This Untraditional Method Makes Perfect Rice

It goes against the grain, but it really works!

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Rice is one of those things everyone thinks they know how to cook, but what if we’ve been wrong all along? This weekend on The Kitchen, Jeff shares his method for making perfect rice. If you are a rice purist, it’s time to look away because everything you know about rice cooking is about to be flipped on its head.

Most people cook rice in a 2-to-1 ratio of water to rice. The rice goes into the cold water with a pinch of salt. Once the water boils, the heat is reduced and the rice is simmered until done, which takes about 20 minutes. Jeff swears by a different way.

“Cook rice like pasta,” he says. He boils unsalted water, as salt messes with the starch in the rice, he says, and then adds the rice. How long does it take? Only 11 minutes, according to Jeff. “Simmer it, give it a stir every so often, taste it. When you think it’s done, it’s done!” he explains. Drain out the water using a strainer and then return the rice to the hot pan so the residual heat will dry it out a little bit. “This is delicious,” Sunny said.

For more cooking tips and tricks, watch a supersized episode of The Kitchen on Saturday at 11a|10c.