How to Make Perfect Rice Every Time

Making great tasting rice is really easy – but I used to burn rice / under-cook it like the best of them until I realized what I’m doing wrong.

The most important thing you need in order to make great rice every time is… a pot with a tight-fitting lid to retain the steam. That’s it. That’s the secret. No voodoo involved.

Here’s how to make perfect rice, step-by-step:

  1. Heat a little cooking oil (I usually use Olive Oil) in pot
  2. Pour in the rice
  3. Stir rice for a minute making sure it does not start burning
  4. Pour in the water
  5. Add a bit of salt and pepper if you feel like it
  6. Get water to boil level
  7. Lower range heat to minimum (really, really low. lowest it will go)
  8. Close pot with lid
  9. Wait 17 minutes exactly and turn range off
  10. Keep lid on for five more minutes
  11. Serve / eat


  1. Resist the urge to open the lid to look inside – retaining the steam is crucial here. Just trust me on the 17 minutes.
  2. Use twice as much water as rice (for example, one cup of rice and two cups of water)

That’s it, never fails.

(image by Josh Puetz)


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