Learn how to make delicious rice in the slow cooker effortlessly. This method makes the perfect fluffy rice every time.
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Cooking rice in a Crock Pot has been a game-changer for me. It's been a hassle-free way to perfect rice every time consistently without a rice cooker.
Just set it and forget it! With only a few minutes of prep time, your slow cooker will do all the work while you attend to other tasks or relax. It makes the perfect base for my crockpot pepper steak recipe.
Reasons to Love
- Convenience. Cooking rice in a slow cooker is incredibly convenient. You just need to add the rice and water, set the timer, and let the slow cooker do its magic.
- Fluffy texture. One of the key reasons people love cooking rice in a slow cooker is that it results in fluffy, perfectly cooked grains every time. The low, steady heat of the slow cooker ensures that each grain absorbs moisture evenly, leading to a consistent texture throughout the batch.
To make rice in the slow cooker, you'll need the most basic ingredients: rice, water, and salt. The type of rice you choose is crucial to achieving the perfect texture and flavor. Long grain white rice is a popular choice for slow cookers because it cooks evenly and doesn't become mushy.
Here's what you'll need to make this rice recipe:
- long-grain white rice
- hot water (vegetable or chicken broth can be used instead)
- onion powder (optional)
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Rinse the cup of rice in a strainer under cold water until the water runs clear.
In the slow cooker, combine the rinsed rice and water or broth. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and onion powder if desired.
After 1 hour, check the rice for doneness. It should be tender, and most of the liquid should be absorbed. If the rice is not done yet, continue cooking, checking every 15-30 minutes. When done, fluff it with a fork and serve.
Hint: Once you've set the slow cooker, let it do its magic undisturbed. Opening the lid releases steam and interrupts the cooking cycle, potentially leading to unevenly cooked rice. Trust the slow cooker to create perfectly tender rice, and only check on it once the recommended cooking time has passed.
You can easily change up this basic recipe with various add-ins. Here are a few ideas you can try:
- Herbs and spices - add garlic, thyme, or even a sprinkle of curry powder to up the flavor.
- Vegetables - mix in some cooked vegetables such as peas, carrots, or bell peppers halfway through the cooking process.
- Tropical - substitute half of the water with coconut milk and toss in some shredded coconut for a tropical twist on this classic side dish.
You can even make Mexican rice by adding canned diced tomatoes, red chili, onions, and garlic.
Top tip: Grease the crock pot with a thin layer of oil or cooking spray. This simple step prevents the rice from sticking to the bottom, ensuring easy cleanup and perfectly cooked grains.
- Place a clean kitchen towel under the slow cooker lid before covering it. The towel will absorb excess moisture, preventing it from dripping back onto the rice.
- Check the rice around the minimum cooking time to avoid overcooking and maintain a desirable texture.
- Let the rice sit with the lid on for 10-15 minutes after cooking. This helps the rice absorb any remaining moisture and ensures a consistent texture.
- Each slow cooker can vary. Finding the perfect settings and timing for your specific appliance might take a couple of tries.
There are endless options for serving rice. You can enjoy it as a simple side dish, or you can incorporate it into various main courses. For instance, pair your perfectly cooked rice with saucy dishes like a ground pork stir fry or creamy curry chicken. The slow cooker rice's fluffy texture also makes it an excellent addition to soups and stews. If you're feeling adventurous, use the rice to make homemade sushi rolls for a fun dinner experience.
Slow cooker rice is incredibly versatile and pairs well with many different flavors and cuisines. Its ability to absorb the essence of other ingredients makes it an ideal companion for a wide range of dishes like Buffalo chicken meatballs and orange chicken Trader Joe's recipe. You can even use it to make homemade sushi rolls for a fun dinner experience.
Leftover rice can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 days. It's important to let the rice cool down to room temperature before storing it, as hot rice can create condensation inside the container.
Another option is to freeze leftover rice for longer storage. Frozen rice can be stored for up to 6 months and reheated by microwaving or steaming when needed. Just be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating for best results.
Yes, you can use different types of rice such as brown rice, jasmine rice, basmati rice, or wild rice in a slow cooker. Just adjust the liquid and cooking time according to the specific rice type used for best results.
Absolutely! You can add vegetables, herbs, spices, or even proteins like chicken or tofu when cooking rice in a crock pot. Just ensure that there's enough liquid and consider the additional cooking time required for these extra ingredients.
To prevent mushy slow-cooked rice, avoid lifting the lid during cooking (to retain steam), measure water accurately according to the specific kind of rice used, and follow recommended cooking times closely. Using less water than usual can help achieve firmer textured cooked grains.
Here are a few more easy slow cooker recipes for one or two people you may want to try:
- Macaroni and cheese in crock pot is the ultimate comfort food.
- Mini crock pot buffalo chicken dip makes just the right amount.
- Slow cooker chicken taco meat is perfect for taco Tuesday.
- Pork loin in crock pot recipe practically cooks itself.
- Tender pork chops in a crock pot are incredibly delicious.
Slow Cooker Rice
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 cups hot water or broth
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder (optional)
- Rinse the rice in a strainer under cold water until the water runs clear.
- In the slow cooker, combine the rinsed rice and water or broth.
- Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and onion powder if desired.
- Give a stir to ensure the rice is evenly distributed in the liquid.
- Cook on Low setting for 1-2 hours, covered.
- After 1 hour, check the rice for doneness. It should be tender, and most of the liquid should be absorbed. If the rice is not done yet, continue cooking, checking every 15-30 minutes.
- When done, fluff it with a fork and serve.