Did you just get a brand new rice cooker? Or perhaps you finally decided to use the one that’s been collecting dust on your shelf. Either way, we have 25 fresh Rice Cooker Recipes for you to try out.
From traditional rice to unique dishes, countless recipes can be made in a rice cooker. No wonder they were all the rage in the ’70s!
The amazing thing about rice cookers is that they can cook so many things beyond rice! While we have many rice recipes for you, there are also some unusual rice cooker recipes down below.
Tips for Buying and Using a Rice Cooker
- Brand Matters: Go for reputable brands known for durability and consistent performance. Trust me, you won’t regret investing in quality!
- Size It Right: Consider the capacity based on your household’s rice consumption. From cozy meals to lavish feasts, pick the size that best suits your needs.
- Feature Frenzy: Look for features like delayed timers, keep-warm functions, or even quick-cook settings for when you’re in a hurry.
- Non-Stick is a Must: Always choose a cooker with a non-stick pan. It makes cleanup a breeze, and your rice won’t stick to the bottom.
- Water-to-Rice Ratio: Stick to the cooker’s guidelines for this. Too much or too little water can ruin that sumptuous texture you’re aiming for.
- Rinse and Repeat: Always rinse your rice before cooking. It removes excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.
- Keep it Steamy: Once cooked, let the rice sit with the lid on for another 10 minutes. This will help distribute moisture evenly, making each bite heavenly.
- Regular Cleaning: Don’t forget to clean the lid, inner pot, and even the steam vent. A clean cooker is the secret to consistently delicious rice.
Rice Cooker Recipes:
1. Ukrainian Chicken Plov (Rice Pilaf)
If you like rice pilaf, you HAVE to give this recipe a try! Not only is it delicious, but it only takes about 40 minutes to make.
With chicken, rice, carrots, and spices you can’t go wrong. Try this easy recipe in your rice cooker and let us know how it goes!
2. Dahl Soup
Ever thought of making soup in a rice cooker? Here’s your chance.
Using a rice cooker for soup allows it to be made in the easiest way possible. And this Dahl Soup is crawling with flavor!
3. Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
In need of a quick, cheap, and easy dinner? This spanish chickpea and rice recipe is perfect.
It’s only $4.41 and takes just 30 minutes. It’s one of our favorite rice cooker recipes!
4. Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese
Ready for the easiest mac and cheese ever? Just throw your ingredients into the rice cooker and let it do the work.
Perfect for a quick and simple weekday dinner, this mac and cheese is ready in only 25 minutes! You can’t beat that.
5. Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker
When you try this taco soup, your taste buds will be doing a happy dance. Trust me.
Its also gluten-free, dairy-free, and under 300 calories!
6. Soft & Fluffy Rice Cooker Bread
Looking for something unusual? I guarentee this rice cooker bread will wow you.
This recipe is simple and oh-so delicious! You have to give it a try.
7. Sushi Rice
In the mood for making sushi? Well you’ll need some rice first!
This sushi recipe is super simple and effortless to make. Next time you crave sushi, try this instead!
8. Fiesta Rice Recipe
This Fiesta Rice recipe is popping with flavor and healthy veggies. Mmm.
It’s gluten-free, vegan, and packed with vitamin C and fiber, making it the perfect guilt-free dinner!
9. Steel Cut Oats in a Rice Cooker
In need of a delicious breakfast recipe? We got you covered.
This steel cut oats recipe can be made with just oats and liquid with phenomenal results. Make a big batch ahead of time and simply reheat them in the morning!
10. Rice Cooker Coconut Rice
This rice cooker coconut rice is mouth-wateringly tasty. And it only requires three ingredients!
Give it a try and you will be thanking us.
11. Rice Cooker Teriyaki Shrimp and Rice
If you need a tasty, simple, and quick weekday dinner, this is the recipe for you. Emphasis on tasty.
The rich flavors of this dish will melt in your mouth and leave you begging for more!
12. Peperoncino Spaghetti
In the mood for an Italian dish? This one will hit the spot.
It is so so easy and so so yummy. It also only takes 20 minutes to make, just throw the ingredients in the rice cooker and you’re done!
13. Herb Lemon Rice Recipe
Oh. my. god. This Herb Lemon Rice Recipe is a MUST try.
It’s vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and only 207 calories. So tasty and so good for you!
14. Rice Cooker Rice Pudding
Never had a good rice pudding? Now’s your chance to make this killer recipe.
With only 5 ingredients and one step, it would be a crime to not give this a try.
15. Cilantro-Lime Rice
Craving Chipoltle? This Cilantro-Lime Rice has got you covered.
Ready in about 35 minutes and under 200 calories, this rice is what dreams are made of!
16. Rice Cooker Japanese Cheesecake
It may sound strange, but rice cookers make the perfect fluffy cheesecake. Yum!
With only a few ingredients, and all of the tastiness, this cheesecake is award winning.
17. Cheesy Broccoli Rice
If the tasty broccoli cheddar soup from Panera Bread and a delicious bowl of rice had a baby, this would be it.
This cheesy broccoli rice is the ultimate comfort food. When you try it, you’ll thank me.
18. Vegan Spanish Inspired Rice and Beans
Searching for a flavorful vegan recipe? You should give this delicious dish a try!
The array of tastes in this dish will be an instant mood booster. Mmm!
19. Rice Cooker Pancakes
Possibly the most interesting rice cooker recipe on this list, these rice cooker pancakes are the bomb.
If you need a simple way to make big, fluffy pancakes, try out this recipe. I promise it is worth it!
20. One Pot Rice Cooker Meal
If you need an easy, delicious dish, try this Asian-inspired rice cooker meal. It’s guaranteed to impress any guest.
This recipe is packed with veggies, and so tasty. I highly recommend giving it a try!
21. Rice Cooker Chili
Chili is suprisingly a great dish to make in a rice cooker. This recipe provides a smaller portion for a couple or small families.
It only costs $4.26 a recipe and it tastes so so good!
22. Bacon and Cheese Rice Cooker Brussels Sprouts
These bacon and cheese brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish or snack for this holiday season!
The recipe is super simple and super tasty, guaranteed to impress any guest.
23. Rice Cooker Ribs and Rice
Seeking a fancier rice cooker dish? This one is sure to leave you in awe.
It’s the perfect source of protein while maintaining a tasty appeal. You must give it a try!
24. Poached Pomegranate Spiced Pears
Oh yeah, they’re as exquisite as they sound. This recipe is an excellent way to try something new.
If you’re hosting a party or having guests over, I highly recommend making this dish!
25. Rice Cooker Saffron Rice
To finish off our list we have the classic rice dish, saffron rice.
This saffron rice is ready in only 25 minutes and is full of rich flavors. Give it a try!
Frequently Asked Questions
Overcooking or using too much water can lead to sticky or mushy rice. Always adhere to your rice cooker’s water-to-rice ratio guidelines for that mouthwatering, perfect texture.
Absolutely! Brown rice takes longer to cook and requires more water, but most modern rice cookers have a setting specifically for it. Unleash the nutty goodness!
Rice cookers aren’t just for rice! Depending on the model, you can cook a variety of dishes like steamed veggies, soups, and even cakes. Talk about culinary versatility!
Always unplug the appliance first. Then wash the non-stick pot with mild detergent and wipe down the lid and exterior. Don’t neglect the steam vent; a clean cooker is a happy cooker!
While the keep-warm setting is convenient, it’s not advisable to leave the rice on it for more than 12 hours, as this can lead to spoilage.
We hope you found our list of Rice Cooker Recipes to be helpful. With so many delicious dishes, it’s hard to choose between them!
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