Crockpot Flan Recipe for a Decadent Dessert

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I had no idea there was a crockpot flan recipe.  I love flan but I have always made it in the oven.  A crockpot flan recipe means that I can start it during the day in the crockpot and it will be ready at night when I want dessert.  Getting dinner ready on the table can be hectic enough some nights and when that’s the case, dessert in the crockpot is a great choice.  I found this crockpot flan recipe in a cookbook called Slow Cooker Desserts by Jonnie Downing. Sharing with permission.

Easy crockpot flan recipe

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Crockpot Flan Recipe

I love simple desserts and simple desserts in my Crockpot are even better! This is definitely one of my favorite sweet treats. It’s fancy enough for company or a special evening like Valentine’s Day. But, it’s easy enough to make or a regular weekday meal if you want. I recommend making them the day before and letting them cool. Then remove them from the ramekins right before you serve them.

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Yields 4

Crockpot Flan Recipe

25 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Warm a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat and then pour in 1 cup sugar. Stir constantly until the sugar melts and browns. Remove from the heat and spoon 3 tablespoons liquid caramel into each of 4 ramekins. Gently rotate the ramekins until the caramel coats the sides. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the condensed and whole milk, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and the vanilla, whisking to mix thoroughly. To produce an extra smooth flan, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine mesh wire strainer. Pour over the caramel in the ramekins.
  3. Set the ramekins in the slow cooker. Carefully pour in hot water to surround them, but not enough that any will get into the ramekins. Cover and cook on high for four hours. Carefully lift out the flans and let them cool on trivets or a wire rack for at least one hour.
  4. To serve, run a knife around the edge of each ramekin and flip the chilled flans upside down into individual serving plates.

Crockpot Flan Recipe

You really need to make sure that you oil the sides of the ramekin so that the flan doesn’t stick to the sides when you remove it. You can add fresh berries to the top or you can sprinkle one fresh coconut or chocolate shavings if you prefer. You may find it easier to use a flan mold instead of a ramekin.

This crockpot flan recipe is an easy way to use up too many eggs. Everyone gets tired of eggs for breakfast and egg salad for dinner. But, no one gets tired of this delicious, decadent dessert in my home.


  1. Oh my Ellen, that looks divine.. and you had me at Crockpot!
  2. Yummy! I LOVE flan! I am adding this to my have to make list! Thank you. :)
  3. I don't think I've ever had flan. This sounds easy enough to make though!
  4. Yum! I'm a big fan of anything topped with strawberries :)
  5. yum! Love that there are only a few ingredients. Looks yummy!
  6. I love flan! This seems like an awesome recipe, I should take out my crock pot and make it!
  7. It wasn't until I read your replies to previous comments that I realized you had actually tried this recipe. Good to know it really works! Who knew? Thanks for testing it out and sharing it. I've got it marked to try.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I have, Anne. It was amazing. I make just about all the recipes I share on my blog. That way you know I liked them.
      • May I ask what size slow cooker you used? Mine is a 5 1/2 quart oval, and I worry that recipes like this one are meant to be made in a smaller crock. Thanks again.
        • Ellen Christian says
          Mine is a 6 quart slow cooker. The recipe didn't specify a size but I don't think a smaller one would fit the ramekins inside. This worked well but I would check it for doneness just to be safe.
  8. I don't know that I've ever had Flan, but that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday!
  9. This looks yummy! I love flan. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster.Robin @ Fluster Buster
  10. Thanks for sharing this recipe on my linky party. It looks so yummy! I featured this on my recipe sharing pinterest page. I would love you to share another recipe!
  11. Looks like a great recipe and easy too! Thanks for sharing!
  12. Ingenius! I've never even though to use the crockpot in such a way. Also, if I make this, it will be the first time I try flan too!
  13. I recently made flan...twice. We're kind of hooked on flan currently and I might just have to give it a try in the crock pot! My only problem...I need more of it for my family of 7! :)


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