21 Unexpected Things You Can Make In A Rice Cooker

Rice cookers = the hidden gem of the kitchen.

Amy Sefton / for BuzzFeed

1. Rice Cooker Oatmeal


Don’t have easy access to a stove or microwave? Rice cooker = to the rescue. For this recipe, just swap rice and water for oats and milk. Recipe here.

2. Cinnamon Apples


You can either mash them into applesauce or leave them snack size. Recipe here.

3. Hardboiled Eggs

Put that steamer basket to good use. Instructions here.

4. Hearty Chocolate Scone

Sharing is optional. Recipe here.

5. Vegetable Frittata


To build flavor, this recipe suggests some quick stovetop prep of sautéing the vegetables in garlic first. Find it here.

7. Rice Cooker Banana Bread

This gluten-free version swaps regular flour for almond and coconut flour. Recipe here.

8. Pineapple Upside Down Cake


9. Poached Pomegranate Pears


Bonus points for making your kitchen smell like Christmas in October. Recipe here.

10. Rice Cooker Mac ‘n’ Cheese

So easy that even the kids can get in on the game. Recipe here.

11. Giant Rice Cooker Pancake


Why yes, I *do* prefer my pancakes to be roughly the size of steering wheels, TYVM. Recipe here.

13. Yellow Split Pea Dal

The simple spice mix here — of cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes — makes all the difference. Recipe here.

15. Spaghetti with Kielbasa or Vegetables


One-pot wonders. Recipes here and here.

16. Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

If you’re gonna go the rice route, at least dress that rice ~to the nines~. Recipe here.

17. Rice Cooker Taco Soup


Finished off with plenty of cheese. Recipe here.

18. Pasta With Fresh Vegetables

In general, the combo of grain + vegetable + spice or oil can work in a rice cooker, as long as you get the ratio right and chop larger veggies down to size. You can find more combos and inspiration here.

20. Honey Nut Steel-Cut Oats

Topped with bananas and almonds. Snack game? Strong. Recipe here.

21. Rice Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Recipe here.

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