How To Make Perfect White Rice

White rice comes in short, medium and long grain varieties.  Making perfect white rice is very easy to do by just following these simple guidelines.

The easiest way to make perfect white rice is to use a rice cooker.  You just follow the instructions that came with your rice cooker.

  • Usually, you have marks on the inside of the cooker.  Such as:  3, 4, 5, or 6 cups.  The cooker comes with a plastic measuring cup, which is closer to ¾ of a cup, rather than a full cup.  But it works well for the rice cooker.
  • If you want to make 3 cups of rice, you measure out 3 cups with the provided measuring cup.
  • Add the rice to the cooker and run cool water over the rice to remove any excess starch, until the water runs clear.
  • Next, fill the cooker with cold water to the 3 cup measuring line.
  • Plug in the cooker, set to cook, and about 20 minutes later you have perfect white rice.
  • Let it set for about 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.

When you don't have a rice cooker, there is a foolproof way to make perfect white rice every time in a saucepan.

You will need the following ingredients for 4 cups of cooked rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Dash of salt (optional)
  • 1 TBSP Butter (optional)

Pour rice into a 2 quart saucepan and rinse until the water runs clear.

Stir the rice and water so they are mixed well, and the water is at an even height over the rice.

An old trick that I learned a long time ago, before they had automatic rice cookers, is to place your thumb in the water and measure from the top of the rice to the top of the water with your thumb.  The water should come up to the bend (joint) in your thumb.

  • Adjust the water accordingly.
  • Add the optional salt and butter.
  • Turn the heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
  • Leave the cover off while bringing to a boil so that the water does not boil over.
  • After it comes to a boil, stir the rice once more and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let set for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork.
  • You will have a perfect pan of white rice.


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