Prevent Rice from Becoming Mushy

February 26, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Bowl of Rice

In the past I’ve always ended up with mushy rice, and I couldn’t seem to figure out why. But a tip from the Real Simple test kitchen is going to save me from mushy rice from now on.

It usually ends up that my rice is done before the other parts of my meal, and I would just let it sit in the pot with the heat off. Turns out it was the condensation from the steam that was making my rice mushy. Here’s how to fix it. Once your rice is done cooking, place a clean, dry dishtowel over the top of the pot and put the lid back on. The towel will collect the steam, preventing it from condensing on the lid and dripping back into your rice.

Need more help? Watch our video on how to cook rice, and check our guide to the different cooking times and instructions for different varieties. Plus, did you know you can freeze rice to serve later?


  1. StickyRice

    Sounds like if you vented the steam by leaving an opening with the lid, that would be easier than dealing with a steamy hot wet towel for those infrequent occasions one makes rice unless you’re asian in which of course you’d own a rice cooker that not only vents steam automatically but keeps the rice warm for a few hours until all the steam escapes and the rice gets hard but you can prevent by adding a tiny bit of warm water.

    February 27, 2013 at 6:34 am
  2. realfoodiecharlie

    Reblogged this on real foodie charlie and commented:
    What a good idea! I’m so gonna try this…

    February 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s