I have a fancy new Zojirushi cooker and am trying to figure out the best way to make rice. I didn't see anything in the manual referring to salt, or any seasoning at all (except for the 'mixed' setting). Just rinse, add water to line, and go.

Am I supposed to add salt before it cooks? After? Leave it unsalted? What about other spices? Butter or oil?

  • The mixed setting is usually for when you mix regular and sweet/glutinous rice.
    – Netduke
    Dec 18, 2018 at 19:50

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Rice cookers excel at just making plain rice, and all you need is uncooked rice and water. If you go beyond that, though, there are possibilities galore. For instance, I like adding a couple tablespoons of olive oil to my rice cooker at the start of cooking; I find that it makes the rice softer and more interesting. Salt can be added as well, or you can substitute various liquids for some of the water.

So, if you just want plain rice, start with rice and water. If you want something else, then what you should start with depends completely on what the "something else" is. Experiment! The worst that can happen is that you waste some rice.

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    Are the seasonings/oil added at the beginning of cooking? (I think so based on your answer, but wanted a solid confirmation!)
    – Erica
    Dec 16, 2018 at 18:33
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    I'd guess so, but I expect it would depend on the recipe. Experiment! At worst you lose some rice. Dec 16, 2018 at 19:50

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