Learn how to cook no fail perfectly fluffy rice on the stove top in a few easy steps.
Has cooking the perfect pot of fluffy rice eluded you? It is such a simple ingredient but, how to cook rice can be a scary kitchen task for even the most experienced of chefs. Between my 3 kids and numerous personal chef clients, I have made more pots of rice than I care to count. Follow along as I help you become an expert rice cooker.
Sticky, clumpy, gooey, crunchy. My attempts at making the perfect rice has taken all these forms. My failures continued as cooking rice over too high heat resulted in many boil overs and stove top messes to clean up. Wanting to spare you from any rice cooking mishaps, I will lay out the keys to cooking a perfectly fluffy bowl of rice.
What are the different kinds of rice
With over 40,000 different varieties of rice, cooking a perfect bowl of rice can be daunting. Rice can be short grain such as arborio, medium grain such as sushi rice, and long grain such as white rice. Short and medium grain rices tend to be sticky when cooked. I am partial to the long grain varieties as they make the fluffiest bowl of rice. Also, the cooked grains tend not to stick together. White, jasmine, and basmati rices are the three kinds of rice I prepare most often.
Keys to cooking long grain rice
- Start with a heavy sided 1 quart pot with a tight fitting lid. The heavy pot will evenly conduct the heat. Therefore, the rice will cook evenly.
- Lightly toast the rice in a small amount of oil. This will add extra flavor to the rice. Also the oil will keep the rice from sticking together.
- Add hot water to the rice after it has toasted.
- Bring the water and rice to a full boil before lowering the heat to cook the rice.
- DON’T PEEK AT THE RICE AS IT COOKS. Sorry for yelling but, I want to get your attention. This is one of my most important keys to cooking a perfect pot of rice. By lifting the lid to check on the rice, steam will escape. The temperature inside the pot will be lowered and will alter the cooking time.
- After the rice is done cooking, let it sit covered and off the heat for 5 minutes. This is my second most important key to the perfect rice recipe. The resting time allows any moisture to evenly redistribute throughout the rice.
- Fluff the cooked and rested rice with a fork to separate the grains and allow them to dry out a little bit.
Armed with my keys to cooking a perfect pot of rice, I hope you will become a confident rice cooker. Sharpen your rice cooking skills with some of my favorite recipes including rice; Thai Curry Chicken and Rice Bowls, Fried Rice with Chicken, and Chicken Tikka Masala, I’ll be sharing many more essential cooking tips and recipes so you will be a pro in the kitchen 🙂
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Learn how to cook no-fail perfectly fluffy long grained rice such as white, jasmine and basmati on the stove top in a few easy steps.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup long grain rice (white, basmati, or jasmine)
2 cups hot water
Heat a 1-quart heavy sided pot over medium low heat. Add the oil and the rice. Stir the rice so it is coated with the oil. Let the rice cook for about 2 minutes. You should detect a slight nutty smell.
Pour in the 2 cups of hot water. Turn the heat to medium high. Bring the rice and water to a full boil.
Turn the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid.
Cook the rice for 15 minutes – no peeking!
After the cooking time, turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes. Do not remove the lid.
After the resting time, uncover the pot, fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
Do not peek at the rice as it cooks. If the lid is taken off the pot as the rice cooks, it will lower the temperature in the pot. The cooking time will be altered.
- Category: side dish
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Asian
- Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
- Calories: 179
- Sugar: 0.1 g
- Sodium: 2 mg
- Fat: 1.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
- Unsaturated Fat: ~
- Trans Fat: ~
- Carbohydrates: 37 g
- Fiber: 0.6 g
- Protein: 3.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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