How To

Cook Perfect Rice

how to cook perfect rice

Learn how to cook rice perfectly every time. This is our go-to method to make fluffy white rice and it doesn’t get any easier. To cook rice on the stove, all you need is a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.

How to Cook Perfect Rice

  1. Add white long-grain rice, salt, and butter (if using) to a medium saucepan.
  2. Pour in water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook with the lid on for 18 minutes.
  4. Check rice. If there’s any water on the bottom, cover and let it rest 5 minutes off the heat to absorb then serve.

What Kind of Rice Should We Use

Our go-to rice is Jasmine rice for cook perfect rice , but Basmati long-grain white rice will also work here. We prefer long-grain white rice because it stays fluffy and the grains remain separate after cooking

Should We Rinse Rice or Soak Rice?

how to cook perfect rice
  • Rinsing rice is optional and we usually skip that step. Rinsing removes the extra starch on the outside of the rice, making it slightly less sticky. To rinse, place rice in a fine mesh colander and rinse 20 seconds or until the water runs clear underneath.
  • Soaking Jasmine rice or white rice is not recommended because it is naturally soft and can result in mushy rice.

How do you know when rice is cooked?

how to cook perfect rice
  • Set a Timer: For consistent perfectly cooked rice every time, our best advice is to set a timer while cooking. Fully cooked rice will be fluffy and tender all the way through.
  • Listen for Simmering Sounds: You should hear the rice simmer and hiss while the lid is on and when the sounds stop, the rice has absorbed the water and should be removed from heat.
  • Water is Absorbed: When you take off the lid, fluff with the fork and you should not see any pooling of water at the bottom. If you see any water, cover with the lid and let rest 5-10 minutes off the heat until water is fully absorbed.

To Cook 2 Cups of Rice

1 cup of uncooked rice will yield 3 cups of cooked rice. If you need more, you can easily scale the recipe up or down, just keep in mind the rice to water 1:2 ratio (1 cup rice to 2 cups water). To double the recipe, use 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water.

Can We Substitute the Water

For more flavorful rice, you can substitute water with chicken broth or vegetable broth like we use in our Creamy Chicken and Rice recipe.

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