Last Updated on 27th July 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
Even though rice is the most widely consumed food in the world, not everyone knows how to make theirs turn out right. Sometimes, it comes out too gummy, too dry, or burnt, and I’ll show you how to cook rice on the stove and avoid a lot of these common problems.
It’s pretty easy to mess rice up, but if you know the ins and outs to cook rice on the stove properly, and you’ve done it a few times, you’ll know what to watch out for and how to sidestep some of those issues people run into with rice.
How to Cook White Rice on the Stove
Let’s start with the simple, basic rice that the majority of people will be trying to cook. White rice can be added to so many different meals as a side dish or combined with meats or soup to make a heartier, more complex meal.
Start by boiling water on the stove in a big pot. You want 1 1/2 cups of water for every cup of rice you’re going to cook. So, if you’re cooking two cups of rice, you’ll start with three cups of water on the stove. Heat the water on high and allow it to boil.
Once it comes to a boil, bring the heat down to low and add your rice. Stir the rice in so it doesn’t clump together and cover the pot. Allow it to cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is all the way cooked through and the water has evaporated.
How long to cook rice on the stove? That’s going to depend partly on how much water you put in, as well as what kind of rice you’re cooking with. Some rice needs to cook longer than others, particularly tough, wild rice.
Even though I advised you to cook the rice for 20 minutes, you’ll probably want to check it earlier than that, if this is your first time making rice. Check out about the 15-minute mark and then the 18-minute mark to see if the rice is done cooking.
How do you know if the rice is cooked through? If the water is completely evaporated, you’ll need to either turn off the heat or add more water. If the rice is fluffy but not overly wet, then it’s done cooking. If it’s still really wet looking, it can cook for a little longer.
How to cook frozen rice on the stove? You can just rest it on the counter until it thaws out and then cook like normal white rice.
How to Cook Long Grain Rice on the Stove
If you are interested in cooking long grain rice, then you can just follow the directions above for white rice. It cooks the exact same way.
How to Cook Brown Rice on the Stove
Probably the second most common type of rice to cook is brown rice, and you may be wondering if there’s a difference between cooking brown and white rice on the stove.
You’ll actually use almost the same process for brown rice as you did for white rice. You’re still using a cup and a half of water to one cup of rice. You add the rice to the water after it boils, going through the same process listed above for white rice.
However, before adding your rice, make sure you rinse it off. This gets rid of the excess starches and ensures that your rice doesn’t turn out gummy.
You also want to add a teaspoon of olive oil to your rice once it’s in the water and then stir that in. This will keep it from sticking together. Once your rice is in the pot, be sure to turn the heat down and cover the pot and then cook on a low heat for 45 minutes. You can check it at about 40 minutes to see how it’s doing.
How to Cook Sushi Rice on the Stove
Sushi rice is made a little bit differently from the other kinds of rice I’ve talked about already. If you want it to come out perfectly every time, just follow my directions below.
You’ll be using two cups of glutinous white rice to three cups of water for this recipe. Start by rinsing your rice off and then put it in your water in a pot on the stove. Bring your rice and water to a boil, and then lower the temperature to allow it to simmer. Cook the rice for 20 minutes until it is tender. Make sure all the water is absorbed into the rice.
Next, in a separate saucepan, add in 1/4 cup of white sugar, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. To get that perfect sushi rice taste, you should add half a cup of rice vinegar as well, although some people prefer to leave it out. Mix all this together and cook that mixture on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved fully.
Then, add all of that mixture to your rice and stir together until the rice starts to look dry. You can also save your rice for later and pre-heat when required. This is perfect for cooking rice based dishes such as microwave rice pudding that requires pre-cooked rice.
How to Cook Jasmine Rice on the Stove
Jasmine rice is a little bit different from your typical white rice, and you’ll need to use different ratios. Use one and 1/4 cup of water for every one cup of jasmine rice.
You don’t have to rinse jasmine rice, but you can add it to your water at the same time and then cook them a high to let them boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce it to a simmer and cover, cooking for 12 minutes.
How to Cook Sticky Rice on the Stove
Sticky rice is sweeter than normal white rice, and here is how to cook rice on the stove.
Allow the rice to soak or 5 to 8 hours and then put a colander inside a large pot with a lid. Add 1 1/2 cups of water for every cup of rice and cook the water to a simmer and cover.
Steam the rice for 10 minutes while it’s covered and then flip it over to ensure even cooking. Cover again and steam for about 10 to 18 minutes.