If you want to know how to cook rice on the stove perfectly ALL the time then you came to the best place. We all love a good chicken curry or Thai massaman curry served with fluffy rice but, sometimes struggle to cook the best rice possible.
What you'll learn about cooking rice
How to cook rice on the stove? Do you end up with a pot of sticky gummy lumps of rice every time you try? Don't worry, most professional chefs end up with the same results.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to cook the perfect pot of rice on the stovetop every time. This recipe for cooking rice includes information on how to cook normal white rice, brown rice and also wild rice.
Did you know that wild rice is not actually rice but rather an aquatic grass? Now you do. According to this article, it's also very healthy so if you haven't given it a go. Now's your chance.
The number 1 rule for cooking perfect rice
Whether want to know how to cook white rice, basmati rice, brown rice or rice for sushi, the principles stay the same and we have to start with a very important step.
Washing the rice.
This step gets rid of excess starch stuck to the outside of the rice grains. Removing this starch will make sure our rice is lovely and fluffy and not a solid lump of gummy nastiness.
Soak the rice for 2 minutes at a time repeatedly changing the water until it runs clear. This should happen after about three to four times.
When you cook wild rice you only do this once. Wild rice does not have the same starchiness usual white rice has.
What is the correct water to rice ratio
Another popular question is how much water you need to cook rice?. The correct ratio is key to fluffy perfectly cooked rice. Many popular chefs and food websites will tell you to use a 2 to 1 water to rice ratio.
Although it might work, it's not perfect. Some types of rice work that way. Not all do though. If you use water to rice ratio of 1.5 to 1 ratio it works for everything from sushi rice to basmati rice.
Long grain, short grain. It doesn’t matter.
The reason being, some rice will become sticky and nasty with that ratio whilst others can absorb a lot of water before becoming mushy.
The ratio of wild rice is much more forgiving.
Wild rice cooks at a ratio of 2.5 to 1 water to rice. Unlike a fairly quick cooking time with white and brown varieties, wild rice will take up to an hour to cook.
The water to rice ratio needs to be 1.5 to 1. Meaning if you want to cook 100 grams of rice, you would need 150 grams of water.
How to make rice tasty also depends on the cooking liquid used. You could use just regular salted water or something a bit more flavourful like chicken stock or coconut milk.
In this recipe, we will keep it simple and cook the rice without a rice cooker in salted water on the stovetop.
Most of us have a small pot with a lid and a kitchen towel.
That’s all we need.
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How to cook white rice
- Weigh out 150 grams of white rice. Any type will do, I used Jasmine rice for this recipe, great with Asian Food). Soak and rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
- Weigh out 225 grams of water. Add this to the rice along with 2 grams salt and 10 grams coconut oil, butter or any other oil for that matter.
- Bring the rice to the boil and turn down the heat to a minimum setting.
- Cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel and a lid making sure the rice is sealed in tight. This is crucial as we will be steaming the rice and it needs to be properly sealed to keep the correct level of steam.
- Let the rice sit like this on the lowest stove setting for 15 minutes. Set an alarm. Very important. Do not lift the lid when this time is done.
- When the timer stops, remove the pot from the stove with the lid still on, and let it sit like that resting for another 3 minutes.
- Lift the lid, behold the fluffiest rice of your life and fluff it even more with a fork.
How to cook brown rice
When you cook brown rice use a ratio of 2 to 1 water to rice.
Follow the exact same steps as for cooking white rice with the following small difference.
When it comes to the boil, cover as you would with a cloth and lid. Keep it on the stove at the lowest setting for 30 minutes.
Remove from the stove and let it rest with the lid on for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
How to cook wild rice
- Weigh out 166g of wild rice. Soak and rinse it once.
- Weigh out 400g water, 10g olive oil and 2g salt. Add this all into the pot.
- Bring the rice to the boil and turn down the heat to a minimum setting.
- Cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel and a lid making sure the rice is sealed in tight.
- Let the rice sit like this on the lowest stove setting for 1 hour. Set an alarm.
- Do not lift up the lid before this time is done. When the time is up the wild rice grains should have opened up and the water all absorbed.
- Fluff with a fork and serve.
Rice can be served with many different dishes as a side or you can can make it the star of the show.
- Asian dishes - The base for perfect fried rice. The classic side for curries like coconut chicken curry, Filipino beef adobo or shrimp massaman.
- With meats and fish - Simple side for meats like oven-baked chicken breast, bavette steak, chicken Kiev or teriyaki glazed pork tenderloin. Or, with whole roasted fish on the barbecue, crispy salmon fillet and giant periwinkle.
- Other vegetable dishes - With plant-based dishes like creamed spinach, baked eggplant and roasted pumpkin.
Frequently asked questions
Use a ratio of 1.5 to 1 water to rice. Switch the rice cooker on and press the cook setting. The rice cooker will tell you when it's done by automatically switching to the keep warm setting.
To get rid of extra starch rice is washed before cooking in order for it to have a fluffy but not sticky texture. Unwashed rice has a lot of starch that absorbs the water making it sticky and could result in undercooked gummy rice. Not nice.
100 grams of cooked white rice has 130 calories.
100 grams of cooked wild rice has 101 calories.
In order to make fried rice make sure the rice has cooled down completely. Rice cooked the day before works best but if you want to have fried rice and need to cook it fresh, simply cool it dow in the fridge before using.
Rice does not do well in the freezer. It's best cooked fresh for when you need it.
Cool rice down before sealing airtight and storing in the fridge for up to 3 days. Improperly stored rice or rice older than 3 days can lead to food poisoning.
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