Rice is the perfect side dish to serve with any main meal, and today we're going to show you how to cook jasmine rice to perfection. Jasmine rice is super easy to make in 30 minutes on the stove and has a fluffy, soft texture with a slightly buttery flavor.
⭐ Why this recipe works
Perfectly cooked jasmine rice is delicious on its own or served with meats, fish, veggies, and sauces.
There are tons of recipes that a perfectly cooked rice will enhance with its fluffy grains and buttery scent from a tasty curry to egg fried rice and risottos. And even when there are leftovers, the options are endless with these 27 easy leftover rice recipes.
You can cook rice in many ways in the rice cooker, instant pot, or stovetop, and it comes out perfect every time as long as you have the right ratio of rice to water.
It's not rocket science, but cooking rice requires a little patience and a few tricks to get it just right. Although all white rice may look the same, each variety has its own texture and scent while requiring a different amount of water to make it perfect.
Making Jasmine rice on the stove is easy for any home cook and requires no special equipment, just a heavy-bottomed pan, and some water. Simple but delicious!
🍽 Key Ingredients
All you need to make perfect jasmine rice in a pan, some water, and a pinch of salt for flavor.
If you can't get your hands on jasmine rice, the closest substitute is basmati rice, but any long grain rice will work just as well. Although, the aroma and texture may differ slightly.
🔪 How to Make
Cooking jasmine rice with these easy step-by-step instructions will give you perfect fluffy rice every time. It's delicious and takes just over half an hour to prepare.
- Rinse the 1 cup of rice until the water becomes almost clear.
Add 1 ¾ cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil.
Add the rinsed rice
Next, add pinch of salt to the pan, stirring well.
Turn the temperature to a simmer and let the rice cook for 25 minutes with the lid on.
After 25 minutes, remove the rice from the heat. Leave it covered, and let it sit for another 10 to 15 minutes to completely absorb the moisture.
Remove the lid and stir the rice with a fork to loosen it and make it fluffy.
Now it's perfect and ready to serve.
💭 Cooking tips
Resist the urge to remove the lid during cooking
You mustn't remove the lid during cooking, or else the trapped air will escape, and the bottom of the rice will be more cooked than the top.
Allow the rice to sit
Although the rice will be cooked after 25 minutes, the resting period allows the rice to absorb moisture as it cools, leaving you with perfectly fluffed rice.
Once the water comes to a boil, you must turn the heat to its lowest temperature possible so that the rice doesn't burn on the bottom.
🥗 What to serve with
Jasmine rice is delicious on its own or served as a side dish or accompaniment to other tasty recipes like some of these Asian-inspired favorites.
Beef fried rice
Use your freshly cooked rice to make this Chinese-inspired beef fried rice recipe that is rich and sweet.
Salmon and rice always pair well, and this honey & soy broiled salmon recipe is truly amazing. The salmon is marinated in a delicious Asian sweet marinade and then caramelized under the broiler and topped with finger-licking juices.
This Chinese classic beef chop suey takes 30 minutes to cook, which is perfect timing while you wait for the rice to cook, and it tastes just like the original recipe.
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ratio of water to jasmine rice?
The perfect ratio will depend on how you like your rice. For fluffy, tender rice, you should aim for 1 cup of rice to 1 ½ cups of water, and for softer rice, aim for 1 ¾ cups of water.
Is it necessary to soak jasmine rice before cooking?
You don't have to wash jasmine rice before cooking if you don't want to, but washing rice removes some of the surface starch and dirt in the rice and makes it fluffier.
Why is my jasmine rice sticky?
To avoid sticky rice, you mustn't overcook the rice and pay close attention to the amount of water you add to the rice. If you put too much water in, the rice will absorb it and become sticky. Another solution is to rinse the rice before cooking to remove some of the starch.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ Reheating
Leftover fluffy jasmine rice is easy to store once it has cooled and reheated in minutes.
Fridge - Store any leftover rice in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezer - Transfer the cooked rice into a freezer container and place it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Reheating - The best way to reheat leftover rice is in the microwave at 1-minute intervals until piping hot. Using the microwave helps keep it moist without drying out.
Alternatively, you can use your rice cooker. Rice cookers have a warm setting that you can use to reheat cooked rice, or you could steam it for 3 to 4 minutes until it's hot.
🍳 Related Rice Recipes
If you love this jasmine rice recipe. Try one of these fantastic easy recipes with rice for your next meal.
👪 Serving Size
One cup of jasmine rice will easily give you 4 servings, or you can scale the recipe to cater for more. I usually make 2 cups of rice because it's easy to store, and my family loves rice with main meals.
Give it a try, and let me know how your rice turns out.
🎥 Wacth how to make it
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How to make Perfect Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1 ¾ cup water
- salt - to taste
- Rinse the rice well, until the water runs almost clear.
- Bring water to boil in a heavy bottomed pan.
- Add the rice and a generous pinch of salt and stir well.
- Return the water to a slight boil, then reduce the heat to very low, cover and let the rice cook for 25 minutes without lifting the lid.
- After 25 minutes, remove the rice from the heat, leave it covered, and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Remove the lid, fluff with a fork, and enjoy.