The Aroma Rice Cooker: My Favorite Kitchen Workhorse

The Aroma rice cooker is my favorite kitchen workhorse, allowing me to make white or brown rice easily and perfectly~every time.

For years, I’ve been obsessed with the Aroma rice cooker~my favorite kitchen workhorse and one of my “can’t live without” appliances. You can tell by the dents and dings in this one (my second cooker) that it is oft-used and well-loved:-)

I shared this post years ago and decided to update it a bit. Since I purchased my original cooker (white), a newer stainless steel model has bee made available. Although this rice cooker also slow cooks, steams, and sautes/simmers, I use it primarily for rice. I use my Instant Pot for most of my multi-function cooking.

The Aroma rice cooker gave birth to my go-to brown rice, French Onion Brown Rice: Easy, Delicious & Make Ahead. It has traveled with me to friends’ homes to serve big batch rice to go with my Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Gumbo with Shortcut Roux and Game Day Chili. I’ve used it for white rice, basmati rice, and brown rice to go with countless dishes.

I purchased my rice cooker at Costco, but the same one (with a few design tweaks) can be found here on amazon. It is less than $40 and has more than 3,000 mostly positive reviews.

There’s lots to love about this appliance (it also steams, sautes and slow cooks), but I consider it a slam dunk for the rice funtion alone. Here are a few reasons it rocks where rice is concerned:

  1. It is programmable. I LOVE that I can fill the rice cooker early in the day, press a few buttons, and know that rice will be perfectly cooked and ready for whatever I time I programmed it to be done. #nomorecookingricelastminute #aintnobodygottimeforthat!
  2. It cooks rice perfectly. My white rice is always fantastic (I always use Uncle Ben’s converted~parboiled rice always turns out great). My brown rice is AHmazing! The few times that it has turned out dry, I’ve fixed it by adding 1/2 cup more broth or water, pressing “smart steam” and waiting 4-7 minutes for tender, moist rice.
  3. It makes party sized portions. The cooker makes up to 20 cups of rice~pefect for serving at parties or large gatherings.
  4. It transports and keeps rice warm. The cooker is easy to take to parties or events, and the rice stays warm in the insulated cooker. My cooker used to travel with me to friends’ homes, but now almost all of my friends have their own! The stainless is nice enough to leave on the counter and is SO much more attractive than my first model~the white one (in my You Tube video).

Years ago, I posted a You Tube video explaining how to pre-program the Aroma rice cooker to make my yummy French onion brown rice. The video (below) is years ago before I had inkling of how to shoot a video or halfway make myself look decent for a camera (whew!! it isn’t pretty!!) But, if you can look past the VERY amateur videography, hopefully the rice cooker how-to will be helpful:-)

If you have an Aroma rice cooker, please share your thoughts! If you buy one and have questions or need help using it, contact me through comments or email; I am happy to help out! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

 

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