person can make tater tot hot dish in an over roaster?

Lois W. on December 13, 2017:

How long do you thing I'd have to cook a large batch of Swiss Vegetable Medley using 4 lbs veggies, cheese, crm of mushroom soup, and sour cream. If I put it in a foil pan, on a rack, I'm thinking 2-2 1/2 hours? The veggies would be frozen from a bag, but thawed ahead of time. It usually takes about *35-40 minutes to cook a one pound bag recipe.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 11, 2017:

I am sorry I was delayed in answering your question, yes the roaster oven should work to keep a cooked casserole warm. Put the oven on a low temperature and place pan on roaster rack. An roaster is not quite like a "warmer" so watch it to not dry out your dish if left too long.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 11, 2017:

Vicki, you will need to put them on a shallow pan or oven-proof dish to bake. They will cook but may not brown. I am not sure what kind of dish you are making but if it is a potato based casserole, it will work just fine.

Vicki on November 30, 2017:

Can you cook frozen diced potatoes in a roaster oven. I have 10 pkg to cook

Cristi on November 24, 2017:

Wondering if you could place a couple of already cooked casseroles/side dishes in the roaster and use it as a warming oven. Thanks!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 14, 2017:

Place both turkey breasts side by side on the rack and roast to the recommended temperature for poultry. Add broth to the roaster pan for moisture and basting. The roaster oven does not brown like a convention oven so if a browned skin is desired, bake for the last 30 minutes in a hot conventional oven to brown the skin. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 14, 2017:

Yes, just put the stuffing mixture into an oven proof dish or pan with some broth for moisture. Place the dish/pan on the rack that come with the roaster. Bake as directed for a conventional oven.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 14, 2017:

You can use it like a portable oven but yes I would recommend to put it in an oven proof dish or pan. Use the rack the comes with the roaster oven too. The design of the roaster should cook a very moist stuffing.

Judy Wolfe on November 12, 2017:

How do I cook 2 turkey breastin my roaster?

Iva on November 10, 2017:

Can I cook stuffing in my roaster oven?

Jane Clement on November 06, 2017:

To cook dressing (stuffing) in the roaster oven, do I put it directly into the roaster, or put it in a dish, and put in roaster?

Gwyn on October 31, 2017:

Can I cook a small turkey breast and a pre sliced ham in the same electric roaster oven?

Barbara on August 17, 2017:

Hi! I would like to make eggs for 35 people using my electric roaster. Do you have any recipes?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on July 10, 2017:

I am sorry I have been ill and did not see your comment until tonight. The roaster oven is not quite like a fry pan in that I am not sure how brown the meat will get especially such a large quantity. Think of it like an oven to where on a higher temperature you could cook or bake the ground beef till done and then add the sauce. If you have a large fry pan, you could saute the meat first then put in the roaster oven with the sauce to simmer on a lower temperature. That would work as well. It is nice because you can serve to guests right from the Nesco Roaster.

Janette R on June 24, 2017:

I would like to make sloppy joes for a large group. I am using 8 pounds of ground beef. Can I brown the meat in the Nesco? If so what temperature and how long will it take to brown that much ground beef? Thank you.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on February 07, 2017:

Thank you for your kind comment. Happy Cooking!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on February 07, 2017:

yes since it works like an oven. The bags are made to withstand heat. Sorry for the delay in my reply. Thank you for your comment.

Jessica R on January 30, 2017:

This article was very helpful! Thank you.

Carol on December 25, 2016:

Can you use the roasting bag for cooking in the electric oven?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 16, 2016:

Cook the Lasagna in your Roaster Oven just has you would in a conventional oven. Did your roaster come with a rack? Make the lasagna using either your recipe or the basic one I use that I will list for you below. Make the lasagna in a large baking pan such as 11" x 14" size. I use the disposable ones now for easy clean up! Put the prepared lasagna on the baking rack in the roaster oven at 350 degrees, cover and bake at least 45 min to 1 hour making sure the center is melted and hot!

My easy recipe:

1-2 jars of prepared spaghetti sauce

1 pound cooked ground Italian sausage

1 lb cooked lasagna noodles

1 16oz container of ricotta cheese

1 lb of grated mozzarella cheese(optional)

Put a thin layer of sauce on bottom of pan (keeps from sticking). Layer in this order: cooked noodles, sauce, sprinkle of meat, olives, sprinkle mozzarella cheese, spoonfuls of ricotta cheese about 4" apart. Repeat until top of pan or all noodles are used.

I hope you enjoy cooking in your new electric roaster!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 04, 2016:

Are you looking to for a casserole type dish or something like Chicken Marsala? A favorite of mine is Chicken Divan which is layering broccoli, chicken in the pan and covering with a mixture of cream of chicken soup (2 cans), 1 cup mayonnaise. lemon juice and 2 tsp cumin. Pour this over the layers, bake at 375 until done. Serve with a side of rice.

Susan L. on November 26, 2016:

I am looking for a chicken breast recipe for 30-35 people for Chanukah.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on October 16, 2016:

The one thing about an electric roaster oven is that they are not exactly like a crock pot or slow cooker but more like a conventional oven in that the liquid may have the tendency to simmer and evaporate into steam. I use my crock pot for soups. Thank you for your question.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on October 16, 2016:

You can cook just about all types of meats, potatoes and casseroles in an electric roaster oven. Yes I would put them on a baking pan on the rack. Bake at 350. Just remember they will not crisp or brown as they would in a regular oven. That is the only drawback of this type of oven. I hope that helps!

Kim W. on October 16, 2016:


I wondering if I can cook frozen potatoes wedges in the roaster? Can I put them right on the rack or in a shallow pan on the rack?

My oven is cooking a no peek primerib roast and saint open the door fir anything (foodwishes.com). Best roast ever! We are sick of mashed potatoes :(

Dempsey on October 13, 2016:

What temperature and time would you use for an Apple Crisp baked in its own pan in the roaster oven.

Islandtimecook on September 20, 2016:

I would like to use an electric toaster oven to make soup stock (fish, chicken, etc). Even though most roasters can go as high as 450F would the liquid in the roaster ever come to a boil or at least a full simmer? Thanks.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on July 20, 2016:

It is recommended to cook raw meat including ground sausage to 160-165 degrees internal temperature. In a roaster oven set at 400 degrees, it may take up to 20 minutes per pound or an hour. Place the sausage links into the roaster and place 3-4 cups of liquid over the sausage. I would rotate the links several times during cooking to ensure the links are cooked evenly. If you want your sausage links browned, you may need to place them on a baking tray and finish cooking in a hot conventional oven. This will brown the sausage skin if that is a preference. Thank you for your question.

Jamie on July 20, 2016:

I have 30#'s of pork sausage links. How long will it take to cook all them

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on June 26, 2016:

For the pasta and sauce you only need a low temp to keep it hot for serving. I would say no higher than 300 degrees. Also if you borrow a roaster without a rack you can use a small baking rack such as the kind used to cool cookies or pies. The other way to steam hot dogs without a rack is to use a stainless steel steamer rack or even a small stainless colander with little feet. Anything with air vent holes to raise it up off the lining of the roaster pan. That way the water/liquid is underneath and the steam rises to cook the dogs. I hope this helps you for your party!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on June 26, 2016:

I am sorry I have not logged in for a month or so and missed seeing your question! I hope you were able to prepare the scalloped potatoes with success. First I would refer you to the manufacturer's booklet just to be sure of what your brand of roaster recommends. I would place the baking pan with the potatoes on a rack and yes, add a bit of water in the roaster pan. You shouldn't need much since the potatoes should only take less than an hour to bake. I hope you had success!

Kim on June 17, 2016:

I want to keep pasta and sauce hot in my roaster for my daughter's grad party. What temp should I keep it on? Also, if I borrowed a roaster from someone and they don't have a rack, what is the best way to steam hotdogs without the rack in the roaster?

dorothy shannon on May 18, 2016:

when making scalloped pototes in roaster to you add water betweenliner & pan?

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on May 10, 2016:

An electric roaster is similar to a small oven which will bake or roast many different items even baked beans! I would recommend using a rack on the bottom of the oven which many come with and put the baked beans in a oven proof baking dish. That should eliminate any messy sicking on the bottom of your roaster! I hope this answers your question. Let me know how your baked beans turn out!

Carol on April 14, 2016:

Can you make baked beans in an electric roaster

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on December 01, 2015:


It is not necessary to brown the chicken pieces before putting in the roaster to cook; however, browning meat first will seal the juices in and give the skin a bit more crispier texture. This sounds like a saucy recipe (and delicious) so I personally would not brown the chicken first. Cooking in a roaster will keep the chicken tender! I hope this helps!

Susan L. on November 30, 2015:

I want to cook a Apricot Green Chili Chicken recipe using individual pieces of chicken. Do I need to brown it in a pan and then add to the roaster with sauce to finish cooking? Cooking for 30-35 people. Any advise would be most appreciated.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on November 26, 2013:

@katie-kingsley-58: I bake in the roaster oven just as I would in the conventional oven. Do you have a favorite lasagna recipe already? If not, I can add mine to this lens. Tip for the roaster oven: wipe liner pan with oil or spray oil, preheat to 400, spread 1/2 cup or more of sauce in bottom of pan (avoids sticking), build lasagna right in pan and bake covered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until center is hot and set. If edges start to brown adjust temperature to 350 and cook until done. Lasagna Roll Ups would work great for serving 30 children! They could each have their own lasagna roll! The roaster is perfect to bake in and transport to school. It will keep the food warm until time to eat. I sure hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out!

katie-kingsley-58 on November 25, 2013:

Also, I probably should have mentioned that the 18 qt roaster oven that I have is an Oster. I'm not sure if it makes a difference from one brand to the next. I got mine durings the holidays last year. It is the black one that is still advertised. I really would appreciate guidance on this. I'm looking to serve about 30...

katie-kingsley-58 on November 25, 2013:

I am looking for a recipe for lasagna to make in my 18 quart roaster oven. I am hoping to make this for my students on an early dismissal day. I'd really appreciate help with this.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on January 02, 2013:

@anonymous: Happy New Year to you as well. Thank you for visiting my lens.

anonymous on January 02, 2013:

Really good Lens, well thought out and presented. Best wishes to you for 2013.

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on September 30, 2012:

@olmpal: I love my electric roaster, it is better than the biggest crockpot you can find.

olmpal on September 30, 2012:

I'm impressed! Baking, steaming, slow-cooking and roasting all with one Electric Roaster Oven! How cool!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on July 11, 2012:

@JoshK47: thank you for the blessing!

Nancy Johnson (author) from Mesa, Arizona on July 11, 2012:

@tvyps: For a large chicken (I put 2 at a time in my roaster) or turkey, I figure on 15 minutes per pound. The roaster does not dry out the poultry like a conventional oven will. We love roasted chicken.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on June 25, 2012:

Interesting. How long does it take to cook a chicken or turkey in one of these?

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on April 17, 2012:

My daughter has one and loves it. I will have to put one on my wish list. Thanks for your info and recommendations. :)

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