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How to cook jasmine rice

How to Cook Basmati Rice or Jasmine Rice

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


Here’s how to cook basmati rice or jasmine rice that comes out perfectly fluffy! There are a few tricks to cooking this fragrant long grain rice.


  • 1 cup white basmati or jasmine rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Using a strainer, rinse the rice under cold water, then drain it completely. (Here’s why.) If you have a pressure cooker, go to Instant Pot Basmati Rice or Instant Pot Jasmine Rice.
  2. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, stir once, and continue to boil uncovered for about 8 minutes for jasmine rice or 9 to 12 minutes for basmati rice, bubbling rapidly. Taste a grain of rice; if it is tender, remove the pan from the heat, then pour the rice into the strainer.
  3. Return the rice to the pot (without the heat). Cover the pot and allow the rice to steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in the kosher salt.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Rice
  • Diet: Vegan