How to Make Perfect Rice

Do you ever under or over cook rice?

how to make perfect rice

Rice makes such a great, quick and easy side dish. Unfortunately, many struggle to get the results they’re looking for when making rice: tender, fluffy, and not sticky or gooey.

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What often happens is that families resort to instant rice from a box because it just isn’t working out. Of course, another easy answer to this problem would be to purchase a rice cooker. If you are like me then that option just isn’t in the budget.

I’m here to share some tips on how to make perfect rice that doesn’t involve an instant box mix and doesn’t require a special appliance.

  • There are many different varieties of rice, make sure you are cooking with the right kind of rice for the result you are after. I typically use long grain white rice.
  • Rinse rice with water before cooking. Rinsing rice actually rids the grains of surface scratches, and prevents clumping.
  • If you are cooking 1 cup of rice, use 1-3/4 cups of liquid. A common misconception is that it is 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water- this is incorrect. The 1:1 ¾ ratio is especially helpful in producing fluffy rice.
  • You don’t have to cook the rice in plain water. Depending on what you are making it for, you may want to consider cooking your rice in chicken or vegetable broth or beef stock, as it adds more flavor to the rice.
  • Follow the cooking instructions carefully (either what is on the packaging or as instructed in the recipe). While cooking, lift the lid as seldom as possible. Many think it is good to stir the rice frequently while cooking, but this actually disrupts the cooking process.
  • Once the rice is cooked and tender, remove the pan from the heat, but keep the lid on. Let it sit this way for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a large fork and let any resident moisture evaporate out.

Now you’re ready to dig in!I promise, you’ll never want to go back to a box of instant rice again!

Speaking of recipes that contain rice…have you tired MOMables Cheesy Stop Light Rice? My kid’s love this recipe!

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About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 awesome people and MOMables CEO. I work hard in my kitchen so you don't have to. I'm obsessed with tacos and coffee -not always in that order.