How to Cook Perfect Rice: A Step-by-Step Guide

Rice is a staple ingredient in many dishes around the world, and knowing how to cook it perfectly is an essential skill in the kitchen. This guide will walk you through the steps to cook perfect rice every time.


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of water or broth


  1. Rinse the rice: Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it under cold running water. This will remove any debris or excess starch, resulting in a fluffier final product.
  2. Measure the rice and water: Measure out 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water or broth. You can also use a ratio of 1:2 rice to liquid if you are cooking more or less rice.
  3. Place the rice and water in a saucepan: Add the measured rice and water or broth to a medium-sized saucepan.
  4. Bring the water to a boil: Place the saucepan on medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
  5. Cook the rice: Let the rice simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  6. Fluff the rice: Once the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. This will separate the grains and release any excess steam.
  7. Let the rice sit: Cover the saucepan with the lid and let the rice sit for 5 minutes before serving. This will ensure that the rice is perfectly cooked and fluffy.


  • Different types of rice may have different cooking times, so it’s important to check the packaging for specific instructions.
  • You can add a pinch of salt to the water for added flavor, or use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water for added taste.
  • You can also add butter, olive oil or any herbs or spices for additional flavor.
  • If you want to cook rice in a rice cooker, follow the instructions that came with your cooker.

Note: Make sure to use the correct size of saucepan and lid, the lid should fit tightly to prevent steam from escaping and the saucepan should be the right size to prevent the rice from boiling over. Also, avoid lifting the lid while the rice is cooking as it will release steam and can affect the cooking process.

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