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Insanely easy and flavorful rice cooker one pot tomato rice

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!
Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Total Time: 1 hr
Servings 3
Calories 547

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!

  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons shaoxing cooking wine (or sherry cooking wine)
  • Seitan
  • 0.25 teaspoons salt
  • 0.5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 250 grams seitan (try out homemade washed flour seitan chick'n)
  • For the rice
  • 1.5 cup brown rice
  • 1 whole tomato (sliced in 6 parts)
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (thawed)
  • 1.5 cup green cabbage (roughly chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (adjust to your liking)
  1. Prepare the saucesauce and garlic

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

    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 seitanseitan browning

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

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

    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.  

    Ingredients: 1½ cups brown rice
  5. Add tomatotomato in pot

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

    Ingredients: 1 whole tomato
  6. Add chopped cabbageadd cabbage
    Ingredients: 1 cup chopped cabbage
  7. Add thawed frozen vegetablesfrozen vegs
    Ingredients: 1½ cups frozen vegetables (thawed)
  8. Add browned seitanadd seitan

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

    Ingredients: 250g seitan chick'n
  9. Drizzle the saucedrizzle sauce
  10. Add minced garlicadd garlic
    Ingredients: 2 tbsp minced garlic
  11. Cook the rice as usualcook rice

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

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

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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