How to cook rice to make it perfect

How to cook rice to make it perfect

How to cook rice to make it perfect

December 14, 2020

Likbez Food

We tell you how to cook cereals in a saucepan, frying pan, slow cooker and microwave.
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Daria Rodionova

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How to cook rice to make it perfect

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How to prepare rice

If you want to cook fluffy rice, rinse it under cold water before cooking. So you get rid of starch, which is responsible for stickiness. Rinse the rice about five times or more until the water runs clear. It is most convenient to perform this procedure using a fine sieve.

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Some dishes, such as risotto, require glutinous rice. In this case, it is not worth rinsing. Or you can limit yourself to one rinse to wash off all the excess.

To make rice cook faster, you can soak it for 30-60 minutes. Then the cooking time will be reduced by almost half. However, it is better to reduce the amount of water that is used for cooking.

How much water to use for cooking rice

It is generally believed that this cereal needs twice as much water to cook. But this is an approximate proportion. It is better to measure the volume of liquid based on the type of rice:

  • for long-grain – 1: 1.5–2;
  • for medium grain – 1: 2–2.5;
  • for round grain – 1: 2.5–3;
  • for steamed – 1: 2;
  • for brown – 1: 2.5–3;
  • for wild – 1: 3.5.

Be sure to read the instructions on the package. The manufacturer knows exactly what processing the rice has undergone, and suggests the optimal amount of water for cereals.

Measure rice and water with a measuring cup – it’s much more convenient. The standard serving for one is 65 ml of dry grains.

What to add to rice

You definitely need salt. ¹⁄₂ teaspoon is enough for 1 cup of grains. Although it is better to adjust the amount according to your preferences.

Rice is good because its taste can always be changed a little. For example, using the following seasonings:

  • saffron;
  • curry;
  • cardamom;
  • zira;
  • caraway;
  • cinnamon;
  • carnation.

Spices are added to the water during cooking or to a ready-made dish.

Also, rice can be supplemented with herbs, citrus zest, or boiled not in water, but in meat or chicken broth.

How long to cook rice

It depends on the cooking method and the type of rice. Therefore, the cooking time can vary from 20 to 60 minutes. Below you will find all the details.

How to cook rice in a pot

It is better to use dishes with a thick bottom: in it the temperature is distributed evenly.

First, bring salted water to a boil, and then pour the cereal into it. Stir the rice once so that the grains do not stick to the bottom. Then wait until the dish begins to boil, reduce the heat to a minimum and cover the pan with a lid.

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Do not open the lid during cooking, otherwise the rice will take longer to cook. If you want the grits to be crumbly, do not stir it (except the first time). Otherwise, the grains will break and release starch.

The average cooking time after re-boiling, depending on the type of rice, is:

  • for white – 20 minutes;
  • for steamed – 30 minutes;
  • for brown – 40 minutes;
  • for wild – 40-60 minutes.

When the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it stand for 10-15 minutes covered. If there is water left in the finished porridge, drain it or cover the pan with a dry towel: it will absorb excess moisture.

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How to cook rice in a pan

Use a frying pan with a diameter of 24 cm or more, high sides and a lid.

Rice is cooked in it in almost the same way as in a saucepan, with the exception of one nuance: the grains must first be quickly fried in vegetable oil. Do this for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly so that the grains are covered with oil, then the rice will be crumbly. Then it must be poured with boiling water and cooked in the same way as in the method above.

How to cook rice in a slow cooker

Put the rice in the multicooker bowl. Add water and your desired spices. Close the lid and set the mode to Cereals, Rice, Pilaf or Buckwheat. Approximate cooking time for rice is:

  • for white – 30 minutes;
  • for steamed – 30-40 minutes;
  • for brown – 50 minutes;
  • for wild – 50-60 minutes.
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How to cook rice in the microwave

Pour the rice into a microwave-safe bowl. It is desirable that the cereal does not occupy more than ¹⁄₃ of the volume of the dish. Add water and spices.

Cook white and parboiled rice for 15-20 minutes at full power. Then mix, cover with a lid and leave in a closed microwave oven for 5-10 minutes.

Brown and wild rice cook for 5 minutes at full power first. Then stir, set the power to medium and cook for another 20-25 minutes. Leave covered in a closed microwave for 10-15 minutes.

If the grains remain firm, continue to cook, checking every 1-2 minutes and adding water if necessary.

Bonus: how to make rice for sushi

  1. Special Japanese rice is used for making sushi. You can replace it with the usual round-grain.
  2. Before cooking, the cereal should be washed 5-7 times. It is better to throw out the floating grains.
  3. Pour washed rice with cold water in a ratio of 1: 1.5. A piece of nori seaweed can be added to the pot for flavor, but must be removed before boiling.
  4. Rice is cooked under a lid: before boiling – over medium heat, after – at a minimum for about 15 minutes. After you need to remove the cereal from the stove and let it stand for another 15 minutes.
  5. Ready rice must be seasoned with a special dressing. To prepare it…


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