My rice steamer is one of my favorite convenience tools in the kitchen so I tried Zatarain’s Rice in it one evening 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. What happens if you cook Zatarain’s in the rice steamer?
We typically only eat brown rice. 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.
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?
Step by Step
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. That way 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.
Add the amount of butter suggested in the instructions on the box. This was my first time adding anything other than rice and water so I had no idea what to expect.
But, I went ahead and turned the rice steamer on to see what would happen. Then I 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. It seemed to be handling the Zatarain’s rice without a problem. The machine was working properly, as far as I could tell. It was steaming up as it does for regular brown rice. The butter didn’t look like it was causing any difference, and the rice was getting cooked.
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.
Use a plastic spoon or rice paddle to gently stir the rice. Make sure all of the seasonings and butter are distributed.
Originally Published On: May 8, 2018
Last Updated On: March 11, 2020
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.
Overall, there wasn’t much difference in the final product between cooking the rice on the stovetop versus cooking Zatarain’s in the rice steamer. The advantage of 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.
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.
51 thoughts on “I Cooked Zatarain’s in the Rice Steamer”
I haven’t had zatarain’s in a while. We always loved the way it taste. Using rice steamer is perfect.
It always has such a great flavor, and there are so many it can go with almost any meal.
I’ve been meaning to buy a rice steamer because we eat so much rice! This just adds to my list of reasons why.
Oh man, having the rice steamer makes it so easy!
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
I know what you mean, I used to think the same, too. But it’s so nice to be able to set it and forget about it while you make the rest of your meal.
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!
Yes, I believe it’s the same thing. Mine was just called a rice steamer since it also came with an additional tray that you can use to steam veggies at the same time.
I may just have to get one of these. I hate when I burn rice. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve used this so many times and have never ended up with burnt rice!
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!
Ugh, allergies can be so hard to work with! Having the rice steamer may be a great investment if you’re making it that often.
Do you add the same amount of water you would for stovetop cooking the box instructions provided?
I used the amount of water based on the rice steamer. I measured out the amount of rice in a measuring cup. Then used the water necessary for that amount. For example, if you measure out two cups of rice from the Zatarain’s box, then fill the rice steamer as you would for two cups of rice.
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!
Seriously, this thing is wonderful! I’ve only cooked rice but I can’t wait to try other things, too.
I love that you have shared that you can do this in the steamer. It looks like it turned out amazing!
It was so easy in the steamer, and great that I was able to set it and walk away while cooking the rest of our dinner.
Nice! So glad it worked well for you!
It was so easy!
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
The Zatarain’s rice always has a great flavor to it. Making it in the rice steamer was the best since it was so easy to set and forget!
Ugh I love rice! This seems to be oozing with flavour which is always the best.
Rice is a great side with so many meals. It’s so nice to be able to use the steamer even for the boxed options.
Looks like it nailed this rice perfectly! It’s so fluffy!!
Yes and yes! It actually came out with a better texture from the steamer than cooking in the microwave or on the stovetop.
I have been thinking about getting a rice steamer. I think this might have just been the push I need to actually get one!
I didn’t know I needed it until I had one! It gets used pretty often here now!
We grew up with a rice steamer (or rice cooker), seeing that rice is part of almost every meal lol. It’s really a handy gadget to have.
We had a lot of rice when I was growing up, but my dad always made it in the microwave. Having this steamer makes it so much easier!
I’ve never heard of Zatairans tbh! This looks awesome, I wonder if i can find it in my local store.
It’s a delicious brand of rice that you can get to make as sides for meals.
I love how all your recipes are customizable and simple. Loved your blog.
Thanks, Norma! Having the right gadgets always helps when I’m making new recipes.
I have never tried Zatarain’s. I wonder if they do sell it here. But I love to cook rice in a rice steamer. The rice becomes much more fluffy and not so dry.
I’m not sure which markets Zatarain’s is in, but it’s a popular one here. I was so happy it worked in the steamer because I agree, the rice is always better when made in there.
Oh man, it has been a while since I heard Zatarains! I remember watching the promos for the product in the 90s on Wheel of Fortunes (you know the part where they talk about their sponsors). I never ate it as my mom loooooved Rice-a-Roni. But if I ever go back to the States, I will try some Zatarain!
Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about that until you mentioned it! I used to watch that show all the time with my mom, we loved it!
This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!
It’s such an easy way to make a great side dish!
I love when you can start a dish then forget it. It’s such a great option to have a flavorful side dish without having to monitor it while it’s cooking.
Me, too! Especially when I am making a few things, it’s great to not have to worry about one of the things that are cooking.
Oh I haven’t had this in forever! Such a good idea!
We don’t make it very often, but it was so nice to know it works in the steamer when we do!
I definitely need a rice steamer after reading your post, Stephanie. I don’t know how I never thought about getting one which will make my cooking easier.
I love having the rice steamer! It makes it so much easier and comes out perfectly fluffy every time.
One thing that helps is having one that you can program. The more basic models is plug in, flip to cook, and that’s it. Those may work, but for things that have a longer cook time … they don’t handle those very well.
So, if you don’t have one and plan to get one, make sure its one that lets you set the amount of time to cook.
I’ve done all sorts of things with a rice cooker, even cooked something akin to scrambled eggs. Think of an egg mcmuffin. So yeah, rice cookers are a wonderful multi-purpose cooking device.
Oh, that would be awesome! I just have the simple one, and it gets the job done for rice. Since it was a gift, I didn’t have much say in which model. But whenever I need to get a new one, I will have to have a look at a programmable one. Thanks for the suggestion!
I toss everything rice made in my rice steamer and it always comes out perfect…try adding fresh onions, jalapenos, and a partial can of diced tomatoes along with chicken stock instead of water add jasmine rice and you get a delish spanish rice…
Oh, that sounds delicious!
Just did Zataran’s Red Beans and Rice in my Rice cooker, using same amount of water and butter as stovetop directions, and it turned out perfect. Took a little longer (about 45 minutes), but didn’t have to check it every couple minutes, and was free to do other things with no worries. Thanks for giving me confidence to try, will do this way every time.