How to Make Rice

Cyd Converse

Learn how to make rice! It’s the side dish that goes with everything!

Rice is a great gluten-free alternative to pasta. Plus, it’s delicious and goes with everything!

You can serve it with a stir fry, in your Tex-Mex dishes, or as the perfect side dish for chicken, fish or pork. You can make boiled rice, fried rice, rice balls or risotto.

There are so many options and styles of rice! Let’s get to the details of how to make rice.

Shrimp and Rice Bowl

Tips for Cooking Rice

·       Rinse the rice before you cook it. This will help get rid of extra starch that can make your rice mushy or clumpy.

·       Always follow the instructions on the package. The cooking time and the amount of water will depend on the particular type of rice and whether it’s been parboiled (as with instant rice).

·       Let cooked rice sit covered for 10 minutes before fluffing it. This will help firm up the rice.

Indian Fried Rice Picture

Ratio of Water to Rice

The ratio of water to rice will depend on the cooking method and the style of rice.

·       When boiling medium- or long-grain rice on the stove without draining, use 1 1/3 cups of water per 1 cup of raw rice.

·       When boiling short-grain rice, use equal parts water and rice.

·       To boil brown rice, use 1 ¾ cups water to 1 cup rice.

·       For cooking rice in a skillet recipe like this Sausage and Rice Skillet, use 2 parts water or liquid to 1 part rice.

·       When cooking rice in a pressure cooker, use equal parts water and rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl Picture

How to Cook Rice on the Stove

1.       Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer while running your fingers through the grains. Rinse until the water runs clear.

2.       Add rice and water to a pot according to the ratios above and based on the package instructions. Stir to combine and place over medium-high heat.

3.       Let the rice come to a boil. Give it a stir, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot.

4.       Cook the rice for the time listed on the package. In general, cook medium- and long-grain rice for 15 minutes, short-grain rice for 20 minutes and brown rice for 30 minutes.

5.       Turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, fluff with a fork.

Mexican Rice Skillet Image

How to Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker

It’s best to follow the instructions for your rice cooker.

Homemade Fried Rice Picture

How to Cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker

Add equal parts rinsed rice and water to your Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Follow the instructions for your machine’s rice setting.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice Image

How to Cook Rice in the Microwave

Add rinsed rice to a microwave-safe container and add enough water to cover the rice by one inch. Heat, loosely covered, for 9 minutes. Let the covered rice rest for 3 minutes, then fluff and serve.

Dolma Rice Bowl Image

What is the Best Way to Cook Rice?

It’s a matter of preference. This editor prefers cooking rice like pasta and draining the excess water.

Others might like the convenience of using an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

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Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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