Perfect Rice Every Time

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Perfect Rice

6 cups water, divided

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup long-grain white rice


Bring 4 cups water and salt to a rolling boil over high heat in a medium-large sauce pan. Add rice and stir until water starts to boil again. Reduce heat to medium-high, partially cover the pan by placing a lid on it cock-eyed, and boil rice for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. No, ‘cock-eyed’ isn't an actual culinary term but you know what I mean. If you cover the pan tightly, the rice will boil over. Don’t believe me? Try it.


Place a colander in the sink and pour rice into colander. With HOT tap water, thoroughly rinse rice. If your tap water is blechy, you can skip the rinsing step (but reduce the salt by half).


Add 2 cups water to the pan you cooked the rice in and return to the stove. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Place colander on top of pan of boiling water and cover rice with lid (it won’t fit perfectly but it’s OK, it’s not rocket science). Allow rice to steam until the rest of supper is done or for about 10-15 minutes.


Faster, even EASIER method: Skip the rinsing and steaming and just cook it like you would cook pasta (reduce the salt by half).