Rice cookers these days are extremely versatile appliances. While it’s mainly known for making the most perfect rice you’ve ever tasted, it can also be used in a similar way as an Instant Pot or a slow cooker. As you can see from our extensive list of recipes, the options to cook various meals in a rice cooker are endless.
Here are eight recipes we thought you would be both surprised and happy to know you can make in a rice cooker, with the simple click of a button!
Tomato and egg stir fry is a popular Chinese dish that’s full of flavor and color. While it can easily be made in a pan, we think you will enjoy the rice cooker just as much, if not more, because of the fluffy and moist texture of the eggs. This dish hits the trifecta when it comes to whipping up a yummy dinner at home: It’s easy, it’s relatively cheap and it’s absolutely delicious. GET THE RECIPE
Yes, it’s possible to cook an entire spaghetti squash in a rice cooker. We do it all the time and love it! We recommend using a 2-pound spaghetti squash or something smaller so it can fit comfortably in your rice cooker. The slow cook function will steam the squash and the result will be just as delicious as if you had baked it in the oven, minus the hassle to have to keep an eye on it. GET THE RECIPE
This classic Indian soup is very easy to make in a rice cooker. The slow cook function ensures that the lentils are cooked until tender and that all the lovely spices and aromatics are perfectly infused. Serve it with some freshly chopped cilantro and a lemon wedge to wow your guests. GET THE RECIPE
If you haven’t used your rice cooker to make pasta yet, now is the time to do it! This mushroom pasta has the flavor elements of a home cooked spaghetti carbonara – however happens to be meat-free! And don’t worry – your pasta will come out perfectly al dente! GET THE RECIPE
Wait… Hummus… in a rice cooker? YES! And it’s amazing. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how creamy and full of flavor it is. And our recipe is much healthier than most store bought hummus! GET THE RECIPE
This is one recipe you will want to add to your holiday dinner meal! While your oven is overflowing with bubbling pots and pans and busy warming up dishes, why not rely on your rice cooker to make this colorful and festive sweet potato mash. It’s one less dish to worry about as the rice cooker doesn’t need supervision. Just set it and forget it! GET THE RECIPE
Not only is this apple dessert stunning to look at, it’s also delicious! Sliced apples are cooked in a honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter mixture that tastes similar to caramel. These cinnamon apples can be enjoyed on their own or be served as a topping for a cake or ice cream. GET THE RECIPE
And not just any banana bread, but really good banana bread! Using a rice a cooker to make this banana bread recipe yields a loaf that’s moist, bouncy, and full of flavor. It’s the perfect mid afternoon snack to enjoy with a cup of coffee, or a dessert your entire family will love! GET THE RECIPE