How To Cook Buckwheat in a Rice Cooker: Make the Perfect Japanese Breakfast

What are your favorite breakfast foods? How about buckwheat? Buckwheat is typically eaten for breakfast in Japanese households, and it’s also a staple food in Korean cuisine. In order to cook the perfect bowl of buckwheat, you’ll need some rice cooker know-how! This blog post will show you how to make a delicious bowl of Japanese breakfast using buckwheat and a rice cooker.

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is a grain and not actually wheat. How it gets the nickname “wheat” in Japan is because buckwheat noodles are often used to make dishes that resemble noodle-based soups, which we associate with Western cultures. This is likely where the term comes from!

The nutritional benefits of buckwheat are pretty unique. It contains more protein than other grains and has a variety of nutrients that are not found in many food sources at all.

When do You Eat it?

Buckwheat is best paired with a savory dish, like this Japanese breakfast. A buckwheat noodle soup (soba) would also be delicious!

How Do you Cook Buckwheat in a Rice Cooker?

All you need is buckwheat, water, butter or oil, salt (optional), rice cooker and an oven-safe pan or plate.

  1. Rinse buckwheat in a colander and drain
  2. Add water to the rice cooker up to the 2-cup line 
  3. Put buckwheat into the rice cooker, then add salt or soy sauce if needed 
  4. Cook on high for 20 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the buckwheat
  5. Turn off rice cooker and let it cool down before removing lid with oven mitts 
  6. If you want browned buckwheat, turn heat back on at medium-high temperature for about 10 minutes then stir continuously until it starts turning brown and smells nutty. Remove from heat once the desired color is reached (should be around five to seven minutes)

Some Simple Buckwheat Recipes

A popular dish that you might have heard of before is buckwheat soba noodles. Buckwheat soba noodles are enjoyed in Japan and Korea, among other countries around the world. How about trying your hand at making some traditional dishes?

Tasty Buckwheat Breakfast Ideas:

– Oatmeal with buckwheat

– Buckwheat porridge with maple syrup and milk

– Buckwheat pancakes with honey or agave nectar, for a sweet start to the day!

Buckwheat is also used in many dishes that contain meat because it’s high in protein. How about making some of your favorite recipes like katsu curry or chicken stew with buckwheat?

To conclude, buckwheat is a staple food in Japanese and Korean cuisine. How to cook it depends on what you want the final product to look like! For browned dishes that contain meat like katsu curry or chicken stew add oil after cooking is complete at medium high temperature for 10 minutes  before turning off stovetop (optional). What are your favorite ways of eating buckwheat?

If this advice has inspired you to try new things with your rice cooker then maybe you should try cooking lentils , pasta or even couscous. You will be amazed at just how versatile your humble rice cooker actually is.

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