Rice cooker

Electric rice cooker, including scoop, containing uncooked rice
Old type of rice cooker commonly used in the Netherlands by residents of the former Dutch East Indies (now: Indonesia) in the 1950s. Showcase on display at the Eurasian festival Tong Tong Fair 2012.

A rice cooker or rice steamer is an automated kitchen appliance designed to boil or steam rice. It consists of a heat source, a cooking bowl, and a thermostat. The thermostat measures the temperature of the cooking bowl and controls the heat. Complex rice cookers may have many more sensors and other components, and may be multipurpose.


The term rice cooker formerly applied to non-automated dedicated rice-cooking utensils, which have an ancient history (a ceramic rice steamer dated to 1250 BC is on display in the British Museum). It now applies mostly to automated cookers. Electric rice cookers were developed in Japan, where they are known as suihanki (炊飯器).

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Ryskoker
dansk: Riskoger
Deutsch: Reiskocher
español: Olla arrocera
فارسی: پلوپز
français: Cuiseur de riz
한국어: 밥솥
Bahasa Indonesia: Penanak nasi
Bahasa Melayu: Pemasak nasi
Nederlands: Rijstkoker
日本語: 炊飯器
русский: Рисоварка
svenska: Riskokare
тоҷикӣ: Биринҷпаз
українська: Рисоварка
Tiếng Việt: Nồi cơm điện
粵語: 電飯煲
中文: 电饭煲