How Long Does It Take to Cook Rice


Rice is a staple of the American diet, yet most people don’t know how long it takes to cook rice properly. Let me put your mind at ease: it’s not difficult to cook rice, even if you’re a novice in the kitchen. But first, let’s discuss what type of rice you should choose for your recipe and how much water (or broth) is needed.

1 cup white rice

  • Cook 1 cup white rice. For this amount of rice, it takes 15 minutes. Be sure not to add salt or oil when cooking the rice; both of these ingredients can cause it to become mushy. Also, do not stir the pot during this time; doing so will disrupt its ability to cook evenly and can even lead to burning or scorching at the bottom of your pot.

2 cups brown rice


For best results, you should cook brown rice in a rice cooker. A standard stovetop method calls for 2 cups of water and 1 cup of uncooked rice. If you’re using a pot, bring the water to a boil before adding the rice then cover it with a lid and simmer until tender (about 25 minutes). In either case, make sure not to lift the lid while cooking or else your grains will become mushy!

3 cups wild rice

Rinse the rice in a large bowl, then drain and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly with lid and simmer for 35 minutes or until tender but still firm (if grains begin to break up before 35 minutes have passed remove from heat). Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving

Cook for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Place the rice in a pot, add water and salt and bring to a boil over high heat.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. Do not lift this lid during cooking! Cook for 15 minutes on low heat until all of the water has been absorbed by your rice (see below for how long to cook different types).


We hope you enjoyed learning about how long it takes to cook rice!

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