Rice Cooker Recipes

Rice Cooker Recipes

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.

Wild Rice - Rice Cooker Recipes

It’s not a big leap of the imagination to imagine 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!

What can I add to my rice cooker to make it better?

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!

What is the ratio of rice to water in a rice cooker?

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.

Do I need to rinse rice?

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.

What else can I cook in a rice cooker?

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!

How to Cook Rice, Quinoa, & Wild Rice in Rice Cooker
If you love rice at restaurants but never at home, this recipe is for you. Rice cookers are a great secret to making the perfect rice, but it’s the other steps that make it perfect every time. You can use the same rinsing technique and the addition of olive oil and salt for stovetop rice as well. This technique hasn’t failed me yet and we eat quite a bit of rice!
Rice Cooker Vegetable Biryani
Aromatic, savory, and packed with flavors, this rice cooker biryani will be a crowd-pleaser! It is fuss-free, easy to make, and ready in an hour.
Rice Cooker Vegetable Biryani
Rice Cooker Vegetable Biryani
Parmesan Risotto
Quick Rice Cooker Parmesan Risotto with loads of butter, cheese and some shallots is a deliciously easy side dish!
Parmesan Risotto
Rice Cooker Recipe for Parmesan Risotto
Easy Turmeric Rice
This delicious and easy Turmeric Rice is a one-pot recipe that is made in the rice cooker. It is sweet, savory, crunchy and healthy!
Easy Turmeric Rice
Easy Turmeric Rice
Rice Cooker Mexican Rice
It’s so easy to make restaurant quality Mexican rice in your rice cooker. Packed with flavor and extra fluffy, this rice is the perfect side dish for enchiladas and tacos.
Rice Cooker Mexican Rice
Rice Cooker Mexican Rice
How-To Cook Beans In A Rice Cooker
How-to cook beans in a rice cooker. A simple no-fuss method to cook any amount of dried beans, perfect for the freezer, and easy on the stomach!
How-To Cook Beans In A Rice Cooker
Beans in Rice Cooker Recipe
Rice Cooker Oatmeal
A creamy comfort food treat in the morning, Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon. A breakfast that has become a daily habit in our house.
Rice Cooker Oatmeal

Other Rice Recipes

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Your rice cooker is good for more than just white rice, trying cooking a variety of things in your gadget as well as other flavorful and easy rice cooker recipes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basics, plant based, side dish, vegetarian
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • rice cooker


  • 1 cup rice or quinoa
  • 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.


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Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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