You’ve recently bought a new rice cooker and you’re so excited as you can make the fluffiest rice using the rice cooker within a few minutes, ain’t ya? But wait! Do you know what Flash Rice option on a rice cooker works for? Maybe, don’t! And that’s exactly why you are over here. I got you!

Well, this might have happened to most rice lovers reading this article right now. As it’s a new function added by Aroma on a rice cooker, many people aren’t yet aware of it. Don’t ya worry my friend!

Just sit tight and read on. In this post, I’m going to let you know the exact answer to this question:  What is Flash Rice on a rice cooker? So without further ado, let’s get straight into it!

What Is Flash Rice On A Rice Cooker?

Well, the new Flash Rice function is a button on some of the Aroma Rice Cookers, for example, the ARC-150SB and the Arc-914SBD. The manufacturer explains that it speeds up the cooking time for white rice. Though it’s mainly used for making white rice, you can also use it to make sushi rice and brown rice in both small and large batches.

Simply put, using this function your rice will be ready much quicker.  Aroma describes it as “A great time-saving option for rice in a flash.” And it’s an excellent option for cooking rice within a short time when you’re in a hurry.

To use Flash Rice, instead of pressing White Rice, press the Flash Rice option. Then the countdown will appear on the display for the final 3 minutes of the cook cycle.

White rice uncooked cups*Cooking time with Flash Rice function
●      1 Rice Cooker Cup*●      18-23 Min.
●      2 Rice Cooker Cups*●      21-26 Min.
●      3 Rice Cooker Cups*●      23-28 Min.
●      4 Rice Cooker Cups*●      27-32 Min.

* Cups referenced are with the included measuring cup.
Cup = ¾ US Cup.

Aroma Housewares 20 Cup flash rice Cooked

Some instructions to remember while cooking rice using Flash Rice function as follows:

  • Due to bubbling or foaming, it is not recommended to cook brown rice using the Flash Rice function. Use White Rice instead.
  • Cooking times are approximate. Altitude, humidity, and outside temperature will impact the cooking time.
  • Don’t open the lid during the cooking cycle frequently, because it results in losing heat and steam. Plus, cooking time will also be extended if you open the lid before the rice has finished cooking.

How long does Flash Rice take to cook?

The “flash rice” function keeps its promise as it only takes around 28-30 minutes to cook 4 cups of long-grain white rice, which is 8-11 minutes faster than the old model, keeping the rice’s flavor and texture perfect.

Is using the Flash Rice function any worse than the regular rice cooking function?

In fact, I haven’t experienced anything wrong with this Flash Rice function. The quality of rice will also be perfect just as you desire. Therefore, I think I will undoubtedly use the Flash Rice function all the time.

Plus, the Flash Rice function saves cooking time by up to 50%. It is ideal for oatmeal, jambalaya, chili, soups, and many more, as well.

Can you use Flash rice with brown rice?

-Rice is rice, right? You can use it for everything. Right? Right…?


You can definitely cook brown rice using the absorption method with flash rice, but you will end up with a sticky mush rather than flaky, separate grains. There are two reasons for this: firstly, brown rice contains much more fat in its bran layer than does white, which necessitates rinsing to remove some of that grease. Secondly, brown rice has about half again as much protein as white (1g vs 0.6g/tablespoon), which causes the starches to cling together instead of fluffing apart.

Do I need to wash brown rice before cooking?

-Rinse uncooked brown rice just like white rice except that you don’t need to use as much water – about 3X with less agitation. Drain completely before proceeding with recipe/serving. Brown rices are lower in phytic acid than their unrefined counterparts so they only require washing not soaking prior to cooking.

Can you cook quick rice in a rice cooker?

-Yes! Any type of rice, whether it be white or brown or wild or red can be cooked in your standard rice cooker. Technically speaking, you could probably cook any grain that isn’t overly dry (e.g., couscous) but the only reason to do so is if you’re trying to avoid standing over a pot and stirring constantly to avoid burning.

Do you put rice or water first in the rice cooker?

-You can put either rice or water in first, and it will work fine. However, the reason most people put water in first is that it’s easier to measure: since you can’t accurately measure how much rice you’re putting into the dish, measuring by volume (i.e., filling a measuring cup with rice) is more accurate than by weight.

What kind of rice do you use in a rice cooker?

-It doesn’t matter. As long as it is instant rice you can cook it in a rice cooker.

There are different types of rice that you can use to cook your favorite meals. You just have to choose the best kind that will suit your taste and preferences – whether it be white, brown or wild rice. The choice is yours!

Final Thoughts

Okay, now that you’ve got a clear idea about what the Flash Rice option on a rice cooker is. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make use of this new option for preparing your white rice within lesser time.

And, did I miss Something in this article? Let me know in the comment box below so I can update the article further. Happy cooking, thanks!!!


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