Rice Cooker Black Rice

Easy instructions for how to make black rice in your rice cooker. Scale up the rice and liquid quantities as needed to make more.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine rice, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword rice cooker black rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Total Yield 2 servings
Calories Per Serving 320 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


  • 1 cup black rice
  • 1 and 3/4 cups water or stock plus more water for rinsing
  • salt to taste


Prepare the rice:

  1. Add the rice to a large bowl - preferably metal or glass, so that it doesn't stain. Add warm water until the rice is completely covered, and use your hands to mix around and generally agitate the rice. You will notice the water quickly becoming dark purple in color.
  2. Strain the water out of the bowl - I recommend using a mesh sieve so that you don't lose any rice kernels. Repeat the process 4 more times (yes, 4) of filling the bowl with water, agitating the rice, and straining out the water. This is important for removing excess starch from the black rice so that it cooks properly in the rice cooker.
  3. Drain the rice, and add it to your rice cooker. Add water or stock at a ratio of 1 and 3/4 cups per cup of black rice.
  4. If your rice cooker has a brown rice mode, start it. Otherwise, set the timer to 25 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off, remove the lid to release excess steam.
  6. Cooked black rice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Recipe Notes

All rice cookers are different. Start with a small batch the first time just in case you need to make adjustments to the cook time or amount of liquid for making black rice in your own rice cooker.

Nutrition Facts
Rice Cooker Black Rice
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.