How to Cook Rice? Perfectly Fluffy Every Time

Learn the secrets to making perfect rice every time, whether it’s white or brown. Forget dried out rice, burnt bottoms and mush, because this recipe makes preparing fluffy, delicious rice as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Use this as a starting point for making perfect rice at home. There are a ton of factors that can affect your outcome, including: altitude (if you’re at a high altitude then quantities and cooking times can vary greatly), stoves, type of pot and the kind of rice. If the rice is old, try soaking it for 30 minutes before cooking it. And play around with water quantities and cooking times until you get your ideal pot of rice.

What you’ll need:

  • Rice of your choice.
  • Water.
  • Pot (a nonstick pot is great here).
  • Butter or margarine (optional).

Step 1:

Decide which rice to use, since they all require different amounts of water and cooking times.

Step 2:

Decide how much rice to use. One cup of uncooked rice will yield 2 to 3 cups of cooked rice, depending on which kind it is. A general rule of thumb is to allot 1/2 cup of uncooked rice per person.

Step 3:

Put the rice and water in a small pot and add a pat of butter, if you like (it adds a bit of flavor and helps to prevent it from sticking to the pot). You can substitute margarine to make it vegan or parve.

Amounts of water per 1 cup of rice

  • Short grain white rice: 1-1/2 cups.
  • Long grain white rice (like Carolina, basmati and jasmine): 1-3/4 cups.
  • Brown: 2 cups.
  • Wild: 2 cups.

Step 4:

Turn the heat to medium and bring the water to a simmer. Lower the heat and cover the pot.

Step 5:

Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender (times vary).

Approximate cooking times

  • Short grain white rice: 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Long grain white rice: 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Brown rice: 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Wild rice: 45 to 55 minutes.

Step 6:

Remove from the heat and keep it covered for at least 5 minutes — and don’t peek! The steam will help it get nice and fluffy.

Tip: Use a pot with a clear lid so you can see when the water is fully absorbed from the rice. Never stir while cooking, as this will release the starch in the rice and can make it gummy.

Step 7:

Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Turn out into a bowl to cool or serve.

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