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Quick and Easy Rice Cooker Fried Rice

Enjoy a hassle-free meal with this rice cooker fried rice recipe, featuring jasmine rice, flavorful sauces, and mixed vegetables, all effortlessly cooked together for a perfect quick dish.
rice cooker fried rice served on a table

No joke, you won’t return to making regular Chinese chicken fried rice again after making this rice cooker fried rice. 

This recipe is perfect for those who dislike cooking but want to enjoy a tasty meal. Just combine all the ingredients in your rice cooker, and you’re set to go. 

I have made this dish more than four times now for my husband, and I can guarantee that you will not regret trying it. 

You can also customize it to your liking. For example, if you like shrimp or chicken fried rice, you can add them to your rice cooker as your protein of choice. Since I’m plant-based, I prefer to use baby lima beans, but you can use mushrooms.

Ingredients for rice cooker fried rice

Ingredients for rice cooker fried rice

Rice: I decided to use jasmine rice for this dish. But any rice, including quinoa, will work. 

Oyster sauce: To get that pleasant taste of fried rice, you must use oyster sauce. 

Coconut aminos: I love the extra flavor coconut aminos add to dishes. They are a great alternative if you are trying to reduce your soy sauce consumption.

Tamari Lite: Soy sauce is the main ingredient in most fried rice dishes, but since it is super high in sodium, I prefer tamari lite.

Worcestershire sauce: For an additional layer of flavor. 

Sesame oil: This is crucial for this dish. I would not recommend substituting it with any other oil.

Salt: I used just ¼ tsp of Himalayan salt. Ensure you don’t add too much salt, as the tamari and Worcestershire sauce are already salty.

Sweetener: This helps to balance the other flavors in the dish. I prefer stevia or monk fruit to sweeten, but feel free to use sugar if that’s what you have.

Mixed vegetables: I chose to use frozen mixed veggies that contain carrots, corn, green beans, and peas, but you can use any mixed veggie of your choice.

Protein of choice: I chose to use baby lima beans for this recipe. But as I mentioned earlier, if you are a meat eater, you can add shrimp or chicken as your protein of choice.

Water: Use water to cook your rice. In the past, I substituted water with beef broth, and it came out delicious. If you have that on hand, I suggest giving it a try.

A plate of rice cooker fried rice

How to make fried rice in a rice cooker

Making fried rice in a rice cooker is pretty straightforward. Although you won’t get the same flavor as regular rice fried in oil, the taste is comparable. 

Follow these steps to ensure you get a great-tasting rice cooker fried rice.

Step 1: Wash your rice 

Washing rice for rice cooker fried rice

Begin by washing your rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. Then, transfer your washed rice into your rice cooker

Step 2: Combine your sauces

combining sauces for rice cooker fried rice

Combine your coconut aminos, oyster sauce, tamari lite, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Then, set it aside. 

Step 3: Add your water and sauces to the rice cooker

adding water and sauces for fried rice

Add enough water to your rice cooker to cook the rice, and pour in your combined sauces. For this recipe, I used 1 cup of rice to 1⅓ cup of water. 

Step 4: Add your vegetables and protein of choice

adding vegetables and mixing for fried rice in rice cooker

Next, add your mixed vegetables and protein of choice and stir to combine well. Cover the pot and cook until done (depending on your rice cooker).

Step 5: Combine and serve your rice cooker fried rice

close up of rice cooker fried rice

Once your rice cooks, combine well and serve.

Why you’ll love this fried rice in rice cooker

The amazing thing about preparing this fried rice in rice cooker is that you can set it and forget it. Unlike regular fried rice, which requires you to be in the kitchen cooking, this is super straightforward and is best for novices or college students who live in dorms.  

fried rice in rice cooker

Another great thing about this dish is that it’s easily customizable. You can add any type of vegetable or protein of choice. Plus, it’s all in one pot, so you won’t have to worry about too many dishes. 

If you have a busy schedule and want something quick and easy to prepare, you can’t go wrong with this rice cooker fried rice. 

Storage and Reheating

Your rice cooker fried rice can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days. To ensure it remains safe and retains its best quality, follow these tips:

  1. Cool Quickly: Allow the fried rice to cool to room temperature before storing it in the refrigerator. However, please don’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent bacterial growth.
  2. Store Properly: Place the cooled fried rice in airtight containers. Doing this helps prevent contamination and keeps the rice from drying out.
  3. Reheat Thoroughly: When reheating, ensure the fried rice reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). This temperature is necessary to kill any potential bacteria that may have grown.

Following these storage guidelines, you can safely enjoy your rice cooker fried rice for several days after it has been cooked.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you do, then I’m sure you will also enjoy my Jollof and vegan rice recipe.

Let me know in the comments if you do give it a try.

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Rice Cooker Fried Rice

This quick and easy rice cooker fried rice combines rice with a blend of savory sauces, mixed vegetables, and your choice of protein for a deliciously simple meal.
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Eleanor

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice - or any rice
  • 1⅓ cup water - or beef broth
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar - or stevia/monkfruit
  • cup mixed vegetables
  • ¼ cup baby lima beans - or any protein of your choice

Instructions

  • Rinse the jasmine rice thoroughly under cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch. Transfer the washed rice into the rice cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, coconut aminos, tamari lite, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, salt, and sweetener. Stir well to blend all ingredients.
  • Add the water or beef broth (if you like) to the rice cooker with the washed rice. Pour the mixed sauces over the rice and stir to distribute the sauces evenly.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and your chosen protein (lima beans, shrimp, or chicken) to the rice cooker. Stir to combine everything thoroughly.
  • Cover the rice cooker and set it to cook. The time may vary depending on your rice cooker model but generally takes about 25 minutes.
  • Once the rice is cooked and all ingredients are heated through, stir the contents to mix well. Serve your rice cooker fried rice hot, garnished with additional herbs or sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

This dish can be easily customized by varying the types of vegetables and proteins.
For those watching their sodium intake, ensure the sauces used are low in sodium and adjust the added salt accordingly.
If you like a smokier flavor, a dash of liquid smoke can be added with the sauces.
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