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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.

Meal planning with mince is a great way to save money on groceries and rice goes with just about all mince based dishes. Meal planning always helps me with my money saving challenges as groceries are one area you can cut back and save quite a few pounds every week!

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.

Be sure to check out my slow cooker tips while you’re here too.

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Ingredients for cooking rice in the slow cooker

(Serves 2-3 people)

1 cup of long grain rice

2 cups of water

Generous pinch of salt

Spray oil

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How to cook rice in a slow cooker – my simple method

Spray oil or rub butter around the inside of your slow cooker pot.

Rinse the rice thoroughly. Very thoroughly!

Pour the rice, your water and salt into the slow cooker pot.

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

Serve! You may want to scatter some fresh herbs over the rice too, if you’re so inclined.

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My thoughts on cooking 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.

I do find that sometimes this rice needs a little bit of fork separation, perhaps if I’ve not serve it as much as I should have, or haven’t rinsed it thoroughly before using it.

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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! My Ninja Foodi white rice is my absolute favourite though!

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Looking for some different slow cooker rice recipes?

Why not try my slow cooker chicken and shrimp paella! It’s a real winner and a delicious one pot slow cooker dinner that the whole family will love.

Can you cook rice in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Just follow the below recipe!

ALL of the slow cooker recipes on this website have been cooked using a Ninja Foodi OL750UK, or a previous Ninja multi-cooker model, but you can use ANY slow cooker, as timings should be very similar.

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 2 servings
Calories 160 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups 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.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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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!

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