Have you ever wondered about rice cooker recipes that were more than just white rice? Seems funny to have a single-function gadget, doesn’t it? I discovered years ago that you can also cook brown rice, quino, and even wild rice in a rice cooker but never anything more than that.
So my internet searching brought me a multitude of rice cooker recipes, some of which don’t even have ANY rice in them! Mind blown over here.
It’s not a big leap of the imagination to imagince rice dishes. Ones below include biryani, turmeric rice, and Mexican rice. Wildly delicious, the idea is just to cook the rice with other flavorings! But then there’s risotto (yes, actually a rice grain), oatmeal, and even cooking beans!
If you don’t have a rice cooker but want to get one, I don’t think it needs to be fancy. Our first one was a 2-cup AROMA that worked great for YEARS. Something like this 4 cup version would be just fine (and it’s under $20 from Target).
Something to note about these rice cooker recipes is to see what size rice cooker they’re using. You don’t want to put a recipe for 6 cups in a 2-cup cooker!
I always cook rice with salt and olive added. You can also sub out vegetable or chicken broth for some/all of the water. I’ve also added bay leaves and garlic cloves for delicious aromatics. You can also add in dried fruits and/or nuts!
The standard ratio for cooking rice is 2:1 (2 parts liquid to 1 part rice). This holds true for white rice in a rice cooker as well. Quinoa, brown rice, and wild rice require a bit more water.
While not mandatory, it is a good idea to rinse rice. Rinsing in warm water 3-4x helps remove starchiness that can make rice gummy.
See all these recipes below, including risotto, biryani, and oatmeal. If your rice cooker has a steaming basket, you can steam any number of items!
Other Rice Recipes
RICE COOKER RECIPES
- rice cooker
- 1 cup rice or quinoa
- 2¼ cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add rice or quinoa to rice cooker bowl. Cover with lukewarm water. Shake rice/quinoa around in water with fingers. Pour off most of the water. Repeat 2-3 times until water is less opaque.
- Add water, olive oil, and salt. Place in rice cooker and turn on.
- Let cook until done.