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There are plenty of ways to cook rice; trust us, it doesn’t always have to be a job for the hob! 

At VeeTee, we’ve spent years researching rice dishes from across the world, so we know that rice is nothing if not versatile! And that applies to cooking methods, too. While the hob is a favoured method for many, it’s not the only approach to cooking rice that works – good news for those of us with traumatic memories of burnt pans.

We’re sharing our ways to cook rice that suit all dishes and abilities. From the hob to the rice cooker – we don’t care how you cook your VeeTee rice, as long as you enjoy eating it!


Different Rice Types

Different types of rice need to prepared and cooked differently. Below we explain some of the differences and some tips on how to create the best dishes with this super staple.


Risotto Rice

It is often thought that making a risotto is difficult and complicated. But in actual fact, it’s pretty simple to cook risotto rice and can be ready to serve in just 30 minutes. All it takes is the right method and patience to cook the perfect tasty meal. A heavy-based saucepan will give better results when cooking and it requires constant attention, unlike regular basmati or other types of rice. If you don’t get it quite right the first time, there’s always our cheat recipe using VeeTee Heat & Eat Rice.
By following these simple steps you too can cook the perfect risotto rice with ease. The results are really worth putting in that extra bit of effort:

Things to remember:

Make sure you constantly stir the rice to make sure it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn
Test the rice before serving, risotto is perfect to serve slightly al dente
Serve immediately after cooking, the longer it stands, the more you’ll lose the creamy texture

Basmati Rice

There are many ways you can cook Basmati rice and time after time we speak to people that struggle to cook perfect rice from scratch. But don’t be put off – to help you out, the method we swear by is the hob method (absorption), giving you perfectly fluffy, aromatic rice grains each time. Use our easy to follow guide to try it out and see for yourself!

Even if it doesn’t work for you first time round, you can always rely on our microwaveable Heat & Eat Basmati Rice, ready to enjoy in just 2 minutes.

There are a few tricks to cooking perfectly fluffy Basmati rice which we recommend you don’t skip – the results really are worth the extra effort:

Place the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold running water.
Put in a large pan of boiling water.
Add salt as desired.
Stir once, cover and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes.
Drain well, fluff through the grains with a fork and serve.


Brown Rice

Cooking brown rice can be a little different to cooking regular white rice or other varieties, although generally, it follows the same method.

That’s why we’ve come up with some simple steps that can help you get the perfect rice every time.
There are a few steps when it comes to cooking brown rice, that are different to cooking white rice. But it can really be worth putting in the extra effort for a great flavour.

  • First it is important to rinse the rice under cold running water before cooking. This will get rid of any grit that may have been there from the production process. Rinse until you get clear water, rubbing the grains together can help speed this up.
  • Using a large saucepan can help you cook better rice. The water will heat more evenly, which means that your rice will also cook more evenly as a whole. A tight fitting lid will also help the rice to absorb more moisture during cooking.
  • Heat some oil in the saucepan on a medium heat and cook the rice for a minute or so before adding the water. This won’t change the texture of the rice but it will give it a deeper toasted flavour.

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Cooking Rice On The Hob

Cooking Rice On The Hob
  1. Place the rice in a sieve and rinse with cold running water.

  2. Then put the rice into a large bowl, cover with water and leave to soak for 20 minutes (this makes the grain as long as possible).

  3. Add salt to a saucepan of boiling water, before adding the rice. Stir once, then return to the boil.

  4. Cover with a lid then reduce the heat. Simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Avoid opening the lid or stirring the rice during cooking.

  5. Remove the lid and take the pan off the heat. Leave the rice to stand for five minutes before serving.

In A Rice Cooker

  1. Prepare your rice by rinsing in cold water.
  2. Measure out 1 part rice to 2 parts water into the rice cooker.

  3. Add seasoning or any additional ingredients.

  4. Turn the rice cooker on and let the magic happen!
In A Rice Cooker

Steam Rice

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

  1. 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.

  2. Bring the water to the boil and continue boiling until most of the surface liquid has evaporated. This should take 15 minutes.

  3. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat as low as possible.

  4. Let the rice cook undisturbed for another 15 minutes.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

Stir Fry

Stir Fry

VeeTee's heat and eat range is so quick and versatile. If you want a meal in minutes it is a great alternative to cooking rice from scratch. It is known that our heat and eat range is cooked in te microwave but you can also stir fry for an authentic taste.

Follow our step by step guide to stir your rice to perfection

  1. Open a pack if VeeTee heat and eat rice

  2. Heat a little oil in a wok or frying pan for approximately 40-60 seconds

  3. pour the rice into the wok or frying pan and stir continuously for 2 minutes

  4. perfectly cooked stir-fried rice

Top Tip, this works especially well with brown rice as it really brings out that natural nutty flavour and texture. Enjoy!