How To: 7 Non-Rice Dishes You Can Cook in a Rice Cooker

7 Non-Rice Dishes You Can Cook in a Rice Cooker

As far as cooking appliances go, rice cookers are pretty fabulous. All you have to do is add rice grains and water, press a button, and wait for the magic to happen. You don't have to worry about the food burning or the pot boiling over. But what if you can apply those same lazy steps to cook other things, too?

Below are 7 non-rice things you can cook with your rice cooker. Got another non-rice rice cooker recipe up your sleeve? Share by commenting below.

Want to master Microsoft Excel and take your work-from-home job prospects to the next level? Jump-start your career with our Premium A-to-Z Microsoft Excel Training Bundle from the new Gadget Hacks Shop and get lifetime access to more than 40 hours of Basic to Advanced instruction on functions, formula, tools, and more.

Buy Now (97% off) >

Other worthwhile deals to check out:

Join the Next Reality AR Community

Get the latest in AR — delivered straight to your inbox.


Great! keep up the good work!

hey that's my recipe! awesome!

Which one?

rice cooker chicken. it's actually my mom's.


Thank you for sharing your mom's recipe with us, toastykitten! Thanks to you, I would have never thought of using a rice cooker for other ways other than rice.

Really amazing resepe! Did u try to do it in multicooker? I did it in me Redmond 4502 - it's FANTASTIC! It can do meal with your recipe warmer in time I need!

Tatung sells multi-functional cookers. Check them out

These look like pretty cool ways to use a rice cooker to cook food that I'd never thought about. I've always wanted to get an electronic temperature controller and turn a rice cooker into a Sous Vide cooker.

whoa. do it. and make a How-To. that would be amazing.. those sous vide machines are pricey.

Yeah. Perhaps. There's a few out there already. I was really going to try it about a year ago...then my wife got pregnant and...that meant she needed to be careful about food temperature. So we had over-cooked meat for 9 months! Finally back to the correct temperature...and thinking about the souv vide thing again...

I would love to see how that would work! Could be a sequel to this post. :)

I tried it once recently, and honestly didn't quite get it. We made steaks, and they turned out nicely, but I think I still prefer the grill.

Did you sear the meat at all? If so did you do it before or after "souv viding?"

I normally just get a really hot pan and sear my steaks on all sides before cooking them a little slower in the oven to the proper temperature. I like them better than anything except for a steak at a really good steakhouse or restaurant.

That would be awesome!

My roommates swear by their rice cooker for most everything. But I didn't know you could cook a whole chicken in it!

I just have to say that I love your illustrations. I'm definitely going to be keeping up with your posts.
Regarding the rice cooker, I absolutely love mine! It allows for healthier meals and saves energy.
And thanks for the recipes. Will have to try them out!

Re: the sous vide thing - it's worth it depending on the meat you use. Maybe the cut of meat we used wasn't exactly the best choice; when we did it with our friends, we used ribeyes, which are fattier, and scallops, which don't take as long to cook. The scallops came out really great.

Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. Can someone recommend a good rice cooker to buy? Thanks, Cindy

I like the Tatung Rice Cookers. It's not a regular rice cooker. It's a double pot multi-functional cooker. So instead of one pot (like a traditional rice cooker) there are 2 pots. You just add water to both pots. Food cooks better and faster this way because of its special heating function. Google it.

I really like the Zojirushi rice cooker brand. They have different models and different sizes. Check them out!

Very helpful, thanks!

Share Your Thoughts

  • Hot
  • Latest