Insanely easy and flavorful rice cooker one pot tomato rice

Perfect one-pot meal for lazy days!
tomato rice

One-pot tomato rice cooked in the rice cooker made its round on the internet for years now, so it’s definitely nothing new. Yet, I only finally got to try out the recipe recently. After reviewing a couple of recipes on social media and other channels, and one partially failed attempt (I had to flash-cook the rice a couple more times), this tweaked recipe is what works for me. The first attempt didn’t work because the recipes I found used white jasmine rice, while we preferred brown rice. This recipe is simple recipe but plenty flavorful, and it is currently our favorite quick dinner, especially on days that we have errands to run. We just put the rice to cook and return home to a welcoming smell of fragrant rice!

The inspiration

Once upon a time, say around three weeks ago, I was browsing the posts on my Facebook feed and saw a video by The Meat Man, and it caught my attention. We have been house-hunting out-of-state since March 2022, and the housing search intensifies from April as we are running out of time before the husband’s new job assignment begins in another state. Even before the stress builds up, I’ve favored easy recipes while juggling different tasks and hobbies. I am running out of executive functioning capacity with increasing pressure, so I go for easier than easy recipes. This is it!

I made some adjustments to the recipe to veganize the recipe, and we prefer brown rice to jasmine white rice. I also tweaked the sauce ingredients to incorporate my mom’s sauce in her rice cooker taro rice recipe. Instead of meat, I used the homemade washed flour seitan chick’n, which turned out perfect!

Insanely easy and flavorful rice cooker one pot tomato rice

This rice cooker tomato rice is easy to cook but flavorful to eat. On errand days, we put the rice to cook and come home to a welcoming smell of fragrant rice!

tomato rice
Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 3 Calories: 547




For the rice


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  1. Prepare the sauce

    Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and set it aside.

    sauce and garlic
    Ingredients: 3 tbsp light soy sauce; 1 tsp dark soy sauce; 1 tsp sweet soy sauce (optional); 1 tsp hoisin sauce; 1 tsp sesame oil; 2 tbsp shaoxing cooking wine
  2. Brown the seitan

    Cut the seitan into the bite-sized cubes, and season the seitan with salt and sesame oil. Brown the seitan in a heated pan. 

    seitan browning
    Ingredients: 250g seitan chick'n; ¼ tsp salt; ½ tbsp sesame oil
  3. Chop and rinse cabbage
    chopped cabbage
    Ingredients: 1 cup green cabbage
  4. Wash and rinse rice

    Wash and rinse the brown rice and transfer it to the rice cooker pot liner. Add water to the "2" marking under the "cup" reading in the liner. 

    *1½ regular measuring cup is equivalent to 2 cups of the small rice cup that comes with the rice cooker.  

    brown rice rinsed
    Ingredients: 1½ cups brown rice
  5. Add tomato

    Slice the tomato into 6 sections and place it in the center of the rice in the rice cooker pot liner.

    tomato in pot
    Ingredients: 1 whole tomato
  6. Add chopped cabbage
    add cabbage
    Ingredients: 1 cup chopped cabbage
  7. Add thawed frozen vegetables
    frozen vegs
    Ingredients: 1½ cups frozen vegetables (thawed)
  8. Add browned seitan

    We use our homemade washed flour seitan, you can use vegan sausage or store-bought seitan.

    add seitan
    Ingredients: 250g seitan chick'n
  9. Drizzle the sauce
    drizzle sauce
  10. Add minced garlic
    add garlic
    Ingredients: 2 tbsp minced garlic
  11. Cook the rice as usual

    Choose the "brown rice" setting on the rice cooker and cook as usual. 

    cook rice
  12. Cooked in about 45 mins!
    cooked rice
  13. Mix well and serve
    mix well and serve
  14. Goes well with cilantro or green onion
    serve with cilantro
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 547kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.4g9%
Saturated Fat 1.2g6%
Sodium 1873mg79%
Potassium 493.95mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 90.9g31%
Dietary Fiber 8.2g33%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 30.47g61%

Calcium 6 mg
Iron 14 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Some recipes recommend reducing the water for the rice considering that there will be some fluid from the vegetables. For brown rice, reducing the water may result in uncooked rice -- speaking from experience!
  • This tomato rice recipe is highly versatile, so you can replace the vegetables with what you have at home. I highly recommend green cabbage because it adds a natural sweetness to the rice. 
  • If using tofu in place of seitan, I recommend making tofu crumbles and only mixing in after the rice is cooked.
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