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How to Cook Rice

Updated June 27, 2024


Rice is a versatile and nutritious staple that offers several benefits:

  1. Energy Source: Rice is rich in carbohydrates, providing a quick and sustained energy source.
  2. Nutrient-Rich: Depending on the variety, rice can contain essential nutrients such as B vitamins, iron, and magnesium.
  3. Low in Fat and Cholesterol: Rice is naturally low in fat and contains no cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy option.
  4. Digestibility: Rice is easy to digest and can be beneficial for those with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues.
  5. Gluten-Free: Rice is naturally gluten-free, making it a suitable option for individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
  6. Versatility: It can be used in a wide range of dishes, from savory to sweet, and pairs well with various ingredients and flavors.
  7. Affordable and Accessible: Rice is generally inexpensive and widely available, making it an accessible staple food around the world.


There are so many different kinds of rice available these days that finding one method that successfully cooks all kinds of rice to perfection can be difficult, if not impossible. Fortunately, there is a solution: cook your rice as if you were cooking pasta and you will have perfect rice every time, no matter what kind of rice you are cooking. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (at least 6-8 times more water than rice) and when the water is boiling add the rice, mixing in well to avoid clumps. Cook at a rolling boil and check for doneness frequently, starting at 10 minutes for white rice and 25 minutes for brown rice. Drain the rice in a colander with small holes as soon as it is tender and place into a large bowl. Serve at once. (If you are not serving right away, leave in a colander to drain, and then reheat in a bowl just before serving.) This method keeps your rice from becoming a sticky goo. Alternatively, you can use a rice cooker or Instant Pot.

While brown rice is better, white rice is okay too.

McDougall Rice Recipes

We love adding rice to our meals! Here are some of our favorites: