How to Make Rice Without a Rice Cooker

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Do you know that you can cook rice without using a rice cooker? If you didn’t know this before, get ready to get a hands-on experience on how to make rice without a rice cooker. This article will help you to cook rice if you do not have a rice cooker, or you cannot use rice cooker due to electric or other technical problems.

However, do not ever think that cooking rice without a rice cooker is complex. Just a stove and pot are enough to be used as a substitution of a rice cooker. It is very easy and handy to cook rice using a stove. Nonetheless, some tricks may help you to do the work immaculately.


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How to Cook Regular Rice without a Rice Cooker?

The first thing you can do to start your work is getting your rice soaked for about half an hour. To improve the texture and get rid of inorganic arsenic that your rice may contain, washing is a very important step.

How to Cook Regular Rice without a Rice Cooker

To wash your rice, put the rice you need to cook in a pot first. Then take enough water to cover the rice. Then swirl the rice using your fingers. After you are done with this, drain off the water. Repeat this process twice or thrice to get fresh rice ready to cook. It may take you up to 5 to 10 minutes.

Now that, you have got crystal clear rice, it is time to start the journey.

Pour some water on the rice. To speak about the water-rice ratio, it depends on the type of rice you are cooking. Nevertheless, we can advise you that if you initially took 2 cups of rice, you can add 2 cups of water on it.

If you would like to make your rice tastier, you can also add a bit of salt. For 1 cup of rice, you can add up to 1 tablespoon of salt. However, if you have got issues with salt, use the salt as low amount as possible.

Now, you are on the way to cooking. Place the rice containing pot on the top of the stove. Use medium heat and let the rice get heated and boiled. In the meantime, you have to stir the rice several times.

Note: We advise you to use a pretty big pot so that most of the space there remains empty to accommodate the expansion of the rice. Taking a big pot is also good to keep your rice away from burning.

When you are done boiling your rice, it’s time to turn the heat to its lowest. Take the lid and cover the pot now. However, it is very important to keep in mind that if you do not use low heat, you may end up burning the rice.

Keep your rice in that low heat for 5-10 minutes, or as long as your rice is not soft enough.

After that softening process, your rice is ready to be served. However, if you are not very hungry it is best to wait 5 to 10 minutes to let the rice sit and improve the texture. That’s it! You have cooked your rice without a rice cooker!

How to Cook Fluffy Rice (Like Pasta) without a Rice Cooker

If you are a lover of fluffy rice without getting that scorched, we are going to serve you with another method. Following this, you will get a pasta-like version of rice. Does it sound crazy to you? Wait, I am excited to tell you how to do that. This method is also great for reducing arsenic from rice.

How to Cook Fluffy Rice without a Rice Cooker

First of all, grab a pot with sufficient amount of water to get boiled. Add the amount of rice you need to cook. Add salt generously to the water. However, you can also add salt after you finish cooking.

Use medium heat to cook the rice for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that the rice is completely soft. Take a fine-mesh sieve to drain the water off from the rice. Rinse the rice if you like. That’s it. Your rice is now fluffy like pasta and very soft to eat. It is great for patients who are advised by the doctors to take extra soft rice.

How to Cook Flavored Rice without a Rice Cooker

Do you want to try flavored rice without a rice cooker? Yes, it is very much possible if you follow the method we are going to teach you.

How to Cook Flavored Rice without a Rice Cooker

There are hundreds of flavoring liquids that you can add up to your rice. It can be citrus juice, coconut milk, tomato juice, or even chicken broth liquid flavor.

Take some water, add some flavoring liquid and take a half pot of rice. It is important to take a low amount of rice so that the flavoring liquid can cover the total amount of rice you put to cook.

Now, take the pot to cook. You can use some spices that you would like to add. Onion, cumin, and tomato juice are just good enough for Mexican-style rice.

When it comes to good combination, lime, and coconut along with cilantro work great. To bring an oriental vibe, you can try a blend of orange and ginger.

Important Notes:

  • If you want to consume less arsenic, it is good to cook white rice like pasta
  • You have to cut the amount of salt if you intend to make sweet rice.
  • Adding sugary liquids will make your rice stickier than usual rice.
  • The time you need to perfectly cook your rice depends a lot on the type of rice you are cooking. You may need a different amount of time to cook for long-grain and short-grain rice. This rule is the same when it comes to white and brown rice.
  • We suggest you check the rice after a period of each 5 minutes to observe the condition. Otherwise, you may end up getting very sticky or burnt rice.


We hope that by now you know how easy it is to make rice without a rice cooker. You can not only make regular rice but also fluffy and flavored rice without using a rice cooker. So, no worries anymore. Try it now.

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