Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

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Here’s the first recipe from my minimal non-kitchen kitchen (see previously). This recipe has proved itself to be a keeper already - I’ve made it 3 times in the past couple of weeks. It is basically a vegetable frittata that is cooked in a rice cooker. I even use the rice cooker bowl as a mixing bowl. It doesn’t get browned and crusty on the outside as with an oven-baked or stovetop fritatta, but turns out really nice and fluffy-creamy in texture. It’s a great all-in-one recipe that has protein, carbs and vegetables.

One of these will make 2 to 4 servings, so in our house that means a breakfast and a lunch for two people. It’s great on its own, but really makes a fantastic sandwich, put in the middle of a crusty loaf of bread. Add some fresh fruit and you’re all set.

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Recipe: Rice Cooker Frittata With Summer Vegetables

Makes 2 to 4 servings

The vegetables:

  • 1 whole garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, cut into small dice
  • 1 small potato, peeled and finely julienned
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil

The egg mixture: * 6 large eggs * 2 Tbs. grated cheese of any kind (optional) * salt and pepper * 1 Tbs. olive oil

Equipment needed:

  • Rice cooker
  • Frying pan
  • Burner or stove (see Notes for what to do if you don’t have a burner or stove)
  • chopsticks or fork to mix the eggs
  • spatula or chopsticks to stir the vegetables around

Heat up the frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic clove, and let the oil heat up until the garlic is lightly brown. Discard the garlic clove.

Add the vegetables. The key with the vegetables is to cut them up as small and thinly is you can, so that they cook fast. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the rice cooker bowl. Spread it around the bottom and about 2 inches /5 cm up the sides, using a paper towel. Add the eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper, and beat the eggs in the bowl (take care not to scratch the surface if you’re using a metal fork for this). Add the vegetables and distribute them evenly in the egg mixture.

Put the bowl in the rice cooker and switch on, using the regular rice setting. When the cooking cycle finishes, the frittata is done! Here’s how it looks straight out of the cooker:

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Let cool completely before cutting into wedges and packing up for a bento. Optionally add a little ketchup or tomato sauce before eating.

Notes

This will keep, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

The vegetables can be cooked in advance and kept in the refrigerator, well covered, for 3-4 days, then added to the egg mixture before cooking. You can also use any leftover cooked vegetables you have around instead.

If you don’t have a cooker or burner: If you have a microwave, you can put the chopped up vegetables on a plate, drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, cover with plastic film, and microwave on the high setting for 5-6 minutes.

About my minimal kitchen so far

I’m slowly getting back to regular cooking in my not-a-kitchen kitchen. In my quest to assemble a minimalist, functional not-kitchen kitchen, so far I have acquired the following equipment:

  • a small half-height refrigerator (cost: 150 Euros (about US $185))
  • an electric hotplate (cost: 49 Euros (about US $60))

Besides these things, I already have my old, trusty, slightly beat up 5-cup Zojirushi rice cooker. It’s more than 15 years old already but still going strong. It’s similar to this newer Zojirushi rice cooker, so a new one would cost $185, but I could probably get by with a cheaper model too. Besides the rice cooker, I have the following cooking equipment and such:

  • 2 non-stick frying pans; one small (7 inches / 20cm), one large (10 inches / 24 cm).
  • a pressure cooker that doubles as a regular boiling pot
  • a silicone spatula/spoon thing
  • small chopping knife
  • vegetable peeler
  • microplane grater
  • plastic cutting board
  • long bamboo cooking chopsticks
  • minimal cutlery and dinnerware, because eating off plastic plates made us feel sad (our regular dinnerware and such is still in storage)

I am still procrastinating about getting a microwave oven, since I’m not sure if we are going to go for the built-in type of microwave for our final kitchen in the house or a standalone. I’m also waffling over whether or not to get a tabletop grill, a George Foreman type grill, an electric barbeque, and other things. I have been spending hours wandering around stores like Boulanger and Darty, the French equivalents of Best Buy or the appliance department at Sears, taking notes and muttering to myself while the store attendants eye me suspiciously. But in the meantime, we have been surviving fine with the minimal equipment for most of our meals. (I suppose that the pressure cooker may seem unusual to have, but we’ve been carrying it around for a full year, and I mainly use it as a regular pot for boiling pasta and such.)

In any case, I’ll be posting more of my minimal-kitchen recipes here or on Just Hungry, depending on how bento-friendly they are of course!

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Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

It looks beautiful!

I'm curious as to why the garlic clove is thrown away instead of minced, sauteed, and added to the frittata.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

It gives a more subtle flavor, though you can of course chop it finely and add it to the vegetables if you prefer.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Yay! A fritatta I don't have to use the oven to make! (I really need to try experimenting with what I can cook in my rice cooker...)

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I bet this would be equally easy to make a vegan version with gram flour. - Awesome recipe.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

*nod* I'm trying out making it with rice in place of potatoes, since I don't have potatoes to hand right now. (My cupboards are near bare ;_; ) Hope it comes okay for both our variations!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Maki, have you ever tried making nabe in your rice cooker?

Sometimes a few of my friends and I get together and we have chinese-style 火鍋 spread it the cooker... it does the job quite well.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

How about an outdoor barbecue grill? You could get a lot of use out of it this time of year, and it would be something you can keep without worrying about whether it goes with the kitchen. Plus, hey, you can make darn good pizza on one.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

That's very true--once, our oven wasn't working and we had friends over, so Dad fired up the grill and we grilled some frozen pizzas. We always add extra toppings, but the smokey flavor really transformed those poor cheap things into a delicious lunch! It's amazing how much you can do with a simple charcoal grill.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

By some miracle I happen to have all of those ingredients, I'm about to make this for dinner and tomorrow's lunch right now! Thank you for this recipe!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Oh wow, this looks fantastic and so simple to make! Bookmarked. :)

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

You have just made my day! I've been concentrating on making full use of my rice cooker/steamer recently, and was trying to find recipes for it. This sounds wonderful! I will try this pretty soon.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

We have a panini machine we use all the time to cook meat and chicken, along with grilled sandwiches. It's nice because all the grease runs down into a drip tray.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I would personally recommend a toaster oven for your not-kitchen. It functions perfectly well as both a microwave oven for reheating leftovers, a toaster, and an oven/broiler for small portions. I have used it instead of a microwave for several years. It is a surprisingly versatile and compact machine!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Rice Cooker Frittata...sounds like a great chapter in your next book...

Things to make in your rice cooker!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Great idea. I have been making for frittatas for a while now and while my son likes them, he is not overly fond of the brown crust that forms during baking. I cannot wait to see what the verdict is when I make him one in the rice cooker.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I made this for dinner tonight. It was so quick, so easy, and everyone enjoyed it. Even my 2 year old who has never liked eggs. Thanks for the great recipe!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Just made one for dinner tonight, and the recipe worked out quite well! I did have to hold down the button so it cooked longer and got done all the way through, but the frittata was nice and moist and quite flavorful. so just keep in mind that with different rice cookers, your mileage may vary.

PS A few strips of cold smoked salmon strewn across the top is delicious :D

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Hi, I was wondering if you think it would be possible to put everything in the rice cooker in the evening and set the timer so it's done for breakfast. That would be ideal for me as I normally eat omelets or frittatas for breakfast, but I'm unsure if the raw egg would keep overnight. Do you think that would work?
Thanks for another great recipe!

3-Cup Rice Cooker

Heads-up for anyone with a small rice cooker: I just tried this in my 3-cup rice cooker (Zojirushi NS-LAC05). The bowl is narrower than the 5-cup models, resulting in a thicker frittata that wasn't thoroughly cooked by the end of the "White/Mixed Rice" cycle. Rather than use a different cooking mode, I think I'll try it with just 4 eggs next time. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Re: 3-Cup Rice Cooker

I had the same issue when I tried this out last night and ended up finishing it in the oven. My thought was the same; smaller cooker, use fewer eggs. Might be worth updating the recipe to note that a 5-cup model is best for it as written.

I wonder if putting it on the brown rice setting would result in a longer cook time and a set fritatta, though? Hmmm, I'll have to try it out.

Get well Maki! <3

I just read that you're ill. This is really sad to hear.
Hope you are okay even though what happened.
Get well soon. Lots of sweets and blessings for you.
I really mean it, like all of your other readers who i think are worried for you aswell.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

"I even use the rice cooker bowl as a mixing bowl."

Just be careful not to scratch the coating on the inside of the rice cooker bowl to avoid adding lots of yummy carcinogens into the mix!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I just tried this today and it is utterly amazing! Thanks Maki for sharing. Get well soon!

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

This turned out wonderfully.
The only substitution I made was to swap a large carrot for the small pepper. I just juliened the carrot and through it in with everything else.

I don't much like bell peppers is all.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

When you set it to cook can you do the expedited (fast?) setting as well?

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I have no idea...my rice cooker is not fancy enough to have an expedited setting ^_^; If that means that there is no soaking time for the rice calculated in, then it should be ok, but you will have to try it out.

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

Would this possibly work with a Microwave rice cooker?

Re: Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables

I love this recipe! I'm getting ready to go back to school - which means dorm living. I am happy to report you can make this whole recipe in the rice cooker. I added a Thai chili pepper and some salsa to mine. It was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.

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