Is it possible to steam vegetables in a rice cooker?
Contrary to popular belief, a rice cooker is quite versatile. This kitchen appliance is not only for cooking rice, but you can also use it to steam vegetables. It is useful especially when you have no time to cook on an electric stove. The dual function of this appliance is convenient and its portability is a huge plus.
Steaming vegetables on a rice cooker are effortless. Moreover, it is faster to steam veggies on this kitchen appliance since rice cookers boil water in a short amount of time. Likewise, a rice cooker automatically switches to warm setting to prevent burning the rice or vegetable.
However, steaming veggies on a rice cooker has required steps as well as reminders. If you are a beginner, here are useful tips for steaming vegetables in rice cooker.
Take out your rice cooker. Fill it with an appropriate amount of water according to appliance guide. Be careful in filling the rice cooker with water. Make sure it is not too much or too little for steaming the veggie you have. If the rice cooker has no complete guide on this process, you can consult reliable sources like Induction Pros for tips and guidelines.
After filling the rice cooker with water, place the steam basket next into the rice cooker pan.
What if you don’t have a steam basket?
There is another way to steaming vegetables in a rice cooker. You can steam a vegetable while cooking rice at the same time. You only have to follow the basic guideline in cooking rice in a cooker. Instead of putting the vegetable directly in the rice cooker, place it first in a heat-resistant bowl that fits inside your rice cooker. A ceramic, pyrex and stainless steel bowl will work perfectly for this job.
Quickly put the bowl on the top of the cooked rice after the rice is finished cooking. Cover the pot for approximately 15 minutes. The heat in the rice cooker will steam the veggies. Thus, you no longer have to boil water and use a steam basket in this process.
Once you placed the vegetable inside the cooker, season it with sesame oil, salt, and pepper. You can add more seasoning to your vegetable to get your desired taste. After doing so, cover the rice cooker with lid, plug in the cord, and turn the cooker in ‘cook’ setting.
Do not forget to set the timer. If you have no idea on how long you should steam a vegetable, you can browse tips from websites via online. Make sure to set the appropriate time to avoid overcooking the vegetable.
Once the timer sets off, turn off the rice cooker to finish steaming. Remove the vegetables and place it on a serving bowl or plate.
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There are advantages to steaming vegetables in a rice cooker. If you want to learn more about this, check it out here at Induction Pros, the most trusted guide for beginners in cooking.