I have a Cuisinart dedicated rice cooker and I love the benefits.

However I get a little bit of stickiness around the sides of the cooker. A friend recommends a capful of oil while cooking the rice to prevent it from sticking, but I am not sure if that's a good idea?

The rice is sticking to side of the pot itself but it doesn't get burnt per se, just enough to make clean up a hassle.

  • is it the rice sticking to the pot and/or itself, or is it the pot itself that's getting sticky?
    – Joe
    Nov 29, 2010 at 11:36
  • A small amount of oil isn't going to hurt anything. However, a little less water, or a longer-grained rice are a couple other options to try (medium and short grain tend to release more starches than long-grain) Sep 6, 2016 at 14:21
  • Relevant question: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/74519/…
    – JohnEye
    Aug 15, 2018 at 14:56

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One thing to try is to let the cooked rice rest for a while. My rice cooker's pot is non-Teflon and scratched, but I've found that if I remove it from the heating element and let it rest 15-30 minutes, there is virtually no sticking. If I try to remove the rice immediately, there is significant sticking.

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    You have just reminded me something about the type of rice too.. I am pretty certain the type of rice will change the stickiness of rice that some rice is less likely to stick in the rice cooker. For example, you may find Jasmine rice sticks less than others. Nov 30, 2010 at 0:56
  • Good reminder. I use Jasmine rice almost exclusively. But I have found similar results with generic long grain rice.
    – erichui
    Nov 30, 2010 at 1:28
  • My technique is to remove the closed pot from the rice cooker and place it in a shallow pan filled with some cold tap water. This allows the bottom to cool down quickly. After 3-5 minutes, I'd open the lid, run the paddle along the sides in a circle, then fluff up all of the rice from the bottom with the paddle. Nothing sticks and you don't need to wait that long.
    – ADTC
    May 12, 2019 at 7:18

I have been using Rick cooker for my whole life. The simple answer I can give you is the problem of your rice cooker.

There are older models of rice cooker that sticks a lot and there is very little you can do about it. It happened to me when I was little that some of the rice cookers just did that regardless of what we did. The newer models won't do it unless inside it's scrated. The Japanese brand rice cookers are very reliable, so you won't have problem like this. I don't recommend you putting oil in your rice as I don't think it's an healthy option.

If there is no obvious scratches inside your rice cooker, then I think it's time to get a better rice cooker.


My mother came up with a simple solution - add a capful of oil (she recommended corn oil) to the rice recipe.

This time around the rice scooped right out perfectly.

  • Toasted sesame oil sometimes makes a nice addition. Jun 12, 2014 at 17:03

In my experience, it has little to do with your rice cooker model, the amount of water (so long as it's reasonable i.e. not extremely scarce), or adding oil whatsoever (frankly, greasy white rice sounds pretty disgusting to me).

As a red-blooded Asian who loves rice and have been cooking it all my life, in various rice cooker models, using various types of rice, I used to have this problem when I was a wee beginner but eventually figured out a method to eliminate that stubborn crust:

The key is to let your rice rest for awhile after it's cooked. When the rice cooker tab pops up to indicate your rice is done, do not immediately open the lid. Instead, let it simmer down for a minute or two, allowing all those boiled water bubbles to settle.

Following this, open the lid (I usually pop the cable off the socket for good measure) and let the rice steam out until cooled to your taste. I personally leave it for five to ten minutes, and that results in just the right level of rice warmth for me, which is on the cooler side. Your mileage may vary so test this out with different times to find a temperature that suits your liking. And If you want to reheat the rice, it should be fine by now to simply pop the setting back on to "warm".

Voila--no more crusting on the pan. Take into account that rice is sticky by nature, and a small amount of sticking on the pan is inevitable, but this should work to reduce that overall layer of crusting.

This is my way to prevent a hard crust on the bottom of the rice cooker pan. I'm sure others have other ways that have been proven to work, but this one works great for me.

Note: this works for white rice in general, which is the most common and the type I'm assuming the asker was talking about. Other types such as red or black rice would require more water and tend to crust more around the top, I have yet to successfully handle those.

  • "red-blooded Asian" I thought all human blood is red in liquid form. Some shade of red anyway.
    – ADTC
    May 12, 2019 at 7:14

There are many factors at play here. My experience is:

  1. The right ricemaker makes a huge difference. A heavy pot (to better distribute heat) goes a long way to prevent sticking.

  2. Many ricemakers go into "keep warm" mode upon completion. When the rice is cooked, unplug the pot and let it sit without any additional heat added.

  3. Make sure you stir the rice and water before starting to cook. Just putting in rice and pouring in water (without stirring) tends to cause sticking.

  4. Stay clear of "quick cook" mode which I believe uses a higher heat setting. Go for a low temperature over a longer period of time.


Instead of putting 1 capful of oil to the rice, why not brush the pot bottom with oil before putting in the cleansed rice and water. Try this out.


There is another good idea. You can keep another vessel inside the rice cooker vessel. But don't forget to pour enough water surrounding the new vessel. Now you can cook what ever you want on that in the inside vessel. Only disadvantage is this will reduce the capacity of the rice cooker, which means inside a 2 L rice cooker, you can only place a vessel smaller than that.

  • Do you also put water inside the inner vessel, or only in the the outer vessel? Jun 23, 2020 at 13:32

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