Cooking in a Tiny House Kitchen

If you consider yourself a culinary connoisseur, love to cook, or just see eating as a functional event, you are going to need a way to prepare your meals. Many people believe that when you move into the tiny lifestyle, that you have to make sacrifices when it comes to cooking. That doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some options that will allow you to have full-size cooking features in your tiny house kitchens.

Microwave Oven / Convection Microwave

Tiny House Kitchens - Cooking - MicrowaveAlmost everyone has a microwave nowadays, but the technology has certainly gotten better since the 1970s when they first became commercially available. If you are living in a small space and want to make the most of it, consider a convection microwave. These appliances will allow food to be cooked quickly, yet come out browned or crisped, like you would get from a traditional convection oven. The Cuisinart CMW-200 Convection Microwave Oven with Grill allows you to microwave or convection bake individually as well as a multi-stage cooking option where you could defrost for 10 minutes, microwave for 5 minutes and then crisp it up with convection baking for 2 minutes all in one process.

Hot Plate / Induction Cooktop

Tiny House Kitchens - Cooking - HotplateCollege students are not the only ones benefiting from hotplates! A hot plate is a great solution for a tiny home because you can put it away when you are not needing it. Need an extra burner? Grab another hot plate. Induction hotplates are all the rage now, with the ability to cool off immediately. Just keep in mind they are more money and require specific cookware to cook on. The Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner is an example of such an appliance.


Tiny House Kitchens - Cooking - Toaster OvenAn obvious choice is a toaster oven because of the amount of space that it takes up and again, it can be put away easily. If you get one with convection like the Cuisinart TOB-60N1 Toaster Oven Broiler with Convection you will be cooking that much faster. There are plenty of 3/4 appliances out there but be careful. If you get into dual or triple power appliances (AC/DC/Propane), you can start to really increase your cost. These smaller appliances normally have 2-3 burners and smaller ovens. There is always the option of having a full sized stove and oven in your tiny home. Truly the cost here is not the money as much as it is the space.

Outdoor Tiny House Kitchens: Barbecues

wood-firedLet’s not forget that many folks who go tiny move some of their life right outside. Maybe they have an eating area on an outdoor deck. Or they have a sitting area around a fire pit that serves as their living room. Or they do the majority of their cooking on a grill. Many grills have at least one side burner, which many times, that is all you need. Grills easily can bake, grill and most can even handle a rotisserie if you want it.

How important is cooking to your tiny lifestyle? Where do you cook or plan to cook in your tiny house kitchens? Let us know in the comments below.

16 thoughts on “Cooking in a Tiny House Kitchen

  1. kathy said:

    There is also a portable electric oven with two top burners. How often do we use all four burners anyway? I actually have one of these that i bought for only $138. The oven part is plenty big enough for casseroles and even a small turkey

      • Majetta Couton said:

        Where did you purchase your portable oven ?


    Oh, I can cook almost with anything. One electric skillet .Burgers, chicken, veggie stir fry. One coffee pot. Mashed potatoes. Love, shepards pie. One skillet and one small type oven. I can make red potatoes, and eggs in same skillet just seperate in half. Fish. Easy. Takes no time to cook , make asparagus on top with a steam screan. If you pack it right. You can cook in the dishwasher. Or in the sun. In hot rocks or coals in the ground. Have a roast outdoors.

  3. alice h said:

    Don’t forget a crock pot. Nothing beats it for soups and beans and lazy one pot meals.

  4. Michael J said:

    My favorite kitchen appliance is my Instant Pot. You can sauté, slow cook, pressure cook, or just cook with the top off for regular simmering or boiling. And it has a timer! Oh, and pressure cooking is very quiet. Love it!!!

    • Judy Billar said:

      What is an instant pot?

      • Patricia Morris said:

        It’s a multi-cooker incorporating the functions of a high speed pressure cooker, a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and more. Some have more features, some less, but they range in sizes from 3qt to 10 qt.

        They aren’t especially pricey but some people don’t want to pay for the brand name.
        If you purchase one don’t buy an off brand, stick with the Instant Pot brand. Check Amazon as their pricing on them was less than Walmart & others. They also usually go on sale on Black Friday so it can pay to be a little patient.

        There are Facebook groups as well as other resources on various social media platforms where you can ask questions, find recipes, etc.

  5. Michelle said:

    Thank you! I’m adding a mini kitchen to my bedroom and this is helping to put my mind at ease. I am going to have a bookshelf/bakers rack dedicated to my kitchen. A crockpot, microwave, toaster oven, hotplate, mini blender, and whatever else I can get to fit in without it becoming too crowded.
    Question, though. What do you do to keep food odors from permeating everything in the home? I am used to an exhaust fan, which I won’t have now…

    • Toni Benton said:

      Windows. And baking soda. Odor candles as well. Coffee grounds and onion can also absorb odors. Try until you find what works,had to get creative living in a hotel for 2-3 months at a time this past year.:)

  6. Toni Benton said:

    I’ll admit I’m a propane snob. I love cooking with it for the instant temperature adjustments. I have an rv stove for my build. Pressure cooker and Dutch oven are also a must.

    • Mary said:

      there are also COUNTER TOP DISHWASHERS that are quite affordable (do several place settings at a time)

      • Mimi said:

        I’m pretty sure I can wash a few dishes faster than something that takes up my precious counter space. I’ve never understood the desire for a dishwasher outside of a busy household with children–I had one then of course.

  7. Amy said:

    Is at all practical to use a wood stove in a mobile tiny house, for heat, but also for most of the cooking? I have a feeling it would at least work for a tea kettle and a skillet. Can you bake things on top in a dutch oven?

  8. Joyce said:

    Great information! I am planning to build a tiny house (on a foundation) in the spring and am gathering information. Cooking isn’t a huge issue for me….I eat to live, don’t live to eat. I will need very little more than a microwave. Thanks for all of the good ideas. Any suggestions for reading material on tiny houses?

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