There are many ways to cook rice, something I didn’t know for a long long time. I remember when I moved away for college I had a hard time remembering how much rice to how much water. I struggled to remember it to the point I took a sharpie and wrote on the lid of my rice container. I’ve gotten better over the years at preparing rice, and also getting more adventurous in the types of rice I prepare. However in my interactions with friends over the years I came to realize that other people didn’t know much about cooking rice either, so today I’m going to share the most basic method of cooking rice. There are other methods I will share later, but hopefully for those of you who maybe don’t know much about cooking rice, this will be helpful to you.
When cooking rice I would typically recommend using long grain rice. Short and medium grains are sticky and are used for rice puddings, sushi, and similar dishes. Long grain rice gives a nice fluffy grain that stay separate. Rice has a 1:3 ratio, meaning 1 cup of long grain rice should give you 3 cups of cooked rice. I included rinsing the rice as a step because it makes for a better rice product. However, white rice is often fortified with vitamins and minerals because the outer bran is removed. Rinsing it washes this off, but I do it anyway for better tasting rice. You choose which is more important to you. So if you struggle making rice, as many of us do, the key to remember is this: always do twice as much water as you have rice. If you remember that you won’t have to write on the lid of your rice container.
Yield: 4 servings (1 1/2 c serving)
Time: 20 minutes for long grain white rice, 50 minutes for long grain brown rice
- 2 cups rice
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 T butter
- Step 1
Rinse rice until water runs out clear.
- Step 2
Combine all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Stir. Cover and cook on low. 15-20 minutes for long grain white rice (40-50 minutes for long grain brown rice).
- Step 3
Test rice for done-ness. Cook 2-4 minutes more if desired. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
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