How to cook rice

When cooking rice it is important to get the amount of water for a given amount of rice correct which depends on the variety of rice being used.  For medium- and long-grain white rice the correct ratio is for each cup of rice allow 1½ cups of water.  Short-grain white rice requires slightly less water and brown rice slightly more.  

Difficulty:  Easy

Serves:  6 at home or 30 tastes in the classroom


  • metric measuring cups
  • sieve
  • medium saucepan with tight-fitting lid

  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
What to do

  • Wash the rice using the sieve.
  • It is important to choose a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.  Bring the rice and water to the boil, covered over medium heat.
  • Turn the heat down to very low and cook the rice for 12 minutes.  Do NOT remove the lid.
  • After 12 minutes remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice sit for 10 minutes, do not remove the lid.
  • Remove the lid and using a fork gently separate the grains of rice, then put in the serving bowls.


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