How To Cook Rice Perfectly. Every Time.

Rice-1-2Cooked rice is supposed to be fluffy, light and each grain distinct. It’s such a simple task, yet why does it so often turn out mushy and over or undercooked? There are a few small secrets that will help make perfect rice a possibility every time. I learned this from Alton Brown and since then don’t cook rice any other way.

Yields: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups long grain rice

3 cups boiling water

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and salt and stir for about 2-4 minutes, until all the rice is coated in the butter and smells toasted. IMG_8362Pour in the boiling water, having the lid nearby to cover right away since it will boil vigorously right away. IMG_8364Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. IMG_3256

Coating the rice in butter will help each grain of rice be distinct and fluffy. Toasting it also gives it great flavor. You can add some onions, garlic and white wine to the butter and cook it until the onions are tender before adding the rice to make it more flavorful.

Rice-1-2You can also many flavors and aromatics to rice pilaf. Most commonly, I add a chopped onion, a few minced garlic cloves and a splash of white wine at the very beginning. After the onion softens, 5-7 minutes later, add the rice and proceed with the rest of the recipe. You can also add carrots, peas, bell pepper, etc. It’s so simple but really delicious. Rice Pilaf With Carrots, Onions and Garlic (334x500)

How To Cook Rice Perfectly. Every Time.
 
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 cups boiling water
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the rice and salt and stir for about 2-4 minutes, until all the rice is coated in the butter and smells toasted.
  3. Pour in the boiling water, having the lid nearby to cover right away since it will boil vigorously right away.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.
  6. Coating the rice in butter will help each grain of rice be distinct and fluffy. Toasting it also gives it great flavor. You can add some onions, garlic and white wine to the butter and cook it until the onions are tender before adding the rice to make it more flavorful.

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