Frenchie Basics: Perfectly Cooked Rice

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The story

We all know how to cook rice. Or do we ? Like pastas, do you put 1L of water in a saucepan, a cup of the grain, wait 15 mins and eat ?

Yeah. That’s it !

Well that is not how you cook rice and if you have Asian friends, they will kill you for such profanity. Once you’ve tried this method of cooking, you can never go back. It demands a little bit more time and patience but the result has no comparison.

Let’s start my frenchies !





Yield : 4 servings – Prep time : 3min – Cooking : 20min

What you’ll need



  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp butter (optional)


In a saucepan with a good fitting lid bring water, salt, cloves, cardamom and butter if desired to a boil.

Add the grain and stir.

Cover and reduce heat to medium low. You will know that your temperature is correct if a little steam is visible leaking from the lid. A lot of steam means your heat is too high.

Cook for 20 minutes.


The steam that is trapped inside the pan is what allows the rice to cook properly.

Remove from heat and fluff with fork.

Remove the cloves and cardamon pods.

Et voilà !

*the links of the products I recommend in this article are not affiliated. They are my personal preferences and are only recommendations for cooking beginners.

Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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