Rice cooker

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You can make all the delicious rice you need in a simple pot on a stovetop, or any source of heat, including a fire. I do it all the time. But an electric rice cooker useful to have and convenient and I use mine all the time. You can turn it on and do other things while it makes rice for you, which is helpful when you’re busy.

If you go shopping for a rice cooker you’ll find American-made rice cookers, Japanese-made, Chinese-made, and Korean-made. The prices can range from $12 to $600 and it can be hard to figure out which to buy.

Cuckoo Rice Cooker

In Korea everyone used to swear by Zojirushi, but these days the most popular brand is Cuckoo, which is what I use. Mine is also a pressure cooker, so I can use it to make multigrain rice without having to soak any grains, and I can even use it to make ginseng chicken soup. It was expensive but rice is my favorite thing to eat, and I eat it every day, so it was totally worth it: my rice cooker makes delicious rice and delicious soup.

If you go shopping for Cuckoo rice cookers keep in mind that the instructions, buttons, and functions can be written in Korean and the English is not always great. Take a good look at it, and look at the buttons, make sure you can understand how to use it. Mine even speaks to me in Korean! It’s always telling me the progress of the rice cooking lol.

If you don’t make a lot of rice, I would suggest you just make it in a pot, or buy the cheapest rice cooker for now. Rice cookers are becoming more and more popular in the West these days. They can be found in some department stores and almost alwaysin Korean, Chinese, or Japanese grocery stores, and online as well.


Korean rice cooker


  1. Do you know what retailers sell the Cuckoo rice cooker in Montreal, QC? I am having a difficult time finding the information. Thank-you for your help. Susan

  2. The Cuckoo rice cookers can even make Nu rung ji or even chicken soup. Only the 10 cup models make chicken soup. It’s also possible to make sung nyung. This is on the IH pressure models. Not sure on the other ones.

  3. The Cuckoo 1054 is a nice rice cooker.

  4. i have one of those cuckoo rice cookers and its great the only problem is that it speak in korean. can any one say it i can get it changed to english



  5. Anahita Eastwood& has 1 comment

    i gut a cuckoo rice cookerfor 6 thegold one on top it is the best thing enventead +i bout sinse electericity began i make fantasteek difrent foods rices soops and i make up as i go along as i can not anderestand korian so i realy do not know what it tels me just by experians i have maneged
    i wished some how it would speek to me in english or i could cheng the cheep in it, but i love it could not live without it one minet.had menny difrent ones this one is best ….
    some one needs to tell me how long is it ok to keep foodie rice hot in there befor it is not safe to consium ?

  6. Great, thanks!

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    I heard that the brand of the rice cooker is very good, too.

  8. :) I bought the same kind of rice cooker in the picture…the CUCKOO~ I made some delicious Korean beef with the rice cooker. It was so goooood~ you should try it.

  9. http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-Microwaveable-Rice-Cooker/dp/B0007ZK8LO/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_ttl_ex

    The above website is of the rice cooker that I use now. I guess I haven’t found the right rice cooker for me yet, but this one works wonders. It doesn’t keep the rice warm like rice cookers do, but it serves it purpose :). Thanks Maangchi for everything in your kitchenware page – actually your whole site is awesome!

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    oh, Lu Lu! Thank you very much! It’s getting better.

  11. Hi, Maangchi,

    Thank you for answering me when your wrist is hurt. I just found out! I hope you feel better soon.

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    I think most rice cookers produced these days are reliable. I would like to buy Cuckoo pressure rice cooker to make mixed rice easily. You should leave your question on the forum to discuss a rice cooker.

  13. Hi, Maangchi,

    What brand of rice cooker do you like? I want to get one that does many things–some of them are combination rice-cooker and pressure-cooker. I can make good rice with just a regular pot, so it’s a waste for me to buy a special cooker if all it does is cook rice. :) There is one they sell at a Korean market in Chicago that is Cuckoo Brand (yay, Korean!), but these fancy machines are so expensive.

  14. my grandma bought this expensive cooker that plays a song when the rice is finished

  15. I have seen rice cookers at Target, too.

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