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:
- Heat a little cooking oil (I usually use Olive Oil) in pot
- Pour in the rice
- Stir rice for a minute making sure it does not start burning
- Pour in the water
- Add a bit of salt and pepper if you feel like it
- Get water to boil level
- Lower range heat to minimum (really, really low. lowest it will go)
- Close pot with lid
- Wait 17 minutes exactly and turn range off
- Keep lid on for five more minutes
- Serve / eat
- Resist the urge to open the lid to look inside – retaining the steam is crucial here. Just trust me on the 17 minutes.
- 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)