How To Make Steamed Rice

How To Make Steamed Rice: Easy and Fluffy!

Rice is one of the world’s staple foods, and though it is easy to make, getting it right is essential. Steamed rice is a versatile and delicious side dish that complements almost any meal. In this article, we will tell you how to make steamed rice that is easy, fluffy and perfect every time.


1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups of water (or chicken/vegetable broth)
Salt (to taste)


1. Wash the rice: Place the rice in a fine mesh colander and rinse it under cold water. Swish the rice around with your hands to remove any excess starch and drain the water. Repeat this until the water runs clear.

2. Soak the rice: Place the washed rice in a bowl and add enough water (twice the amount of rice) to cover the grains. Soak the rice for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Soaking the rice makes it easier to cook and ensures that the grains cook uniformly without breaking.

3. Measure the water: Measure the water in a measuring cup. Remember that the volume of rice doubles once it is cooked, so you need twice the amount of water as the amount of rice you are cooking.

4. Boil the water: Place a medium-sized pot on the stove over high heat. Add the water or broth and let it come to a boiling point.

5. Season: Add salt to taste. You can also add aromatics like garlic, onion, bay leaves, or salt to give your rice extra flavor.

6. Add the rice: Drain the water from the rice and add it to the boiling water. Mix the rice gently. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid to create a seal.

7. Cook the rice: Let the rice cook on low heat for 15-18 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the grains are tender. Don’t open the lid while it’s cooking, or else steam will escape from the pot, and your rice won’t cook evenly.

8. Fluff the rice: Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat, remove the pot from the heat source and let it rest for 5 minutes without opening the lid. This step helps the rice absorb any residual moisture. After 5 minutes, take off the lid, and fluff the cooked rice gently with a fork to separate the grains.

9. Serve and enjoy: Steamed rice is perfect for serving alongside curry, stews, roasted vegetables, or grilled meats.


Making perfect steamed rice is a skill that every home cook should have. By following these simple steps, you can make fluffy, easy-to-cook steamed rice that can be used as a base for many dishes. Remember, it’s essential to rinse and soak the rice to remove excess starch and ensure even cooking. Keep in mind the ratio of rice to water is two parts water to one part rice. Resist the temptation to peek at the rice while it’s cooking, as it will release steam, which makes the rice less fluffy. Finally, don’t forget to fluff the rice before serving to separate the grains. With these tips, you can make perfect steamed rice every time.

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