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How To Cook Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese rice, white rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Nami
No rice cooker? Learn how to cook perfect rice on the stove! My simple tips and tricks will ensure your rice comes out fluffy with intact grain each time.



  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    How To Cook Rice Ingredients
  2. Put rice in a large bowl. Rice absorbs water very quickly when you start washing, so don't let the rice absorb the unclear water. Gently wash the rice in a circular motion and discard the water. Repeat this process about 3-4 times.
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  3. Let the rice soak in water for 30 minutes. Transfer the rice into a sieve and drain completely, at least 15 minutes.
    How To Cook Rice 2
  4. Combine the rice and water in a heavy-bottom pot and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
    How To Cook Rice 3
  5. Take a quick peek to see if water is boiling (otherwise do not open the lid).
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  6. Once water is boiling, turn the heat to low and cook covered for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed (take a quick peek!). If you see there is water left, close the lid and continue cooking for a little longer.
    How To Cook Rice 5
  7. Remove the pot (with the lid on) from the heat source and let it steam for another 10 minutes.
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  8. Fluff the rice with a rice paddle when it’s done.
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Recipe Notes

A heavy-bottom pot with a tight-fitting lid is recommended.

Rice to Water Ratio is 1: 1.2

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