How to Boil Rice

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How to Boil Rice. Boiling rice is very simple, and rice goes well by itself or as part of any meal. Rice has been enjoyed across generations and cultures. Making delicious, fluffy rice at home does not take much time at all. Follow these simple steps to avoid clumpy or sticky rice every time.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter
  • Fork
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer or bowl
  • Small pot with lid
  • Measuring spoon
  • Rice
How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Step 1

Boil 1 1/2 cups of water in a small pot. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of butter to the water. Butter will prevent the rice from sticking together.

How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Step 2

Rinse 1 cup of rice thoroughly with water in a bowl or a strainer. Shake any excess water out before transferring to the pot.

How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Step 3

Pour the rice in boiling water and reduce to medium heat. Cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes.

How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Step 4

Stir the rice occasionally while cooking to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Put the lid back on until the rice is done cooking.

How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Step 5

Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot. Be cautious of the hot escaping steam. Fluff rice with a fork, serve and enjoy. This makes about two large or four medium servings.

How to Boil Rice
How to Boil Rice (Image: NW)

Tips & Warnings

  • Always boil the water before adding the rice, because this will make it fluffier and tender.
  • Use potholders when handling the hot lid or pot to prevent burns.
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