How to Cook Rice 

Learn how to cook rice with ARBORIO; many Italian rice recipes use Arborio. This type of rice come from Northern Italy named after the town of Arborio, where it is grown. After cooking, these firm grains are very creamy. This starchy grain is the rice chosen for the traditional Italian risotto recipe. The first time I tasted risotto, I debated with myself on just what it was. It almost appeared to me to be very small noodles.

If you want to know how to cook rice like BROWN rice, it is available in both a long grain and a short grain. Both have a nutty flavor and high in fiber. They are both delicious in pilafs and many other dishes. Cook both with 2 parts liquid and 1 part rice for about 40 to 45 minutes.

If you are asking how to cook BASMATI rice, you need to know that it is available as white rice and as whole grain rice. The whole grain variety does not have the flavor that the white one does but is much higher in fiber and nutrients. This long slender grain is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas.Rinse the white rice first. Add 1 cup of rice to 1 ½ cups of boiling water; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. For cooking the brown rice, add 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of liquid and simmer for about 45 minutes.

There is SUSHI rice which is short grain white rice. This rice might also answer your question of how to cook Japanese rice because it is the favorite of the Japanese. It is grown in Japan and California and the only one used for sushi. Rinse rice first and then cook 1 cup of rice in 1 cup boiling water. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let set for 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender.

If you still want to know more about how to cook rice, there is the JASMINE rice. This is one of my favorites. This soft textured rice is grown in Thailand; they also make delicious rice noodles. It is mild flavored rice which will take up many flavors from the other ingredients used in dishes. Add 1 cup of rice to 1 ¾ cups of boiling liquid. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Rice NoodlesRice Noodles

If you are interested in how to cook WILD RICE, you will be interested in knowing that this rice is native to North America. Today it is grown worldwide and is used much like brown or white rice. Cook 1 Cup of rice in 1 ½ cups of boiling liquid. Cover pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes.

Texas style rice was developed as an alternative to the basmati rice. The TEXMATI rice has become very common on our store shelves. To cook add 1 cup of rice to 1 ½ cups of boiling liquid. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

LONG GRAIN RICE is the most popular rice used in Southern China. It remains separate and fluffy when cooked and is good for a variety of recipes.

MEDIUM GRAIN RICE is plump, moist and tender with a greater tendency for the grains to cling together; this type may take longer to learn how to cook rice properly.

SHORT GRAIN RICE cooks up soft, moist and sticky making it great foe recipes like puddings and molds.

NOTE: If recipes do not specify a certain type of rice it is generally assumed to use white rice.

How to Cook Rice in Recipes


This is a kid favorite when you teach them how to cook rice.

  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 2 Cups tomato sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Cups cooked rice
  • 1 ½ Cups cottage cheese
  • 1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet; add tomato sauce and spices.

Cover skillet and simmer 15 minutes stirring frequently.

In a bowl combine and blend cottage cheese and cooked rice.

Put 1/3 of rice mixture in a buttered 2 quart casserole baking dish; top with ½ of meat mixture.

Continue to layer alternating the rice mixture and the meat sauce mixture.

End the layers with the meat sauce mixture; sprinkle top with cheese.

Bake in preheated oven at 325F degrees for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

RISOTTO RECIPE made with Arborio

When you learn how to cook rice dishes made with arborio always become a favorite.

  • ¼ cup julienne cut carrots
  • 4 ½ Cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 Finely chopped shallot
  • 1 Clove minced garlic
  • 1 ¼ Cup Arborio rice
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ Cup thinly sliced purple onion
  • ¼ Cup thinly sliced zucchini
  • ¼ Cup thinly sliced yellow squash
  • ¼ Cup arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 Cup crumbled blue cheese

Cover carrot with boiling water and boil 1 minute; drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
Heat broth over medium until thoroughly hot.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium high heat.
Cook and stir shallot and garlic for 2 minutes; add rice and cook 5 minutes or until translucent.
Reduce heat to medium; slowly stir in warm broth allowing liquid to absorb in between additions.
Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
Melt remaining butter in skillet over medium heat; add onion and cook until lightly browned.
Add carrot, zucchini, yellow squash; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender.
Add arugula and cook 1 minute longer.
Stir vegetables into rice mixture; stir in basil and oregano.
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and crumbled blue cheese; serve immediately.


  • 1 Pound bulk hot pork sausage
  • 1 Medium chopped onion
  • 3 Cups cooked rice
  • 1 Medium chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Medium chopped sweet red bell pepper
  • 1 Medium chopped sweet yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Can (10 ¾ ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup (Not diluted)
  • 1 Can (10 ½ ounces) condensed French onion soup (Not diluted)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until sausage is browned.

Add the rice, peppers and soups; mix well.

Dump mixture into a greased 9X13 inch baking pan; bake uncovered 35 minutes or until bubbly.

6 to 8 Servings.


When you are learning how to cook rice you will find these cookies to be easy and delicious.

  • ¾ Cup sugar 
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 ½ Cups rice flour
  • ½ Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon almond extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Cream sugar and butter; add egg and beat until fluffy.

Add remaining ingredients and work into dough. (If too dry add a few drops of water).

Shape dough into walnut size balls; place 2 inches apart on well greased cooking sheet and flatten to ¼ inch thickness.

Bake for 15 minutes until bottoms turn light brown; place under broiler to brown tops lightly.

Remove from pan and cool completely; sift powdered sugar over the tops.

Makes about 24 cookies.


Browned Rice RecipeBrowned Rice Recipe
  • 1 ½ Cup rice (white or multi-grain)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter Plus extra for topping
  • 3 ½ Cups water
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Sort but do not wash rice; melt butter in a large skillet.

Place dry rice in hot butter and cook until golden brown over medium heat.

Add the water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Dump mixture into a greased casserole baking dish; bake 30 to 40 minutes until dry.

Top with more butter, sprinkle with paprika and serve hot; serves 4.

Adding More Butter After BakedAdding More Butter After Baked