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How Long Does Rice Take to Cook

How long does rice take to cook on the stove, rice in pressure cooker, in a rice cooker, or cooked in a microwave is explained here. Cook time for white rice, black rice, brown, Arborio, Jasmine and Wild varieties made all 4 ways until fluffy.

How Long Does Rice Take to Cook

This is how long to cook rice of all kinds multiple ways so it gets fluffy and perfectly cooked every time. A great fat free side dish we love with dinner, sometimes it is a snack with soy sauce enjoyed too. (affiliate links present)

How Long to Cook Rice on Stove

You’re going to need a medium saucepan for this that has a lid that will secure tightly. We are focusing on cooking long grain white rice in these instructions. You could do the same thing with other grains that still have the husk in tact. The water ratio may be different for those.

  1. Rinse with a fine mesh strainer with cold water first and then drain so you can rinse the rice.
  2. Add this to a pot with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Add water in a ratio of 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice.
    • if you are going to double this make sure that the contents are not higher than halfway full, remember it will fluff up and expand.
  4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with your lid.
  6. Simmer for 18 minutes to 20 minutes or until tender to your liking.

After that, turn off the heat and let the rice sit covered, for 5 – 15 minutes to allow it to steam and absorb any remaining moisture.

How Long to Cook Rice

Once it is cooked to your liking, fluff it with a fork and serve. It’s important to note that you should always check for doneness before serving it. If it’s not fully cooked, you can add a little bit of water and continue on the stovetop for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until it’s perfect for your family. Now you can use it in a stir fry or just a gluten free side dish.

How long to cook rice on stove

How Long does Rice Take to Cook in a Rice Cooker

The typical cooking time for white rice in a rice cooker is around 20-25 minutes. However, some machines may take slightly longer or shorter, depending on their specific settings and the type being cooked. Similar to bulgur wheat which is also a good side, with more protein.

It’s important to follow the instructions that come with your model but if it is a good one like this (and YES there is a huge difference so take the plunge and spend a bit more) there are several buttons. Each one will be automatically set for the right timing for that particular grain so as long as you follow their instructions for how much water goes which each one it should come out perfect every time.

How much water do I need for 1 cup of rice? white long grain and medium grain you’ll need about 1 cup uncooked rice + 2 cups water or other liquid of choice. For short grain like sushi style, use 1 cup grains + 1.5 cup water. For most brown or tougher varieties, combine 1 cup rice and up to 2 1/4 cups water (start with 2 and add more later if you think you need it)

How long to cook 1 cup of rice

How Long to Cook 1 Cup of Rice

One cup uncooked rice is going to be enough for 1-1.5 of you depending on your hunger. My daughter will make this for an after school snack and works perfectly for her.

Stovetop method:

  • White rice: 18-20 minutes
  • Brown rice: 40-45 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 12-15 minutes
  • Basmati rice: 18-20 minutes
  • Wild rice: 40-45 minutes
  • Black rice: 45 minutes

Rice cooker method:

  • White rice: 20-25 minutes
  • Brown rice: 45-50 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 18-20 minutes
  • Basmati rice: 20-25 minutes
  • Wild rice: 50-55 minutes

Microwave method:

  • White rice: 10-12 minutes
  • Brown rice: 20-25 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 8-10 minutes
  • Basmati rice: 12-15 minutes
  • Wild rice: 25-30 minutes

How to cook rice in Instant Pot or any other brand of Pressure cooker method:

It’s important to note that these are just general guidelines and the exact cooking time can vary depending on the specific type of rice you are cooking and the cooking method you are using. It’s always a good idea to check the rice for doneness before serving it.

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How Long to Cook White Rice

How to cook long grain rice is here. Many different varieties are offered, long is the cheapest but not as tender as the others.

Stovetop method:

  • Long-grain white rice: 18-20 minutes
  • Short-grain white rice: 15-18 minutes
  • Medium-grain white rice: 15-18 minutes

Rice cooker method:

  • Long-grain white rice: 20-25 minutes
  • Short-grain white rice: 15-20 minutes
  • Medium-grain white rice: 18-20 minutes

Microwave method:

  • Long-grain white rice: 10-12 minutes
  • Short-grain white rice: 8-10 minutes
  • Medium-grain white rice: 10-12 minutes

Pressure cooker method:

  • Long grain white rice: 12 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 6 minutes – 10 minute natural release
  • Arborio rice: 5 minutes – 5-8 minute natural release

Slow cooker method:

  • Long grain white rice: 2.5 hours
  • Brown rice: 2.5 hours

It’s always a good idea to check the rice for doneness before serving. If the time is up and you still think it is a bit underdone for your liking you can fix it. Just add a bit more liquid water or broth and bring to a simmer again with the lid off, give it a few minutes, stir and try again until it is just right.

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How Long Does Rice Take to Cook in Microwave

The microwave recipe for rice can vary depending on the type of grain you’re using, the quantity, and the wattage too. As a general guideline, you can follow these steps of how to cook rice in the microwave:

  1. Since white rice takes the least amount of time I suggest you go with that one.
  2. Use a colander and thoroughly rinse, then put it in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Add water in a ratio of 1.5 cups of water for every cup of rice.
  4. Cover the bowl with a lid that is safe to use in this device (a plate works too), or microwave safe plastic wrap.
  5. Heat on high (regular temperature) for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Let it sit in the bowl untouched when done for an additional 5 minutes after cooking to allow it to steam and absorb any remaining moisture.

Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and serve. It’s important to note that you should always check for doneness before serving. If it’s still a bit more firm than you’d like, you can add an additional 1-2 minutes, or until it’s tender to your liking. If you want a printable download our how long to cook rice sheets here!

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How Long Does Rice Take to Cook

This is how long does rice take to cook information for the stovetop, microwave, pressure cooker and slow cooker methods to tender.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword arborio rice, black rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, white rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 169kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 2 c rice
  • 4 c water broth, or half and half, may need a bit more for tougher grains

Instructions

  • Stovetop rice – White rice: 18-20 minutes – Brown rice: 40-45 minutes – Jasmine rice: 12-15 minutes – Basmati rice: 18-20 minutes – Wild rice: 40-45 minutes – Black rice: 45 minutes
  • Rice cooker – White rice: 20-25 minutes – Brown rice: 45-50 minutes – Jasmine rice: 18-20 minutes – Basmati rice: 20-25 minutes – Wild rice: 50-55 minutes
  • Microwave rice – White rice: 10-12 minutes – Brown rice: 20-25 minutes – Jasmine rice: 8-10 minutes – Basmati rice: 12-15 minutes – Wild rice: 25-30 minutes. Use microwave safe bowl with plate or safe lid on top, let sit 10 minutes after done then fluff.
  • Pressure cooker rice – Black rice: 20 minutes – 10 minute natural release – Brown rice – 22 minutes with natural release – Long grain white rice – 12 minutes – Jasmine rice – 6 minutes – 10 minute natural release – Arborio rice – 5 minutes – 5-8 minute natural release – Wild rice – 30 minutes with natural release
Nutrition Facts
How Long Does Rice Take to Cook
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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