How to Keep Rice Warm in a Crock-Pot

Rice in a crock pot with a banana leaf.
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Rice, a seed of monocot plants, is consumed worldwide and used as a side to many different dishes. Rice takes a long time to cook and matching the time it takes to cook the rice with the main dish you are serving can be difficult. The best course of action is to make sure the rice has been thoroughly cooked and try to keep it warm prior to serving. A slow cooker, such as a Crock-Pot, can be a great tool for this task because it provides a low, stable temperature that won't overcook the rice.


Step 1

Pour one full cup of water into the bottom of the slow cooker.

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Step 2

Plug the cooker into an electrical outlet and turn it to its low setting.

Step 3

Place the cooked rice into the pot.

Step 4

Stir the rice around with spoon to coat each piece of rice with additional water.


Step 5

Place the lid on top of slow cooker.

Step 6

Remove the lid and check water levels every 10 minutes to ensure the rice does not dry out. The bottom of the cooker should have a small layer of water at all times. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water if it does not.

Step 7

Stir rice making sure to circulate rice from the bottom of the rice pile to the top of the rice pile. This will ensure rice does not get stuck to the bottom.

Step 8

Replace the lid and continue checking the water levels until the rice is ready to be served.

Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Spoon


It is also important to match the liquid flavor with the flavor of the rice you are keeping warm. If you cooked your rice with chicken broth, you should use chicken broth instead of water in keeping proper liquid levels.


When opening the lid to check the rice, make sure your face is not directly over the pot. This will prevent hot stream from hitting and potentially burning your face.

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