Since college I have wanted a rice cooker. Why? Because I have to be the worst in the world at cooking rice. Every single time I’d cook rice, it would come out a big pot of mush. I thought it was impossible to get perfect, individual grain rice without a rice cooker. That is, until I discovered the secret to cooking the perfect pot of rice.
So what’s the secret? The directions on the package are a lie! A big lie! I have yet to follow the directions on any rice package and have the outcome I want. However, I have discovered the perfect rice cooking formula and since implementing it, there hasn’t been a pot of mushy rice in my house. And there’s no rice cooker needed!
What’s the lie rice packaging has been, and is still, telling us? Most packaging says to use 2 cups of water for every cup of rice. Wrong! This is why my rice used to come out so mushy. That’s just too much water. You only need 1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice you’re cooking. My favorite Jasmine rice indicates to use 1 1/2 cups of water, which is closer, but still not quite perfect.
Use this rice cooking formula on ANY type of rice and you’ll never have mushy rice again.
- Combine water and dry rice in a pot, over medium heat. (1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice)
- Cover and cook until it comes to a rolling boil. Then reduce the temperature to low.
- Once the water has completely reduced, turn the burner off, stir the rice, cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Letting it sit covered will allow the rice to steam itself done.
- Enjoy the perfect pot of rice!
*Note: It’s important that you stir the rice once the water has reduced. If you don’t stir, you will end up with uncooked grains along the top.