10 Surprising Meals that You Can Cook with a Rice Cooker
If you’re hesitant to welcome a rice cooker to your home because of its "single straight-forward function," you’ll be surprised at what more you can do with a versatile rice cooker.
With a myriad of extravagant and innovative kitchen appliances present in the kitchen, it is understandable that the rice cooker isn’t the crowd’s favourite when it comes to cooking. Rice cookers are humble, simple, and discreet appliances that make steamed rice cooking a breeze. Surprisingly, a rice cooker is also a versatile kitchen appliance that can do more than cook and keep the rice warm. Depending on the type of rice cooker that you own, you can even achieve more complex recipes with more precise temperature and cooking settings.
Here are 10 delicious and surprisingly easy meals that you can cook with a rice cooker.
10 Unexpected Recipes a Rice Cooker Can Achieve
Grains Other than White Rice
Aside from your regular white rice, a rice cooker has the capacity to cook brown rice, oats, barley, and many more grains. Want to make oatmeal? Substitute the water and rice grains with oats and milk, and let the rice cooker do the job. Complete your healthy meal with the fruits of your choice. Many rice cooker brands come with brown rice and oat settings to ensure the right temperature.
Bone Ribs for Your Weekend Gathering
No oven or grill? No problem. Who would have thought that this humble kitchen appliance could serve as the star of a fall-off-the-bone meal for family gatherings? Whether you are hosting a small family dinner or inviting friends over, you can give them a fine dining experience within the convenience of your home.
Chicken and Rice
Another scrumptious meal that you’ll surely enjoy is soy chicken and rice, which is surprisingly easy to create with the help of your simple rice cooker. Top the tender chicken with your soy rice recipe and drizzle with sesame oil. You can also try various chicken recipes with your rice cooker like ginger chicken and rice or chicken noodle soup.
Steamed Vegetables and Dumplings
Many rice cookers have steamer accessories that you can use for vegetables and dumplings. With the easy-to-use function, you will definitely enjoy healthy and tasty steamed meals whenever you want.
While it can cook your rice, a rice cooker can also cook different types of pasta at the correct temperature. The rice cooker’s pot design can make pasta draining a breeze.
Mac and Cheese
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, you can make your tasty mac and cheese whenever you want with a handy rice cooker. It works easily and efficiently, like a microwave oven.
Soup and porridge fill both our stomachs and our hearts. Cook a hearty soup with your rice cooker with just a single click. You can also keep it warm for later.
You can buy a hotpot cooker for your weekend family bonding or experiment with your rice cooker to save money and kitchen space. Throw a hotpot party with your favourite ingredients and your versatile rice cooker.
Pancakes are delicious and totally beginner-friendly. If you don’t have a non-stick pan, you can pour your pancake batter into your rice cooker and enjoy your instant pancake. Add some fruits or nuts and drizzle with your favourite syrup for the best taste.
Most rice cookers in Singapore have non-stick pots or bowls, which means that you can pour your banana cake or quick bread batter without any worries. You can try making a banana cake with a standard rice cooker or make the process easier with a more innovative rice cooker with a cake setting. Look through our online rice cooker selection to see which rice cooker is best for your kitchen.
Cooking Beyond Rice
Whether you currently own a rice cooker or are planning to buy one for your kitchen, rest assured that your investment in a kitchen appliance will go a long way. From your white rice to soups, quick breakfast recipes, and weekend main dishes, you can cook various meals with a single press of the rice cooker button. You can also reheat your meals to keep them warm. What’s not to love about this hardworking kitchen appliance? If you’re ready, train your inner chef and explore the functions of your rice cooker.