Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, get inspired by these Crock Pot rice recipes, which can all be made in a slow cooker.
Rice in the slow cooker? Yes, indeed! That kitchen appliance best known for turning out braises and stews can deliver grains that are surprisingly fluffy and tender. And better yet, you can use your crock to simultaneously cook your meat, veg, or whatever else your recipe calls for along with the rice, which then soaks in all the juices. In many ways, the slow cooker provides all the convenience and ease of the rice cooker while allowing for the flavor benefits of the stovetop. Just press the start button on one of these 10 easy rice recipes and let the heat do the work.
Our Spanish rice recipe calls upon bell pepper, tomatoes, and spices to infuse each grain with flavor. It’s a deeply savory side that will stack up strongly against meaty mains and more. Get our Slow Cooker Spanish Rice recipe.
Yes, it’s easy enough to go ahead and call up Chinese takeout, but why not give this super-simple slow cooker recipe a shot the next time you’re craving fried rice? Get our Slow Cooker Fried Rice recipe.
A Tex-Mex feast usually involves keeping track of an extensive array of toppings. Not here, however. Once you’ve simmered all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, the only thing left to do is spoon it out and top with cheese. Get the Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls recipe.
Like grits or oatmeal, congee, the East Asian rice porridge, has a mouth-coating creaminess to it that tastes of pure comfort. The slow cooker gently teases out its starches, resulting in a consistency that’s especially silky. Get the Slow Cooker Rice Congee with Chicken recipe.
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Stuck at home feeling under the weather with no one to bring you a bowl of chicken soup? This pick-me-up recipe not only uses ingredients you’ve likely already got lying around your kitchen, it’s about as easy as can be, meaning you can put your energies toward resting up and getting better while it cooks. Get the Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe. (For a vegan version, try this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Wild Rice Soup recipe.)
This slow cooker rice and lentil filling is spiced with chili powder, paprika, and cumin, which give it just enough oomph to hold its own inside tacos and more. Get the Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos recipe.
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Some nights call for a simple dinner that is creamy, cheesy, and starchy in all the most decadent ways. This recipe hits all those marks with ease. Juicy chicken gets nestled on top of long-grain brown rice in this casserole, meaning that as it cooks, the meat’s juices dribble their way into the grains. Then Greek yogurt and white cheddar make it creamy. Get the Crock-Pot Chicken and Rice recipe.
This beautifully buttery rice is full of caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, and fresh thyme, for a hearty side or even a vegetarian main dish if you just add a salad or green veggies on the side. Get the Slow Cooker Mushroom Rice recipe.
Don’t forget dessert! The slow cooker can be your best friend when you’ve got a rice pudding hankering. Our recipe keeps it classic, fixing it up with raisins, cinnamon, vanilla. Get our Slow Cooker Rice Pudding recipe.
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