One Pot Meals for Lazy Days When You Don’t Want to Wash Loads of Dishes

Simple Rice Cooker Recipes

Whether you’re looking for simple meals to cook or wanting to wash less dishes, these recipes are for you!

For the evenings after you’ve had a long day or the lazy afternoons where you want to have a good meal. These dishes are simple to make and will definitely surprise you. Considering how many of these recipes include the use of a rice cooker, which you probably already own, you’ll be shocked with the results. With a few common ingredients and some creativity, you’ll be able to cook a whole meal in a single pot! Yay to less dishes to wash!

Not only do these recipes save you from dishwashing, they also save you money from eating out or ordering delivery. If you really think about it, there are more gains than loses from cooking at home.

If you’re doubtful about how a rice cooker can cook anything but rice, get ready to be blown away!

Rice Cooker Muah Chee

Your favourite snack made in a rice cooker? Seems impossible until you give it a try! Leslie Koh, also known as rice cooker man, shared his muah chee recipe on his Instagram for fellow Singaporeans to make their own!


  • 2 Cups glutinous rice flour
  • 2 Cups water
  • Peanut powder
  • 1 Teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar


  1. Mix the rice flour and water together in a bowl making sure there are no clumps
  2. Oil a piece of paper towel and coat the pot with a thin layer of oil
  3. Pour the mixture into the rice cooker
  4. Press “Start” and check in after 3 minutes
  5. Stir and let it cook for another 3 minutes
  6. Repeat until the mixture becomes a ball of dough
  7. Cut it in half to check if its cooked through
  8. Add the sesame oil and toss with the muah chee
  9. Pour the peanut powder and sugar on a bowl and mix
  10. Cut out the amount of muah chee you want and toss it in the peanut powder, cutting it into bite-sized pieces

Recipe from Leslie Koh as featured on Today. Check out his Instagram for more local rice cooker recipes!

Rice Cooker Donburi (Oyakodon)

If you like Japanese food, try making your very own oyakodon! This rice and egg bowl is simple but tastes so GOOD! The best part would definitely be only having to se the rice cooker to cook everything together! Gone are the days of spending over $7 for a bowl of oyakodon.


  • 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon mirin
  • 4 tablespoon chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock or dashi stock
  • 2 Chicken thigh, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Large onion, sliced into long strips
  • Spring onions (optional)


  1. Make the chicken marinade by mixing the soy sauce, mirin, chicken stock (2 tablespoons) and sugar together
  2. Marinate the chicken and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  3. Using the rice cooker pot, wash the rice and drain the water
  4. Pour the chicken or dashi stock (1 cup) in the rice cooker pot and set aside
  5. Place the chicken chunks and the onions on top of the rice and press “Start” on the rice cooker
  6. Whisk the eggs and pour them into the rice cooker after 60 minutes
  7. Continue cooking on the “keep warm” setting for about 5 minutes
  8. Serve with a garnish of chopped spring onions

Recipe by Eatbook. Tag them on your Instagram if you make their Oyakodon!

KFC Chicken Rice

This viral recipe took over the internet late 2019 and includes a popular fast food restaurant. If you’re a fan of KFC or chicken rice, this recipe is for you!


  • 2 Pieces KFC original chicken
  • 1 Cup rice
  • 1 Cup chicken Stock
  • 1 Knob ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
  • Pepper


  1. Wash the rice and drain the water
  2. Stir in the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce and pepper together with the rice in the rice cooker pot
  3. Place the 2 pieces of chicken on top of the rice
  4. Cook inside the rice cooker
  5. Remove the ginger and debone the chicken
  6. Fluff the rice (mix it around) in the pot

Recipe from / Eatbook.

Teriyaki Chicken

Want something sweet and salty? Try making your own teriyaki chicken! And yes, even the sauce. Make the teriyaki sauce to suit your tastebuds instead of buying the bottles marinades (that are full of preservatives).


  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
  • Ginger slices
  • 1 Garlic – sliced
  • 1 stick Green Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil


  1. Mix the honey, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, chilli flakes and water together in a bowl
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and spring onions
  3. Sprinkle flour or cornstarch on both sides of your chicken pieces
  4. Add oil to a pan over medium-high heat
  5. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes on each side
  6. Add the sauce and cook until the sauce reduces
  7. Cut the chicken into strips
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of water into the same pan and allow it to bubble
  9. Add the chicken strips and stir fry

Recipe from A’s Cookbook.

One Pan Tomato Pasta

For all you pasta lovers. Don’t want to boil your pasta separately No problem. Just place all the ingredients (and water) in to the pan. It’ll be like coking an “atas” instant noodle meal.


  • 1/2 Onion, sliced
  • 180g Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 Stems of parsley, chopped
  • 2 German sausages
  • 160g Spaghetti noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons of tomato pasta sauce
  • 500ml water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic


Version 1

  1. Place all the ingredients in a pan and cook for 12 minutes
  2. Stir the noodles around as they cook so they don’t stick together

Version 2

  1. Place the onions, tomatoes, parsley, sausages, noodles and water in the pan
  2. Boil the noodles on medium-high heat for 12 minutes
  3. Stir the noodles as they cook so they don’t stick together
  4. After 7 minutes, add the garlic
  5. During the last 2 minutes, add the tomato sauce and mix well
  6. In the remaining 30 seconds, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and parmesan cheese (optional)

Recipe by Gabbie Kook on YouTube. Check out her channel for other variations of one pan pastas!

These recipes are great for a meal for yourself, or even two. From here on out, there is no underestimating the power of a rice cooker or a single pan!

Have you given these recipes a try? Let us know in the comments!


Writer: @furdoors

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