If you ever wondered how to cook rice in a clay pot, you are going to love this recipe. Get light, fluffy, and perfectly tender rice every time!
⭐️ Why You Should Try This Recipe
- Light & fluffy: Say goodbye to sticky or mushy rice, this tried and tested recipe yields perfect rice every time!
- Perfectly cooked: The rice is moist, and tender. Plus there no draining required!
- Versatile: You can serve the rice as is, or coat it with your favorite sauce, stir in cooked veggies, sautéed mushrooms, and more, to make a more complete meal.
- It stays warm for a long time: One of the other advantages of a clay pot is that it holds heat for a long time.
📘 What is a Clay Pot
A clay pot is a cooking pot that is made from clay and used to cook a variety of dishes like stews, grains, vegetables, or braised dishes. Clay pots are usually glazed and come with a lid.
It is also said that clay pots can provide health benefits by adding many nutrients to the cooked foods like calcium, iron, and magnesium.
🍚 How to Make Clay Pot Rice
Cooking rice in a clay pot is easy and requires just 3 ingredients. Here is what you will need:
- Basmati rice - White basmati rice is my favorite, it has a floral and nutty aroma. Most types of white rice will work though, so feel free to use what you have on hand.
- Water - I use a ratio of 1 cup of water per ¾ cup of rice.
- Green onions - Optional, but sautéing green onions before adding the rice brings more flavor.
The process is very straightforward:
- Soak rice for 35-40 minutes. This step will allow the grains to soak up some water and soften a little bit.
- Sauté green onions for 1-2 minutes. This step is optional but the green onions bring a lot of flavor and add some color!
- Drain the rice and add it to the clay pot.
- Cover with water.
- Bing to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Next, remove from heat and let it steam covered for another 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and serve!
If serving this rice with a curry or other salty sides, omit the sauce and add a pinch of salt before cooking.
However, if you plant to serve the rice as is, I HIGHLY recommend the sauce! Combine soy sauce with some sugar and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Then pour it over the cooked rice and stir to coat! The combination of black pepper with the scallions and soy sauce is dreamy!
🍛 What to Serve with This Rice
You can serve this rice as is or with:
- Curry: like this Easy Vegan Vietnamese Curry, Instant Pot White Bean Curry, Cauliflower Tikka Masala, or this Easy Dal Palak!
- Toppings: Rice is delicious topped with salty toppings like Vegan Meat Floss, Spicy Pickled Cucumbers, or Fermented Tofu.
- Vegan tofu meatballs: These moist and tender tofu meatballs make the perfect accompaniment, bringing enough protein to make it a complete meal.
- Why should I cook rice in a clay pot? The main advantage of a clay pot is that it is porous, allowing the food to stay moist. I also personally think it adds a very subtle earthy/nutty flavor to the food.
- Which size of clay pot should I use for this recipe? For one batch of this recipe, a 8-inch (20cm) clay pot is perfect and serves about two people. Feel free to double the recipe if using a larger clay pot.
- Can I skip the soaking step? I do not recommend skipping this step, as it really helps get a perfectly cooked rice.
- Will this recipe work with brown rice? I haven't tried it yet, but unless you are using brown rice with a long cooking time (30-40 minutes), it should work.
If you own a clay pot, you should definitely try cooking rice in it! It yields moist and fluffy rice with a nuttier flavor!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Perfect Clay Pot Rice
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions
- ¾ cup white basmati rice soaked for 35-40 minutes
- 1 cup water
- 1 and ½ tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper adjust to taste
- Heat the oil in a 8-inch clay pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped green onions and sauté for about 1 minute.
- Drain the rice and add it to the clay pot. Cover with the water and give it a quick stir.
- Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, cover with the lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer covered for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the clay pot covered off the heat for another 5 minutes.
- Using a fork to fluff the rice and enjoy!
- If using the sauce: combine the soy sauce, sugar, and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Mix to dissolve the sugar. Pour the sauce into the rice and stir to coat.