How to cook rice in an electric steamer

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How to cook rice in an electric steamer
Using a rice steamer takes some of the worry out of the process. (cooked rice image by Liz Van Steenburgh from

Getting that perfect texture to rice is sometimes an art rather than a science. Cooking in an electric steamer cuts out plenty of the worry generated with trying to time your pot, since steamers automatically click off when the water is steamed. The ratio between rice and water is usually 1 to 1, but sometimes your rice needs a little extra fluff. It all depends on how much water the grains absorbed in the rinsing process before shipping to your grocer.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • Rice
  • Strainer
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Measure out how much rice you want to cook. In a steamer, a cup of uncooked rice makes about 3 cups of cooked rice.

  2. 2

    Rinse the rice in cold water. Use a thick meshed strainer to hold the rice. Do not rinse if you are cooking with Jasmine or Basmati rice.

  3. 3

    Put the rice in the steamer pot. Add an equal amount of water to the steamer. For example, add 2 cups of water to 2 cups of rice. If you want your rice to be more chewy than fluffy, add just a little extra water. Add more water for Jasmine or Basmati rice, such as 3 cups water to 2 cups rice.

  4. 4

    Cover the steamer pot with the lid. Push down the start button. The button will automatically pop back up when your rice is ready.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a bouillon cube or pieces of precooked chicken to add a little flavour to your rice.

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