Perfectly cooked steamed rice served in Japanese rice bowls.

How To Make Rice in a Rice Cooker

Course: How to, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: steamed rice, white rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 3 (cups of cooked rice)

Here are the simple instructions on how to make perfect Japanese rice at home in a rice cooker.



[ Rice : Water = 1 : 1.1 or 1.2 ]


  1. Put rice in a large bowl. Rinse the rice and discard the water immediately. Rice absorbs water very quickly when you start washing, so don't let the rice absorb the unclear water. Repeat this process 1-2 times.
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  2. Now use your fingers to gently wash the rice in a circular motion.
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  3. Rinse and discard water. Repeat this process 3-4 times.
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  4. Let the rice soak in water for 30 minutes and then drain completely.
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  5. Transfer the rice into the rice cooker bowl. Add water (good water, do not use warm or hot water) to 1 cup for "White Rice" (In this case, I use 3 cups of rice, so I add water till 3 cups line.). And click to start (I use "Softer" option for our liking).
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  6. Once the rice is done cooking, let it steam for another 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a rice paddle.

Recipe Notes

Rice cooker cup: This is NOT same as 1 cup (240 ml). 1 rice cooker cup is 180 ml.



Equipment you will need:


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