Rice cookers are a kitchen staple for many households, but few people know how versatile they truly are.
From banana bread to chicken dinners, here are seven recipes you can make in a rice cooker that don’t involve rice!
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1. Rice cooker oatmeal
2. Rice cooker hard-boiled eggs
Most rice cookers come with a steamer tray that is especially handy for boiling eggs. Boiling them in the rice cooker actually keeps eggs from bumping into each other since they are steamed instead of sitting in the water itself. Try it out the next time you make deviled eggs!
3. Rice cooker banana bread
A rice cooker may be smaller than an oven, but it’s just as mighty when it comes to baking moist and tasty banana bread. Once you pour your batter into the rice cooker, just push a button and wait! Don’t forget to coat the inside of your rice cooker with cooking oil.
4. Rice cooker mac ‘n’ cheese
5. Rice cooker hummus
6. Rice cooker ‘roasted’ chicken
You can’t technically “roast” something without a fire, but you can cook an entire chicken in a rice cooker! If your living space (like a college dorm) doesn’t have oven access and you’re missing a classic meal, try this out!
7. Rice cooker steamed shrimp
Shrimp finds its way into a variety of dishes, from shrimp cocktail to a summer salad, so it only makes sense that steaming it should be doable practically anywhere. All you need is water, your rice cooker and plenty of raw shrimp. Bon appétit!
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