Despite its name, the rice cooker isn’t a single-purpose kitchen appliance. You can make many amazing and tasty dishes and meals using your rice cooker. If you think about it, the rice cooker is quite similar to a slow-cooker, so anything you can cook in a slow-cooker is possible in a rice cooker as well. These rice cooker meals will sweep you off your feet with tastiness and simplicity. Gone are the days when you only cooked rice in your unit, widen up your horizons and start experimenting, you won’t have a single regret.
However, before you start experimenting – try cooking one of these recipes. Most of these recipes are quite simple and straightforward, so don’t worry, you don’t need to have Jamie Oliver’s skills to cook these meals. Without further ado, let’s cook!
Super Cheesy Polenta
Polenta is the definition of comfort food; a warm cornmeal porridge that’s the perfect side-dish to accompany your main meal. In this recipe, this meal gets an ultra-cheesy treatment. However, if you’re not a dire fan of cheese, feel free to lower down the quantities.
In the end, you cook for your personal preferences, so a slight change of particular ingredients won’t change the whole meal much. It will stay perfectly tasty.
- Two tablespoons butter
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- One clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup polenta
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- 2 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place the butter, onion, and garlic in the rice cooker, close it and turn it on. Cook the mixture until the onion is soft and translucent. Stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes.
After 10-15 minutes, add chicken broth, polenta, milk, and salt. Cook on full cycle, occasionally stirring until polenta absorbs the liquid. That should take about 20 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper; stir until the cheese melts.
This meal should be ready in around 40 minutes. It takes 10 minutes to prepare it and 30 minutes to cook.
Rice cooker Kimchi
Kimchi is a fermented spicy cabbage and radish dish originating from Korea. It is known as one of the healthiest foods in the world. Because it’s rich in vitamins, it is said to be a cure for any mild sickness. Also, it’s low on calories thus perfect for individuals on low-calorie diets.
Probiotic benefits of this meal are known to help with intestinal issues. Although this meal can be bought in stores, there’s nothing better than making your own. The possibility to fine-tune particular ingredients allows you to cook this meal to your preferences.
- One small Napa cabbage, about 1 pound, cut in half and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- One daikon radish julienned
- 6 Thai chiles, minced
- Two cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup green onions cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- Two tablespoons of ginger grated
- 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
- Two tablespoons of unseasoned rice vinegar
- One tablespoon of sugar
Fill the inner pot of the cooker with two cups of water and mix in the salt. After the salt dissolves, add cabbage and stir to coat well. Close the lid and let it sit for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
After a day, drain the cabbage and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Put it in an airtight jar and seal well. Let it stand for three days at room temperature, and make sure to turn it upside down occasionally to assure all cabbage is covered with pickling liquid.
Remember, you don’t need to cook this meal, let it ferment.
Country Style Ribs
You have to try this meal; it’s amazing. If you thought that ribs are a barbecue-only meal, you’ve been wrong for a long time. Your rice cooker can offer amazing pork dishes cooked to perfection.
The ingredients and resources you need are pretty affordable and are available in any store or market. This particular recipe includes Guinness beer, but you can use whichever suits your taste the most.
- One package or 4 pieces of J.H. Country Style Ribs or 1 slab of Baby Back Ribs
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- One 12oz bottle dark beer (or any beer)
- 2/3 cup Thick & Spicy BBQ Sauce
- One teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
Pour the olive oil into your rice cooker and heat it up. Pour 3/4 cup packed brown sugar in a bowl and roll ribs. Be sure to coat well because this will help to create your caramelized sauce at the end. Once the ribs are coated, brown them in oil.
Once browned, add any brown sugar you have remaining. Also, this is the moment to add beer. Don’t forget to add the barbecue sauce and Worcestershire sauce as well.
It should get foamy and ready to cook. Secure the lid and leave it to cook slowly. It usually takes about an hour for this meal to cook. It is recommended that you leave the ribs in the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes after cooking. Leaving it on the room temperature for a while will thicken the sauce. Enjoy your meal.