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Find all kinds of solar cooking recipes here; from our own recipes to those of others shared by many of our world wide visitors..

Solar Cooking recipes are easy to make and in general are not much different than traditional recipes...

 Many of the following solar cooking recipes may seem as if they would take longer than the traditional methods of cooking your meals and, admittedly there is some difference in the time required, but as you become more proficient you can shave off more time and effort as you also become more adept at using the solar method of cooking.

Also you will soon realize that many of your every day chores, errands and tasks can be performed in between the steps required to put together and cook when using the solar method.

Many solar cooking recipes are very quick and easy to put together, like this one in the following video...

Video: Jackie Harsha's Pizza Burger Cups

Solar cooking is very similar to slow or Crockpot cooking, and once most of the preparation of the ingredients is finished, it is just a matter of combining the ingredients and then letting the sun do the rest.

Some dishes can require more that one or two steps to prepare and in my own personal experience I have not found these to take much more time than the traditional methods of preparation and cooking.

Granted solar cooking will work great for a person who is at home more often than not, but that does not mean that the nine to five job guy or gal cannot ever enjoy the benefits of solar cooking. It just means that, instead of solar cooking five to seven days a week like some, they can take advantage on the weekends or holidays and days off. Or better yet, let the housekeeper have all the fun.

In all seriousness, I have been able to run two businesses (one in the home and one out) and in between obligations and tasks; have managed to do most of the cooking for our household, and the large majority of it using the solar cookers. Some of the cooking was done traditionally, some on the grill, some in the Dutch oven (briquettes) but a whole lot of it in our solar cookers.

When my wife went to visit family for two weeks in June 2008 and I and the four kids used the stovetop/oven only three times during that two week period. The rest of the time we cooked the food with the sun, and it kept the house a whole lot cooler to boot.

If you like to cook and are willing to experiment with a solar cooker, you can cook up pretty much anything you can think of, and I can say; you will be pleased with the quality and the results. 

*We would like to share some of our solar cooking recipes below, along with the steps and methods, used in our solar cooking. I believe it will help to have a bit of explanation and the details of the steps involved in the preparation of each recipe.

Solar Cooking our Lasagna

Cherry Dump Cake in the Sun Oven

**Please remember that the time of the year can create variances in prep time, cook time and temperatures. We will try to inform you on the conditions present at the time each recipe was created and cooked so as to give you a basic guideline. This information is offered as general advice on how and when to solar cook, you may find varying results and outcomes depending upon your specific locations and conditions.

* Solar cooking tips 

Recipe for Solar Pot Beef or Pork Stew 

Recipe for Solar Baked Beans 

Recipe for Solar Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta 

Recipes for Fruits, Veggies and More... 

Recipe for Mild Butter Herb Rice 

Recipe for Solar Oven Spanish Seafood Paella

Recipe for Solar Wheat Bread 

Recipe for Solar Chili 

Recipe for Solar Macaroni and Cheese 

Recipe for solar Au gratin Potatoes 

Recipe for Solar Baked Apple Brine Chicken or Turkey 

Recipe for No Meat Chili 

Recipe for Refried Beans Deluxe 

Recipe for Fresh Salsa 

Recipe for Solar Cooked Onions (sauteed) 

Recipe for Solar Cooked Roast (marinaded beef or pork) 

Solar Chocolate Cheesecake (very easy) 

Recipe for Solar Baked Cinnamon Apples 

Recipe for Solar Cooked Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe for Sopaipilla (Chilean Fry Bread) 

Recipe for Pumpkin Dessert 

Recipe for Carmel Nut Pudding Cake 

Jackie Harsha's Blueberry Quick Bread 

Solar Cooked Pumpkin Pie (fresh from scratch)

Solar Baked Party Pretzels 

Solar Cookers for Canning and Preserving

Solar Cooked Quinoa (Fresh Tasting)

Solar Oven Cherry Dump Cake (super easy)

Solar Cooker Honey Popcorn

Solar Cooker Shepards Casserole

Solar Cooker Leftover Turkey Fajitas

* * Our favorite solar cook and all of her great step-by-step instructions for solar cooking recipes all done in her Hot Pot Solar cookers from the Black Hills of South Dakota

*Here is a great Chili recipe sent in from a fellow solar cooker on Arnie's Solar Cooking Blog arnies-solarcooking.blogspot 

Solar Cooking Recipes! We want YOUR best and favorite recipes to share with the world!

Help us share with others the ingredients, methods, tips and know-how of the best solar cooking recipes you have come up with through your own experiences in this fantastic world of Solar Cooking; Cooking your food naturally.

**Note: You can even send us your photos of your favorite dishes.

What Other Visitors Have Contributed

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Solar Cooker Variations on Italian Supermarket Bread 
My family loves bread. I bake it from scratch almost daily - in the summer, this used to mean a really hot kitchen! Fortunately, my solar oven does as …

Solar Cooked Pizza Dip 
This was a super easy dip that can be used for any Italian dish you enjoy! Once cooked we ate it with crackers for a snack and then spread on wheat flat …

Chicken Bacon Crock Pot Method Meal 
Hey Sun Lovers! I am appealing to the hungry man's heart with this recipe. I have the hardest time trying to feed infantrymen with cooking that they …

Solar Challah Bread for Rosh Hashana 
For this bread I used a regular cardboard/foil oven and reflectors of the type of María Telkes. We need: 3 eggs 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (some …

Sun Kissed Peach Cake 
1/4 C butter 1 pkg. yellow cake mix 1 pkg. (small) instant Vanilla pudding mix 1 egg 1 C milk 1 16 oz. can peach slices undrained 1/2 tsp. Almond …

Solar Cooker Cream Cheese 
1 pint whole or 2% milk 1 pint buttermilk 1/2 tsp salt stir milk and buttermilk together in Hot Pot. Place in reflectors for 2-3 hour till solids …

Solar No Knead Sour Dough Bread 
This recipe was developed from a sour dough recipe designed for conventional home ovens. It now creates a beautiful delicious sour dough bread in you …

GSO Makes Great Brownies 
The submission area for stories was pretty light this week, so I'll offer a quick story. I've been cooking brownies in my Global Sun Oven for around three …

Hot Pot Cooker - Banana Bread 
Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 3 ripe bananas …

Solar Cooker Paella 
Here are a few photos of the paella that I solar cooked today, including the recipe. -- Bruce Joseph Solar Paella - close up (Notice the chicken, …

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies 
1 Cup Peanut Butter 1 Cup Sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. Vanilla extract Stir ingredients well. Roll into 1 in. size balls and place on cookie sheet. Press …

Easy Solar Stuffed Peppers 
Skip’s Solar Stuffed Peppers This time I decided to list the ingredient measurements as well as the method, in a dish like this, proportions are a little …

making a yummy and a delicious solar cake 
I have made many a times cake but this one is best than . for making a simple cake here i am giving some easy tips to cook spongy cake. Take 1 cup flour,1 …

Sun Oven Breakfast Brownies (Vegan Style) Not rated yet
Breakfast Brownies I’m not sure who exactly decide to leave chocolate out of the food pyramid (yes, I know it’s a plate diagram now), but in my mind, …

Solar Parabolic Buttermilk Pumpkin Donuts Not rated yet
* Pre heat pan of oil on parabolic cooker Ingredients: 3 1/2 C flour 4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice 1 C sugar …

Solar Oven Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie Not rated yet
* Pre-heat your solar oven Ingredients: 2 eggs beaten 1/2 C corn Syrup 3/4 C packed brown sugar 1/2 C flaked coconut 3/4 C quick oats (not instant) …

Solar Cooked chocolate cups with strawberry Not rated yet
melt some chocolates. put them in utensils (pan/mold) then put some strawberry to it. then put some batter on strawberry then put it for cooking in solar …

Solar Corn Pudding Not rated yet
I looked up several corn pudding recipes online and most used canned corn, but with all of the good fresh corn available, I didn't want to do that. …

Solar cake from India Not rated yet
To make the cake.One should take 2 eggs,1tbs of baking powder,little essence of any flavour and 1 full cup of flour; sugar as you wish you can put. 1 …

Steamed buns using Telkes reflectors Not rated yet
Makes about 8 buns, depending on size Dough: 2 cups all–purpose flour 1 teaspoon instant yeast 1 teaspoon baking powder 4 tablespoons sugar Pinch …

Solar Cooked Berry Cobbler  Not rated yet
This turned out simply AMAZING! I highly recommend this easy recipe that is perfect for any sweet tooth craving you may have. I found this recipe …

Sunny Pepperoni Pizza Bread Not rated yet
1 loaf of French Bread (cut off ends so it fits in med. Oval Roaster) 3 Tbsp. Butter melted 1/2 med onion diced 1 sm pkg sliced pepperoni (dice slices) …

Solar Cooked Gingerbread Men Not rated yet
Today I experimented by cooking gingerbread men without a pan in my Sun Oven. I used parchment paper on the leveling tray and put the cookies on top …

Winter Solstice Sourdough Sunshine Cake Not rated yet
Last winter around the solstice I made up this recipe ;it has become a family favorite. Winter Solstice Sourdough Sunshine Cake Basic Vanilla Cake …

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Solar Cooked Gingersnaps Not rated yet
These cookies turned out soft, chewy and oh so good!! I rate them a 5 stars for being delicious and perfect texture! Here is the recipe: 3/4 C Crisco …

(Solar Cooked) Mushroom Beef Fiesta Bake Not rated yet
Earlier this week it was nice and sunny. Yesterday and today it was not so much. I am glad I took advantage of those nice days when they were here. …

Solar Cooked Pumpkin Cupcakes Not rated yet
Nothing motivates me more when it comes to cooking then feeling the satisfaction of cooking food I know my family loves! Pumpkin bread is my little boys …

Pumpkin Fry Bread/Scones Not rated yet
1 C whole wheat Flour 1 C all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 4 tsp baking powder 1 egg 1/2 C warm milk 2 C fresh pumpkin, cooked or 16 oz. can 3/4 …

Solar Cooked Sugared Cinnamon Almonds Not rated yet
The air is getting crisp and obviously I am ready for the holidays! These fragrant almonds had even the lawn guys in the neighborhood coming over to ask …

Easy Solar Biscotti Not rated yet
For this bread we used a regular cardboard/foil oven and reflectors of the type of María Telkes to get the loaf baked and then a Copehaguen solar oven …

Low Fat Low Sugar Challa Bread Not rated yet
This is a low sugar, low fat high fiber Solar Challah Bread Baked in a regular cardboard/foil oven and reflectors of the type of María Telkes. We need: …

Solar cooked chicken noodle soup Not rated yet
I tried my old crock pot recipe in my GSO and wanted to share it with you solar cats. Unfortunately I don't have any photos due to the fact that it was …

Sunny Seed Yogurt Batter Bread Not rated yet
1 pkg. active dry yeast 3/4 C warm water (105-115 degrees) 2 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp butter (soft) 1 tsp salt 1 C bread flour 2 C whole wheat flour 1/2 …

Solar Cooked Man Food (AKA The Couch Potato) Not rated yet
Hide your forks Vegans!! I created the ultimate man food in my solar oven this weekend. I call it the 'Couch Potato', and as you can guess, it's main ingredient …

EZ Solar Pot Pie Not rated yet
10 0z. canned chicken chunks or 2 C cooked chicken, cubed 1 C frozen or fresh peas Thawed if frozen) 1 C diced cooked potatoes (or frozen diced potatoes) …

yummy Solar Cooked Sour Cream Lemon Glazed Cake Not rated yet
1 Lemon cake mix 1 C water 1/4 C oil 1/4 C Sour Cream 2 eggs Beat all ingredients together about 3 minutes with whisk or egg beater. Grease dark pan …

Versatile Solar Cooked Italian Polenta Not rated yet
1 C polenta or coarse grain cornmeal 3 1/2 C water 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 C green onion, thin sliced 1 C grated …

SOLAR PANEER CHEESE: Paneer cheese is a white soft cheese originally from India. You need: A COPENHAGEN Solar Oven A black pot , (big enough to contain …

Party Baked Beans Not rated yet
2 (14 oz) cans pork and beans 2 (14 oz) cans Great White Northern beans 1 (15 oz) can crushed pineapple 1 ( 3 oz) pkg real bacon bits 1 onion diced …

Sunny Stewed Chicken Not rated yet
Solar Cookerd Stewed Chicken 2 - 2 1/2 lbs boneless/skinless thighs 1 lemon, juiced 2-3 cloves garlic chopped coarse 4-5 ribs of celery …

Banana-Lemon Tea Bread Not rated yet
Today, when I saw the clear sky and my two large, overripe bananas, it seemed the perfect day for making banana bread. Happily, I also had two lemons, …

First attempt at a solar dinner for four. Not rated yet
Skip’s Solar Chicken I should start by saying that I am new to solar cooking. I just got my Global Solar Oven two days ago. I was a cook/chef for 22 …

Solar Pumpkin Muffins Not rated yet
Solar Pumpkin Muffins 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons of salt 2 Tablespoons baking powder ½ cup of dairy free chocolate chips 1 cup …

Solar Oven Sour Dough Biscuits Not rated yet
Solar Sour Dough Biscuits This recipe was developed from an old Dutch Oven Sour Dough Biscuit recipe. 1 cup of whole wheat flour 1 cup of all …

Cloudy Skies and Applesauce Not rated yet
With temperatures still pushing 90, it is hard to believe that we are already into autumn. At the same time, all that heat isn't doing us much solar cooking …

Solar Cooked Cinammon Raisin 7 grain bread Not rated yet
I placed the global sun oven in the sun and the global sun oven temperature went to 275 degrees Farenheit and I baked a 7 grain raisin walnut cinnamon …

Apricot Oatmeal Bars Not rated yet
I have been trying to use my solar oven as much as possible this summer to keep the house cool. I have baked breads and casseroles, but my families …

Solar cooker recipes, foods and the results. Not rated yet
Complete dinner made with the sun! When my wife returned from the store with a roast, I knew we were going to have to try a nice solar-cooked …

Hampatoes (Solar Cooked) Not rated yet
Okay, this may sound like a weird recipe, but it works. Cook up about 2 lbs of ground beef and 4-6 medium to large potatoes in separate containers in …

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Garlic and herb roast beef Not rated yet
I have solar cooked this in December in Arizona. I used a Sun Oven. Max outside temp. was 62 F. My oven reached 315 F. in about 1 hour. Slice garlic …

Yellow Summer Squash Bread Not rated yet
3 eggs, beaten 2 C white sugar 1 C veggie oil 2 tsp. Vanilla extract 3 C flour 3 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 2 C shredded …

Chicken, Shrimp, And Brown Rice Casserole Not rated yet
1 1/4 C brown rice, uncooked 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 4 C chicken broth (2 cans) 3 C cut up cooked chicken 2 cans(4 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained 1/3 …

corned beef and cabbage with potatoes  Not rated yet
Ingredients 1 -12 oz. can of corned beef 1 - large potatoes cut into slices 1/2- small cabbage chopped 1 - medium onion cut into thin slices …

Banana Carrot Muffins Not rated yet
1/2 Cup Sugar 2 Eggs 2 Lg. Bananas 1/4 scant Cup Orange or pineapple Juice 1 Cup Grated Carrots 2 Cups Fresh Ground Whole Wheat Flour (may use 1/2 …

Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Onion sandwiches Not rated yet
5 links of Italian sausage (4 oz. ea link) 1 Med. Green Pepper cut in 1 in. strips 1 lg. Onion cut in 1 in. strips 1 can Tomato sauce (8 oz.) 1/8 tsp. …

2 Cornish game hens 1/2 cup melted butter Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning Wash hen's inside and out coat hens with butter inside …

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