Learn how to cook long-grain rice like pasta. It’s perfect every time! Ready in under 20 minutes.
It’s come to my attention that most people don’t cook rice the way Italians do. And that’s okay.
But if you’ve found yourself disappointed by mushy, clumpy, crunchy or watery rice, read on. I’m going to explain how to cook long-grain rice like pasta, with a little shortcut.
I’m talking about perfect, al dente rice (firm but easy to chew), with each grain staying separate from the rest. The kind that’s delicious with a just bit of salt and butter, or even olive oil for a vegan option.
The rice makes a fabulous base for all kinds of meals….such as the fabulous dinner recipe I’ll be sharing in my next post. How’s that for suspense?
You’ll have to come back soon for that, but I won’t make you wait for the lowdown on how to cook long-grain rice. Are you ready?
There’s no need for precise measuring nor fancy equipment. If you’ve got a pot, a stove, a slotted spoon and a colander (that’s an affiliate link), you’re good. (But it helps to measure your rice so you know you’ll have enough.)
How to Cook Long-Grain Rice Like Pasta
- Pour the rice into your pot. (This is a little shortcut, instead of starting with a pot of water.)
2. Cover the rice with hot water, until the water is two inches above the grains.
Wait, do you see the map of Italy?! I swear, that was an accident! It’s totally okay if your floating rice doesn’t form the shape of a country.
3. Place your pot on the stove over high heat.
4. Add salt to the pot and stir it in.
5. Cover the pot and let it come to a boil. (Mine takes eight minutes.)
6. When the water is boiling, remove the lid and lower the heat until the pot is simmering.
7. Cook the rice, stirring occasionally, until it’s al dente. (Mine takes another eight minutes.)
8. When the rice is done, drain the water in a colander in your sink.
9. Return the rice to your pot and stir in some butter.
Finito! That’s it, folks.
(Recipe Source: Adapted from my Mom’s method. She lets the water boil first, then adds the rice.)