How to Make Rice in a Rice Cooker

About  15 years ago, I somehow lost the ability to cook rice on the stove. I could never get it to come out right. A rice cooker saved me! I bought one at Target, for under $25 and never looked back. It lasted over 10 years then I replaced it with the same one, a newer model of course, from Aroma, that I still use today. It makes perfect rice every time. More recently, I have discovered how easy it is to make rice in the Instant Pot.

Basic Rice Cooker Rice


1 1/3 cup brown rice

2 2/3 cups unsalted chicken or vegetable stock

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 clove of garlic, minced (or teaspoon of garlic paste)

1 teaspoon onion powder


Add all the ingredients to the rice cooker, turn it on and let it cook. It will take about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on your rice cooker.

You can add different spices to change up the flavor depending on what you are serving with it. I like to use cumin, rosemary, thyme or ginger.  After cooking you can add chopped fresh herbs, like cilantro or basil.

When making a larger amount, I now use my Instant Pot to cook rice. I was nervous the first time I made it because it was the main part of the meal that I was serving to guests. There was no need for me to be nervous. It came out perfectly! I made a quick paella with it. Instead of Spanish flavors, I used South African flavors and added my homemade South African farmer’s sausage (boerewors), shrimp and some peas. After some more testing I’ll share this amazing recipe with you all! I adapted Everyday Maven’s instructions to help make the rice come out so well 🙂

Rice is so versatile. It can be cooked in advance and kept warm in the rice cooker or Instant Pot. It can be frozen for future meals. It can be used in so many different cuisines: Chinese, Mexican, American, Italian, Indian, Spanish and more!  What is your favorite way to serve rice?  Here are some of my favorites: Sheet Pan Shrimp, Marinated Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts or Turkey Fried Rice.

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