Rice Cooker Pancakes

Super simple and easy to make pancake! All you need is some pancake batter and a rice cooker and you’re ready to own early morning breakfast!

I discovered this method of cooking while reading up on a website that features Japanese culture. One of the article mentions how there is a super popular restaurant in Enoshima that sells these wicked pancakes. The amazing thing about this dish is that it is incredibly easy to make. All you need is a pancake batter recipe, a rice cooker, and you’re set.

At least that’s what I initially thought when I approach this recipe. It took me a while to make a batter that I really liked. My first couple ones ended up pretty dense and undercooked. This is mostly likely due to rice cooker. It more or less steams the pancakes instead of baking it. It took a few more tries until the got the recipe just right by including lemon juice and some baking soda. Creating an amazing fluffy soft pancake.

The great thing about this is that you can set this up and forget about it. All you need to do is make the batter, add any extra ingredients to give it more flavour, and pour it into the rice cooker. Press start and you can walk away. Super simple. A cool trick I found was that if I set up my rice cooker to cook at a certain time (like setting up your coffee maker) I can have fresh fluffy pancakes when I wake up! Which is pretty freaking awesome.

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1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4cup milk
2 tbsp lemon juice

optional: (but highly recommended)
1/2 cup blueberries (thawed)
1/2 lemon zest

Gather all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and give it a good whisk. In another mixing bowl whisk the egg until it’s light yellow, and then stir all the other wet ingredients in.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, then pour the wet into the centre.

Now would be a good time to add any additional flavours like blueberries or chocolate chips. If you’re using frozen fruit just pop them into the microwave for 15-20 seconds to thaw them before adding them to the batter.

Stir the ingredients until everything is incorporated. Make sure not to over mix! It is alright if it’s lumpy! Pour everything into the rice cooker and press start.

Once done, take out the pancake and see if it’s cooked through. If it feels a little soggy you can microwave it in 30 seconds intervals until it’s cooked, or give a sear on a non-stick pan over medium low heat.

Serve with your favourite toppings!


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