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Perfect Steamed Rice (without a rice cooker)

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This perfect steamed rice is a great, easy side dish ready in just about 30 minutes. You can make this light, fluffy rice in a stock pot, no fancy equipment needed. With a rice to water ration of 1:2, you can easily adjust this recipe based on how many servings you need. A little salt while boiling adds the perfect bit of flavor, making this rice a great base for any meal!

bowl of steamed white rice with herbs
side shot of steamed rice

Serve this perfect steamed rice along with One Pan Tuscan Chicken, Spicy Teriyaki Marinated Baby Eggplant, or Homemade Meatballs with Sweet Barbeque Glaze!

Tools I used for this recipe:

  • Fine Mesh Strainer – perfect for rinsing the rice without losing any of it down the sink!
  • Le Creuset 5 1/2-Qt. Dutch Oven – enamel cast iron is great to stop the rice from sticking and this pot is large enough so nothing boils over
  • Wooden Spoonthe perfect utensil for cooking in a stainless steel or cast iron pan!

Grocery List for perfect rice:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Long grain white rice (basmati rice, jasmine rice, or American long grain white rice)
bowl of rice on blue wooden background

If you like this perfect steamed rice, try these other sides…

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Highlights:

  • Perfect rice every time
  • No electric rice cooker needed
  • Tender
  • Works on many different types of rice
  • Foolproof method
  • No mushy rice
  • Takes about 30 minutes, 5 simple steps
  • 2:1 ratio of water to rice
  • Leftover rice makes a great, easy side dish
pot of rice cooking

Instructions for perfect steamed rice:

Start by rinsing your uncooked rice to remove any impurities and excess starch.

In a large stock pot (4 qt. or larger) combine the rinsed rice, water, and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Once boiling, stir to make sure no rice is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Reduce to low heat, cover and simmer on low for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes remove from the heat and let sit with the lid on for 5 more minutes, you want to keep the steam inside the pot.

Remove lid and fluff gently with a fork, serve immediately.

Notes:

*Cooking time may vary by a few minutes, test rice after 30 minutes and add time as needed.

*This rice will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container, just cool completely before storing. Or store in freezer safe bags for up to 4 months.

side shot of rice in a bowl

Perfect Steamed Rice (without a rice cooker)

5 from 2 votes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Easy Side Dishes, Grains, Rice
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $
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Equipment:

  • Stock Pot

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups White Rice, rinsed
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions:

  • In a large stock pot (4 qt. or larger) combine the rice, water, and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, stir to make sure no rice is stuck to the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer on low for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes remove from the heat and let sit with the lid on for 5 more minutes, you want to keep the steam inside the pot.
  • Remove lid and fluff gently with a fork, serve immediately.

Notes:

*This rice will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container, just cool completely before storing. Or store in freezer safe bags for up to 4 months.

Nutrition:

Calories: 338 kcal | Carbohydrates: 74 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 404 mg | Potassium: 106 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Calcium: 33 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

bowl of cooked rice with herbs and a pepper grinder

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