How To: Cook Rice – Absorbed Method

The absorbed method uses a specific ratio of liquid to rice. Use a heavy-bottomed pan with a tight fitting lid. The heavy bottom distributes the heat evenly and prevents a scorched bottom and burned rice. The tight-fitting lid keeps in the steam, essential to infusing the rice with moisture and gelatinizing the starch.

Most white rice varieties cook perfectly with a ratio of two cups liquid to one cup rice. Basmati rice needs one and three-quarter cups liquid to one cup of rice and brown rice two and one-half cups liquid to one cup rice. Rice expands to about three times its original size and one cup raw rice makes three cups cooked rice, so use a pan according the size of the cooked rice.

The method is easy. Simply bring the cooking liquid and a pinch of Kosher salt to a boil, stir in the rice, return to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, without peeking, for the specified time on the package. Because steam is a part of the cooking process, it’s important not to remove the cover until the rice is almost done, check at the minimum cooking time. Continue cooking a few more minutes if there’s still liquid in the bottom of the pan.

Cooking rice with the absorbed method doesn’t mean you can add flavor. Before bringing the water to a boil, saute aromatics in a little oil or butter, add herbs and/or spices and then follow the recipe. A simple yellow rice dish only needs a pinch of turmeric stirred in with the rice.

For this blog I used Carolina brown rice (a long-grain rice). I served a lemon chicken with it and because the sauce was so flavorful, I made the rice plain, pouring the sauce over everything. I used a roasted chicken stock, which is why the sauce is dark.

Lemon Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach

Lemon Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach

Bring water and salt to a boil.

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Measure the rice.

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Stir in the rice.

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Return to the boil.

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Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook according to package instructions.

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How To: Cook Rice – Absorbed Method
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Makes: 3 cups
 
Steam is an important part of the cooking process, it’s important not to remove the cover until the rice is almost done. Check the rice at the minimum cooking time. Continue cooking a few more minutes if there is still liquid in the bottom of the pan.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups cooking liquid
  • pinch Kosher salt
Method
  1. Bring water and salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in the rice.
  3. Return to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook according to package instructions.

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