One of the first dishes my parents ever taught me was to make rice. Not just any rice, but fluffy white rice. It came in handy when our son was diagnosed with Celiac and pasta was taken off the table. Our sons love rice and it is their starch of choice, which means we make rice almost every night of the week. It is so easy and I don’t really think about how to make it, but at a recent book club our host was having a rice crisis and I said I would post my families recipe for them to use. We do not follow the recipe on the back of the rice package (white, brown, jasmine.. you name it) and have never had a problem making rice. I hope this recipe will help you make delicious fluffy rice every single time..
- white rice (we use Carolina)
- salt and pepper
- garnish with chopped parsley
- Fill saucepan with water, enough to cover rice but not to the top of the pan (you do not want it too high so it bubbles over when you add the rice), heat on high to a rolling boil
- When the water is boiling, add rice
- Stir the rice to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pot
- Cook rice in boiling water for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, Heat water in kettle (optional)
- Take rice off heat, pour rice into a fine mesh strainer
- Rinse rice in strainer with cold water and shake off excess water
- Add boiling water from kettle to bottom of rice pot or add hot water from tap to rice saucepan
- Put strainer with the rice in the rice pot filled with water
- Place the pot with strainer filled with rice back on the stove on medium heat so that the water will continue to boil and steam the rice.
- Steam rice for 10 – 15 minutes
- Place rice in serving bowl, mix in butter, salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley
Rice can be heated by steaming it or placing it in a covered microwavable dish and heating it in the microwave. If you heat in the microwave without a cover, place a damp paper towel over the rice.