Making White Rice AKA Adulting 101

How to Make Rice

I’m not kidding. This is the topic this week. Do you know how many adults (i.e. people over the age of 21) do not have a clue to make rice? It’s not hard. At all. But for some reason it’s frequently on the list of “must know recipes” and for good reason.

No one knows how.

(What in the world! Seriously, this is another topic for another day but I must say if you are over the age of 20 and you do not know how to make rice call your parents and give them heck. They failed you.)

I learned how to make rice in the microwave when I was 7. 7. I couldn’t cross the street without someone holding my hand but I sure knew how to feed myself.


And now that I have cut out most meat (don’t judge… I won’t lie. If someone else is paying I wont say no to a little mahi mahi) I eat more carbs than I used to and I make a pot of rice every 3 days.


  • Because I like rice pudding, veggie fried rice and rice soup and want to eat them when I want to eat them.
  • When I am in a restaurant I can almost always order two things, plain rice and broccoli and be able to have a meal with friends.
  • This is the one thing my father’s girlfriend doesn’t automatically add butter to.
“I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.”- Mich Ehrenborg

So, why don’t adults know how to make rice? It would be easy to blame the parents (see paragraph 3 above) but it’s not that easy. Of course, some parents have failed their children.  I have one girlfriend that learned how to make rice at the ripe old age of 25 because her mother had and still maintains a “non-working kitchen”. IIt is a beautiful state -of -the -art, high gadget everything,  dream kitchen but  I don’t think I have seen her mother make anything more involved than a garden salad. Another friend, 31, has a mother who cooks every single day and doesn’t let this so – called adult cook for themselves. Once he made ground turkey. That was two years ago. But then there are those who are blessed with living in a good city with great delivery. Why should they cook?

(Seriously, If this is you, bravo. Im trying to get on yoru level.)

But the vast majority of us do not have loads of expendable cash, moms on call or have non-working kitchen. Those pots aren’t for show and food is a necessary life requirement. And so we must labor in the kitchen. Peeling and chopping. Stirring and Burning.

And not only do we have to feed ourselves but we have to occasionally feed those folks blessed enough to bask in our presence. Everyone needs that one meal that takes fifteen minutes to assemble. A pot of rice  (at least in my house) is the cornerstone of that “don’t panic but company is here” meal.

If you’re a meat eater the basic recipes you need to know how to make are generally agreed to be:

  1. Scrambled eggs
  2. Grilled cheese
  3. French toast
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Rice
  6. Oven roasted vegetables
  7. Roast chicken
  8. Stir fry
  9. Spaghetti and sauce
  10. Chicken soup

For the non-animal product eating peeps among us, the list is not that different from our meat loving friends. It is:

  1. Scrambled tofu
  2. Grilled “cheese”
  3. French toast
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Rice
  6. Roasted vegetables
  7. Stir fry
  8. Spaghetti and sauce
  9. Hearty soup
  10. Bean chili

If you have good recipes for these meals then you will always eat and always be able feed your friends. Seriously. Over the next few months we will be making these recipes together. Call it our “grow the F up plan” or if we’re being classy “Adult 101 staples”.

Lesson 1

How does one make rice?

The easiest way is to buy a rice cooker and follow the directions. I live for my rice cooker. Without it there would be many a time I would have to run to the local Chinese and buy rice. But I hate that because:

  • I cant stop at rice. Next thing you know MSG is all over my house and im out for a 2 day nap.
  • They charge you $3 for something that costs $1 to make

So cheap me is going to plug in that rice cooker and get that  rice bubbling away while I am chained to the stove making other yummies. And the good thing is with the rice cooker you don’t have to calculate ratios or times. Put the rice in, add water, close top. Walk away.


Mic drop.


If you are making rice on the stove or in the microwave it gets more involved. You will need to measure and know ratios. But it isn’t hard.( Because 7 year old’s can do it.)

For white rice it’s a 1:2 ration, that is, 1 Cup rice to every 2 Cups water. If its brown rice there’s a little more water. Its 1 C rice to every 2.5 C water. White Rice will generally cook for 25 minutes (whether on the stove or in the microwave) and brown rice will cook for 35- 40 minutes.


Basic White Rice Recipe

  • 1 C Rice
  • 2 C Water (or broth)

Stovetop Directions: 

Bring water to boil, stir in rice. Cover and lower heat to simmer. Simmer rice until water is evaporated for about 20 – 25 minutes. (Simmer is that notch below the lowest notch.)

Microwave Directions: 

In microwave safe bowl put water and rice. Stir. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 20-25 minutes based on your microwave power.


That’s it.

You can be fancy and add stuff to the rice. I like to add herbs, fresh and dried, to my rice when it’s cooking to give it flavor, such as, thyme, oregano and red pepper flakes. Or if I am making rice in the rice cooker I will add canned beans or frozen veggies and let them all cook around each other.

One last tip: if you are using the rice cooker I always add an oil to my rice cooker and let that get warm before I add the rice and water. My rice cooker is older than dirt and I do not want to replace it and as a result, the non-stick lining is gone. Melting oil in the cooker before I add the rice and water prevents the rice sticking to the cooker. If your rice cooker is also older than dirt – do yourself a favor and melt some coconut oil in there before you use it.

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