How To Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes – Day 23)

I didn’t have a clue how to cook rice when I got married.  Oh, I could make it, it just wasn’t light, fluffy, and nonsticky.  Once you figure out the hacks, your rice will be perfect every. single. time.  Here’s to the wifeys that want the scoop so they can add this cheap side dish into their lives with ease.  We’re just gonna add this to our 31 days of delicious easy recipes, shall we?!

How to cook rice

I learned the secrets of how to cook rice perfectly every time – white rice, that is.  Then we decided to switch to whole grain, brown rice.  Oh my!  Let’s just say there were several failed attempts at making it taste good.  I’m not one to give up though and finally figured out the hacks for that as well.  I’ll share the quick tips for both types of rice for ya in case you switch back and forth with them like we do.

How to Cook Rice Perfectly

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For white rice:  You just need to use a 2 to 1 ratio of liquid to rice.  For example, pour 2 cups water into a saucepan, followed by 1 cup of rice.  Add a dash of salt, and set the burner to high.  Don’t walk away!  When it begins boiling, give it a good stir and turn the burner down midway in-between low and medium.  Put a lid on it and set a timer for 20 minutes.   Don’t touch it until then.

For brown rice:  You will use the same 2 to 1 ratio with liquid to rice that was used for white rice but the game changer to making brown rice taste good is to add flavor while it cooks.  Instead of water, use 2 cups of chicken broth to 1 cup of rice.  Add salt and other seasonings and bring to a boil.  When boiling starts, give it a good stir and turn the burner to low/medium.  Set the timer for 30 minutes and don’t touch it til then.

At the completion of cooking white or brown rice, lift the lid to see if all water has cooked out.  Not sure?  Don’t stir but rather stick a spoon straight down in the middle of the rice and make a small slit.  If you see water, cook for a couple more minutes with lid and check again.  If you don’t see water, get a dab of butter and add to center.  Carefully take a fork and fluff it gently but don’t stir.  It’s ready!

Important for white and brown rice!!!  Do not lift the lid during cooking time and most importantly, do not stir rice during cooking time!  Don’t be embarrassed to “measure” your water and rice.  This ensures that you have the correct ratio and that your rice will turn out every time.  Have butter ready on standby to add when cooking is complete.

Just determine how many cups of rice you want to make and double your liquid from there.  For best flavor, use chicken broth as the liquid.  Like grits, if you wait to salt at the end of cooking, it won’t absorb as well.  A little dab of butter makes it all taste better!

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I hope you enjoy this easy and cheap family favorite of ours!


How to Cook Rice


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31 days of delicious easy recipes for busy wives series:

Day 1: Protein Energy Bites

Day 2: Baked Potato Bar

Day 3: Crockpot Chicken

Day 4: Stir Fry

Day 5: Slow Cooker Soups

Day 6: Quick Red Beans and Rice

Day 7: Jalapeno Cornbread

Day 8: Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Day 9: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Day 10: Best Lasagna Recipe

Day 11: Easiest Pound Cake Recipe

Day 12: Breakfast Burrito

Day 13: How to Make Popcorn

Day 14: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Day 15: Best spaghetti Recipe

Day 16: How to Cook Asparagus that Tastes GREAT!

Day 17: Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Day 18: Chicken and Rice

Day 19: Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie

Day 20: 5 Minute Fudge Secrets!

Day 21: Smokey Tuna Dip

Day 22:  Pumpkin Muffins Recipe + Pumpkin soups & desserts

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  1. Sara
    August 28, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I signed up for your newsletter and enjoy it very much. Thank you for all the great recipes and tips:)

  2. Sabrina Tolbert
    August 28, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I have to try your tips for brown rice. While I don’t mind it, my kiddos hate it.


  3. August 29, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Nice post! Some really good tips.

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