How to cook potatoes in a rice cooker: Loaded Potatoes – TIGER CORPORATION U.S.A.


Loaded Potatoes – TIGER CORPORATION U.S.A.

Packed with all the smoky, savory flavors of a twice baked potato, this loaded potatoes recipe is a breeze to make in your rice cooker. Perfect as a snack for your Super Bowl party, or as a side dish for dinner.

Servings 3-4

Preparation 10 minutes

Cooking 60 minutes


Ingredients below are for a 5.5-cup cooker. Double the ingredients for a 10-cup cooker.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ½ pound Baby potatoes, sliced in half, or mini potatoes
  • ¼ cup Milk or unsweetened oat milk
  • ½ tbsp Smoked paprika
  • ½ tbsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 Scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Bacon flavored bit such as Bac’n’Pieces
  • Sour cream


  1. Spray the rice cooker inner pot with cooking spray.
  2. Place the sliced potatoes, milk, smoked paprika, chili powder, half of the scallions, and season with salt.  
  3. Close the lid and select the [Slow Cook] function. Set the timer to 60 minutes and press Start.
  4. Stir the mixture every 20 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl and top with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and the remaining chopped scallions.


If we’re having baked potatoes, you better believe we’re piling them high with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. That bit of savory and creamy kitchen alchemy is as iconic as the spuds themselves.

Well, for this delicious potato recipe, we’re using smaller potatoes – and lots of them! 

Baby potatoes, or new potatoes, have a soft, pliable skin, a velvety interior and cook rather quickly all things considered. They’re the perfect tuber to use for this loaded potatoes recipe.

We’re using chili powder, smoked paprika and salt to provide a bit of a smoky kick to the potatoes as they cook. It provides the perfect counterpoint to the gooey, creamy elements of the cheese and sour cream.  

Fresh scallions provide a garden fresh crispness and herbaceous bite.

And the bacon bits deliver a savory, smoky crunch that ties the whole dish together. It’s exactly what you’d want from a twice baked potato – but in bite size form.

Bonus: it’s super easy to make loaded potatoes in your rice cooker!



After giving the inner pot of your Tiger multifunctional rice cooker a hit with cooking spray, just load the baby potatoes, milk, half the scallions (reserve the other half for topping) and your spices inside.

Use the Slow Cook function for 60 minutes. Remember to carefully open the lid and stir every 20 minutes or so.

When the timer sounds off, just place the potatoes on a serving dish and pile high with your smoky, savory and creamy toppings.

We think these loaded potatoes might just make an appearance at your next Super Bowl party!

And check out these other delicious and easy potato recipes you can make in your rice cooker:

6 Foods You Can Cook in a Rice Cooker (Besides Rice!)

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Rice cookers aren’t typically something that you find in every single American kitchen (although my site editor Elsie LOVES hers!), and it’s not something I thought I necessarily needed.

But when I got the email from Zojirushi asking me to try out their rice cooker, I decided to give it a whirl.

After all, we do eat plenty of rice in our home since it is a very versatile and cheap gluten-free grain. Thankfully, my girls love rice, and we eat it several times per week.

But what I was floored to discover is that rice is not the only food you can cook in a rice cooker!

Check out these 6 foods you can cook in a rice cooker:

1. Pumpkin

Oh pumpkin–how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! In all seriousness, I could (and do, actually!) eat pumpkin all. year.long.

I don’t know if it’s that this veggie’s color matches my hair or that it just tastes so incredibly delicious, but I revel in trying out new pumpkin recipes each fall.

I was excited to learn that you can easily steam pumpkins in rice cookers! (Who knew?!)

The Zojirushi rice cooker will accommodate up to 1/4 of a pumpkin for a quick steamed snack. It only takes 20 minutes to cook it!

2. Potatoes

Baked potato bars are a quick and easy dinner, but baking potatoes seems to take me forever in the oven (and I try to avoid the microwave!).

You can cook 3 potatoes in a Zojirushi rice cooker in 40 minutes!

3. Sweet Potatoes

I love, love, love sweet potatoes! Yum! I have been on a sweet potato kick here recently, and I usually eat them for lunch about three days per week. I love topping them with just a little bit of coconut oil and cinnamon.

Yummy and satisfying! It only takes 35 minutes to cook a sweet potato in a Zojirushi rice cooker.

In comparison, it takes me twice as long to cook one in my toaster oven.

4. Vegetables

The vegetables you can steam in a rice cooker are not limited to potatoes and pumpkins. You can actually cook carrots, broccoli, corn and more!

Now that I know this, I think a rice cooker would make an excellent addition to a kitchen in a home with a baby. It would be very easy to make baby food using food steamed in a rice cooker.

5. Chicken

This one truly shocked me. Chicken? Would it cook well enough in a rice cooker?

But if you’re just making a quick fillet for one, it is.

It takes approximately 30 minutes to cook one chicken breast in a Zojirushi rice cooker.

6. Fish

This one shouldn’t have surprised me knowing how much fish the Asian culture consumes.

The Zojirushi rice cooker will accommodate up to five ounces of seafood, including white fish, salmon, prawns, scallops and more.

Foods not to Cook in a Rice Cooker

Now that you know of six foods that you can cook in a rice cooker (besides rice!), be sure to note the following foods that you cannot cook in a rice cooker:

1. thick foods, such as curries or stews.

2. foods that may bubble over

3. foods that expand while cooking (like beans)

4. foods with large amounts of oil

5. foods packaged in plastic bags (definitely do not want the toxins from the plastic leaking into the food!)

Why steam food?

The rice cooker’s method of cooking is by steaming the food. This is a super healthy way to prepare the previously mentioned vegetables and meats (and of course, rice!).

Steaming foods is the best way to maintain their vitamin and mineral content during cooking. It also does not require oil to steam food. Many oils–even healthy ones like olive oil!–can become rancid or carcinogenic when cooked at high temperatures.

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I’ve have partnered with Zojirushi to giveaway one Zojirushi NL-AAC10 (MSRP $235) rice cooker via Rafflecopter. It’s a 5.5 cup Micom rice cooker that comes with a steamer attachment!

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Hey babes! Thought I’d share an easy and budget-friendly meal today! But, I have to let you in on a secret. I have NEVER cooked white rice on the stove. Ever. I’d be lost without my beloved rice cooker. It’s a blessing! And now, we can put stuff other than rice in the thing too?! Chile, sign me up!!