How to Make Perfect White Rice Every Time
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
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Serves: 2 to 10 cups perfect white rice
  • Short or medium-grain rice
  • Water
  • Salt (optional)
  1. Measure rice into a suitably sized bowl, a sieve placed over a bowl, or a rice washing bowl.
  2. Rinse under cool running water, gently rub rice between your fingers. Pour off the water once it becomes cloudy and repeat until the water is clear.
  3. Place rice in a pot or in the bowl of a rice cooker. Cover with water according to package directions or your rice cooker instructions (These amounts will be different depending on the type of rice, milling process, or rice cooker manufacturer.) Allow to rest in water for at least 10 minutes. **SEE NOTES**
If using rice cooker:
  1. Add a pinch of salt, if desired. Place lid on cooker and hit the cook button, or quick cook setting.
If using a pot:
  1. Add a pinch of salt, if desired. Bring rice to a boil, cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
  2. Allow rice to sit for 5 minutes, fluff gently with a rice paddle or spoon. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
Some brands of rice are labeled "No Rinsing Necessary." I have never gotten equal results from not rinsing short or medium grain rice. Just do it. It will be better.

The volumes of rice and water will vary depending on rice type, milling process, and cooking method. Rice cookers are tested thoroughly to produce high-quality results every time, so follow the manufacturer's' instructions. (Fill water to the level of dry rice you've added.)

When cooking in a pot, follow the grower's measurements for water and rice.They've tested this. They know what they're talking about.
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at