- Rice cookers can cook more than just rice.
- From cake to pizza, the simple appliance can be used to make meals for any time of day.
- Rice cookers can also be used to cook other grains, like barley or quinoa.
Rice cookers are appliances designed to perfectly steam or boil rice. But despite what its name suggests, rice cookers are a versatile appliance that can actually be used to prepare a variety of foods.
From pizza to cake, here are some dishes you might not have known you can make in a rice cooker.
It can be used to cook grains other than rice
You can use your rice cooker to cook quinoa or to cook barley. You just have to be sure to adjust the amount of water or broth you’re using to cook the grains. When it comes to making quinoa or barley, you typically have to add more liquids to your rice cooker than you normally would when making rice.
Try making fall-off-the-bone ribs in your rice cooker
The blog Domestic Diva’s recipe for country-style ribs requires just a few ingredients including a bit of brown sugar and a dark beer that gives the ribs extra flavour. And this recipe for ribs from Genius Kitchen only requires a rice cooker and six ingredients, including beer and olive oil.
You can make different forms of pizza in a rice cooker
You can follow this Tastemade recipe to make pull-apart pizza bread that utilises premade biscuit dough. Or if you follow this recipe from Foodbeast, you can make a pizza cake that’s fluffy and topped with pepperoni.
Poached pears aren’t too difficult to make in a rice cooker
The poached pear recipe from the blog Jeanette’s Healthy Living is loaded with flavorful ingredients like apple cider and pomegranate juice. And over at the blog Push Button Kitchen, you can find a recipe for poached pears that have an added vanilla flavour.
Feed a crowd with fluffy pancakes that have been made using a rice cooker
When you make this sweet breakfast staple in a rice cooker, there’s no need to worry about pouring batter onto a griddle and flipping your pancakes at just the right moment.
When following this recipe from the blog Kirbie’s Cravings, you prepare pancake batter, pour it into the rice cooker, and let the appliance do the rest. You can even make blueberry pancakes by following the simple recipe from the blog Bon Appétempt.
Making rice pudding in a rice cooker doesn’t take long
This rice-centric dessert can be made in a pinch if you have a rice cooker. This recipe for rice pudding from the Chicago Tribune consists of less than 10 ingredients.
Throw some eggs and vegetables into a rice cooker to make a frittata
This frittata recipe from Genius Kitchen serves four and cooks in less than 15 minutes. Spinach, mushrooms, eggs, green onions, cheese, and spices add a boost of flavour to eggs and can make for a tasty frittata.
You can also try following other frittata recipes like the one from the blog Just Bento that includes hearty ingredients like potatoes, zucchini, and eggs.
Whip up some mac and cheese using only six ingredients
Requiring just a few ingredients and minimal kitchen prep, this recipe from The Washington Post can make for a quick dinner. The macaroni and cheese dish serves four and the only appliance needed is a rice cooker.
Cakes can even be made in a rice cooker
Blogger Shin Kim said one of her most popular recipes is the one for this carrot cake that’s topped with creamy frosting and candied carrot ribbons. And if you’re looking to prepare an even simpler dessert, Spoon University has a recipe for a cake that can be made in a rice cooker using only four ingredients.
Add some ingredients to cooked rice for a simple bibimbap
This classic Korean rice dish can be made in a rice cooker if you have the right ingredients. Food to Love‘s recipe includes simple ingredients like sushi rice, finely sliced vegetables, and sesame oil.
And if you follow this recipe published in The New York Times, you can try making a salmon and spinach bibimbap in your rice cooker, too.
Make some hearty chilli using just a few ingredients
If you’re looking to make this hearty dish using only a rice cooker, the blog Kitchenability has a recipe for chicken chilli that’s loaded with protein. And the blog Glue & Glitter has a meatless chilli recipe that can also be made using only a rice cooker and a few ingredients.
Steam fresh or frozen dumplings using the steamer basket attachment of a rice cooker
According to Our Everyday Life, a rice cooker can substitute for a bamboo steamer if you have the rice cooker’s steamer basket attachment and follow a few simple steps.
Cook oatmeal in a rice cooker for a filling and warm breakfast
Cooking oatmeal in a rice cooker is the perfect way to get a warm breakfast without having to keep a close eye on a stove-top pot of oats. The Kitchn and the New York Times both have some useful tips for making the perfect batch of oatmeal using a rice cooker.
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