10 Simple Rice Cooker Recipes

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If you thought that you were limited to only making rice in a rice cooker, then you’re missing out! These super easy-to-operate and handy machines can make more than just fluffy and flavorful rice; many are capable of making entire meals.

Perfect for when you want to make something for you or the whole family and don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time and energy doing so. Check out this roundup of delicious recipes you can make simply by using a rice cooker.

1) Mac n Cheese

This is a classic and a staple side dish of any good cookout. As the weather gets warmer, be sure to take note of this easy recipe from Allrecipes.com if you’re looking to bring something to the party.

2)Mushroom Risotto

Make a hearty, vegan and gluten-free meal with just a rice cooker and 9 simple ingredients. It’s flavored, textured, and surprisingly filling even when eaten on its own. Check full recipe here.

3) Chicken Chili

Nine ingredients and 40 minutes of time in the rice cooker and you’ll come away with a hearty chicken chili recipe. This can feed the whole family or a selection of guests at your next cookout. Check out the full recipe from Kitchen Ability.

4) Rice Cooker Frittata

Want to make an effortless breakfast? Well a rice cooker can help you get the job done in an automated fashion, freeing you up to take care of your other busy morning duties. This frittata recipe from Food.com takes less than 15 minutes to make and only calls for a few simple ingredients.

5)  Country st‌yle Ribs

Beer battered ribs over the grill make my mouth water. But did you know that you don’t even need a grill? With this easy recipe from The Midnite Baker, your Aroma cooker can deliver tangy and gooey sweet sauce without all the hassle of setting up your grill.

6) Quinoa Salad

Want a meal that is both healthy and delicious at the same time? Eat guilt free and enjoy this vegetarian lovers quinoa salad from Iheartvegetarian.

7) Teriyaki and Shrimp Rice

This is a nice alternative to shrimp fried rice – steam fried rice. Most cookers come with an upper tray for steaming proteins, vegetables and other foods so this will give you a less caloric option with just as much flavor. Even better, with this short ingredient list from Budget Bytes, you probably have everything you need already in your pantry.

8) Cilantro Lime Rice

Ok, this is for true rice lovers. Who doesn’t love cilantro? This citrussy lime and cilantro combination is perfect for those who love Mexican and Asian inspired dishes. Get the recipe here.

The combination of fresh cilantro and citrussy lime is so delicious in this easy rice recipe. This is perfect with Asian or Mexican flavors. Full recipe here

9) Cheesy Polenta

Good ole fashioned comfort food. A great side dish to compliment a Sunday roast if I do say so myself. Give it some extra cheese with this recipe from Allrecipes. Note: you can make it with less cheese and still come away with a great tasting Polenta.

10) Chicken and Daikon Soup

This lite option will help you keep the weight off while warming your insides. If it’s a cold rainy day and you want to cozy up to a warm and full-flavored broth, check out this recipe from NoobKitchen.