By request: How to cook rice without burning it

Dear Eleanor read my blog today about the perversion of basic commodities and asked me to post a method for cooking rice.

I use only two types of rice– basmati (for Indian/Thai dishes) and whole grain brown rice (for everything else). I cook them both pretty much the same way. I’m sure there is a gourmet out there who will point out my error, but it works for me.

Because rice does take some time and effort to cook, I always make a huge batch of it to save time later. It keeps well in the fridge, but I try to use it within the week. I suppose you could freeze it, too.

Important: You must resist the urge to stir your rice until it’s done!


  1. Measure out desired amount of rice into heavy saucepan.
  2. Add twice that amount of water (2 parts water, 1 part rice).
  3. Add a  tablespoon (or two) of butter or margarine.
  4. Add any seasonings you might want (boullion cube? salt and pepper? dried soup veggies?)
  5. Bring to a boil (uncovered) on medium-high heat.
  6. Do not stir the rice! RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO STIR!
  7. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  8. Let simmer– UNMOLESTED!– for 15-20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
  9. Fluff rice with a fork and enjoy!


If you enjoyed this post, please contribute to my virtual tip jar



Filed under cooking, food, groceries, perfect rice, vegan, vegetarian

2 responses to “By request: How to cook rice without burning it

  1. I feel like your groupie. Anyway, thanks for this.

  2. cclepew

    You may leave a plaster cast of your rabbit if you wish. 😛

    Enjoy your rice.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s