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How to Cook Rice Without a Rice Cooker

How to make delicious plain Japanese rice without a rice cooker and tips on how to avoid soggy rice and other disasters!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #how to cook rice,
Servings: 6
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 2 cups of Japanese rice
  • 2 cups of water


  • Measure out 2 cups of rice and pour into a large pot.
  • Thoroughly wash and drain the rice several times until the water is clearer (at least 3).
  • After washing the rice a last time, drain out the remaining water.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into the drained rice.
  • Bring the pot to boil on high heat then once boiled turn the heat down to low.
  • Leave the rice to cook on low heat for 12 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and leave the rice for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, stir the rice to make sure it doesn't dry out in the shape of the pot. Then serve!


Japanese people consume rice variety called "Koshihikari" which has lower GI number of 48. It is white short grain rice and can be purchased from Asian or Japanese grocery stores or online.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 70mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.5mg