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How to Cook Rice in a Slow Cooker

Updated on June 24, 2011

Slow Cookers for Convenience

Slow cookers tend to be the hectic mom's go-to kitchen appliance. Learning basic guidelines for using one to do the cooking for you not only gets a home cooked meal on the table, but allows you some more precious free time, too. Observe these easy steps to make the slow cooker prepare the rice while you go searching for something else to do.

Rice Slow Cooker Ingredients

Rice Slow Cooker Ingredients

1 cup rice (jasmine rice works well in the slow cooker)
2 cups water or broth
1 tablespoon butter or preferred cooking oil
2 teaspoons salt

How to Cook Rice in a Slow Cooker

Measure the rice, salt, water and butter or oil. Generally you need two cups of water for each cup of rice. The advantage of a slow cooker is a bit more water may be included if needed, without causing a lot of alteration in the consistency from the rice. If you have a large slow cooker, you can cook up to 4 cups of uncooked rice in a slow cooker. This makes about 10 cups of cooked rice.

Take a stick of butter or a little oil and rub the interior of the slow cooker. Or spray with non-stick cooking spray. This is important to keep rice from sticking and you will appreciate this step when it's time to wash the slow cooker.

Put the rice, oil and water into the slow cooker. You may also include addition such as veggies (fresh, frozen, or canned; it doesn't matter) and spices or herbs if you want, but make sure you increase some additional water to cook them too.

Set the slow cooker to the low setting. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you're beginning to cook the rice more than three or four hours in advance, switch to the warm setting after about four hours, if at all possible. Although the rice isn't prone to burn, some of the newer slow cookers do tend to dry out food if they are set to high or medium for too long.

Tips for How to Cook Rice in a Slow Cooker

This rice in the crock pot is pretty much foolproof! It works just like a rice cooker. It turns out fluffy like steamed rice. It will not have that sticky consistency that happens often when attempting to cook rice on the stove.

Serve and enjoy your own rice. You can get your essential proteins using an effortless inclusion of a couple of cans of beans for a well-balanced, cheap, vegetarian meal.

Try out various flavor combinations to add to the rice. They can complement whatever type of meal you are serving. For example, if it's Mexican food night, try pinto or black beans and added salsa, chili powder and garlic. Top them off with some grated cheese.

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      Dolly 2 years ago

      Pretty nice and good food for all the family. It is very fast in my Redmond 4502 multicooker, and easy cooked and for children too! Try it, all of you!

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      Alan 3 years ago

      I will try using my slow cooker for rice now ive made curry and stews and they are really nice and so easy,just throw it in and leave it ,so now i will be trying my rice.

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      KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Just got a crock pot for Christmas....Can't wait to try this.

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      Skip 5 years ago

      Well I just loaded up my crock pot with the rice, butter and salt, and turned it on "Low". If this works It will slash my food meal, and also give me healthier food to eat. Thanks!

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      Holly 5 years ago

      This worked pretty well with brown rice (Uncle Ben's) but the salt measurement is WAY too much. Gonna have to store my rice overnight with a peeled potato to remove the saltiness.

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      joanna 5 years ago

      i have a slow cooker i never used it but now i no you can cook rice in it i will be using it now thank's god bless

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      plumbing 6 years ago

      I haven't tried to use slow cooker as alternative for rice cooker. I will surely try this at home.

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      Dx 6 years ago

      I was looking to buy a rice steamer but didn't really want yet another appliance taking up room in cupboards or on worktops and it came to me that my slow cooker might do the same job. So I'm glad I did a search on it! Thanks so much. x

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      Dillon 6 years ago

      OMG tried this and the rice was excellent, will defo use the slow cooker again, perhaps I will experiment by adding other ingredients etc

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much!

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I love rice, you better believe I'm gona' try this.

      Great Hub

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have never done this! But I will now! Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very informative but I haven't got a slow cooker.

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      PDGreenwell 7 years ago from Kentucky

      I am going to give this a try!