In this guide, I will show you how to cook rice on the stove and take you through some vital steps that are required in making delicious white rice that you would expect to find at a restaurant.
Rice is the perfect addition to many meals and while basic it can be quite challenging to get right. If you have ever ended up with mushy rice or under-cooked rice, then you’re not alone. Cooking rice on the stove is a bit daunting at first, but once you’re used to it, it is just as easy as using a rice cooker machine. Whichever method you choose rice is the perfect accompaniment with any easy recipe.
Rinse your Rice
It is important to rinse your rice before cooking it, and you will be surprised at the difference by doing so. This is a simple step but a very important one that most people will simply skip doing.
How to Rinse Rice
To do this, simply get a sieve, place the measurement of rice you will be cooking in it and run under water for a few minutes. Make sure you rinse all of the rice, the water should be clear when you have rinsed the rice enough.
Why Rinse Rice?
Rice often has talc on it as it is used as a milling aid in many of the mills around the world. It is important to wash this off as it does have some health risks associated with it.
Secondly rinsing will remove that loose starch that means you will have much less sticky rice once it has finished cooking.
How to Cook Rice on the Stove
This is the most important part of this guide and will talk about how to cook rice on the stove. While cooking rice on a stove is relatively simple it can be tricky to get it perfect.
Follow the steps below and find out how you can cook rice correctly.
- Place the rinsed rice into a deep pot.
- Add the amount of water you decide on (A good amount typically is 1 & 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice.)
- Cover and bring to the boil.
- Once at the boil lower the temperature, so a light boil is maintained.
- Cook for about 12 minutes.
- Once water is absorbed, remove the lid.
- Using a fork or spoon “fluff” the rice up.
- Serve & Enjoy.
If you’re looking for an easy recipe to enjoy with your lovely cooked rice, then be sure to check out the satay chicken curry. This is super easy to cook up and tastes absolutely amazing.
Alternatives to Cooking Rice on the Stove
Cooking rice on a stove is certainly not for everyone and life can be made much easier with many of the rice cooking products that are out there.
The most common way to cook rice that is used by a lot of people is the rice cooker. These range in prices varying from $20 to some that cost you over a hundred.
These are super simple to use, simply add the amount of rice you would like and then just fill the cooker up to the line that represents the number of cups of rice you put in. After that, you switch the machine to cook and then it’s just a matter of waiting until your rice is nicely cooked.
There are many other methods of cooking rice with everyone having their pros and cons. However, I do find the absorption method the easiest that produces the best results.
I hope this guide on how to cook rice on the stove has helped you be able to perfect the method. If you’re still struggling just remember practice makes perfect.