Korean-Style Rice on the Stove

Steaming boiled rice and steaming chopsticks

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  • Total: 21 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
348 Calories
1g Fat
77g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 348
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 7g
Calcium 29mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you live in a typical Korean or Korean-American household, the chances are high that you have a rice cooker in your kitchen, but a time may come that will require you to make rice on the stovetop. If you are a rice devotee who is often pressed for time or on the go, it is dreadful to even imagine having to sweat over the stove top making large quantities of rice. You have likely grown way too accustomed to the modern convenience of the rice cooker meeting many of your dining needs.

Unfortunately, even a rice cooker has its limits. There are simply times when you do need to make rice on the stove. This includes if you need more rice than normal for a dinner party or if your rice cooker breaks down. In either of these cases, cooking rice on the stovetop is the only way out of this conundrum. And if you are cooking in someone else's kitchen, especially someone who is not Korean or Korean-American, then it's useful to know how to make rice the old-fashioned way.

With this simple guide, you can learn to make Korean-style rice to perfection. Fear not, you are as capable of a cook as a rice cooker is.

Note: If you're a diabetic watching your blood sugar or have other medical needs or dietary restrictions, you may swap out white rice for brown rice.


  • 2 cups white rice (short grain)
  • 2.5 cups water (or about 1 inch above the rice level)

Steps to Make It

  1. To begin, you'll need to rinse the rice with water and drain the cloudy water up to three or four times.

  2. After that, put the rinsed rice in a sturdy pot (that has a tight-fitting lid) and cover with water. The water should be about 1 inch higher than the level of the rice.

  3. Next, turn the heat to high and bring the rice to a boil.

  4. Then, turn down the heat immediately to a low simmer.

  5. Do not remove the lid, and continue to steam the rice for 12 to 15 minutes. If you're not sure how long to steam the rice, you can try taking a quick taste to assess its texture and doneness.

  6. Finally, you will turn off the heat but leave the lid on. This will enable the rice to continue steaming for five minutes. Once you've waited for this amount of time, taste the rice again and assess its texture. Is it still brittle-tasting? It's likely undercooked unless you're using brown rice, which has a crunchy taste. On the other hand, if the rice tastes soft and soggy, you probably overcooked it. There's really nothing you can do to salvage overcooked rice, but you can try again until you perfect your rice cooking skills. Remember that practice makes perfect.