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Recipe: Spanish Rice In Rice Cooker

recipe spanish rice in rice cooker

As a lover of Spanish cuisine, I always look for new recipes to try. One of my favorites is Spanish rice, but making it on the stove can be a bit tricky. That's why I decided to experiment with making it in a rice cooker, and I am happy to share my recipe with you today. This recipe is easy, delicious, and can be served as a side dish or a main course.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Side Dish/Main Course
  • Recipe Cuisine: Spanish
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.7/5


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook until they start to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring to a boil.
  5. Transfer the tomato mixture to a rice cooker. Add the rice and frozen peas, and stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook according to the rice cooker's instructions, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Nutrition table

Nutrition InformationAmount Per Serving
Total Fat3g
Saturated Fat0g
Total Carbohydrate37g
Dietary Fiber3g

Recipes FAQ

  • Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?
    Yes, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid ratio.
  • Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?
    Yes, you can use any broth you prefer or even water.
  • Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes?
    Yes, but you may need to adjust the liquid ratio.
  • Can I add other vegetables to the rice?
    Absolutely! You can add diced carrots, corn, zucchini, or any other vegetables you like.
  • Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
    Yes, you can make the rice ahead of time and reheat it in the microwave or on the stove.
  • How long can I store the leftover rice?
    The leftover rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipes Tips

Spanish rice is a versatile dish that can be served with many different meals. It goes well with grilled chicken, beef, or fish, and it's also great with tacos, burritos, or enchiladas. Here are some tips to make the perfect Spanish rice:

Use a good-quality rice: For the best results, use a long-grain white rice such as Basmati or Jasmine.

Rinse the rice: Rinsing the rice removes excess starch and prevents it from becoming sticky.

Don't skip the spices: The cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper add a lot of flavor to the dish. If you don't have these spices, you can use chili powder instead.

Adjust the seasoning: Taste the rice before serving and adjust the seasoning to your liking. You can add more salt, pepper, or spices if needed.

Let the rice rest: After cooking, let the rice rest for a few minutes before fluffing it with a fork. This will help the flavors to meld together and the rice to absorb any remaining liquid.

With these tips and tricks, you'll be able to make the perfect Spanish rice every time. Enjoy!