Sous Vide Rice
Sous Vide Rice -Looking for the perfect way to cook rice? With an immersion circulator, you can achieve perfectly cooked rice every time. This method is easy and simple, and the results are delicious!
As the popularity of sous vide cooking has grown, more and more people are investing in an immersion circulator (or sous vide cooker) to make their favorite dishes at home. One dish that often requires precision is rice. If you’ve never tried making it with your immersion circulator before, this recipe will show you how easy it is!
Sous vide is a method of cooking that uses a temperature-controlled water bath. The food is sealed in a bag where it cooks slowly at a constant temperature to ensure even cooking. This makes it perfect for dishes like proteins and vegetables, which can be tricky to get just right.
The sous vide cooking method is great for cooking rice because it will ensure that the rice is cooked evenly and consistently. Unlike traditional cooking methods, sous vide allows you to cook your food at a precise temperature without worrying about over or undercooking it due to inconsistencies in different types of stoves and ovens.
If you’re looking for an easy way to make perfectly cooked rice every time, follow these simple steps!
🍚 Ingredients & Tools
- Rice – For this recipe, Jasmine rice was used however you can use any type of uncooked rice you enjoy.
- Water – Used to absorb into the rice as it cooks. Check below for the proper water to rice ratio.
- Salt – Seasons the rice. You can use your favorite seasonings to infuse the rice with flavor.
- Butter or Oil (OPTIONAL) – Although optional, adding 2 teaspoons of butter or oil per cup of rice helps keep the rice from sticking together.
- Zip-top Freezer Safe Bag – A freezer-safe bag is best to use when cooking with the sous vide method as they are stronger than regular plastic bags.
- Immersion Circulator – I enjoy using the Anova brand immersion circulator as I love the app and support, however, you can use any immersion circulator.
🥣 How To Make Rice Using An Immersion Circulator (Sous Vide)
1️⃣ Step One: Combine rinsed rice, water, and salt in a zip-top bag. Removing as much air as possible using the water displacement method.
2️⃣ Step Two: Submerge the bag in your immersion circulator or sous vide cooker and set the temperature to 197-200F degrees Fahrenheit.
3️⃣ Step Three: Cook for 30 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to rest for an additional five minutes before opening and fluffing with a fork.
💧Proper Water To Rice Ratio
When cooking rice using the sous vide method, it is important to use the correct water to rice ratio. The general rule for cooking rice is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice. When you see more water per cup, it usually accounts for evaporation which does not happen with the sous vide method.
However, if you like your rice a bit more fluffy, use 1 cup of rice per 1 1/4 cups of water. Feel free to play around to find your perfect ratio and rice texture.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe Tips
- It’s always a good idea to rinse rice before cooking because it helps to remove any excess starch.
- Although optional, adding a teaspoon of oil to the rice before cooking can help prevent it from sticking together.
- Do not use pre-cooked or parboiled rice. This recipe is for plain uncooked rice.
- If you are not using a vacuum sealer, make sure to massage the bag every few minutes to prevent the rice from sticking.
🌶️ Flavor Variations
You can add your favorite seasonings to the rice before cooking for a different flavor profile. Some of my favorites include:
- Sesame oil and soy sauce
- Garlic and onion powder
- Curry powder
- Chili pepper flakes
- Cajun Seasoning
- Greek Seasoning
🧊Storing, Freezing & Reheating
Storing: Cooked rice can be stored in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to two months when kept in an airtight container.
Reheating: Place cooked rice in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and heat for two to three minutes or until heated through.
Freezing: If you are planning on freezing your cooked rice, it is best to do so before adding any seasonings. This will help maintain the flavor of the rice. Once frozen, you can add your favorite seasonings. To freeze, place the desired amount of cooked rice in a quart-sized freezer-safe bag. Squeeze out all the air and freeze for up to two months.
Yes, you can cook rice with sous vide. Follow these simple recipe steps to get perfectly cooked rice every time. This includes white rice, brown rice, or any rice you enjoy.
Yes, you can sous vide grains. Just follow the same recipe steps but increase the cooking time to 45-60 minutes and adjust the water content depending on the type of grain you are using.
More Sous Vide Recipes
Sous Vide Rice
- Zip-top Freezer Safe Bag
- Large Pot
- 1 cup Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup Filtered Water
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Butter OPTIONAL, or oil
- Combine rinsed rice, water, and salt in a zip-top bag. Removing as much air as possible using the water displacement method.
- Submerge the bag in your immersion circulator or sous vide cooker and set the temperature to 197-200F degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to rest for an additional five minutes before opening and fluffing with a fork.