How can I steam rice without an actual steamer?

Tonight, I am making chicken teriyaki with rice and vegetables. I want to steam my rice, because usually, when I cook the rice in a pot… it either comes out not done enough or over-cooked and mushy.

Also, Japanese restaurants tend to steam their rice, and I like it much better than mine.

I don’t have any kind of steamer… so how could I steam my rice? Would I be able to without a steamer?

Please be as descriptive as possible, I need to know exactly how to steam rice.

Answer #1

Take a mesh strainer (or one with small holes so the rice doesn’t fall through), and set it over a pot of boiling water. The water shouldn’t touch the strainer. Put a lid over the strainer, reduce heat to medium-low temperature and just let it cook…it could take 45 minutes to an hour.

Answer #2

Thanks, that’s what I was thinking, but I wasn’t sure. Now I just have to find a strainer with small enough holes. :/

Answer #3

Boil it - place uncooked rice in water and just let it boil.

Answer #4

I don’t want to boil it, I want to steam it. Please read my question before answering.

Answer #5

I know. But taste-wise it’s the same (at least to me). Sorry if I offended you.

Answer #6

If you have cheesecloth, you can line a regular colander with it.

Answer #7

Well, like I said in my question… I am not very good at boiling it. You didn’t offend me, don’t worry. :-) I appreciate your answer.

Answer #8

Japanese restaurants use rice cookers and indeed they boil the rice. Sometimes I cook rice in my steamer when I’m steaming other things as well so I can just one pot but otherwise I boil my rice. The rice comes out the same either way. Two things are necessary to make good rice. Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking. This is even more true of brown rice. Then use the correct ratio of rice and water. I generally use a rice cooker and in mine 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice works great for white rice and 2 cups of water per cup of brown rice. Cookers vary and if you use a pot and pan instead of a rice cooker you may have to experiment. In a pot bring your rice and water to a boil and simmer until all the water is absorbed. Having a pot with a glass top can help you see how its coming without lifting the lid and breaking the boil. Whatever you do don’t stir your rice while cooking; just let it do its thing. You can tell when it is close to being done because when most of the water is absorbed you will no longer see water and steam holes will form in the rice. At this point cook a few minutes more then turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a large spoon or rice paddle.

Answer #9

But when I don’t stir they rice when boiling, it sticks to the pot. :(

Answer #10

Lol, cheesecloth? I’ll have to look that up, I have no clue what that is.

Answer #11

If you are open to boiling it, you only have to bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally, then take the pot off of the hot burner and let it set. it will soak up the water in about twenty minutes with out sticking to the edge :D also. The reason rice sticks is because it is coated with a powder that contains vitamins and nutrients. you can simply rinse the rice until the water runs clear then boil it and let it set. Just experiment and see what works for you best :) good luck

Answer #12

You can also just put in the oven. Put the rice in a casserole dish or pyrex, and double the amount of rice with water. For example 1 cup of rice, use 2 cups water. Add, seasonings etc and just bake it till the water is absorbed.

Answer #13

It’s like the gauze bandaging you put on when you get a bad cut.

Answer #14

Not if you rinse the rice well enough beforehand. Rinsing the rice is the key to getting perfect rice. It is hard to rinse brown rice enough not to get any gummy stuff on the bottom; I usually soak brown rice a while before rinsing it to minimize this but even with this sometimes I end up with 1/4” of gummy rice on the bottom that I just throw away. Unless you are completely strapped for cash buy a rice cooker. I’ve seen them under $15. All rice cookers automatically switch to warm when the rice is done but more expensive ones also keep your rice warm for a long time without it drying out or burning. Personally I have a cheap one. Prior to that I had a very heavy pot with a glass lid that I used for rice and it was ok but I still needed to time or watch it. With a rice cooker you can set it then work on other stuff while it takes care of it for you.

Answer #15

Alright, thanks. :-)

Answer #16

hi how are you

Answer #17

I’m fine, thanks… but it’s not okay to start general chat on other user’s questions. You can, however, post a message on another users profile. :-)

Answer #18

buy the steam bag rice its bags of rice that comes in a box and it has little holes in it and you submerge it into water and when its fully cooked you take the bag cut it open presto steamed rice served lol

Answer #19

you use a pot

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