How to cook rice?

How to Cook Rice

Cooking rice properly is an important skill for any chef. There are many different ways and methods for cooking- from boiled to steamed, fried and in a rice cooker! Here’s a quick guide to help you get started.

Boiled Rice

This is the simplest method of cooking-rice:

  • Rinse 1 pot of long-grain white rice under cold water, then drain.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the rice, stir, then cover and reduce to a low simmer.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes, then remove from heat and let steam, covered, for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.

Steamed Rice

This method of cooking rice is a bit more complicated, but still can get the job done:

  • Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Wash and drain 1 pot of long-grain white rice.
  • Add the rice to the boiling water. Stir, then reduce to a low simmer.
  • Wait for the water to be fully absorbed into the rice.
  • Once the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed, remove from heat.
  • Line a steamer basket with a damp cloth, then fill it with the rice. Place the basket in a larger pot with ½ – 1 inch of boiling water.
  • Cover the pot and let steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.

Fried Rice

This is a great option for those who want to add some additional flavor to their rice:

  • Cook 1 pot of long-grain white rice according to the method of your choice.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Once hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat pan.
  • Add your desired ingredients, such as veggies and/or protein, and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste.
  • Continue to stir-fry until everything is combined and heated through. Serve hot.

Rice Cooker

This is probably the most convenient and easiest way to cook rice:

  • Add 1 pot of (uncooked) long-grain white rice to the inner pot of your rice cooker and rinse with cold water.
  • Add 2 cups of water.
  • Close the lid and press the “Cook” button.
  • Once the cycle is complete, let the rice stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.

Now you have the knowledge and the means to cook perfect rice every time!


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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