How to Cook White Rice.

1-Measure the rice with a cup and put it into your cooking pot.

Some rice cookers have a removable bowl or pot, while others must have the rice placed directly in the cooker. Most of the time, rice cookers will come with a measuring "cup" or scoop that can fit 3/4 cup (160 mL). Alternatively, use an ordinary measuring cup.

  •  One cup (260 mL) of uncooked rice will generate anywhere from 1 1/2 cups (380 mL) to three cups (740 mL) of cooked rice, depending on variety.Leave enough space for this expansion to prevent the rice cooker from spilling over.

2-Rinse the rice if necessary.

Many people prefer to rinse rice in order to remove any pesticides, herbicides, or contaminants that may be present. Some less modern milling practices also create broken grains that release excess starch into the rice, which needs to be rinsed off to prevent the rice clumping together.If you decide to rinse the rice, pour drinking water into the bowl or hold it under the faucet. Stir as you add the water, until the rice is fully submerged. Drain water through a sieve or tip the bowl slowly while catching fallen rice grains with your hand. If the water looks discolored or filled with floating bits of broken rice or dirt, rinse a second or third time until new water added looks relatively clear.

  • White rice sold in the United States is required by law to be enriched with powdered iron, niacin, thiamin, or folic acid; these vitamins and minerals are usually removed by washing.
  • If your rice cooker has a non-stick bowl, wash the rice (prior to cooking) in a colander with several washes/rinses/drains. Replacement non-stick bowls are very expensive.

3-Measure the water.

Most rice cooker instructions recommend cold water. How much water you add depends on what kind of rice you're cooking and how moist you prefer it. There are often graduated marks on the inside of a rice cooker, indicating how much rice and water should be added, or instructions on the package of rice. Alternatively, use the following suggested amounts depending on your variety of rice, but keep in mind you can always adjust these in future if you prefer your rice more chewy or soft:

  • White, long grain - 1 3/4 cups of water per 1 cup of rice (400 mL water per 260 mL rice)
  • White, medium grain - 1 1/2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice (380 mL water per 260 mL rice)
  • White, short grain - 1 1/4 cups of water per 1 cup of rice (240 mL water per 240 mL rice)
  • Brown, long grain - 2 1/4 cups of water per 1 cup of rice (500 mL water per 240 mL rice)
  • Sold as "parboiled" - 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice
  • For Indian style rices like Basmati or Jasmine, less water is needed as a drier rice is desired, use no more than 1 1/2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice. Use only 1 to 1 if you washed the rice previously. It is ok to add bay leaves or cardamom pods directly to the rice cooker to enhance the flavor.

4-Add flavorings (optional).

Flavorings should be added to the water before you start the rice cooker, so the rice will absorb these flavors during cooking. Many people prefer to add a little bit of salt for flavor at this time. Butter or oil are another common option. If you are making Indian style rice, you may wish to add a few cardamom seeds or a bay leaf.

5-Push the rice grains off the sides and under the water level.

Use a wooden or plastic utensil to move any rice grains around the pot back into the water. Rice left above the water surface may burn during cooking. If water or rice spilled over the edge, wipe the outside of the pot with a cloth or rag.

  • You do not need to stir the rice under the water level. This may release excess starch and result in clumpier or stickier rice.

6-Cook the rice in the rice cooker.

If your rice cooker has a removable cooking pot, place the pot of rice and water back into the rice cooker. Close the lid of the cooker, plug the cooker in, and press the switch to turn it on. The switch will click, like a toaster, when the rice is done. In most rice cookers, the rice will be warmed until you unplug the cooker.

  • Don't lift the lid to check on the rice. The cooking process depends on the development of steam inside the pot, so letting steam escape by opening the lid may result in improperly cooked rice.
  • The rice cooker automatically turns off when the temperature inside the pot exceeds waters boiling point.

7-Allow the rice to "rest" for 12-15 minutes before removing the lid.

This is not required but is commonly recommended in rice cooker instructions, and is automatic in some models. Unplugging the rice cooker or taking the pot off of the heat for this period will minimize the amount of rice that sticks to the pot.

8-Serve and Enjoy.

Once there is no water left, the rice should be ready to eat. Using a fork or other utensil to stir the rice after cooking will break up clumps and release steam, preventing the rice from overcooking.

  • If the rice is not ready to eat, see troubleshooting.