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How to cook rice in the slow cooker

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I love making just about anything in my slow cooker, and making rice in the slow cooker is SUPER simple! It takes just a couple of minutes of time and you can have lovely, soft, fluffy rice with next to no effort. Knowing how to cook rice in the slow cooker will save you effort and means you can use a triple slow cooker effectively, or even just divide your normal slow cooker into two sections! Scroll down near the end for a recipe card that shows you how to make rice in the slow cooker.

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Ingredients for cooking rice in the slow cooker

(Serves 2-3)

1/2 cup of long grain rice

1 cup of water

Generous pinch of salt

Spray oil

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Spray oil or rub butter around the slow cooker pot.

Rinse rice thoroughly.

Pour in rice, water and salt.

Cook on high for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Stir every 20-30 minutes if possible to prevent sticking.

My thoughts on putting rice in the slow cooker:

This is SO simple. I don’t have to be there constantly watching it, like I do with the hob. As witching hour is quite busy in our home this is a great way to prepare dinner, without having to be available too much.

It takes just a few seconds to stir the rice, and helps me serve a tasty, warming frugal dinner. I also like knowing that if I accidentally leave this for 5-10 more minutes it isn’t going to become stuck to the bottom of the pan, or turn into a charred mess, like it would if I cooked it on the hob.

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I have found that sometimes there is a little bit of rice stuck to the bottom of the slow cooker. To remove this I add hot water to the pot and allow it to cook while I eat dinner. Then clean up is really easy. If you want to avoid this you could try a *slow cooker liner. I don’t mind spending a few seconds scrubbing to avoid using another piece of plastic in my home.

If you’re not wanting to use your slow cooker then check out the foolproof 5 step method to cook rice!

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How to cook rice in the slow cooker:

Slow cooker rice

White rice cooked in the slow cooker.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword rice, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings


  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • spray oil


  1. Spray oil or rub butter around your slow cooker pot. 

  2. Rinse rice thoroughly. 

  3. Pour in rice, water and salt. 

  4. Cook on high for 1 1/2 – 2 hours stirring every 20-30 minutes to prevent sticking.

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Saturday 11th of November 2017

Giving this a try right now as I'm pretty rubbish at making rice..So here goes :)


Sunday 19th of November 2017

Hope it went well?


Sunday 15th of October 2017

Being a slow cooker fan, I've been waiting for this post since you mentioned it on Twitter. I have to try this. Thank you

Loving the triple slow cooker too.


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

I will definitely be reviewing the slow cooker soon!