When it comes to pancakes, bigger is sometimes better! These light and fluffy Japanese pancakes are simple to make and look fantastic when served for breakfast. Rice cooker pancakes are a delicious surprise breakfast for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any other morning when you need a little more excitement in your life.
The beauty of this rice cooker pancake recipe is that it requires very little effort. You essentially dump the rice cooker pancake batter into your rice cooker, press a button, and walk away after mixing. This is an excellent pancake recipe to create with your children.
How to Make a Rice Cooker Pancakes
Here’s how to use your rice cooker to make a pancake. (For this photoshoot, I ended up making two.) Plan ahead because the pancake will take 45-65 minutes to cook in your rice cooker. Many rice cookers also come with a timer.
Measure out your ingredients
Make a list of the ingredients you’ll need.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). To blend, stir everything together.
Next, add the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well blended. I like to start by measuring out my milk in a measuring cup, then adding the eggs, sugar, and vanilla and whisking everything together!
Mix the pancake batter
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while pouring. Stir until only small lumps remain in the batter.
Pour the batter
Important step: spray the rice cooker pot with cooking spray after removing the inner pot (I like to use canola oil because it has a neutral flavor and a higher burning point).
To accommodate for the rising of the pancake batter, spray the bottom of the pot and roughly 2 inches up the sides from the bottom. When you’re ready to remove the pancake, this will ensure that it releases easily.
After spraying the inner pot, pour in the rice cooker pancake batter slowly, scraping it out with a silicone spatula as you go. Avoid getting the batter up and down the sides of the pan because it will brown and dry out.
Cook the Rice Cooker Pancakes
If you have a fuzzy logic rice cooker with a cake setting, all you have to do now is press the “menu” button until the flashing indicator indicates that the rice cooker is set to cook cake, then press start.
If you don’t have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, simply set your rice cooker to cook for 45 minutes, like I mentioned before.
If it shuts down before that time, restart it and wait until it completes.
If you need more information, I found this recipe, which uses a rice cooker with non-fuzzy logic, and you may double-check her directions. (You’ll see that hers turned out darker than mine, which is one of the benefits of fuzzy logic rice cookers.)
Removing the Pancakes From the Rice Cooker
When the rice cooker pancakes are done, remove the lid and allow the steam to escape for around 5 minutes. You want to consume the rice cooker pancakes while they’re still hot, but they’re nestled deep inside the (still very hot) inner pot, which can be a problem. To get the hot huge pancakes out of the rice cooker, use this simple trick:
- Look for a little plate (one that fits down inside the rice cooker)
- Place the little plate on top of the rice cooker pancake, upside-down.
- Remove the inner pot with an oven mitt gloved hand.
- Flip the pot upside-down with your other hand on top of the rice cooker pancake.
- The pancake will be sitting on top of the tiny plate at this time, and you can easily transfer it to your choice dish for decoration and serving!
- Carefully remove the pancake.
In case you need recommendation for mini rice cooker, we have a list for you.
Instructions To Make Rice Cooker Pancakes
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). To blend, stir everything together.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
- Stir the wet components into the dry ingredients as you pour. Mix until the batter is completely smooth and only small lumps remain.
- Cooking Spray the inner pot of the rice cooker from the bottom up. Pour the batter into the pan, being careful not to get it on the sides of the pan, as this may cause it to burn.
- Set the rice cooker to “cake” if you have a fuzzy logic rice cooker. Check the cooking directions in the notes above if you have a manual rice cooker.
- When the pancake is done, remove the lid and let aside for 5 minutes to cool. As directed above, carefully remove the item.
- Cut into cake-like slices and serve with desired toppings.