How to steam rice

Steaming rice is one of the easiest ways to cook it and doesn’t take a great deal of effort. Long grain rice is better for this technique as it is drier and fluffier when cooked. You can cook either white or brown rice using this technique and get a tasty rice dish every time. It is also the perfect way to cook rice if you are cooking Chinese cuisine as the technique gives you the perfect fluffy rice. By following these steps it couldn’t be simpler to create the perfect meal.

Follow our step by step guide for steaming rice. Cook the perfect rice every time:
Place the rice into a sieve and wash it in cold water. Do this until the water runs clear. Now that you’re ready to start cooking, put the rice into a large saucepan and add the water. Bring the water to the boil and continue boiling until most of the surface liquid has evaporated. This should take 15 minutes. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat as low as possible. Let the rice cook undisturbed for another 15 minutes.

Take the rice off the heat and leave to stand with the lid on for 5 mins before serving.

Top Tips

  1. Don’t be tempted to take the lid off while the rice is simmering. Once the water is boiling, cover the rice and don’t take the lid off until it has finished cooking, even if you are worried that it will be done.
  2. Use a larger pan so that the rice cooks more evenly in the water. If you use a smaller pan the rice may not come out the same consistency and could cook too quickly.
  3. The water should only cover the rice by about 1 inch. This is enough water and too much water will give you sticky rice. With this amount of water, the rice should always cook properly without sticking.