How to Steam Rice Without a Rice Cooker

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How to Steam Rice Without a Rice Cooker
Make steamed rice without a rice cooker. (cooked rice image by Liz Van Steenburgh from Fotolia.com)

Steamed rice is fluffy and light. It makes an affordable, versatile accompaniment to any main dish or can be the primary staple when served with vegetables and a bit of meat. You can make steamed rice without a rice cooker or other special equipment. Steam rice on your hob or in the microwave.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Medium bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Metal colander
  • Large pot
  • Large pot lid or baking tray
  • 2 qt. microwave-safe casserole
  • Cling film

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Instructions

    On the Stove

  1. 1

    Rinse the rice to remove excess starch. Measure it into a bowl and pour cold tap water to cover the rice. Stir the rice in the water using your fingers until the water is cloudy. Pour the water out carefully. Repeat four to five times until the water is fairly clear. Some water will remain in the rice, which is fine.

  2. 2

    Measure the rice and water into the saucepan. Place the pan on high heat. Bring the rice and water to a boil.

  3. 3

    Lower the heat to medium. Cook the rice uncovered for several minutes until most of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat.

  4. 4

    Pour two to three inches of water into a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Place the colander in the pot. The colander should rest in the pot without actually touching the water beneath it.

  5. 5

    Pour the rice into the colander. Cover the colander with a pot lid or a baking tray to contain the steam. Steam the rice for 25 to 30 minutes.

    In the Microwave

  1. 1

    Rinse the rice to remove excess starch. Measure it into a bowl and pour cold tap water to cover the rice. Stir the rice in the water using your fingers until the water is cloudy. Pour the water out carefully. Repeat four to five times until the water is fairly clear. Some water will remain in the rice, which is fine.

  2. 2

    Measure rice and water into casserole dish. Cover the dish tightly with cling film.

  3. 3

    Microwave the rice for five minutes at full power.

  4. 4

    Reduce the power to 50 per cent. Microwave the rice for about 10 more minutes, until the water is absorbed.

  5. 5

    Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the cling film carefully to avoid being burnt by the steam.

Tips and warnings

  • Steam a large batch, then freeze it in smaller batches for quick side dishes later.

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