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How to Cook Beans in a Rice Cooker

Do you have a Rice Cooker?

They’re wonderful for cooking rice, aren’t they? They save you time. They “magically” know when rice is done, irregardless of the variety, but is that all?

NO WAY!  I like to cook lentils and small beans in the rice cooker as well as barley too.

They are small sized grains & beans that are cook-able in your rice cooker. Just make sure what you want to cook is of similar size to rice.

Check out this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly to see how:

With a bit more babysitting, you can make easy cooking out of your lentils and beans too, not just your rice!

I hope this is a great time-saving tip for you, so you don’t have to feel like you’re baby-sitting beans on the stove for hours…


I hope you enjoy this Bean Recipe on Cooking With Kimberly. Until next time…

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Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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  1. Did you soak those beans first? Are black beans too big to work?

    I’m so glad I found this, i’ve been thinking about trying it for a long time.

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    • Hi Brian…

      Good question – I didn’t – for these smaller beans and lentils, you don’t need to soak them.

      However, I do believe the black beans would be too large to try – Unless maybe you soaked them. I haven’t tried them yet, but soaking may just do the trick!

      Kimberly 🙂

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  2. Hi!
    Can I also use Kidney Beans here.


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    • Hi Ravi…

      I wish I could say yes to your question…but kidney beans are too large to be completely cooked in your rice cooker cycle…

      They will still either be hard or quite raw. Stick to traditional methods for larger beans.

      Kimberly 🙂

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  3. Yes, you can cook beans in your rice cooker, but it requires more water. The amount of water is what regulates the cooking time. The rice cooker cooks until the water boils off, basically. If the rice cooker switches to warm before the beans are done, just add more water and continue cooking.

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  4. Hi, I put 5 lb of Great Northern beans to soak last night, intending to cook them in my slow cooker today, but then they didn’t all fit in my giant crockpot, so I grabbed my rice cooker.

    once they were cookign I went to Google for assurance that I wasn’t crazy and wound up here. thanks for the help. They were done in no time and my crockpot ones are still going…

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    • I’m so glad someone is using this advice, Peggy! It’s a really handy trick to get those beans done quickly, easily and with less mess and fuss!

      Happy Cooking & Eat Deliciously,

      Kimberly 🙂

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  5. I’m so glad I found this! I have been using canned beans because I’m too lazy to deal with babysitting the stove. I’m obsessed with our rice cooker already, and now even more so. Thanks! Can’t wait to grab some dry beans this weekend!

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  6. A motivating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should publish more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject, but generally people do not talk about alternate uses for your rice cooker. To the next! All the best!!

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    • Well, thank you very much, detox! I’m glad you thought this was super helpful, and I agree…Yes, most people believe their rice cookers are just for cooking rice, and that’s it!

      Hope you’ll try some new things out with yours!

      Kimberly 🙂

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