I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

I Cooked Zatarain’s in the Rice Steamer and This is what Happened

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my rice steamer, I use it for any and every recipe that calls for rice. It saves so much time and I don’t have to clean up the mess that cooking it in the microwave makes or use another pot to make the rice on the stovetop.

But I’ve only ever made instant brown rice in the steamer. We typically only eat brown rice, but when Justin and the boys went grocery shopping one day they came home with a few boxes of Zatarain’s Rice Sides to go with a few of our meals. I’ve mentioned before, I’m really bad at remembering side dishes to go with our meals.

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

Since the rice steamer has always saved us so much time, I started wondering if I could use it to make the Zatarain’s rice. The instructions on the box say to either cook it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

I decided that I would give it a go in the rice steamer and see what happens. After all, the instructions are so similar, why wouldn’t it work?

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

When I use the rice steamer for cooking plain rice, I measure out a specific amount and fill the bowl with water per that amount. I poured the rice from the Zatarain’s box and measured it to see how much was in there so I would know how much water to add. Each box may be different, so I plan to measure every time I make a box like this.

Before starting the steamer, I also added the amount of butter suggested in the instructions. This was the first time adding anything other than rice and water so I had no idea what to expect.

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

But, I went ahead and turned the rice steamer on to see what would happen while we prepared the rest of our meal. We had this box of rice with Super Simple Cilantro & Lime Fish Dinner, but there are many flavor options to do with almost any dish you are making.

I kept watch on the rice steamer as we were getting everything else cooked, and it seemed to be handling the Zatarain’s rice without a problem. The machine was working properly, as far as I could tell, and was steaming up like it does for regular plain rice. The butter didn’t look like it was causing any difference, and the rice was getting cooked.

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

About 25 minutes later, the button popped up to let us know that the cooking was finished and the machine was set to warm. Well, so far so good, the machine didn’t explode! Not that I was expecting that, but I wasn’t sure what it would do. Moment of truth: How does the rice taste?

I am pleased to announce that the rice was delicious! The rice had all of the flavors that cooking it on the stovetop would give, and was still the same slightly-sticky consistency.

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

Overall, there wasn’t much difference in the final product between cooking the rice on the stovetop versus cooking it in the rice steamer. The advantage, at least in my eyes, to using the rice steamer was not having to do anything except measure it all out at the beginning, which you would have to do on the stovetop as well.

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

By using the rice steamer, I was able to get the rest of dinner cooked without having to make sure to stir the rice, make sure it doesn’t burn, cover it, uncover it, or anything else. I could set the machine and let it do its job. We will be using the rice steamer for more rice sides in the future when we want something with a little more flavor than plain brown rice.

Super Simple Cilantro and Lime Fish Dinner

I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened I Cooked Zatarain's in the Rice Steamer and this is what happened

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12 thoughts on “I Cooked Zatarain’s in the Rice Steamer and This is what Happened

  1. Great read! I usually stay away from any automatic cooking machines like rice cookers and crock pots bcuz i feel like im gonna have an anxiety attack if i cant watch the food. However, i love the fact that you can turn it on and go and still get the same, if not better results. I’m working on my courage! This rice looks great

  2. That’s so interesting. We have a rice cooker (I guess they’re the same thing??) which we only ever used to cook plain white or brown rice. Now I think we’ll experiment too!

  3. I haven’t tried zatarain’s before but I think the flavor of this dish can be similar with some dishes in my country – Vietnam! I will try to cook this dish at home for all my family! Thanks for a good content!

  4. I love rice and it is one of the very few foods I can feed my daughter since she has food allergies. This rice is one I will have to try because it looks amazing!

  5. I have that same rice cooker! Girl I’ve cooked so many things in that thing, now the possibility is there you’ll be throwing everything in there now!

  6. I love that it turned out so moist and it looks so flavorful too! Need to try this brand asap! Oh and obsessed with the convenience of not having to cook it at a stove top

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