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How to Make Rice on the Stove


White Rice
Naomi Imatome
Every Korean household has a rice cooker, but there are times when you do need to make rice on the stove. If you need more rice than normal for a dinner party, if your rice cooker breaks, or if you're cooking in someone else's kitchen, then it's useful to know how to make rice the old-fashioned way.

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups short grain white rice
  • Water to cover


  1. Rinse the rice with water and drain the cloudy water 3-4 times.
  2. Put rinsed rice in a sturdy pot (that has a tight-fitting lid) and cover with water. The water should be about 1 inch higher than the level of the rice.
  3. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down heat immediately to a low simmer.
  5. Do not remove the lid, and continue to steam rice for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat but leave the lid on, so that the rice will continue to steam for 5 minutes.
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