How to cook rice on the stove top or in a rice cooker.
A step-by-step guide including how to rinse rice, how long to soak rice and how to cook rice.
Plus, get lots of fantastic rice recipes!
This step-by-step guide to cooking rice is great for beginners. From the very first step of rinsing (or not rinsing) the rice, to the moment when you can lift the lid. Learn how to cook rice using the free boil method or the absorption method for great rice every time.
Rinsing removes some starch from the grains of rice for a fluffier, separated end product. Rinsing is not necessary for all rice, such as risotto rice where the starch is important to make the dish creamy. Check packet or recipe instructions.
Soaking the raw rice is an optional step. Soaking for a minimum of one hour before cooking shortens the cooking time and can create a more evenly cooked and separated grains. Generally, short and medium grain rice can benefit from soaking. Soaking long grain rice will make it soggy. Check packet or recipe instructions. If rinsing or soaking your rice, thoroughly drain all excess water so that your rice to water ratios remain correct.
There are two ways to cook rice on the stove: free boil and absoprtion. For free boiling, the rice is cooked in lots of water then gets drained. The absorption method cooks the rice in the perfect amount of water that all gets absorbed.
Make these recipes with rice! There are so many cuisines that use rice in their own way, discover dishes from around the world and enjoy the flavours they have to offer. You can find even more rice recipes here, or find out how to cook rice for risotto here!
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Get the recipe: Korma Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Cups
You can cook rice with spices, stocks or coconut milk to impart extra flavour, such as in this recipe for Korma Chicken Meatballs served with coconut rice.