Cooking rice. There are many different types of rice, including long grain, short grain, and glutinous (also known as sticky) rice. That means there are numerous ways to cook rice, including boiling, steaming, and stir-frying. And their cooking time will obviously depend on the type of rice you decide to cook! Translation in French: riz.
How do I cook rice?
- Preparing rice
- Cooking long-grain rice
- Cooking Basmati rice
- Cooking Thai rice
- Cooking Jasmine rice
- Cooking brown rice
- Cooking wild rice
- Cooking sushi rice
Other means of preparing rice
- Cooking creamy rice pudding
- Cooking pilaf rice
- Cooking paella rice
- Cooking risotto rice
- Cooking rice with a steamer
- Cooking rice in a stir-fry (in a wok)
- Cooking rice in a Thermomix
- Cooking rice with a pressure cooker /Instant pot
- Cooking rice with a rice cooker
What to pair rice with?
Rice can be paired with a lot of different foods: curry dishes, dahls (with lentils or chickpeas), jambalaya, black beans, kidney beans, chili, grilled salmon, tuna, cod. You can also use rice in all your stir frys. Serve rice with tomatoes, corn or zucchinis.
Here’s how to prepare rice: Rinsing rice before cooking it will help remove any excess starch. Once the rice is rinsed, place it in a pot and add water. The general rule of thumb for cooking rice is to use a ratio of 1:2, which means one part rice to two parts water. However, this ratio can vary depending on the type of rice and the desired texture.
Cooking long-grain rice
Cooking long-grain rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the long-grain rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 10 minutes, then drain and serve.
Cooking Basmati rice
Cooking Basmati rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the Basmati rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, then drain and serve.
Cooking Thai rice
Cooking Thai rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the Thai rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 11 minutes, then drain and serve.
Cooking Jasmine rice
Cooking Jasmine rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the Jasmine rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 15 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes (with the lid on) before draining.
Cooking brown rice
Cooking brown rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the brown rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 35-40 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes (with the lid on) before draining.
Cooking wild rice
Cooking wild rice. Boiling is the most common method of cooking rice.
1. Bring water to a boil (the general ratio is 2 cups of water for every cup of rice used). Add the wild rice and reduce the heat to low
2. Simmer for 45-50 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes (with the lid on) before draining.
Cooking pilaf rice
Cooking pilaf rice. Pilaf cooking is what you use for many dishes such as risotto or paella. The type of rice used and the liquid added will determine the dish!
1. Put your rice in a saucepan and sauté in olive oil until the grains become translucent
2. Add 1.5 times your volume of rice (ie 1 ½ cups for every cup of rice used) in liquid. Depending on your recipe it can be boiling water or broth.
3. Cook for 11 minutes until water has been completely absorbed.
Cooking creamy rice pudding
Cooking creamy rice pudding. Creamy rice pudding is a favorite of mine. Here’s how to cook it:
1. In a pan filled with boiling water, cook your rice for 3 minutes then drain.
2. Put 4 cups of milk in a pot, add vanilla and 1 cup of your pre-cooked rice. Bring to a boil then lower the heat.
3. Simmer for 25 minutes.
4. Add ½ cup of white sugar. Stir well and allow to cook for an extra 5 minutes.
5. Pour in a dish and let your creamy rice pudding cool down.
Optional: You can add cinnamon if you want!
Cooking paella rice
Cooking paella rice. I love paella! Here’s my personal recipe. Plan for ½ cup of dry rice per person.
1. Cook your rice in boiling water (add 1 stock cube to the water) for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Cook the rest of your ingredients separately (chicken, seafood, bell peppers, onions…) then add the rice: combine and cook for 6-10 minutes.
Cooking risotto rice
Cooking risotto rice. Here’s how I prepare risotto rice
1. Prepare garlic, onions, shallots or any other ingredient (chicken breasts in cubes, seafood…). Cook in olive oil in a large pan (1 or 2 minutes).
2. Add risotto rice (that’s Arborio; 1.5 cups for 4 servings). Cook until the rive grains turn translucent
3. Add 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring constantly.
4. Add a bit of white wine. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Serve with butter and/or Parmesan cheese shavings. Season to taste.
Cooking rice with a steamer
Cooking rice with a steamer. To steam rice, you will need a steamer or a pot with a steamer basket.
1. Rinse the rice as directed above, then add it to the steamer basket.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then place the steamer basket over the pot, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the basket.
3. Cover the pot and steam the rice for 20-30 minutes, or until it is tender.
Cooking rice in a stir-fry
Cooking rice in a stir-fry. To stir-fry rice, you will need a wok or a large frying pan.
1. Prepare the rice before hand (boil it)
2. Add it to the wok or pan with a small amount of oil. Stir-fry the rice over high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until it is hot and the grains are separated. Add any desired seasonings or vegetables, and continue stir-frying until they are cooked to your liking.
Cooking rice in a Thermomix
Cook rice in your Thermomix in just 20 minutes!
1. Put 100 grams of water, 20 grams of olive oil and 1 tsp of salt in the Thermomix bowl.
2. Add 350 grams of rinsed white rice to the cooking basket. Cook for 12 minutes at 100°C, speed 4
3. Stir and cook again for 8 minutes at 100°C, speed 4.
4. Remove the basket and serve!
Cooking rice with a pressure cooker /Instant pot
Cooking rice in your Instant pot or pressure cooker is way quicker than using a rice cooker (15 minutes compares to 35 minutes)
1. Rinse your rice well under cold water, then add it to your pressure cooker/Instant Pot. Add the same volume of cold water (1 cup of water for 1 cup of rice)
2. Close the lid. Wait until the pressure valve starts spinning (that should take around 3 minutes)
3. Then lower your heat and cook for an additional 10 minutes (with pressure lease from the valve)
4. That’s it! You only have to release the remaining pressure, open and serve!
Cooking rice with a rice cooker
Cooking rice in your rice cooker is the traditional way of cooking it and requires very little steps!
1. Rinse your rice well under cold water, then add it to your rice cooker. Add cold water (1.5 to 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice, depending on the type of rice you are cooking)
2. Turn on the rice cooker and program the rice cooker for 20-35 minutes depending on the instructions on your rice package. The rice cooker will automatically switch off after that time.
3. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes then simply separate the rice grains with a fork (it’s called fluffing the rice)
Cooking sushi rice
Cooking sushi rice. Remember to use short-grain rice for sushi
1. Rinse the sushi rice (2 cups) under running water until the water runs clear.
2. Place the rinsed rice and 2 ½ cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice sit covered for an additional 10 minutes.
5. In a small saucepan, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Gradually add this mixture to the sushi rice. Stir well.
Rice is a staple food for over half of the world’s population. Rice is a good source of complex carbohydrates and is low in fat. It is also a good source of several essential nutrients, including vitamin B1, vitamin B3, and iron. In addition, rice is gluten-free, making it a good option for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.