Can you use a rice cooker as a crockpot?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you use a rice cooker as a crockpot?”, and what foods other than rice can you cook in a rice cooker?

Can you use a rice cooker as a crockpot?

Yes, you can use a rice cooker as a crockpot. Both the appliances cook the food by circulating steam. Generally, rice cookers operate at higher cooking temperatures than crockpots. But the temperature and cooking time can be adjusted. 

What is a crockpot?

The crockpot is the brand’s name that manufactures a variety of slow cookers. The crockpot has earned a reputation for the pioneers of introducing good quality slow cookers. The crockpots operate at low temperatures and take about 6-8 hours to thoroughly cook the food. 

You just have t dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do its magic. This hands-off approach is the catch for people who are not much into cooking. 

The trend of using crockpots started somewhere around the 1940s when the working-class women would leave their meals to cook during their working hours and come home to a ready-to-devour delicious meal.

How does a crockpot work?

There are three main parts of a crockpot. One is the base that is inserted with the cooking element, and the others are a lid and a vessel. 

Two handles, a temperature knob, and feet are protruding out of the vessel. All of these three protruding perform the obvious functions. 

A liner melded onto the inside of the crockpot’s base. The electricity wires are embedded between the liner and the bottom and it also supports the heater bands used for heat conduction. 

The bands generate and release the heat that travels from the bottom and up the sides of the vessel, which in turn cooks the food. A small gap between the liner and the base’s exterior prevents the crockpot from overheating by allowing the necessary ventilation.

Benefits of slow-cooked meals

  1. The prolonged cooking times ensure that the flavors are dispersed evenly across the food.
  1. Slow cooking is most suitable for tenderizing tough cuts of meat such as roast, chuck steaks, etc.
  1. Since the temperature is very low, you won’t have to worry about your food scorched to the bottom f the vessel.
  1. Slow-cooked meals are wholesome and nutritious. Slow cooking decreases the likelihood of the production of harmful compounds.

What are the similarities between a slow cooker and a crockpot?

A slow cooker and a crockpot are often confused with each other due to their striking similarities. But the two appliances are used to produce specific outcomes.

Both the slow cooker and the crockpot work on the same mechanism. This involves cooking the food by simmering on low heat or steam. 

Both the appliances offer the hand-off approach, in which you simply put the ingredients into the pot and come back to a delicious meal.

What is the difference between a rice cooker and a slow cooker?

Some advanced models of the slow cooker and rice cooker offer a variety of different cooking options. As far as the basics are concerned, the main differences between a slow cooker and a rice cooker are as follows.

Slow cooker Rice cooker 
The slow cooker is designed to cook your food on low heat for a prolonged timeA rice cooker operates at temperatures higher than a slow cooker
The shortest period of cooking time a slow cooker offers is 4 hoursRice cooker offers a ‘keep warm’ feature

How to use a slow cooker as a rice cooker?

  1. Cook your onion, garlic, vegetable, and meat as per the recipe instructions. 
  1. Add all the cooked ingredients into the slow cooker. Then pour the liquid.
  1. Close the lid and turn on the rice cooker to the cook setting. Once the liquid comes to a rolling boil, leave the cooker in the keep warm setting for about an hour. This is the slow cooking step.
  1. Repeat the process.

Can I cook other things in a rice cooker?

Yes, the rice cooker is not only designed to be used for cooking rice. You can cook a lot of other delicious dishes in the rice cooker with satisfying results. 

For example, you can cook lentils and quinoa, chicken and rice, steamed potatoes, Jambalaya, steamed veggies, steamed salmon, sour, warm cheese dip, breakfast dishes like frittata, oatmeal, and egg scramble, desserts like lemon cake and poaches pears can be cooked in a rice cooker.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you use a rice cooker as a crockpot?”, and what foods other than rice can you cook in a rice cooker?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.