Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker

Thanks to Hamilton Beach for supplying us with a  Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker to share surprising things you can make in a rice cooker. We still have my husband’s rice cooker he had in his 20’s and strictly have only used it for rice.

Well after reading this post, your cooking world will be rocked, in fact, you may keep your rice cooker on top of your counter once you realize all the amazing things you can use it for. Imagine being able to make just about anything that you can in a Slow Cooker.


FEATURES OF THE Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker.

2-in-1 Rice Rinser/Steam Basket
Rinsing rice before cooking helps prevent clumping and creates a fresh taste. Now it’s simple to do with the included steam basket that doubles as a rice rinser. (To be honest, we have never rinsed our rice before but now will give it a try)

Ready When You Want It
Want to make oatmeal for a crowd but don’t want to get up too early? Now you can set your rice cooker and wake up to a warm pot of hearty oatmeal or come home after work to a simmering soup. The Delay Start feature lets you program cooking up to 15 hours in advance.

Use the Keep Warm setting to ensure your dish stays at the right temperature until you’re ready to serve it.

Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker

Preprogrammed Settings
Six different settings take the guesswork out of cooking. Choose from White Rice, Whole Grain, Heat/Simmer, Steam Cook and Hot Cereals. You don’t have to remember how long to set the timer with all the individual settings.

One Pot Cooking
Make dinner in one cooking cycle. Steam seafood, poultry or vegetables in the steam basket while the rice cooks. Or use the Heat/Simmer setting to make your own soups, beans or flavored pasta mixes. We made packaged vegetable risotto and steamed broccoli for a quick one-pot meal.

First, we added the water and risotto mix to the main compartment. This was a packaged Risotto Mix so simply follow the amounts of water there.



Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker


We added broccoli to the steamer basket and then set the timer. Both were done at the same time. If you prefer your veggies less cooked, I would add the broccoli half way thru the cooking process.


Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker

What a great way to make dinner without making a mess in the kitchen.

Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker


Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker

  • Hot Cereals
    Make oatmeal, grits, and Cream Of Wheat® cereal with little prep using the Hot Cereals setting.
  • Meats and Fish
    Cook vegetables, meats, fish and more to perfect tenderness with Steam Cook.
  • Rice & Grains
    Three settings – White Rice, Quick Rice, and Whole Grain – lets you cook everything from a 10-minute batch of white rice to farro, quinoa, and other whole grains.
  • Pasta & Soups
    Use Heat/Simmer for flavored pasta and rice mixes, beans, soups and one-pot meals. Here is the prepackaged flavored pasta we made in our rice cooker. No worrying about boiling water, it all happens in one pot.

Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker



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  1. I would say meatballs.

  2. one food I did not know I could cook in a rice cooker would be macaroni and cheese

  3. I was surprised at the desserts you could make.

  4. I would have to say Pasta and Soups were a surprise for me. I so want to try this.

  5. Fish!! I never would have thought!!

  6. I never thought I would be able to cook Meats and Fish in a Rice Cooker.

  7. I just learned that you can cook pasta in it and I would so do that a lot.

  8. Anything other than rice is a surprise to me. I would never have considered oatmeal.

  9. I never thought meat could be cooked in a rice cooker

  10. I never knew you could cook pasta in it.

  11. I never thought you could make hot cereal and also a cake in a rice cooker.

  12. I never thought I can make soup in a rice cooker

  13. I would have not thought you could cook fish in it!