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You Are the Chef: How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Rice is a universal staple, beloved across cultures and cuisines for its versatility and comforting simplicity. Whether it’s the fluffy basmati rice accompanying a spicy Indian curry, the sticky rice that’s essential to Japanese sushi, or the creamy arborio rice in an Italian risotto, mastering the art of cooking rice is a fundamental skill for any chef. Today, “You Are the Chef” will guide you through the steps to achieve that perfectly cooked pot of rice, each and every time.


  • 1 cup white rice (basmati, jasmine, or any long-grain variety)
  • 2 cups water (or follow the ratio recommended on the rice packaging)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter or oil (optional)


  1. Measure and Wash: Start by measuring out your rice. Use a cup and make sure you level it off to get the exact amount. Place the rice in a strainer and rinse it under cold running water. Swirl the rice with your hand, and gently rub the grains together to remove any excess starch which can cause the rice to clump or become gummy.
  2. Soak (Optional): For even fluffier rice, let the grains soak in water for 20-30 minutes after washing. Then, drain the water before cooking.
  3. Boil: In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the rinsed rice, water, and salt. Add butter or oil if you’re aiming for a richer taste. Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a rolling boil, uncovered. You’ll see big bubbles emerging from the rice.
  4. Simmer: Once the water is boiling, stir the rice once, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid to trap the steam inside, which will help to cook the rice evenly. Let it simmer for 18 minutes – resist the urge to lift the lid during this time!
  5. Rest: After 18 minutes, turn off the heat, but do not remove the lid. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes. This allows the rice to finish steaming and ensures that each grain is cooked through without being overdone.
  6. Fluff and Serve: Use a fork to gently fluff the rice. This separates the grains without squashing them, giving you a light and fluffy texture. Now your rice is ready to be served!


Rice can play the role of a humble side or be the star of the show, depending on how you choose to use it. With this simple method, you can say goodbye to mushy or undercooked rice. The path to a perfect pot of rice is paved with precision and patience, and now that you’ve mastered this technique, you’re ready to tackle any rice dish that comes your way. Bon Appétit!

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