Jasmine rice was a big staple of my diet growing up. Mama Lin always cooked jasmine rice for dinner. In her house, dinner without rice simply doesn’t exist. Even on rare occasions when we ordered pizza for dinner, Mama Lin still cooked rice to eat on the side.
Because jasmine rice was such a big part of my upbringing, I cook it often. Usually, I use my Instant Pot because it is the most convenient method. All I need to do is add rice and water to the Instant Pot, press the “Rice” button, and I have perfect rice in about 25 to 30 minutes.
However, if I’m cooking a small batch of rice (about 1 cup or so), I prefer the stovetop method. Plus, not everyone owns an Instant Pot, which is why I wanted to show you how to cook jasmine rice on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.
COOKING NOTES ON HOW TO COOK JASMINE RICE
To me, perfectly cooked rice should be soft, chewy, and slightly sticky. You should be able to make out the individual grains of rice once it’s cooked. Cooking the rice with too much water breaks down the rice’s structure, leaving you with rice that has a mushy texture.
In the stovetop and slow cooker methods listed below, you’ll notice that I don’t use as much water as other recipes. Honestly, I think those recipes recommend using too much water. As a result, the rice on the bottom of the pot is usually mushy. Getting the perfect rice-to-water ratio is an art! Follow the recipes below to get perfectly cooked jasmine rice every time.
ENJOY JASMINE RICE WITH THESE DISHES
- Honey Chili Garlic Shrimp
- Sambal Potatoes
- Chinese Garlic Cucumber Salad
- Cajun-Spiced Grilled Tofu
RECIPES USING COOKED JASMINE RICE
- 15-Minute Egg Fried Rice
- Pineapple Fried Rice
- Mexican Rice Stuffed Peppers
- Kimchi Fried Rice