21 Best Unexpected Recipes To Make In A Rice Cooker

A rice cooker (or pressure cooker) is perfect for making great food, and not only rice, whether you want fast and easy comfort foods or new, exotic dishes that you’ve never tried before. 21 step-by-step guides below:

1. Pancakes

This is so easy, and it makes a giant pancake! Simply make a mix or from-scratch pancake batter as usual, and pour into the rice cooker on the regular sushi rice setting. It makes a big, fluffy pancake and if your rice cooker has an auto-timer, you can set it to have a lovely fluffy pancake ready when you wake up.

You Need: Pancake batter, your preferred toppings (syrup, strawberries, etc.)

Check out How to Cook a Pancake in Your Rice Cooker by Veronica Belmont on Snapguide.

2. Claypot Chicken Rice

This traditional Chinese meal is delicious and easy to make in the pressure cooker or rice cooker. With a delicious marinade of soy sauce, oyster sauce and Shao Hsing wine, this is a moist dinner that pairs well with fresh vegetables for a healthy meal.

You Need: Chicken, marinade and seasonings, rice, Chinese sausage, shiitake mushrooms

Check out How to Cook Claypot Chicken Rice With Rice Cooker by Jasmin Foo on Snapguide.

3. Lamb Shank Stew

Marinated lamb shanks combine with fresh vegetables to make a nutritious and hearty dinner that cooks perfectly in your pressure cooker. This recipe cooks up so fast that you can have a stew on the table in less than an hour – cutting cooking time by 70%!

You Need: lamb shanks, marinade, fresh vegetables

Check out How to Make Secret Recipe’s Lamb Shank Stew Quickly by ian zaq on Snapguide.

4. Lentil Stew

This is a comfort food that fits nicely into a vegan or gluten-free diet. It’s perfect for a cold winter day, and imparts a lot of great nutrients. Plus – it’s very easy to do and is one of the fastest stews to make!

You Need: Lentils, seasonings, vegetable oil

Check out How to Cook Basic Dhal or Lentil Stew by Sunny Flamingo on Snapguide.

5. Fast Chicken and Rice

We all need a super-fast dinner idea from time to time – and the rice cooker can save us on those nights. Simply add the chicken to cook along with the rice. But first, marinate or give it a salt rub for additional flavor. Add a vegetable side dish and you’ll have a healthy dinner in less than half an hour.

You need: Chicken, rice, side dishes

Check out How to Make Chicken Rice in 15min by James Voon on Snapguide.

6. Fluffy Quinoa

If you’ve had light, airy quinoa at a restaurant and been unable to get anything other than gooey mush out of our own kitchen – here’s the secret: You need to try it in a rice cooker! It creates delicious quinoa that is fluffy, light and delicious.

You need: Quinoa, onion, garlic, olive oil

Check out How to Cook Tasty Quinoa! by Mo SP on Snapguide.


7. Steamed Chinese Cabbage Rolls

This yummy dim sum is a great appetizer or even a hearty dinner. With several veggies and healthy meats, it’s also a healthy option.

You Need: carrots, shrimp, ground pork, cabbage

Check out How to Cook Steamed Chinese Cabbage Meat Roll Dim Sum by Creative Traveler on Snapguide.

8. Malay Coconut Rice

With the addition of coconut extract, ginger root and screwpine leaves, this is a delicious twist on rice that takes it to a new delicious level.

You Need: rice, coconut extract, shallots, screwpine leaves, and fenugreek

Check out How to Cook Original Malay Coconut Rice (Nasi Lemak) by ian zaq on Snapguide.

9. Healthy Sweet Rice Soup

This is an affordable and healthy comfort food that cooks quickly and easily in the rice cooker, making dinner a breeze. The addition of some sugar makes it refreshingly sweet and enjoyable.

You Need: rice, crystal sugar or rock candy, peanuts or hazelnuts, beans

Check out How to Make Healthy Rice Soup (Sweet) by May Swan on Snapguide.

10. Minty Fruit Cake

In need of a quick dessert that features fresh fruits? The rice cooker can offer an answer. Simply add pancake mix, eggs and milk to the rice cooker, along with some fresh berries and sprigs of mint. You can try other fruits as well. You’ll have an easy to slice, fluffy to cake delicious with whipped cream or syrup.

You Need: pancake batter, fresh fruit, and toppings

Check out How to Make a Minty and Fruity Rice Cooker Pancake by Andrew Szymanski on Snapguide.

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