I understand cooking rice can be a daunting task especially when you want to cook perfect rice on the stove. Hell, I even remember the first time I was tasked with cooking rice for a 200pax conference that was happening at one of the 5-star hotels back in Kenya. At that time I was so green and had no idea where to start since I was just another broke campus student who was doing a part-time job as an assistant cook just to make ends meet. Long story short… I ended up OVERCOOKING the rice, and as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, I was chased out of the kitchen with no pay for that weekend!
Not to worry, that experience set me on a path to deciphering the best methods for cooking rice perfectly every time (even for 200pax). I will be sharing the 3 best ways to cook perfect rice even on the stove. If you follow these exact steps/methods shared, you will be set for life when it comes to rice cookery.
Rice can be cooked in three distinct ways, each requiring a different amount of water. Boiling, which uses 12 times the amount of water as rice, the Japanese method, which uses 5 times the amount, and steaming, which uses 2-1/2 times the amount. Regardless of which method is used, keep in mind that properly cooked rice grains must be fluffy and retain their individuality. To give them this shape and avoid the rice from becoming mushy, don’t overcook it or stir it too much while it’s cooking.
The Perfect Boiled Rice on a Stove Top
- 1 c Rice
- 3 tsp Salt
- 3 qt Boiling water
- Wash 1 Cup of rice carefully and add it to 3 quarts of boiling salted water over a stove top.
- Boil rapidly until the water begins to appear milky because of the starch coming out of the rice into the water or until a grain can be easily crushed between the fingers.
- Drain the cooked rice through a colander, and then pour cold water over the rice in the colander, so as to wash out the loose starch and leave each grain distinct.
- Reheat the rice by shaking it over the fire, and serve hot with butter, gravy, or cream or milk and sugar.
The Japanese Method of Cooking Rice
- Oven-Proof Saucepan
- 1 c Japanese rice
- 1-1/2 tsp Salt
- 5 c Boiling Water
- Wash your rice in a saucepan or a mixing bowl. Fill the pan/bowl halfway with water, then gently swirl and stir the rice with your hands. Pour the water out when the water becomes hazy with starch, retaining the rice in the pan/bowl with your hand. Rep this step 3-5 times more, or until the water is clear. After cleaning the rice, soak it for at least 30 minutes and then drain the rice.
- Add it to the boiling salted water and cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
- Cover the rice and transfer it to the oven for another 15 minutes to allow the water to evaporate entirely and soften the grains without becoming mushy.
- Serve and enjoy it however you like!
Perfectly Steamed Rice
- 1 c Thai jasmine rice
- 1-1/2 tsp Salt
- 2-1/2 c Water
- Rinse the rice thoroughly and add it to the salted water that has been brought to a rolling boil.
- Simmer for 5 minutes, then transfer to a double boiler and continue to cook until tender.
- Do not stir the rice and keep it covered with a lid while cooking. Note that this method of cooking rice will take about an hour.
- Once the rice is ready, Serve and enjoy with your favorite curry or sauces.
If you want to learn more about Japanese rice, you can check out Japan Centre. They have a lot of information on different types of Japanese rice, how to cook them and where to buy them.
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15 thoughts on “How to cook perfect rice: The 3 best ways”
Very helpful…will be sure to try out …Well done Kevan????
Thank you so much for sharing now I can confidently make rice for a bigger group. Best method I have come across. Thank you so much Kelvin.
Love the simplicity of the wording! Anyone can easily follow the recipe and I’m excited to share with all my non-chef friends!
Good job ????
So far the best and most detailed rice recipe I have come across.
Keep up with this.
One of the best rice recipes….thanks
One of the best rice of rice ???? so easy and amazing well explained thank you so much chef for sharing that recipes
Five star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I would love to try the japanese one. Cooking rice is a skill i swear???????? .
Very good and thorough description
Wow, I didn’t know boiling rice and steaming rice are two completely different things ????, thank you for the enlightenment, I’ll sure try the recipes.
I brought Japanese cuisine to my own dining room, now that is Classy.
I am definitely starting a cookout
No more boring white rice…these easy rice recipes are changing the game! With just a few simple ingredients, you can transform your rice into a flavour-packed side dish.
Wooow am really looking forward to trying this recipes..very well detailed and easy to follow..good job kev????
Wao,l got it at least now l know how to cook delicious rice not just boiling,thanks chef keep going.
This is the most detailed rice cooking recipes I’ve come across… Thanks for sharing’ now I am a rice cooking EXPERT!