How To Cook Millet In A Rice Cooker

As you already know, a rice cooker is a great appliance to have in your kitchen if you are looking for an easy way to cook up some of your favorite dishes. Millet is one of those grains that may not be as popular as other types, but it has many benefits. It’s also very versatile so it can be used in many different types of recipes. In this blog-post, we will walk you through how to successfully cook millet in a rice cooker.

What Is Millet?

Millet in a bowl
Millet in a bowl

Millet is a grain that comes from the grass family, and it has been used for cooking for thousands of years. It’s gluten-free, so people with celiac or other wheat sensitivities can enjoy millet without any trouble. This makes it an excellent addition to many types of dishes where you want to replace pasta noodles or rice grains.

Why Should You Eat Millet?

Millet is a great alternative for people who are sensitive to other grains like wheat or gluten. It contains all of the essential amino acids and vitamins that you need, so it will provide your body with lasting energy throughout the day. Millet also has much lower glycemic index than rice which means you can eat more at one time without experiencing the bloating , gas and sluggish feeling that you can get from other foods.

How to Cook Millet in a Rice Cooker?

Cooking millet is as easy as cooking rice, but there are some different guidelines for how much water or liquid you should use. You will want to add twice the amount of liquid than the weight of your grain. Here are the 6 simple steps that i use to cook millet in a rice cooker – and get perfect results every time.

1. Add 1 cup of millet to a rice cooker

2. Fill the pot with water – I usually add about 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of millet and let it cook in the rice cooker for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through but not mushy

3. Turn off the power when the millet is done cooking, or if you want to make some more later on

4. Eat your cooked millet as a side dish or as an ingredient in other recipes like oatmeal, porridge, pilafs, salads etc. 

5. To make this recipe vegan-friendly substitute vegetable broth for water and add coconut oil instead of butter; omit salt from recipe and use soy sauce instead of fish sauce

6. Enjoy!

So, thats it. As you can see its really very simple to cook millet in a rice cooker – and get perfect results every time.

Whats The Best Rice Cooker For Cooking Millet?

As you know, there are many versatile rice cookers on the market, but how do you know which one is the best for cooking millet?

Well, in my option, some of the best ones, are Panasonic’s rice cookers, and I’ll explain why.

The first thing I want to mention is that many of the top-selling rice cookers on Amazon right now are all made by Panasonic. If you have read any reviews online, they seem pretty favorable as well (especially when it comes to customer service). So this brand is an excellent choice in my opinion!

Here is what customers had to say about their experience using Panasonic Rice Cookers:

“I am so happy that I found this panasonic rice cooker. It cooks quickly, efficiently and the results are very consistent.”

“This rice cooker is easy to use, has an excellent variety of settings and it does a great job.”

Another thing I like about Panasonic’s cookers is how easy they are to clean. One customer said that their panasonic rice cooker was “so quick and simple to clean”. That sounds really good if you ask me!

I also found some reviews on Amazon where people were saying things like this: “It cooks a range of foods like brown rice, quinoa and millet perfectly for us!”

In terms of the price point – this brand offers a range of different models from $79-$169 (with a few variations in between) so there should be something affordable for everyone. They also offer free shipping with no obligation or contract required which might come in handy when looking for a reliable rice cooker that is suitable for general, everyday use.

Here are my top 3 rice cookers for cooking millet.

Best High End Model

Panasonic 5 Cup (Uncooked) Japanese Rice Cooker with Induction Heating System and Pre-Programmed Cooking Options for Brown Rice, White Rice, and Porridge or Soup - 1.0 Liter - SR-HZ106 (Black)
  • JAPANESE RICE COOKER – Industry leading induction heating which creates an electrical current inside the pot to heat and cook rice, porridge, soup and more
  • INDUCTION COOKING - Durable 7-Layer Inner Pan with Diamond Coating. The non-stick inner pan with copper exterior is designed for years of continual heat and use with no loss of efficiency
  • DELICIOUS HEALTHY COOKING - 13 Pre-Set Cooking Programs automatically cook a variety of rice including delicious white rice, quinoa, porridge, sticky rice, brown rice, frozen rice and more
  • KEEP WARM FEATURE - The rice cooker's automatic shut-off function prevents overcooking, while its handy keep-warm setting activates automatically when cooking is complete, holding contents at an ideal serving temperature for up to 12 hours
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES - Built-in umami-enhancing taste catcher, 7-layer inner cooking pan, special measuring cup for portioning the desired amount, ladle, and a non-scratching rice spoon for authentic Asian-style service

Best Mid Range Model

Panasonic 5 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker with Fuzzy Logic and One-Touch Cooking for Brown Rice, White Rice, and Porridge or Soup – 1.0 Liter – SR-DF101 (White)
  • JAPANESE-STYLE RICE COOKER* – Industry leading induction cooking which creates an electrical current inside the pot to heat and cook rice, porridge, soup and more
  • ADVANCED FUZZY LOGIC TECHNOLOGY – A Micro-computer makes delicate adjustments in cooking times and temperatures for precise cooking and more consistent results
  • ONE TOUCH COOKING – Easily choose a pre-programmed setting to cook anything from brown rice, white rice, glutinous rice, mixed rice, short or long-grained rice – cooked to restaurant-quality perfection
  • KEEP WARM FEATURE - The rice cooker's automatic shut-off function prevents overcooking, while its handy keep-warm setting activates automatically when cooking is complete, holding contents at an ideal serving temperature for up to 12 hours
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES - Along with the steaming basket, the rice cooker provides a special measuring cup for portioning the desired amount, as well as a non-scratching rice spoon for authentic Asian-style service

Best Commercial Grade Model

Panasonic Commercial Automatic Rice Cooker SR-GA421, 23-Cup (Uncooked), Stainless Steel, White
  • Accessories: Includes measuring cup and rice scoop for perfect water to grain ratio.
  • Capacity: 5 to 23 cup uncooked rice capacity (4.2L) ideal for Restaurants and Large families
  • Functionality: Simple one touch operation and will automatically turn off after cooking
  • Material: Comes with a convenient handle and stainless-steel lid with glass window
  • Removable cooking pan included for easy clean up and can also be used as a serving bowl

I hope you have enjoyed this short article. As always, if you have any questions please reach out to me or leave a comment and if you would like to get other tips such as how to cook lentils in a rice cooker, how to cook oats in a rice cooker or how to cook pasta in a rice cooker, to name but a few then please read my other posts. Happy cooking!

Last update on 2021-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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