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How Long to Cook Rice (Learning Cook Times)

How Long to Cook Rice

Do you have a rice cooker? They’re handy little fellas if you cook rice as frequently as I do. If you don’t have one, or simply don’t like using them, you’re not alone in that either! A great number of people cook their rice on a stovetop (especially when it comes to brown rice)! If you’re constantly wondering exactly how long to cook rice, timing is your friend.

A timer is your best friend. Sometimes we get so busy or are consumed with cooking so much that we forget to glance at the clock or set a timer. Others of us don’t want to take up more space with a timer… the best solution for this?

Most cell phones (new and even some of the older ones) have timers! That means you can set a timer and put it in your pocket as you continue on to do whatever you needed to! I am still guilty of forgetting about my phone timer, myself. I have, more recently, become quite acquainted with the timer option on my microwave, though!

Some of us may not like our rice as soft as the recommended cooking time suggests. When it comes to making our own personal meals, we don’t all desire suggested outcomes. This means that cooking times cannot satisfy everyone’s needs. They are always meant to be a guide because everyone’s cooking equipment and methods are a little bit different! Let’s figure out how long to cook our rice.

Different Ways to Cook 3 Cups of Average, Soft Rice (and How Long to Cook it)

3 cups of rice will require about 6 cups of water to cook properly. If you need less, use about 1 cup of rice with 1.5-2 cups of water.  On average, when cooking 1 cup of rice with 1.5 cups of water, it should only take about 10-15 minutes, so you can do your own math for ideal texture.

This is an ideal measurement guide if you enjoy soft, fluffy rice. Use just a teensy bit less water for a little less moisture without loss of fluffiness! Use even less (just not more than a cup) for crispier rice.

  • If you have the luxury of a rice cooker, it hopefully has a working timer that you don’t even have to pay attention to. For instance, mine has an option for “white rice” and for “brown rice.” If I’m cooking white rice, I select that option and about 30-45 minutes later, it’s ready! If I’m cooking brown rice, it takes about an hour or two.
  • If you’re cooking rice on the stove, bring your water to a boil before adding the rice. Let it come back to a boil before you turn the temp down nice and low. Cover the rice (and leave it alone!) for about 30-35 minutes. You can slightly raise the lid close to the 30-minute mark, but if there is still standing water, let it continue cooking for 5+ minutes. Remove rice from heat, covered, and continue letting it steam for another 10 or so minutes. At that point, you should be able to fluff and enjoy!

It isn’t always easy to get perfect results via stovetop when it comes to cooking rice. I mess up more often than I’d like to share, but it’s always fun, and I’ve finally learned that constantly opening the lid really doesn’t help! Enjoy! Thank you for figuring out how long to cook rice with me!

About Brittany Davidson

Brittany is the main writer and content creator for Food Questions. She believes life is worth living if you're constantly learning, enjoying, and admiring things. Passion is her backbone and she tries not to do anything without it. Sharing information is as valuable as sharing a smile, Brittany says.

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