18 fabulous and easy to make rice cooker meals (desserts included)

Yummilicious treats, all in the convenience of your homes. Try them out with your little ones!

Did you know that you can use a rice cooker to make something other than rice? From dishes such as mac and cheese, risotto, stir-fried veggies, to even cheesecakes, the options are endless! If you’re in need of a quick meal or perhaps to satisfy those random hunger pangs, the rice cooker meal option could be great. If you don’t know how, well now you can, because we’ll be sharing some very fabulous and simple rice cooker recipes!

It could be nice to switch things up a little!

Do It All With A Trusty Rice Cooker

If you haven’t got a rice cooker, you can get a good quality rice cooker at shops such as Best Denki, Harvey Norman or Giant.

Even if you want to keep things affordable, go for a trusted brand such as Philips, Panasonic, Sharp or Tefal.

When choosing a rice cooker, do keep in mind how many people you are cooking for, plus how easy it is to clean it.

Once you’ve made your choice and your rice cooker is ready to be used, the next step is to try out these fabulous and simple rice cooker recipes we’ve lined up for you!

Simple Rice Cooker Recipes For Everyone

1. Mac and Cheese 

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We all love a one-pot dish, where the mess and cleaning up is kept to a minimum. One of the super simple rice cooker recipes, surely! 

That’s why this creamy mac and cheese recipe is a must-try. It’s sure to be a hit with the kids, too!

2. Steamed asparagus and tofu

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Here’s a super healthy veggie-loaded dish you’ve got to try. It is simple and nutritious, too.

3. Easy chicken curry

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You probably had never thought of making chicken curry in your rice cooker before.

Well, all that will change now because you’ve got to try this no-fuss curry dish that is perfect for a weeknight dinner (or maybe even lunch or breakfast!).

4. Fried rice

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Fried rice is a common favourite among Singaporeans. It is so versatile — you can mix any kind of vegetable into it and the kids will still like it.

That’s why you have got to try this easy fried rice recipe — everything comes together nicely in the rice cooker!

5. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal, although very nutritious and wholesome, can be a bit of a hassle to prepare over the stove… but not in the rice cooker!

In fact, it’s one of the most simple rice cooker recipes you can find!

That’s why you must give this rice cooker recipe a try — I’m sure you’ll love it!

6. Scrambled eggs

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Here’s a quick and extremely easy recipe for scrambled eggs which can be made in the rice cooker. The result — perfectly luscious and creamy scrambled eggs!

7. Lemon risotto

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I love risotto, but I’ve never attempted making it at home because it is so fiddly to make.

However, I will definitely give this super easy rice cooker version of risotto a try, and so should you!

8. Chicken biriyani

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This recipe which appeared in The New York Times is amazingly delicious and can be made from start to finish in the rice cooker. You must try it!

9. Vegetable frittata 

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This is a great way to include healthy veggies in your (and your kid’s) diet. There’s nothing better than a super simple and quick-to-make meal that is healthy, too!

10. Stir-fried veggies

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Stir-fried vegetables such as those prepared using this recipe are great for a quick and healthy lunch.

For variety, you can try using other vegetables.

11. Healthy quinoa salad

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Quinoa is extremely healthy and nutritious, and is packed with vitamins and fibre. In fact, it can be classified as a ‘super food’.

That’s why this fresh and simple pomengranate and quinoa salad is a definite must-try, especially if you are looking to eat healthy.

12. Chocolate lava cake

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Do you fancy a sweet, decadent, warm, gooey chocolate cake for dessert? Here’s a wonderful recipe for a molten hot lava cake that can be made in your rice cooker!


– 1 box of Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake mix (mix all necessary ingredients together following the box instructions)

– 1 can of Betty Crocker milk chocolate frosting, divided

– (optional) cooking spray


1. Spray your rice cooker bowl with cooking spray if it is not made of non-stick material.

2. Place all cake mix ingredients together in the rice cooker bowl.

3. Spoon half of the chocolate frosting in the middle of the cake batter.

4. Place the bowl in the rice cooker and push the cook button.

The cooking time may vary according to different rice cookers — so when your rice cooker indicator shows that it’s done, and you open the rice cooker and it’s still liquid, just push the “cook” button again and wait.

5. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times. Remember, the cake will be very moist and worth the wait — just plan ahead!

6. When the cake is fully cooked, place the bowl upside down on a flat plate. Remove the bowl so that the cake stays on the plate.

7. Heat the rest of the frosting in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Pour the frosting over the cake.

8. Serve the cake warm and enjoy!

Source of recipe: allmoneyblog.blogspot.com

13. Poached pomegranate spiced pears

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Here’s a sophisticated dessert that can even be served to guests at a dinner party.

14. Banana bread

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Banana bread is a yummy tea-time (or breakfast-time, snack-time, or actually anytime!) treat. Try this super simple recipe for the perfect banana bread made in your rice cooker.

15. Ricecooker Tatin cake

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Here’s another sweet treat that can be made entirely in the rice cooker. You must give this one a try!

Note: You need to scroll down on the linked page to view the recipe.

16. Oh-so-deli rice cooker pancakes 

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Introduced by Japan, Rice cooker pancakes are now an internet sensation.

So extremely fluffy and scrumptious! And all you need to do is pour in the batter and let your rice cooker do the work — it’s almost like magic! 

Top ’em off with some refreshing fruits and drizzle with maple syrup or chocolate sauce and you’re good to go!

Scroll down the page here for instructions. Even we can’t help but bookmark this page!

17. Moist cheesecakes!

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Who would’ve thought that you could bake cheesecakes out of rice cookers? We didn’t either!

And it’ll all be ready in no time, in the comfort of your home. 

Check out this fun guide that is a recipe that was originally by Dingo Food. 

Bonus: or check out the video before if you’d like! 

18. Scalloped Potatoes

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Perfect as a side dish for a get together with friends and family. These extremely yummy scalloped potatoes will definitely get your kids excited and wishing they could tuck in sooner!

Although this requires an extra step in this recipe — to cook the butter garlic and onion in a skillet first — it’s well worth it.

If you don’t have a stove, you can cook it in your rice cooker on the sauté option (if your model has one).

We hope that these delectable and simple rice cooker recipes will give you more ideas when it comes to meal times with your little ones! Rope them in to help — you can look forward to fun times without all the hassle in preparations. 

Original article contributed by theAsianparent