Perfect Stovetop Rice

Photo credit: Miriam Akhmetshin

Rice is a great base for countless dishes. It is great in curries, jambalaya or even as a side to a piece of fish or chicken. Recently, I have loved making rice bowls with marinated salmon topped off with seaweed, sesame seeds and other delicious garnishes. Making rice requires a different approach to making pasta, and if you don’t have a rice cooker it’s easy to end up with soggy grains. As long as you follow these steps, you will have the perfect serving of stovetop rice. 


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Measure out the rice and water. One serving of rice is just under ¼ cup. The ratio of rice to water is 1:2 so adjust the volume of water based on the amount of rice you are making.
  2. Rinse the rice in a sieve for 30 seconds or until the water runs clear. 
  3. Add the water, rice and salt to a large pot.
  4. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
  5. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest possible flame and cover the pot.
  6. Cook for 18 minutes. It is essential you do not uncover the pot.
  7. Once 18 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and let the rice sit in the covered pot for 10 more minutes.
  8. Fluff with a fork and serve. 

Yields approximately 4 servings

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