Did you know that you can do a lot more with a coffee makers on the market than just brewing coffee? Yes, you can cook with it. In this article, you’re going to see a somewhat unusual way of cooking.

From poached salmon and scrambled eggs to steamed couscous and broccoli, this article will show you some of the many other things that can be done with this device.

Coffee Maker Cooking Techniques

Chefs in restaurants have managed to brew up entire lunches and breakfasts using coffee makers. Okay, so maybe only freshmen living in dormitories are the people who’d generally be excited about this.

Although, they might not be the only ones. If you’re a soldier who’s been sent to war, then coffee makers might be the only thing you can use to prepare a home-cooked lunch or dinner.

The traditional coffee maker design will give you 3 basic cooking techniques:

Steam: A fantastic place to steam your vegetables is in the area at the top where the basket is. You can throw in cauliflower, broccoli, or any other veggies that have a similar cook time to those.

Poach: The carafe located at the bottom is a good place to poach chicken and fish. Eggs can be hard-boiled in this area and items like couscous and oatmeal can be prepared here as well.

Grill: This is a slightly more advanced technique, and very time consuming for that matter. However, if you’re craving a cinnamon bun or grilled cheese sandwich in a hotel room, then a coffee maker’s burner can act as a small grill.

Poached Salmon with Steamed Veggies and Couscous

Both the salmon and couscous will be prepared in the carafe at different times while the basket on top will be used to steam the veggies. The salmon won’t look so appealing during the poaching process; however, you’ll be surprised at how delicious the whole meal will turn out to be.

Will it be gourmet? Not at all. However, not only is it quick to make but it’s healthy as well. In addition to that, cleaning up after will take you literally no time at all. Furthermore, a coffee maker only runs around 1000W, while a stove consumes around 1500W.

This means that it’s quite an efficient way of cooking as well and can help save on the electrical bill.


Add chopped cauliflower and broccoli into the basket on top. Fill it halfway through.

Add the max amount of water into the reservoir. Run your coffee maker until its reservoir has just a bit of water to cook your couscous and then stop the appliance.

Empty the carafe by pouring out the water and then add your couscous.

Use a fork to mix up your vegetables to ensure even steaming and then start the machine up again until the cycle finishes. Let your couscous sit for about 5-minutes or so before serving it.

Place your salmon in the carafe and then add to it some garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Fill up the reservoir with around 4 cups of water and then start the cycle.

Let the salmon sit there until it’s flaky and opaque, which should take roughly 7-8 minutes or so.


It may not be a five-star gourmet meal but using coffee makers to cook meals can offer a level of convenience that goes beyond making great coffee.

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