Cooking With Sunshine


Cooking With Sunshine — Meat and Fish

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Seafood, Poultry, and Red Meat Main Dishes

The solar cooker is great for cooking fish and meat. Because the food cooks slowly, many crockpot recipes can be easily adapted. If you like your beef rare, however, you’d better not cook your steaks in your solar cooker. On the other hand, cheaper, leaner (and more healthful) cuts of beef come out moist, tender—and well done.


You’ve never tasted seafood as delicious as solar baked—moist, tender, and flavorful. The key is to guard against overcooking—an hour is enough for many kinds of seafood, so plan to make these dishes when you can be around to check to progress of the cooking.

Seafood Recipes Included in Cooking With Sunshine:

  • White Fish with Capers
  • Poached Salmon with Tomato-Basil Mayonnaise
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Cajun Catfish
  • Fillet of Sole Amandine
  • Shrimp with Proscuitto and Basil
  • Scallops with Mushrooms and Shallots
  • Crustless Crab Quiche


Poultry baked in the solar cooker, just like fish, comes out moist, tender, and flavorful. And, like fish, it can be overcooked, especially the skinless and boneless cuts.

There’s no better or easier method for cooking chicken or turkey that will later be used in a salad or in another dish that calls for precooked poultry. Recipes that call for chicken to bake in some kind of sauce or marinade are also great candidates for the solar cooker.

Poultry Recipes Included in Cooking With Sunshine:

  • Chicken Salad Veronique
  • Bulgur Chicken Salad
  • Curry Chicken Salad
  • Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Divan
  • Chilaquiles
  • Chicken Mole Tostadas
  • Chicken Yogurt Enchilada Casserole
  • Margarita Chicken
  • Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Solarcue Chicken
  • Chicken Breast Roll-Ups
  • Turkey and Stuffing Casserole
  • Hearty Chicken ’n’ Bean Stew
  • Tandoori Chicken (click to see recipe)
  • Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables

Red Meat

Beef, pork, and lamb all do well in a solar cooker, because meat cooked at low temperatures tastes better and is better for you than meat cooked at high temperatures. Have you heard of heterocyclic amines? These are the carcinogenic by-produts of frying and grilling red meat. You don't really want to ingest anything like that, do you? Then try cooking your meates with sunshine instead of charcoal.

Red Meat Recipes Included in Cooking With Sunshine:

  • Easy Pulled Pork
  • Pasole
  • Cincinnati Chili
  • Texas Hash
  • Bulgur Meatloaf
  • Campfire Dinners
  • Burgundy Beef Stew
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Lamb with Lentils and Rice