How to Make Perfect Rice: A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps for 3 flawless ways to make rice.
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Making rice from scratch is so easy, you're sure to stick with it.

Method 1: Basic Rice

Method 1: Basic Rice

Method 1: Basic Rice
The most common way to make rice is with 2 parts liquid to 1 part rice. Add the rice, bring the water to a boil, then salt it generously. To add extra flavor, use stock instead of water.
Tip: For firmer rice, use 1 2/3 parts liquid to 1 part rice.

Nice and Fluffy

Nice and Fluffy

Nice and Fluffy
Cover, lower the heat and let it simmer for 18 minutes. Don't peek, because that lets too much moisture escape. Let the rice stand for a few minutes. This makes it nice and fluffy.

Method 2: Pilaf

Method 2: Pilaf

Method 2: Pilaf
To make rice pilaf, brown the rice first for 2 to 3 minutes in oil or butter until it looks toasted and smells nutty.

Toasted and Nutty

Toasted and Nutty

Toasted and Nutty
Stir to brown evenly. Once the rice is toasted, add your liquid. Then follow the steps above: Boil, salt and simmer for 18 minutes.

Method 3: Cook Rice Like Pasta

Method 3: Cook Rice Like Pasta

Method 3: Cook Rice Like Pasta
You can also cook rice like pasta. This is great for varieties like brown rice that can take a long time to cook. Start with plenty of salted boiling water, add rice, then lower to a simmer but with no lid.

Drain and Serve

Drain and Serve

Drain and Serve
Cook until tender (do a taste test for desired doneness), then drain just like pasta.

Finished Rice

Finished Rice

Finished Rice
Try any of these three easy methods and you'll never go back to instant rice from a box.

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Cook perfect, fluffy rice every time with our basic techniques.

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