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How to Make Rice without a Rice Cooker
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
how to make Chinese steamed rice without a rice cooker
Author: Elaine
  • 2 cups long rice
  • 2 cups water
  1. Wash the rice 1-2 times (this step is to remove extra starch content). Then place the rice in your pot and add similar volume of water. Cover the lid and soak the rice for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat over high fire to boil the content (largest amount of water vapor). Slow down the fire to medium to avoid overspill. Cook for around 12 to 15 minutes (note1) until the water is almost gone (note2). Then turn off the fire completely. This step completes the process, but you should never open the lid.
  3. Then break up the grains gently around 5 to 10 minutes later. (Note 3) and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: 12 minutes for cast iron pot and 15 minutes for regular pot.
Note 2: you can observe this via a transparent cover or watch the water vapor. The vapor should be quite faint and you can smell the rice aroma.
Note 3: you should break up the grains gently when it is still hot. This can help to remove remaining water and avoid then rice sticky to the bottom after chilled.