If you are like me and you hate cooking rice because whether you cook it in the microwave, stovetop, or the rice cooker, it always sticks.
Some people, I believe just have the gift of cooking rice perfectly every time.
We have piled a list of tips here to help you avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of your rice cooker.
It doesn’t hurt you if you eat it, but it can get all burnt, mushy and you can end up with a huge mess on the bottom of your pot.
Luckily for you and me, there are things we can do to avoid this.
How To Keep Rice From Sticking To Rice Cooker
Most likely, the reason for your rice sticking to the bottom of your pot is from a lack of water, adding the wrong amount of starch, and overcooking the rice. This can be avoided by rinsing the rice in cold water before you cook it, putting in a tablespoon of oil, steaming the rice once you have cooked it, or adding more water.
How To Stop Rice Sticking To The Cooker
Before you go ahead and start cooking your rice, you need to do a few things to prevent the rice from sticking.
Rinsing The Rice
If you are using long-grain rice, it will be better to give it a quick rinse before you cook the rice.
The friction and water will help to remove part of the starch. The starch is added to keep the rice fresh when being stored and transported.
Once the powdery coating becomes wet, it gets really sticky. If you rinse the rice well, it will come up fluffy and lighter.
It will also help to prevent any water from boiling over and creating a huge mess on your bench.
You can rub butter on the inside of your pot just lightly or spray a thin layer of oil inside the pot.
Both of these methods will help to prevent the rice from sticking to the cooker.
This is vital if you have a rice cooker that doesn’t have a non-stick bottom or it is well worn.
Using The Correct Amount Of Water
Ensure you are using the right amount of water and take into consideration that brown rice needs more water than white rice does.
The more water you are adding will create softer rice which makes it easier to stick to the bottom.
Also, using not enough water means the water evaporates faster and will stick to the bottom while cooking.
Let The Rice Sit Afterward
The good thing about rice cookers is the fact you can set them and walk away.
Once the rice has finished, the cooker will let you know, and then you can serve it. Once the rice has cooked, it is best to leave it in the machine to keep warm.
The time you leave it in needs to be within 10 minutes to 30 minutes.
The steam that is stuck in the cooker will gradually disappear within the grains, and those stuck on the bottom will loosen up as they soak up the moisture in the steam.
Giving the rice time to rest allows for the remaining starch to cool and re-gather itself to the same structure.
Once you fluff the rice with your spoon, you will notice they will hold their shape and not collapse into a mushy mess.
Looking After The Non-Stick Coating
Rice will tend to stick more to a rice cooker with a scratched or damaged bottom.
Try to void metal utensils as they will scratch the surface more and can scratch off the non-stick coating that will end up in your dinner.
When it comes to cleaning the pot, make sure you don’t use abrasive cleaners or harsh scrubbing pads to clean it.
By doing this, you will prolong the life of your cooker and deal with less rice sticking to the bottom.
Some Rice Is Intended To Be Browned On The Bottom
Yes, that’s right! There are a few cultures that actually aim for their rice to stick and to become brown on the bottom.
There are a few rice cookers on the market that are intended to be used for browning the rice. Check your manual to ensure that you don’t have this type of cooker.
If you do, then nothing you do will stop the rice from sticking and getting overcooked.
Rinsing The Rice
Under chilled water, rinse the rice and keep going until the water is clear.
If the water is still cloudy, then you still have starch left on the rice.
If you have a strainer, you can use this to rinse the rice.
Ensure all the rice is washed well, including those on the bottom of the stainer. Move the rice around with a fork to evenly distribute the water through the rice.
The less starch you have, the less your rice is going to stick.
Rice works with any meal, from chicken to pasta.
Rice can work as the main dish or the side dish.
Rice is easy to cook, but it can be hard to prevent it from sticking to the pot. Try the tips above and see if you can find one that works for you.
You might have to try more than one to find the one that is easiest and works the best.
Avoid a tough clean-up and stop the dread of cooking rice and worrying about what you are going to find on the bottom of the cooker.
Frquently Asked Questions about Sticking Rice
How Can I Stop My Rice From Hardening And Sticking
As soon as you have removed the rice from the cooker, if some is stuck, fill the pot with water and let it soak. Allowing the rice to harden in the bottom of the pan makes for a hard job cleaning.
Can I Use Butter To Stop The Rice From Sticking?
Rubbing butter over the inside of the pot before adding the rice and water will help to stop the rice from sticking as it cooks.
Daniel Iseli (Head Chef)
Hi, my name is Daniel and I am passionate about cooking. I have been cooking for the past 20 years and am happy to share my best recipes and cooking-related knowledge with you.