How to Cook Rice

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Rice is a staple grain in many cuisines around the world, from Latin America to Asia. Rice can complement dishes such as stir-fry and curry, and it also mixes well with vegetables and spices in dishes such as fried rice or pilaf. Cooking rice is quick and easy. Follow these tips for rice to make perfect additions to many meals.


1. Choose the right kind of rice variety for the meal. Long-grain white rice varieties such as basmati and jasmine are common in Asian cuisine. Basmati is usually found in Indian dishes, whereas jasmine is popular in Thai dishes. Brown rice is rice that still includes the bran layer, which gives it a boost in fiber. This rice substitutes well for white rice in most recipes. Wild rice is technically a seed from a North American grass plant, but it works well in pilaf dishes.

2. Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer to get rid of excess starch.

3. Add the water or broth to a small pot and bring it to a boil. For a firmer rice, add slightly less water. For wild rice, use significantly more water. This food requires around four cups of liquid per cup of rice.

4. Carefully add the rice to the pot so that it doesn't splash. Add the salt and oil or butter. Turn down the heat, cover the pot and let the rice soak up the liquid.

5. Cook white rice for 16 to 18 minutes. Let brown rice cook for around 30 minutes. If the rice isn't cooked yet, let it cook for another 10 minutes or so. Wild rice takes much longer to cook. After covering the pot, let the rice simmer for 45 to 60 minutes.

6. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for approximately five minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork to create a lighter, fluffier texture.

7. Serve the rice hot with a meal, or add it to another rice recipe.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter