How to Cook White Rice Perfectly, Every Time

by Sean Tan
FOOD  |  October 21, 2017
  • Get the ratio right
    1 / 5 Get the ratio right

    Use a 1:2 ratio of one cup of rice to two cups of water. A half cup of uncooked rice per person is about right; simply scale this ratio up or down depending on how much you’re making. This generally applies to jasmine long grain rice.

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  • Add a little salt
    2 / 5 Add a little salt

    Like pasta, adding a little salt to the water when cooking helps your rice come out more aromatic flavourful, and not bland. But do not be overzealous, just little salt will do – about ½ tsp to 1 tsp for every cup of rice.

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  • Go high then go low
    3 / 5 Go high then go low

    The best way to cook perfectly fluffy rice is to start with a boil then cook it at a low heat. If you cook rice too quickly at high heat, it becomes overcooked fast. Most rice cookers are able to auto-adjust the heat, but keep an eye out on the heat if you cook rice over the stove.

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  • Leave it alone
    4 / 5 Leave it alone

    When the rice is cooking, do not stir it! This makes it more starchy and your rice might come out soggy-tasting. This applies when you cook rice over the stove.

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  • Let it sit
    5 / 5 Let it sit

    When the rice is done cooking, do not fluff it or immediately remove it to serve; let it sit in the steaming pot, covered, for about 10 minutes, before you fluff it with a fork.

    (Also Read: 7 Tasty And Satisfying Alternatives To White Rice)

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit for more.

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