How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

How to cook perfect rice every time. I thought that it would be helpful for new vegans to have a place where they could find (or request) classic or basic recipes, the type of thing that make up our weekly cooking repertoires. So, expect to find recipes for vegan cream cheese frosting or the fluffiest vegan pancakes from scratch here! I also hope that you will share with me what recipes you’d love to see

My hope is that we can build a library of recipes and essential vegan cooking tips and knowledge that will help you to navigate through the minefield of becoming plant-based.

And actually, it really isn’t that complicated at all. Click here to read my Vegan Primer for what to stock up on. You’ll soon find that it becomes second nature to know, inherently, what you can and can’t eat.

I want to keep these posts short and manageable, so today, with our Vegan Essential Recipes No.1 we are starting with something you’ll be cooking a lot as a vegan, rice!

Perfect Boiled Rice

A bowl of Tofu with Rice and Veg

Rice is the easiest thing in the world to cook and is enjoyed by billions of people every day. It comes second only to corn in terms of human cultivation and while there are more transistors produced per capita annually, rice is probably just as important, if not more so, in many cultures. Serious Eats have a great, concise article on the many different types of rice here.

How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

So why do so many people seem so intimidated by it? It is true that some recipes require you to rinse and drain and rinse and drain the rice. This one doesn’t. And we’ve all horrific experiences where the rice that we thought was going to be soft and fluffy and delicious, was, when we lifted the lid, stuck, lumpy and burnt.

Hopefully my simple tips will help you ditch your fears of stuck rice, or burnt rice, or if you’re already cooking your own rice regularly, you might print this off for your aunt Bertha, who serves you mushy easy-cook rice every time you go for a visit.

Once you feel confident making these recipes, try my easy vegan risotto recipe, which you can find here!

For each of these recipes, I put a bit of oil and salt in the pan and stirring the dry rice to coat before adding the water.

How to Cook Perfect white Basmati Rice:

  • 1 part rice
  • 2 parts water

Add rice and water to a pan. Bring water just to the boiling point, then cover and reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook for exactly 15 minutes. Do not remove lid or stir rice before time is up.

Fluff with fork after cooking time.

How to Cook Perfect white American Long Grain Rice:

  • 1 part rice
  • 1½ parts water

Add rice and water to a pan. Bring water just to the boiling point, then cover and reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook for exactly 15 minutes. Do not remove lid or stir rice before time is up.

Fluff with fork after cooking time.

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice:

  • 1 part rice
  • 2½ parts water

Follow instructions for white rice, increasing cooking time to 45 minutes.

How to Cook Perfect Wild Rice:

(fun fact: actually a grass seed. Great in soup and mixed into long grain rice at Thanksgiving!

  • 1 part rice
  • 4 parts water
  • Add rice and water to a pan, bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for up to an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Rice is ready when the first ruptured grains appear.
  • Drain off any excess cooking liquid, return to warm pan and let rest for 10 minutes.
How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

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  1. Many a times people ask me how to make boiled rice perfectly. You can given come fabulous tips here!

  2. I had no idea the type of rice mattered on what type of water to use! I have been just doubling the amount of water for years now!

  3. I really like the premise of this article and the forthcoming series! It’s so important to have basic recipes that you can use for your daily cooking. It helps make veganism more sustainable for more people, which I am here for! I learned so much about cooking after going vegetarian, and later vegan, but it’s a process and we all need to start with basics. Thanks!

  4. This is so helpful! Finally, a wonderful summary for cooking different kinds of rice! Thank you so much for sharing! ?

  5. Rice seems so simple but there are tricks to getting it right. Thanks for all the great tips!

  6. It took me a long time to perfect my boiled rice. This recipe is great and so helpful!

  7. I love wild rice and didn’t realize it is actually a grass seed. You learn something new everyday!

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