Are you a first time user of a rice cooker? You’re going to love it! Rice cookers are an awesome addition to your kitchen arsenal. They make cooking rice much easier and cooking meals in general more fun. Read on to learn the 10 steps to cook rice in your new rice cooker.

Step 1: Measure the Rice
The firs thing to do it measure the rice with a cup and then put it into your cooking pot. Some rice cookers will come with their own measuring cup or scoop but it’s just as easy to use your own if it doesn’t.

Step 2: Rinse
It’s a good idea to rinse your rice before cooking. It’s not uncommon for there to be traces of pesticides, herbicides or other contaminants that are better left out of your meal. All you need to do to rinse the rise is pour drinking water over it or hold it under the faucet.

Step 3: Measure the Water
The majority of rice cookers recommend using cold water but make sure to double check what your specific rice cooker requires. On the inside of your rice cooker you will most likely find graduated marks so that you can determine how much water should be added.

Step 4: Soaking
This step isn’t necessary but it’s a very easy and good idea. By soaking the rice ahead of time this can shorten the length of time needed to cook the rice and it can also make the rice a bit stickier. This should be done at room temperature and for about 30 minutes. A good rice cooker will do the soaking for you! Read my rice cooker reviews to see some of these models.

Step 5: Add Flavor
This is another optional step but will enhance the taste of your rice. Any sort of seasoning you want to use should be added to the water before you start cooking the rice so that it will absorb better during cooking. Even just a little bit of salt can make a big difference.

Step 6: Full Coverage
Once you add the rice to the water it’s important to make sure the rice is fully submerged. Any wooden or plastic utensil can be used to move the rice grains around evenly.

Step 7: Cook
Set your rice cooker to the appropriate temperature and settings based on your specific rice cooker and how much rice you are cooking. It is important during this time not to lift the lid so that it can cook correctly. Your rice cooker will automatically turn off when it is done.

Step 8: Rest Time
Another important step is to let the rice sit for anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes after it is done cooking. It’s not necessary but it will make it so that less rice sticks to the bottom of the pot.

Step 9: Fluff and Serve
Always fluff your rice with a fork. You’ve followed all the steps correctly so now you should be ready to enjoy your perfectly cooked rice!