Everyday White Rice
For something so seemingly simple, perfectly cooked white rice can be awfully elusive. This recipe removes the guesswork and makes it foolproof.
Why This Recipe Works
For something so seemingly simple, perfectly cooked rice can be awfully elusive. We wanted a recipe that removed the guesswork and made it foolproof. For everyday eating, we like steamed long-grain white rice that's light and perfectly tender throughout yet clumps together slightly for easy eating. We found that rinsing off the excess starch before cooking was key to our desired finished texture. Using 2 cups of raw rice to 3 cups of water gave us just enough liquid to cook the rice through without leaving it wet. Two finishing tricks guaranteed success: letting the rice sit, still covered, off the heat for 10 minutes so any extra moisture was absorbed and, finally, gently fluffing the rice to break up any big masses.