Find out how to make fluffy, soft rice on the stove! The end result will improve your entire dinner after you learn the straightforward preparation processes. Let’s now go over the fundamentals of producing this well-known pantry item.

Every time, the perfect rice!

In many different cuisines and cultures, rice is commonly consumed, and in some, it is a daily requirement. I’m confident I can eat it continuously. I’ll demonstrate the fundamental cooktop methods for prepping and cooking rice for you. These easy recommendations I picked up in culinary school will guarantee fluffy forkfuls each and every time. The same principles also apply to all varieties of rice.

It’s crucial to keep in mind the fundamentals while you prepare and cook, such as washing the rice and resisting the need to look and stir excessively. It’s a game-changer that will stop the dreaded mushy, starchy mess if you put it into practice and comprehend why. All set to learn? A steaming bowl of delicious rice is only seconds away!

Using the conventional cooktop approach

Also known as the absorption approach. The rice and predetermined amount of water are brought to a boil in the recipe, covered, and simmered until the water is completely absorbed. The grains are cooked softly and with minimum effort.

Reasons to rinse the rice

Rinse the rice before cooking to get fluffy, individual grains by getting rid of extra surface starch. If the starch is left on, the rice will cling together while cooking and will produce a liquid that resembles glue. Rinse the rice in cool water until the water no longer seems hazy and is clear to the touch. It goes more quickly if you rub the rice with your hands.

Using flavored liquids is an option

Instead of using water to cook rice, you can substitute stocks, broths, and even coconut milk. Products with vegetable or chicken flavoring work well to create a savory flavor. If the beverage already contains sodium, you can eliminate it or cut back on the salt you add. Rice with a coconut taste is frequently used in Thai recipes and desserts.

Begin preparing food in cold water

The grains will gradually absorb the water and cook uniformly if the cooking process is started in cold water. The strong heat will cook the outside of the food too rapidly before the inside has a chance to soften if it is added to a pot of boiling water. Due to the strong, fibrous bran, brown rice is less prone to this risk.

The pot should only be stirred once before being covered

As the water begins to warm up, stir the rice a few times to make sure nothing settles to the bottom. However, do not stir the rice after covering it; else, the grains will turn into pudding (think risotto). Cooking temperatures change when the pot is covered.

Reduce the heat to a simmer after covering

Once the water has boiled, immediately cover the saucepan and lower the heat to low. In order for the rice to gradually absorb the liquid, this keeps steam inside and reduces the heat’s intensity. For white rice, this process takes between 15 and 20 minutes; modify the time depending to the variety.

Lift the lid a little bit at the end to see if the grains have absorbed all the water. But be sure to rapidly cover the pot to stop excessive steam leakage.

Give it some time to sit before fluffing.

After turning off the heat, let the rice to steam for around ten minutes. This gives it a chance to soak up any remaining fluids. Use a fork to gently fluff the rice after it has sat for some time. The purpose of doing this is to let any trapped steam escape, which aids in stopping the cooking process right away.

Putting away for later

Rice can be kept frozen for up to a month or kept in an airtight container for up to five days.

How to freeze rice

  • The rice should be spread out on a sheet pan in a layer that is about an inch thick and left to cool to room temperature.
  • Rice should be divided into portions of 1 to 2 cups and put into quart-sized reseal able plastic bags.
  • Each bag should be lightly flattened to a thickness of approximately an inch, sealed, and put in the freezer.
  • Place in a bowl, wrap in plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time. As required, stir and continue to cook.


  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice, or another kind of rice
  • 2-cups of water
  • optional ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions for Cooking

Find out how to make fluffy, soft rice on the stove! Your entire dinner will improve after you have mastered the preparation methods.

  • Fill a strainer with a fine mesh with rice. Rinse and wash the rice several times in between your fingers in running cool water until the water is clean, which should take approximately a minute. To drain, gently press with your hands while shaking.
  • Add the rice, salt, and water to a medium pot. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer on low heat with a cover on. The water in the pot should be bubbling, and some steam should be coming out of the sides of the cover. Neither water nor bubbles need to be escaping. If so, turn down the heat even more.
  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or as instructed by the manufacturer, or until the rice has absorbed the water.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and cover the rice.
  • With a fork, fluff the rice and serve it hot.


  • 2-3 qt. Saucepan
  • Strainer


  • Rice serving size: half a cup cooked
  • Instructions on how much water to add and how long to cook should be found on the manufacturer’s packaging. The recipe above may not work with all varieties of rice.
  • For risotto, avoid using this method because you need to mix and add additional water over time to produce a creamy dish.

Additional rice cooking methods

  • Pasta method – The rice is boiled in a huge amount of water, much like noodles, and after the grains are soft, the surplus water is drained with a strainer. Works well with brown rice because the tough outer bran can withstand more water movement.
  • Pilaf method – The rice is toasted before boiling to give it a nutty flavor, and it is then simmered and steamed.
  • Steaming method –The rice is placed in a colander or cheesecloth, covered, and steamed after being soaked for several hours or overnight. This works well with sushi rice or sweet rice.
  • Microwave method – A tiny amount of rice (no more than 1 cup) and water are cooked in a bowl in the microwave at various intervals and power levels until the rice is soft.
  • Baked method – Brown rice should be cooked using the baked method for more delicate and even cooking. The rice is covered and roasted for about an hour at 375°F (191°C) with boiling water poured over it.
  • Instant Pot – Rice is cooked in the Instant Pot under pressure for a limited period of time before being left to sit and steam until it is tender. Suitable for brown or white rice.
  • Rice cooker – Using the absorption method and a precise measurement of rice and water to cook rice in an electric rice cooker.

What creates the sticky rice?

Amylose and amylopectin, two starch molecules, are present in rice. The heat-induced swelling of the rice leads it to release amylose into the cooking liquid, which causes the grains to adhere to one another. Long grain rice tends to be more separated and releases less amylose than shorter grain rice.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}