5 Healthy Food You Can Make Using a Rice Cooker

March 20, 2019 blog-img

What dishes can you make using a rice cooker?

  1. Steamed tilapia
  2. Chicken and daikon soup
  3. Steamed tofu and asparagus
  4. Ampalaya with shrimp
  5. Rice cooker frittata


It’s surprising how many dishes you can make with just a rice cooker. In the Philippines, kitchen appliances are usually treated as one-dimensional. Rice cookers are just for cooking rice; frying pans are strictly for frying. Because of this mindset, a lot of people tend to buy many kitchen utensils and cooking pans that they don’t realize that some dishes can be made through the rice cooker as well!

Think of it this way: just because it’s called a rice cooker doesn’t mean it’s only made to cook rice. In fact, there are a lot of healthy dishes that you can make just by using a rice cooker. Check out the recipes below!


Steamed Tilapia



  • 1 medium-sized Tilapia
  • ½ cup ginger, chopped into sticks
  • ½ cup of onion springs, chopped fine
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce



  1. Prepare the fish by stuffing ¼ cup of ginger in its body cavity. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cover the fish with the remaining ¼ cup of ginger and ½ cup of spring onions.
  3. Place an ample amount of water into the rice cooker, and set it to “cook”.
  4. Place the fish on a steam tray provided with the rice cooker and place it within.
  5. Steam it in the rice cooker for 15 minutes.


Chicken and Daikon Soup


  • 500g chicken (legs area preferred, with skin removed and chopped into smaller pieces.)
  • 1 liter of water
  • 5 slices of ginger
  • 300g of white radish, peeled and cut to large chunks
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms with stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon of goji berries, soaked in water until puffy
  • 3 dried scallops
  • Salt



  1. Add water to the rice cooker and set it to “cook”. When the water boils, add the chicken in the rice cooker and let it cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Make sure to cover it and discard the first change of the cooking liquid. Set aside the blanched chicken.
  2. Add 1 liter of water to the rice cooker, cover it, and set it to “cook”.
  3. When it begins to boil, add the chicken, daikon, mushrooms, dried scallops, and ginger. Cover the rice cooker and bring it back to a boil. Leave it to cook for about 45 minutes.
  4. Switch the rice cooker to “warm” and allow it to simmer for another 1 to 2 hours.


Steamed Tofu and Asparagus

Steamed Tofu and Asparagus


  • ½ small bunch asparagus, 1 ½ inch in length
  • ½ block of fried tofu (6oz.), cubed
  • ½ small carrot, peeled, sliced thinly
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mirin
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


  1. Put the asparagus, carrots, and minced garlic into a mixing bowl. Pour in the oyster sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, mirin, and honey and then mix it all up.
  2. Put in tofu and mix all the ingredients up until tofu and vegetables are coated with the mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof plate and place in a rice cooker. Steam it for 15 to 20 minutes.


Ampalaya with Shrimp


  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 pieces of tomato, diced
  • 250g of pork
  • 250g shrimp
  • 2 cups ampalaya
  • 3 eggs
  • Fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Set the rice cooker to cook.
  2. Pour in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  3. Place minced garlic, onions, tomatoes, and 250g of pork. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Afterward, add water and let it steam for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly cooked.
  4. Put in 2 cups of Ampalaya. Lightly stir and let it steam for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Put in 250 grams of shrimp and season with pepper. Let steam for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Lastly, beat three eggs and pour them into the rice cooker. Lightly mix and then let it steam for 1 minute. Pour in the fish sauce to taste and season with salt to finish.


Rice Cooker Frittata


  • 1 whole garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, cut into small dice
  • 1 small potato, peeled and finely julienned
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of grated cheese (optional)



  1. Heat up a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic clove and let it brown lightly. Discard the garlic clove afterward.
  2. Add the vegetables and sauté. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and then set aside.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the rice cooker bowl. Spread it around the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides using a paper towel.
  4. Add the eggs, grated cheese, salt, and pepper into the bowl. Beat the eggs in a bowl.
  5. Add the vegetables and distribute them evenly in the egg mixture.
  6. Put the rice cooker on “cook” and wait for its cycle to finish.


Key Takeaway

In the Philippines, kitchen appliances serve numerous roles. Being resourceful with what you have can leave you with a lot of unique dishes that taste delicious. Try these rice cooker recipes and see what they can bring you!

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