How Long to Cook 1 Cup of Rice


When it comes to cooking rice, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. So we decided to test a bunch of different types of rice on the stovetop and in the Instant Pot to figure out how long they take and how you can use that information to make perfectly cooked rice every time.

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are a great alternative to rice, especially if you’re looking for a healthy alternative. Rice cakes are high in fibre and protein, but low in fat. They can be made with any type of grain that you like, but we recommend using brown rice because it has more nutrients than white or processed grains.

Rice cakes can be eaten plain or used as a base for toppings such as chopped nuts or seeds (like pumpkin), dried fruits like raisins or cranberries (soaked first), sunflower butter/peanut butter/almond butter etc., coconut oil + maple syrup mixture drizzled over top…the options are endless!

Basmati Rice


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

White Rice

White rice is the most common type of rice, and it’s simple to cook. You can use a variety of white rices including jasmine, basmati and long grain.

White Rice Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Brown Rice Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Wild Rice Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Brown Rice

  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Amount: 1 cup of rice to 3 cups of water (i.e., 2 cups total)
  • Pot/pan: Large saucepan with a lid; make sure it’s big enough to hold all the liquid and rice you’ll be using!
  • Water level: Bring the water to a boil in your pot before adding in any rice, then reduce it back down to simmering heat once both are added. This helps prevent sticking and burning on the bottom of your pan when you’re cooking brown rice over longer periods of time.

Wild Rice

Wild Rice is a long, slender grain with a nutty flavor. It’s not actually a rice, but instead a grass seed that grows in the Great Lakes region of North America. Wild rice was traditionally harvested by Native Americans using canoes or kayaks to access remote areas where it grew wild (hence its name).

Today you can buy this delicious side dish at most grocery stores and health food stores year-round; however it is best eaten fresh when possible because it doesn’t store well once cooked and refrigerated for too long!

And the answer is…

Rice is a staple food in many countries around the world. It’s served as a side dish or as a main course, depending on what kind of rice you’re eating. White rice is the most commonly eaten type of rice–it has been stripped of its outer husk and bran layer, which means that it’s more processed than brown or whole-grain varieties. Brown rice retains both its husk and bran layer, giving it more fiber and nutrients than white varieties.


So, how long does it take to cook 1 cup of rice? Well, that depends on the type of rice that you’re cooking and the method used. But as we’ve seen here today, there are many different ways to make sure your rice is cooked through without burning it or overcooking it!

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