Almost-Fail-Proof Rice

White rice is one of the easiest side dishes to prepare and it does not take much to get the hang of it. Here is a very quick and simple recipe that is somewhat forgiving and easy to master.

Difficulty Level: easy
Prep Time: none
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes


  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 cups white rice


  • Depending on the rice, rinse once or twice. Do not rinse if the package says it is pre-washed or says something like “washing not necessary.”


  1. Combine water and rice into a small to medium sized stainless steel pot
  2. Bring to a boil (about 6 minutes)
  3. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 6 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes
  5. fluff up the rice and serve

Notes, hints, and substitutions:

  • This recipe can be doubled.
  • Different varieties of rice need more or less water to cook. We prefer Kokuho Rose variety of rice. It is a short to medium grain rice that makes sushi well.
  • Use more water for wetter rice and less water for more dry rice, depending on your preference. Either way, start with this recipe.
  • We generally use a 6 quart pot.
  • Do not use aluminum. Rice comes out best with pots made from stainless steel, carbon steel, or cast iron. Aluminum can leave an off-flavor, not to mention it has been tied to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Feel free to substitute half chicken or other broth for half the water

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