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What to Cook in Our Itty, Bitty, Pretty Staub Stovetop Rice Cooker

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For the first four months of living in New York, I did not have a stove. I know this doesn't make me special. Many post-college transplants have to reckon with some recalcitrant landlord who refuses to turn on stoves, part of the crumbling infrastructural bargain that is living in a tiny apartment.

Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker From $99
Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker

So, every night, I would make dinner in a plug-in rice cooker I bought from Bed Bath & Beyond. In that period, I tried to become remarkably crafty about what I was able to cook with this petite hybrid tub-and-heating-mechanism—perhaps I could cook a pie. Poach an egg. Nonsense. I learned the hard way that my rice cooker had its limits. After some false starts, I stuck to the nightly rubric of brown rice, vegetables, and a pre-cooked sausage or three, dunking in some chicken broth and curry sauce from a jar.

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Food52 x Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker, 1.5QT $149
Food52 x Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker, 1.5QT

Even after gaining a functioning stove, though, I was bullish about parting from my rice cooker. I'd grown so used to its ability to deliver on its promise of convenience, and its charming compactness.

Good news. I've got the Food52 x Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker now. It's the size of my old number from Black & Decker, but—get this—it's meant for my stove. She be small but mighty, a cast-iron cauldron with a graphite finish, with a size that masks remarkable depth of its base. It’s perfect for anything you’d need a small pot for, and doubly perfect for a lonely single dude like me, who has the stomach of two people but is unencumbered by the need to feed anyone else. It can basically do anything.

It's the perfect median between this vestige of compromised living I once used daily and the way I cook now. And it's an alarmingly versatile product; I've compiled some stuff you can cook in your Staub Stovetop Rice Cooker below. Now, I can’t stop cooking in my Staub rice cooker. I don’t want to cook in anything else.

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Oatmeal. "A meal of oats."

Wake up, sleepyhead. It's time for oatmeal! Pour some oats in your stovetop rice cooker. They'll cook in no time.

April Bloomfield's English Porridge

April Bloomfield's English Porridge by Genius Recipes

Overnight Miso Porridge

Overnight Miso Porridge by linzarella

Overnight Steel-Cut Oats with Almond Butter & Honey

Overnight Steel-Cut Oats with Almond Butter & Honey by ying

Green Curry Oatmeal

Green Curry Oatmeal by fiveandspice

You can even bake your oatmeal in this little buddy, since it's oven safe—just halve a recipe meant for a baking pan to fit inside.

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal by Gena Hamshaw

Apricot-Almond Baked Oatmeal

Apricot-Almond Baked Oatmeal by Erin McDowell

Poach an egg. Live a little.

Let's stay on the topic of "breakfast" here. Who says you can't poach an egg in a stovetop rice cooker? Huh. Ridiculous. Its deep shape will be like a luxurious Jacuzzi for your poaching egg. Throw it in a dish of your choosing—or even someone's face! (Don't do that.)

Maple-Poached Eggs

Maple-Poached Eggs by Casey Elsass

Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Bread Crumbs, and a Poached Egg

Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Bread Crumbs, and ... by Alexandra Stafford

How to Poach Eggs with Less Stress (& No Anxiety Dreams)

How to Poach Eggs with Less Stress (& No Anxiety Dreams) by Sarah Jampel

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Farro Risotto with Sausage, Mushroom, Peas, and a Poached Egg

Farro Risotto with Sausage, Mushroom, Peas, and a Poached... by Erin McDowell

You can also make a few baked eggs in a rice cooker. Add a few cups of that saucy base. Crack two eggs into it before finishing off, uncovered, in the oven.

Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs

Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs by epicureanodyssey

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Gruyere

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Gruyere by fiveandspice

And of course, hard boiling eggs is also tons of fun in the rice cooker. The water will heat up faster than it would in a much larger pot. Sizzle!

Ethiopian-Inspired Spicy Chicken Stew

Ethiopian-Inspired Spicy Chicken Stew by Abbie C

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs by Genius Recipes

Quinoa. Yeah, you heard me.

Couldn't think of a good header for this one. But you know what quinoa is. It cooks quite nicely in our Staub rice cooker—snug as a rug in there, grains blooming to the point of edible consumption even when you're not even looking. (The divots in the rice cooker's lid cause the steam to drip back into the pot, and this keeps the grains hydrated.)

Baked Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash & Gruyère

Baked Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash & Gruyère by Alexandra Stafford

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf by deensiebat

Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and Soy Dressing

Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and So... by gingerroot

Quinoa with Roasted Beets and Pear

Quinoa with Roasted Beets and Pear by Kendra Vaculin

Let's 👏🏾 Make 👏🏾 Some 👏🏾 Risotto

Risotto—not easy, not sorry. Just kidding. It took me a lifetime to realize risotto's a lot easier to cook than it seems at first glance.

Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto)

Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto) by Emiko

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel by meganvt01

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto by ENunn

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean Risotto)

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean... by Panfusine

Feeling...uh...windy? Shake some barley

Barley—out of your beer and into the streets! And the proverbial "streets" here are, collectively, your Staub rice cooker. Because really, you can cook any grains in it. Wild. Okay. Onto the recipes.

Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad

Blood Orange, Roasted Root Vegetable, and Barley Salad by EatSimplyEatWell

Old-Fashioned Beef and Barley Soup

Old-Fashioned Beef and Barley Soup by plainhomecook

Creamy Spring Barley

Creamy Spring Barley by nicolecooks

A Soulful Bowl-Full (Smoky Chicken and Barley Congee)

A Soulful Bowl-Full (Smoky Chicken and Barley Congee) by savorthis

Hm. I'm just going to call this category "Other"

Now these are what we call leftovers. Sort of. Wake up a tub of leftover pasta and bake it, right inside the rice cooker (which is sized pretty ideally for this sort of task). A sauce? Saucy! Fried shallots? Be my guest. Add cheese. Go crazy. This sampling of foods that would re-heat well in the rice cooker that I've compiled here is by no means exhaustive.

Baked Ricotta Gnudi with Vodka Sauce

Baked Ricotta Gnudi with Vodka Sauce by Danielle Oron

Wheatberry Salad with Radishes, Asparagus, Walnuts, and Spring Onions

Wheatberry Salad with Radishes, Asparagus, Walnuts, and S... by Gena Hamshaw

Balsamic-Roasted Shallots

Balsamic-Roasted Shallots by Kenzi Wilbur

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage by Merrill Stubbs

Uhhhh, or maybe just make some rice?

Yeah, I know—you didn't see this one coming. Feeling wary of engaging in some mischief with your Staub Stovetop rice cooker? Stick to the basics. (Just make sure that's the only thing that sticks. Haha!)

Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice by Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom

Butternut Squash Brown Rice Porridge

Butternut Squash Brown Rice Porridge by recordsintheden

Classic Nigerian Jollof Rice

Classic Nigerian Jollof Rice by Kitchen Butterfly

Shimeji Rice

Shimeji Rice by ivan orkin

Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing

Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing by Asha Loupy

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cilantro

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cila... by gingerroot

Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice

Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion ... by Gena Hamshaw

Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)

Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo) by Jacqui MacKenzie

...And that's how you do it. That's how you use the Staub Petite French Oven Stovetop Rice Cooker.

What other recipes would you cook in our stovetop rice cooker? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: STAUB, RICE, ENAMELED CAST IRON, RICE COOKER