How To Cook Rice

Cooking rice is one of the basic building blocks of cooking, specifically vegetarian and vegan cooking. Here are a few tips to get you started.


  • 1 cup of plain uncooked rice (brown, white, jasmine, etc.)
  • 2 cups water — or other cooking liquid
  • pinch of salt,
  • 1 tablespoon of butter — or other oil/fat


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with rice, water, salt and butter and set to medium heat.
  2. Cook until there is no water left in the pot (because the rice has sucked up the water).

*You can sub out the water for other cooking liquids to create a flavored rice. For example, if you wanted to use 2 cups of vegetable broth instead.

*Feel free to sub out the butter for sunflower or olive oil.

*You can also add other spices such as thyme or parsley, you can create a variety of flavor profiles.

Some other types of rice I’ve made using these ratios:

  • Mexican rice – 1/2 cup of salsa to 1 1/2 cups of vegan “chicken” broth and (I use Better than Bouillon) and 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Indian rice – 2 cups of veggie broth, sunflower oil/coconut oil instead of butter, and a spice blend of curry powder, garam masala, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon of each).
  • Garlic Butter (a.k.a. Sick Day Rice) – 2 cups of vegan “chicken” broth, butter and a spice blend of poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder (1/4 teaspoon of each).

…the possibilities are truly endless!

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