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When it comes to pancakes, Japan has so much to offer: Nutella pancakes, tall hotcakes, airy soufflé flapjacks. And now, our newest obsession as seen in Japan – rice cooker pancakes.

Well, who knew that the most widely used Japanese kitchen appliance could be used to make super-tall and fluffy pancakes?

The first automatic rice cooker, known as suihanki, appeared in the 1950s in Japan with the purpose to produce perfect bowls of rice with little effort. Since then, rice cookers have evolved into multifunctional kitchen gadgets that are used for so much more than steamed rice.

So, how do these rice cooker pancakes look? Nothing like their classic American counterpart. They are extremely tall, rounded, and fluffy. However, their taste is quite traditional, which is great!


The Advantages of Making Pancakes in a Rice Cooker


  1. Less Stress

As you might already know, rice cookers are completely automated. This means that once you’ve prepared the pancake batter, you can leave the rest up to the cooker. No standing over the stovetop, no oil splashes, no flipping…

Start by throwing all the recipe ingredients into the rice cooker’s pot. Stir until the mixture is uniform. Be careful not to overfill the pot because the top of your pancake may stick to the lid making it hard to open. If you have too much batter, cook it in batches. Too much batter can result in a cake that is undercooked in the center. If this happens, put the pancake in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Press start, sit back and relax. The cooking process should take about 40-45 minutes (this, however, depends on the cooker; some machines may do the job in 20 minutes!) When the pancake is done, open the lid and enjoy!


  1. Less Mess

Another advantage of preparing pancake recipes in a rice cooker is the fact that you’ll have fewer dishes to wash afterward. The standard method of preparation requires mixing the batter in a bowl with a spoon, then cooking in a pan and flipping with a spatula. In the case of the rice cooker, all you need is the machine’s pot and a spoon.


  1. Perfect Timing

Rice cookers have timers which allow you to enjoy a warm pancake right after you get out of bed. Mix the batter the night before, set the timer, turn the cooker on before you go to bed, and your hotcake will be waiting for you in the morning!


  1. Flavor It

And last, but not the least, rice cooker pancakes allow you to add any ingredients you like to enrich your dessert. Try adding maple syrup, sweet potato, sweet black beans, matcha powder, or cocoa powder. Here are some examples to inspire you.

Amazing Rice Cooker Pancake Recipe

  • 1/2 pancake mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 sliced banana


If you are a fruit fan, this recipe is just for you. Line the bottom of the cooker pot with banana slices and then cover with a layer of melted butter.

In a large bowl, beat the egg until foamy then gently mix in the rest of the ingredients. Pour this batter over the bananas and butter. Tap the pot’s bottom to make sure everything is well set.

Once cooked, slice and top with some chocolate sauce or whipped cream.

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