How to Cook Rice in a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are more versatile than you think. They can cook rice as perfect as the rice you cook when you use your steamer or saucepan. Regardless of whether you’ll cook white or brown rice, the slow cooker can cook each grain perfectly. Others even mix raw rice with other ingredients in a slow cooker to save some time since it would be more taxing to cook the rice separately.

If you want to cook rice, prepare the things you’ll need and just follow the steps below.

You’ll need:
1 Tbsp. of butter or margarine
2 cups of rice
4 cups of water
Salt (two-three pinches)

Step 1. Get your butter or margarine and coat the sides and bottom of your slow cooker with it.This will prevent the rice from sticking as it cooks.
Step 2. Add two cups of white or brown rice to your slow cooker.
Step 3. Pour in the four cups of water.
Step 4. Sprinkle with two to three pinches of salt. You wouldn’t want to get your rice tasting too salty.
Step 5. Carefully cover the slow cooker with its lid and set the heat setting to high. White rice will take two hours to cook, while an additional hour will be needed for brown rice to cook.
Step 6. Stir the rice onceduring the cooking time. Do this step gently.
Step 7. Grab a teaspoon and taste your rice and cook for an additional of 10-20 minutes if needed.
Step 8. Voila! You’re done!

If you prefer to cook the rice together with your meal, that would be more practical and time-saving. Follow thisrecipe by livestrong.com.

You’ll need:

Vegetable oil spray
4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter or low-fat margarine
1 can of low-sodium cream of mushroom soup
1 can of low-sodium chicken broth
1 can of low-sodium celery soup
1 soup can-full skim milk or water
1 envelope of low-sodium onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups of uncooked white rice
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Paprika (optional)

Step 1. With your vegetable oil spray, spray the sides and bottom of your slow cooker. Like in the previous recipe, this will keep the rice from sticking to the pot as it cooks.
Step 2. Add the soups, skim milk or water, 1 tbsp. of dry onion soup mix, and 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter or low-fat margarine in a saucepan.
Step 3. Stir to combine.
Step 4. Heat the mixture on a stovetop over medium heat. Stir once every minute or until the butter or margarine melts.
Step 5. Again, spray the sides and bottom of your slow cooker with your vegetable oil spray.
Step 6. Add 1 ½ cup of white rice and 2/3 of the soup mixture to your slow cooker. Stir thoroughly to make sure that the soup mixture blends with the raw rice completely.
Step 7. Set the chicken breasts on top of the rice and pour the remaining soup mixture on top of the chicken.
Step 8. Sprinkle the remaining dry onion soup mix over the chicken breasts as well.
Step 9. If you want, use paprika to garnish.
Step 10. Cover your slow cooker and set the heat setting to low. Let the chicken and rice cook for about two hours.
Step 11. Remove the lid and stir.
Step 12. Put back the lid and cook for an additional of 4 to 4 ½ hours. Don’t raise the cover or stir the rice even once this time.
Step 13. Serve while hot!

Remember that cooked rice can stay warm in your slow cooker until two hours after you turn the heat off.