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How To Cook Perfect Rice Every Single Time

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November 10, 2017 / International / By
Adrian Cruce

Rice seems so simple to cook but it so often ends up being dry, undercooked, overcooked or just sticky. This is simply because we are not used to cooking it right. If you want to get your rice right every single time, here is all you have to do. It is so much simpler than what many think and you do not need anything complicated or any special rice (although some brands are much easier to cook than others).

What You Need To Cook Perfect Rice

Besides the rice you will need water, a measuring cup, a wooden spoon, a fork, salt and a saucepan with a lid.

Cooking That Perfect Rice

  • Boil Water

Put water in a large saucepan with a lid that is tight-fitting. You will usually need 1 and 3/4 water cups for every cup of rice but be sure you check recommendations on the label. The rice I often buy has a perfect ratio of 2 water cups to 1 cup of rice. Bring water to boiling and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt for every cup of rice you want to cook.

  • Add Rice

This is pretty self-explanatory.

  • Separating The Rice

Take a wooden spoon and stir once in order to separate clumps. This is what many do not do or they over-stir. Both are mistakes and lead to cooked rice that is sticky.

  • Simmer

Cover your pot and simmer the rice. Again, be sure that the lid is tight. You want to turn down the heat to a really low setting, the lowest you have. Let your rice simmer. You will need to wait around 18 minutes but you can check to see if it is cooked according to how you like it. After the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let the rice steam for 5 more minutes inside the pot. Remove the water.

  • Fluff The Rice

Before you serve the rice, fluff it gently with your fork so you separate grains. This makes the rice look great but only if it is still hot. When you want to serve the rice cold, fluff it before you let it cool off.

Some Extra Tips To Remember When Cooking Rice

  • Never uncover your pan and/or stir rice as it cooks. You may be tempted to do this. Alternatively, do it just once until you get used to timing and cooking temperatures.
  • When the rice is ready and you do not serve it immediately, take a folded towel and put it over your saucepan instead of the lid. Towels work great as they absorb all the extra condensation and moisture. They prevent mushy and overcooked rice.
  • Always use a pot with a heavy bottom so you prevent scorching or burning. Thin heated surfaces are much harder to control even when the fire is set way down.
  • If you want lightly toasted rice, sauté it in just a bit of olive oil before cooking it. Just let the rice soak in olive oil for half an hour. Then, rinse it and cook it.
  • Do not add salt at the end because this will cause an uneven flavoring. If you want to add spices, add them at the same time, together with the salt, directly to the water as it is starting to simmer.

Cooking rice is not a complicated science but it is so easy to ruin some great rice with very simple mistakes. With rice the attention is always in these small details. Enjoy it and if you have some extra tips, share them through a comment!


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