December 2019 I received my Aroma Professional Rice Cooker as a Christmas present from my partner. I’d learned to perfect the art of cooking rice in a pot, but there were always times that it didn’t turn out quite right. It was about time I graduated and started eating rice that was perfection each and every time.
I’m not kidding y’all when I say the first batch of rice I made in this cooker I screamed. It was *chefs kiss*. I had found my new obsession. Needless to say we ate a lot of rice the next few weeks with no complaints from me considering it’s my favorite carb!
But it is so much more than just another rice cooker.
If you’re reading this today, it’s probably because you wanted to learn about a rice cooker and you picked the best one. But the Aroma Professional Rice Cooker can do so much more than produce the perfect steamed rice. It is patented as the Sauté-then-Simmer cooker and it has 12 different functions like grains, soup, steam, porridge, cakes and slow cooking!
The Sauté-then-Simmer function does exactly as it says and is what makes this rice cooker extra special. You can add your choice of meats or veggies right into the pot to brown them!
Add a little oil to the pot and select the STS option.
Once warmed, toss in your choice of meat or veggie and brown them to your liking.
Pour in your liquid, like water or stock, and close the lead to simmer.
Your cooker will automatically simmer after a few minutes and the timer will begin! I use the STS to make Spanish rice! I add my oil and rice and sauté until browned. Once it’s browned, I’ll add my stock and other ingredients, close the lid for it to simmer, adjust the time to 45 minutes and voila!
Ashamedly, I’ve yet to use my rice cooker for anything fun like soup or cakes but I have tested quite a few rice’s and quinoa!
White Rice Function
My #1 top favorite rice is sushi rice. I woke up one morning last year and craved rice for breakfast. So of course, the first thing I do is grab my phone and open up my Pinterest app to search for breakfast rice recipes. If y’all know me, I love Japanese culture and one of the first recipes I found was tomago kake goyan which is rice mixed or topped with raw egg and soy sauce. I can already hear the haters screaming about raw eggs. Don’t knock it ’till you try it!
Sushi rice is tricky if you’re trying to cook it stove top in a pot. It’s usually got odd measurements and because it’s meant to be sticky, it can easily overcook in a regular pot. This rice cooker saved my sushi rice’s life! It is the perfect amount of sticky yet still keeps it’s structure every single time.
My 2nd favorite rice is basmati. This rice should be super light, fluffy and curl into little crescent moon pieces (I almost said toenails but decided that would be crossing the line, haha!). Low and behold, no surprise here, once the timer went off I had the perfect rice for my curry!
I use the White Rice function for both of these rice’s. This will cook them for about 37-42 minutes. Most rice package instructions quote a 20-minute cook time, but I’ll break down why the Aroma cooker quotes a longer cook time. Let’s base this off of a happy medium and say it takes 40 minutes total. Your rice cooker needs time to heat up just like a pot of water. It also needs time to cook and then, word of advice, every pot of rice should be removed from the heat for at least 10 minutes to rest before serving.
- Put your rice in water in and start your rice cooker on the White Rice function.
- First 8 minutes (give-or-take) is the warm-up.
- 20 minutes of turbo convection cooking.
- Then you’ll notice at some point your rice cooker will do a 12-minute count down.
So it’s actually not a longer process! And it makes cooking rice much easier. Say goodbye to baby sitting your stove top rice and let the Aroma cooker do the work for you.
Pro-tip: Always, always, always WASH YOUR RICE. Grab a fine mesh strainer and pour in your measured amount of dry rice. Rinse it under cold water until it runs clear and then it’s ready to cook.
Quick Rice Function
Quinoa can be cooked on either the White Rice function or the Quick Rice function. Quinoa is a great gluten free grain packed with protein to give you both a rice and pasta-like texture. Where you can sometimes get away with not rinsing your rice and still getting good results, you should most definitely never forget to wash your quinoa. Because of the pasta-esque texture, I like to cook my quinoa on the shorter end of the quoted cook-time.
Most packages call for a 15-20 minute cooking time which is why I go with the Quick Rice function on my Aroma cooker. This functions time depends on the amount that you are cooking, but 2c is pretty standard and will cook for 20-25 minutes.
One of my favorite ways to eat quinoa is as the base of a Buddha bowl or tossing it with kale.
- Measure, rinse and add the quinoa to your cooker.
- Quinoa is pretty nutty so I like to toss in butter to bring that nutty flavor out.
- Once it’s done fluffy it before serving.
- Pack it into the bottom of your Buddha bowl or toss is with kale to pack some protein in your salad.
Brown Rice Function
Does anyone else struggle with brown rice? I love the bite and chew of brown rice but I could NEVER seem to get the hang of it when cooking it stove top. It also takes forever.
With the Aroma rice cooker I finally have enjoyably edible brown rice! The Brown Rice function cooks for at least 70-75 minutes so be sure to plan ahead of time when making this!
I also go through phases of wanting wild rice, or more recently, purple rice. Both of which have just as long as a cook-time. Before I moved to Arkansas, I found a great wild rice brand in a store in Iowa and oddly enough it is grown in Arkansas! Like your brown rice, wild rice will also be cooked with the Brown Rice function. I love to use these rice’s as a savory slide of pilaf to my dishes.
- For your wild rice, measure, rinse and add it to your cooker.
- I like to use stock instead of water to amp up the flavor.
- Throw in some garlic, parsley and thyme.
Close the lid, select Brown Rice and let the Aroma rice cooker do all the work. Now you can catch up on your shows, do some chores or get in a decent work out while you wait!
Say goodbye to soggy rice.
Remember back under the White Rice function when I mentioned something fancy called the turbo convection? It’s really not as fancy as it seems, it’s just science! Convection is the science of air in a circulation motion resulting in an even and quick cooking process. This explains my perfect rice every time! Convection is what happens when warmer air or liquid rises while cooler air drops and the “turbo” is just there to make it sound cool.
The Aroma’s carry handle helps for easy transportation from the cabinet to the counter, its’ lid has an easy open button and it has cool touch technology so that you don’t burn your hands on the outside of the cooker! (Note-to-self, don’t grab the inner pot until it’s completely cooled.)
Even though I haven’t personally tested every single function, it’s Amazon’s choice and people swear by it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product! Highly recommended!: I bought 4 of those. One for myself and 3 as presents. I have done rice, soup, cakes, European food(same approximately like in the oven for recipes). Very helpful I use it everyday. I cook in the weekends 3 times a day fresh food.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart professional rice cooker makes great rice This professional rice cooker provides all I need and more! The 6 cup size is perfect for a family of 6. I love the fact that no steam leaks when in use which keeps all flavors inside this cooker. It makes great white rice! 2 cups of white rice takes about 40 minutes and the cooking time is controlled automatically. It automatically switches to keep warm once cooking is done and beeps to get my attention. I am also able to steam vegetables and meat at the same time which is a huge bonus when preparing dinner. Delay timer is also very very helpful – I used to use a timer outlet to do it with my old rice cooker. Overall I am very satisfied with this rice cooker and keep exploring other functions it has such as making cakes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes PERFECT Rice every single time! I’ve had half a dozen rice cookers over the past 30 years and this one is by FAR the BEST! Sleek, easy to use, super easy to clean and best of all – PERFECT RICE EVERY SINGLE TIME! I have recommended it to all my friends! Also nice is that once the rice is done cooking, it will keep it warm almost indefinitely and the rice still remains fluffy and moist and never sticks to the bottom of the inner pan. The champagne color is so unique and pretty on my countertop when I’m using it — I’ve gotten lots of compliments. Totally worth the money to have a set-it-and-forget-it appliance that performs beautifully!