Looking for sourdough recipes that don't require an oven? Then these no oven sourdough recipes are perfect for you!
Want to use your sourdough starter but don't want to to turn on the oven and heat up the rest of the house? Or maybe your oven is out of action - but you still want some sourdough goodness?
Here are my favorite sourdough recipes to cook without turning on the oven!
Perfect for summer weather when the oven heats up the rest of the house!
You'll find lots of tips for summer sourdough baking at the end of this post.
But let's get into those sourdough recipes that don't need an oven.
No Oven Sourdough Recipes
Here are some great recipes for when it's too hot to turn the oven on! These sourdough recipes really don't require an oven.
You don't need to heat up the house, just choose one of these easy peasy selections.
No Oven Sourdough Bread Recipe
Thought you couldn't bake sourdough bread without an oven? Think again! This easy, no knead sourdough discard slow cooker bread recipe is perfect for those days you need bread but it's too hot to turn the oven on. Hello summer!
It's the ultimate no oven sourdough recipe - baked in a slow cooker!
It's actually nicer than you might think - seriously I was not sold on the idea but after trying it a few times, it's actually really lovely! My kids love the soft, squishy crumb - it's sooooo good!
Sourdough Discard Zucchini Fritters
These simple fritters are oh so easy to put together - one bowl and straight into a pan. You could even do them outside on the bbq or grill if you wanted to keep things outdoors. You can eat them warm or even cold from the fridge.
Savory Japanese Pancakes
I love making these savory Japanese pancakes for simple summer lunches. Topped with a simple green salad they are just delightful. My chickens always lay more eggs in the summer too which makes these even more of a no brainer! So keep that oven turned off and make these sourdough okonomiyaki instead.
Sourdough Discard Waffles
Cooked in a waffle iron, sourdough waffles require no oven. They're a simple breakfast that can be served with fresh fruit for a lovely cooling breakfast on a hot day.
Sourdough Sweet Potato and Chickpea Fritters
You are going to love these sourdough sweet potato and chickpea fritters. You can easily cook them on the griddle outside. They work really well with these sourdough discard hamburger buns (you can make them when it's cooler and have a stash in the freezer).
You can make delicious pasta using your sourdough starter. The pasta you create can be used for warm pasta dishes - but is also perfect for creating summer pasta salads too!
Sourdough Naan Bread
Naan is a great way to have sourdough bread without the oven. They can be cooked in a cast iron skillet or even on the bbq or grill. They make a fantastic accompaniment to your favorite dip or charcuterie board.
Now you might think, hang on, you need an oven to make a pizza - and you'd be right. However, you can cook sourdough pizza bases in an outdoor pizza oven (which will not heat up your house). You can even cook them in an air fryer or bbq or outdoor grill.
Sourdough Flat Breads or Tortillas
These sourdough flat breads or tortillas are seriously the best sourdough recipe. You can use them for oh so many things and they don't need an oven. You can easily cook them in a cast iron skillet or fry pan or outside on the grill. Super summer sourdough recipe with so many tasty possibilities!
Sourdough English Muffins
English Muffins are baked on a cast iron skillet rather than in the oven. They will still give you a sourdough bread product - just without the oven.
You can use English Muffins as burger buns, for breakfast sandwiches, mini pizzas - let your imagination go wild!
Bread Machine Sourdough Discard Loaf
This easy sourdough discard bread is made from start to finish in a bread machine, which means you won't heat up the whole house just to bake a loaf of sourdough.
Cooking Sourdough Bread Without An Oven
While many of these recipes above contain sourdough starter, they aren't actual sourdough bread. Baking sourdough bread in the oven often means heating up the rest of the house. But what if you want sourdough bread when it's stinking hot outside? No oven sourdough bread if you will.
Here are my best tips for baking sourdough bread in the summer months:
- Consider using a toaster oven or counter top oven that won't generate as much heat. I've written a guide to using a toaster oven for sourdough here.
- Use a bread machine to make your sourdough from start to finish. It won't heat the whole house like a regular oven will.
- Use a cast iron Dutch Oven in the BBQ or broiler.
- Bake your sourdough bread in an outdoor gas pizza oven - the stone base is perfect for bread.
- Bake extra loaves over winter and freeze them so you can enjoy bake free sourdough over the summer months.
Storing Sourdough Starter Over Summer
If you really don't want to bake sourdough bread over the summer months, you might need to store your sourdough starter so you don't have to feed it.
No matter whether you choose to bake sourdough bread or use your discard over the summer months, there's sure to be a way to enjoy sourdough without turning on the oven.
Want More Summer Sourdough Baking Tips?
Here's even more info if you're looking for even more summer sourdough ideas:
- Best tips for baking sourdough in hotter weather
- Learn how to freeze sourdough bread so you can bake over winter and eat over summer!
- Learn why the amount of sourdough starter you use matters!
- How to store your sourdough starter in the fridge