When you follow a recipe or make a favorite dish, what do you use for ‘short grain rice’?
Many culinary enthusiasts may not realize that they are using the wrong rice– and shortgrain tends to be starchier and stickier than medium or long grain varieties.
Are you using the right kind of rice?
What rice should I use when a recipe asks for “short grain rice”?
When a recipe calls for short grain rice, the most common kinds to use are American short grain brown rice and Japanese sushi rice. These are sticky, starchy short-grain rice varieties that hold together well.
Do you know the best times to use short grain rice? Keep reading to learn more!
Short Grain Rice
These shorter, squat grains cook up to be soft, not chewy, and they typically hold together well.
In fact, short grain rice is usually eaten with chopsticks.
For this reason, there are some dishes and foods that simply work best with short grain rice varieties, like molded salads, sushi, and puddings.
Short grain rice has more starch and cooks up to be stickier than either medium or long grain rice.
Preparing and Cooking Short Grain Rice
The latter seems to work well for rice puddings and dishes that cook for a long period of time.
The general rule of thumb for cooking rice is two parts water to one part rice. This formula works well for both short grain white and brown rice varieties.
The benefit of brown rice is that it still has the bran attached to the grain, which provides flavor and fiber.
Brown rice can take a bit longer to cook and become tender, so adjust cooking time accordingly.
Most commercial rice cookers and insta-pots will have a rice setting or cycle, and many distinguish between white and brown rice.
The most popular way to cook rice, however, is simply on the stovetop, using water, a bit of salt, and your rice of choice.
Combine rice, water, and a generous pinch of salt to a pot with a lid over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
Do not open the pot or stir the rice during this time. Turn the heat off and allow the rice to sit, still covered, for five full minutes to steam and finish cooking.
Remove the lid and use a fork to fluff the rice before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions About Short Grain Rice
What is short grain rice used for?
Short grain rice is stickier and tender, so it is perfect for sushi, risotto, and puddings. Some culinary enthusiasts also use short grain rice in molded salads due to the grain’s propensity to stick together nicely.
What are the different grains of rice?
The common grains of rice are long grain, which includes basmati and jasmine, and medium grain, which includes Valencia and Thai sticky rice. Short grain rice, like arborio and Japanese sushi rice, are also popular types.
What is the best type of rice for fried rice?
Use a long grain white rice for making fried rice. This firmer, larger grain will hold up to the rigorous cooking process involved in this preparation.
What happens if you don’t rinse rice?
Rinsing rice gets rid of excess starch that can make your cooked rice gummy or sticky. Also, rinsing the rice helps it to not clump when cooked.
Why should you eat more rice?
Rice is chock-full of nutrients that everyone needs as part of a healthy diet. Rice contains B1, B6, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and manganese. Rice helps control blood pressure and contributes to healthy weight control. Plus, the antioxidants in rice can help your skin look great as you get older.
What kind of rice is best for your health?
The healthiest types of rice are those that still have bran or germ attached to the grain. Brown rice still has the bran, and Jasmine or Basmati have both germ and bran.
What are the health benefits of wild rice?
Wild rice is low in calories but high in protein, which makes it beneficial to health. Wild rice helps to facilitate digestion and reduce gastrointestinal distress with its dietary fiber. The carbs in wild rice help you feel satiated and full- while also providing fuel for the body.
How much rice should you eat per serving?
The amount of rice you should eat per serving depends on whether you are eating the rice for a main entrée or as a side dish. Generally, one cup of uncooked rice yields three cups when cooked, which can feed three people. So, basically, a cup of rice per serving is fine.
Which type of rice has the lowest glycemic index?
When it comes to diabetes, eating foods with a low glycemic index is key. As for rice, converted rice, often called parboiled rice, is lower than white or brown rice on the glycemic index. The pressure used to process Converted rice pushes nutrients into the rice starches.
Short grain rice is stickier and holds together more than medium or long grain rice does- which makes it perfect for using chopsticks!
Use these tips and keep an eye out for these short grain rice varieties to use in your cooking.
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.